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Friday, July 14, 2017

On July 31 I will begin sweeping the wicked from the earth

I have had the same dream 2 or 3 times a year for 34 of the last 35 years. In April I realized that the dream came to pass back in December. I had thought the dream came from hurts in my own heart, but when it came to pass I realized that it came from God.
Shortly after that I heard God say, "You had this dream all these years and never figured it out it was from me. Pay attention. Pay attention to what you hear and be diligent in discerning if it is from me - especially what you hear and see in your dreams." So I started being more diligent in paying attention and discerning - and I had a dream in which I heard a single sentence.
"On July 31 I will begin sweeping the wicked from the earth."
I used 1 John 4:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 12:3 to discern that the spirit bringing the dream and claiming it was from God was from God. I checked to make sure July had 31 days. It occurred to me to check to see if there was anything related to July 31 that would fit God picking that date. This is what I found.
Sundown July 31, 2017 starts the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av. The history for that date fits God beginning to sweep the wicked from the earth. Consider the history:
  • God told Moses that the adult generation would not enter the promised land.
  • The first temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.
  • The second temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.
  • Jerusalem was destroyed and plowed under in 135 AD.
  • Nazi Germany signed the orders to exterminate the Jews on the 8th of Av. The orders went into effect on the 9th.
  • The next year Nazi Germany began shipping trainloads of Jews to the death camps on the 9th of Av.

I asked God who the wicked were. In another dream he showed me that the wicked were those who would not accept his configuration for their lives.
Too much lines up for me not to share this for others to consider.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

False Hope: A Potentially Fatal Spiritual Attack


False hope may be the result of a spiritual attack by corrupt spiritual forces. Such an attack is designed to weaken, kill, and destroy its victims.

Hope delayed makes the heart sick. (Proverbs 13:12) It weakens and wounds the heart. A hope is delayed when what we hope for does not occur under the conditions we hoped it would occur. It is discouraging, disheartening, and depressing.

A false hope attack is centered on a temptation - a thought - to hope that something will occur. The thing hoped for may be something good. The key is that it is a hope for something to occur that is not going to occur when we hope it will. If we accept the temptation and hope, then we are hit with discouragement and possibly grief when it does not occur. This chokes our energy - our will and our doing of things. It can even choke our energy to do the things necessary to sustain our own lives.

The temptation will be repeated as necessary to continue to discourage and choke our energy. Day after day after day the thing we hope for does not occur. As we become more and more discouraged we become more and more vulnerable to depression, addictions, suicide, or violence.

The key to overcoming the attack is to recognize the temptation, reject it, and encourage oneself in God. Trust God with the things that need to occur in your life and when they will occur. Commit yourself and everything that occurs in your life to God and he will cause the things you need to occur.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Beware Attachments

I have been participating in a Bible study on the book of Jonah. As I was contemplating why Jonah acted the way he did, I was startled to see a very powerful enemy stronghold - attachments.

Jonah was a strong spiritual man. He could hear God clearly and discerned it was God speaking to him. He knew God well enough to know that God was compassionate and merciful. He knew God would relent of the judgment he had pronounced if Nineveh repented. But Jonah had an enemy stronghold working in his life that was so strong it caused him to leave the path of life and choose the path of death.

Jonah was an Israelite. He had a strong attachment with the other people of Israel. Nineveh was the capital city of Israel’s enemy. Warning Nineveh of judgment when he understood that God would withhold that judgment if Nineveh repented conflicted with the attachment Jonah had. Jonah held his attachment over his submission to God.

We have attachment issues today. Like Jonah, we have attachments to our tribe - our church, employer, co-workers, classmates, etc.. Those attachments can be as strong in our lives as they were in Jonah’s - causing us to leave the path of life rather than be in submission to God.

As I contemplated this I saw the possibility of hidden attachments. A young man or young woman will frequently envision what their wife or husband will be like - how they will look, how they will act, how they will love them. This can become a hidden attachment. The young man or young woman can become strongly attached to their idea of their mate. When they meet a young woman or young man, they measure them against their attachment: do they fit? How much do they need to change to fit? Conflicts occur around the differences between the prospective mate and the idea of what they would be like. This gets complicated further when we add our idea of how life submitted to God - doing his will - will be like.

Attachments are not always bad. Faith works in a way much like a hidden attachment: we form a vision of the answered prayer and attach to it.

We must discern our attachments and submit them to God. We must give up and break all corrupt attachments.

There are a few scripture verses that speak of attachments and their strength.

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:37, 39)
Houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, lands are the kind of things involved in strong attachments. Those who overcome the attachments and leave them receive eternal life.

The rich young ruler was attached to his great possessions. Even though Jesus told him that leaving them would result in eternal life, he could not leave them. He chose his attachments over eternal life. How strong is that?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Perceiving Differences

There is one ability that separates the simple and the fool from the wise; that separates the immature from the mature. That ability is the ability to perceive differences: the ability to discern. It is ability to perceive a thing and perceive the differences between it and other things.

 the mature ... have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

One of the most important things we may discern is the difference between what is real and what is not. Reality is beings, things, places, powers, processes, authorities, events, and the state of things. Being able to perceive the powers and processes that produce beneficial results and those that produce harmful results help us align our lives.

Another of the most important things we may discern is the difference between truth and error: between accurate and sufficiently complete descriptions of things that are real and descriptions that are not accurate or sufficiently complete.

Other important things we may discern are the differences between what is reliable and what is not; what contributes to shalom and what hinders it.

Still another thing to discern is the nature of our own being: whether the nature of our being is beneficial to us and others, or is harmful. We need to perceive the powers and processes that work to change the nature of our being and align our lives with those that make us reliable contributors to truth and shalom and align our lives against those that make us hinderers.

How does one gain the ability to perceive differences?

Perceiving things and perceiving differences between them is not an ability we have or can obtain. It is an ability that God has. We can be partakers of his ability by seeking his guidance and submitting ourselves to follow his guidance. When we do this he leads us in a way that reveals things and the differences between things to us.

How does one discern?

We:


  • Ask God to send the Spirit of Truth to guide us into all the truth of the thing we are attempting to discern.
  • Make a sufficiently thorough investigation, following the guiding of the Spirit
  • Test, weigh, and compare as the Spirit guides


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fear of the Lord or A Path Leading to Death

The Proverbs are written to endow us with caution. (Proverbs 1:4) Caution is needed if something we might do will result in loss, destruction, or death to ourselves or those around us. Unfortunately, we face a twofold danger.
 There can be a way which seems right to a person, but at its end are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)
There are paths that we might take that seem perfectly right and safe to us, but end in loss, destruction, or death. We might take one of those paths because we don't think about the possible consequences. We might take it after serious research, study, and analysis that fails to seed the true end of the path.

A second danger is that we have an enemy who is setting traps and snares to cause us loss, destruction, and death.
For in vain is the net baited if any bird can see it. (Proverbs 1:17)
So there are some paths that seem right, but end in death because the enemy has made the path appear to be right and has hidden the net.

The first thing Proverbs says to endow us with caution is this:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7)
The way, the only way, to avoid the paths that lead to death is to seek for and follow God's guidance. This is fear of the Lord: endowed with the knowledge that there are paths that lead to death and the only way to avoid them is by submitting to follow the path God has for us.

The Proverbs are all about paths that lead to death and those that lead to life. It is filled with descriptions of paths to avoid and ones to take.
Those who pay attention to me will live securely, untroubled by fear of misfortune. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will direct your paths. Don't be conceited about your own wisdom; but fear the Lord, and turn from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
The aimless wandering of the thoughtless will kill them, and the smug overconfidence of fools will destroy them; but hose who pay attention to me will live securely, untroubled by fear of misfortune. (Proverbs 1:32-33)
You will walk your way securely, without hurting your foot. (Proverbs 3:23)
Listen, my son, receive what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I'm directing you on the way of wisdom, guiding you in paths of uprightness; when you walk, your step won't be hindered; and if you run, you won't stumble. Hold fast to discipline, don't let it go; guard it, for it is your life. Don't follow the path of the wicked or walk on the way of evildoers. Avoid it, don't go on it, turn away from it, and pass on.(Proverbs 4:10-15)
There is a time coming where the whirlwinds of destruction will swirl around us. If we have fear of the Lord and follow God's guidance on the path of his direction we will live. If not, we will not live. The time to chose fear of the Lord, to pray for it, to cry out for it, to seek it above all other things is now. If we wait until the whirlwind appears it will be too late. Not choosing fear of the Lord now is the first step down a path that leads to death.