When the Bible was finished, God didn’t stop talking!
Growing up, I often heard – and also asked the question – “Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” What was normally meant by the question was this:
“Have you asked Jesus to forgive you for your sins so that when you die will will have the right to go to heaven?”
Of course, there were shades of different meanings to the question, but it boiled down to a “forgiveness of sins” issue. I don’t make light of that at all, but I discovered – to my great joy – a personal relationship with Jesus meant just that. A one-on-one daily interaction (RELATIONSHIP) with Jesus – not unlike a person has with another person.
In the process of the growth of our relationship, I’ve discovered that God speaks in an infinite variety of ways. The “language” I am learning to understand more and more clearly is His counsel through dreams. To be honest, I really struggled with this at first. Not so much that it’s a valid and current way He talks to me; But instead, understanding what He is saying.
Having the dreams is the easy part. Everyone dreams every night whether you remember them or not. Simply realizing that increased my recall quite a bit. Today, I probably remember and interpret my dreaming in blocks of two or three nights. Then, I will not recall anything for a few days…then another two or three nights in a row I do.
The thing is…as I am getting more proficient at understanding how dreams work – along with the assistance of the Holy Spirit – they are becoming a great, great blessing. He is counseling me in the night seasons in a way that impacts me more deeply than just an academic approach (only using my thinking process to learn information ABOUT Him).
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I love the way the Lord can get messages to me through dreams. I had one last night that encouraged me, and also has an encouraging message for you.
In the dream I owned a trained bulldog. He/she was friendly and very disciplined. I was demonstrating something my dog could do. I pointed to a wristwatch that was laying on the floor in front of me. When I told my dog to fetch it, he/she quickly went to the watch and picked it up. I then said, “Bring it to me.” Just as quickly my dog brought the watch back to me.
I asked the Lord to interpret the dream for me: The wristwatch = my time. My dog = trained perseverance.
My dog was trained and friendly. One other thing to mention are the questions that have been on my mind of late. Am I using it wisely and effectively? May I be missing something that could reap even better results? <An important question to ask ourselves in dream interpretation is, “What’s been on my mind? What area has been a concern to me?>
In brief, the Lord was speaking to me through the symbols of dream language. He was encouraging me that trained perseverance is my friend. It will result in desired rewards.
The message is true for all of us. You may be facing testing circumstances. Training ourselves to rely on His Spirit (the Master trainer) to persevere in times of trial will bring Godly results.
Don’t panic! Persevere on the road of righteousness in Christ! And, remember that perseverance isn’t the fruit of self effort, and self determination. That’s what so many sincere people try to do. The words, “I must try harder” is too often our response to struggle. As Jesus said in John 15, “Without Me you can do nothing.” Perseverance is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s a result of His work in your life. Sometimes, trials are His training camp. It’s the only way He can build our “perseverance muscle.”
Don’t curse the trial. Don’t try harder. Say, “Jesus this is another opportunity for You and me to walk this thing out. Guide me to your ways to respond.”
Perseverance is your friend!