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Listening to a Dream

January 13, 2011 3 comments

Country RoadA few posts back I touched a little bit on the prophetic and how I started keeping prophetic words that I had received from others. And I know that some of you reading this may not believe in the prophetic. I’m not claiming to be a prophetic person, in fact when I was heavily involved in the church and in more charismatic circles I was always hesitant to say “the Lord says” or “God is saying”. Maybe it was a lack of faith or just me covering my butt, I just never felt comfortable about it. I think that there are different ways God chooses to use the gift of prophecy with His people. For me it has been in a few different ways, but one of them has been through my dreams.

The first time I really noticed this was during March of 1987. It was the March break and my family and I had gone to Timmins to visit my grandparents. My dad was going ice fishing with one of his long time friends and they were going to be flying into a lake for the day. That night I had a dream that the plane crashed and that people were killed. I woke up and didn’t know what to do or think. I was 9 at the time and figured it was a bad dream and went back to sleep. Well to my relief, my dad and his friend made it back that night, and I forgot about that dream, until a month later. We got a call early one morning and it was the wife of the man my dad had been fishing with. He went out the day before in his plane to go ice fishing and didn’t come home. We later that night found out that he had crashed his plane and died along with at least one other man. I was shaken by this, I hadn’t told anyone about that dream until that day when I told my mom. She explained that sometimes God gives us dreams as warnings of things that God wants to us to pray about or prepare for.

Over the years, I’ve been woken by dreams like that a few times. And immediately prayed about the situation. I assume that my prayers were answered in the other circumstances because the people I have had dreams about are safe. I recently had a number of dreams about someone I know in a situation where there was potential for real danger and even death. I prayed about the situation and asked God for His protection to surround this person. Until this series of dreams I’d never seen the answer to my prayers as clearly as I just have. I recently found out that this individual was in a situation where someone lost their life and that they could have potentially died as well. I strongly believe that God allowed me to have those dreams in order to pray and intercede for that situation.

So what is the purpose in sharing this with you? Well I guess it is to say that sometimes we need to pay attention to that still small voice or to our dreams, because it could be God asking you to pray for something or someone.

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Forging Onward

January 7, 2011 5 comments

Journey OnOk, so I want to start this post by saying thanks for reading.  Knowing that people are reading and even offering words of support or comments, has actually challenged me to look deeper into myself and my faith. Not only that but I’m spending more time thinking about this blog and what I’m going to write about next.

So, the last few days I actually felt that the need to get out my bible, something that hasn’t happened in a long time, in fact I had to look in a few places before I found it. I wasn’t really sure where I was going to start when I found it. I thought maybe I’d go to one of my favourite passages of scripture and read it, maybe I’d read through my old journal entries to see what I’d written in the past. I was disappointed to find that my journal was missing. I often find it interesting to read over my old journal entries from my quiet times, if you don’t journal your quiet times I highly recommend it. It’s quite interesting to see your journey with God.

I also keep copies of some of the prophetic words that I’ve received in the past in my bible case. (I don’t know where readers will stand on prophecies and the prophetic and I don’t want to open up a debate on that.) Until a few years ago I never wrote down prophetic words that I’d received, I just never thought of doing it. Then I attended a church where they used a small cassette recorder to record personal prophecies so you could listen back to them. Today I looked at a few of these prophecies but there is one that jumped out at me. I’m not going to copy it all here but here’s just a snip it of it.

“The Lord says the enemy is so jealous about you about your skills he would want to make you trip, especially with offence. The Lord is saying be careful not to fall into offence because that’s a trap that the enemy would try to put before you on your path.”

There is more to this word but that’s not really pertinent to this post. In hind sight I can look back on this and say that I didn’t heed this word. I know that I’ve taken on offense, some of it “justified”, some of it mine, some of it others. As I write this I wonder if I have missed out on the “good” parts of this word? Or if I was meant to find this word at this time to ensure that I broke the pattern in order to see the fulfillment of the rest of this word? I don’t know that anyone has the answer, but I now have the knowledge and have to make the decision as to what I’m going to do with it.

I don’t know what I’m going to do. I wish I could tell you that I‘m going to make a drastic change and transformation, but realistically, that’s not me. I need to noodle things around in my head and then work things out in my “heart” first. I want to know that whatever decision I come to, that I done it because of my own conviction and belief then because of someone else’s or blindly because it’s the “right” thing to do.

Honestly I think the next step for me is to start getting back into relationship with God on my own. Work things out with Him. Get back to a place where I am comfortable communing with God one-on-one and then work on corporate/group worship. I don’t know how long that will take, but it’s what I feel is the right thing to do right now.