Follow Your Dream!
Matt 7: 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Ever done this? I sure have. Painful! You have some cool insight from the Word of God, or some really neat revelation on how to do something, or that God is going to do, and like a child with a new toy, you want to share it with your friends or colleagues at work.
Used to do that all the time, but if you recall in the life of Joseph, it was his own brothers who threw him down a well, and sold him into slavery. Why? Because he shared his dream from God!
Guess that would be about the same as ‘lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.’ In certain countries, this still happens, for the gospels sake: brothers and sisters in Christ are beaten, ridiculed, imprisoned, and now often we see them beheaded in these ‘honor’ killings by Jihadist Muslims.
Like somehow these killings are going to stop God?
Pr 19:3 ¶ The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
Old English doesn’t say it clear enough for me, I like the way it reads:
Proverbs 19:3 (NIV)
3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the LORD.
People that do not know Jesus yet, hate Him, and are angry at the world. When we show up, representing Him, they focus their anger upon us, because we represent Him!
Let’s bring it a little closer to home…
So, you share spiritual truth around the water cooler at the office (used to be the coffee pot, old school), and if you are like me , you are excited about it! God loves us, and speaks to us through many ways, and when we clearly hear, it is exciting as we enter into the life we were born to live! (Want to find out 7 of those ways, read ‘Knowing Your Future’, the chapter in my new book, http://www.amazon.com/The-Parable-Sower-Kingd…/…/ref=sr_1_1…) Or you can read them here, for free:
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Yet, the very thing that excites you, will cause others to turn around to destroy you.
Now, here in the US, it is usually what I call ‘death by insinuation’. Remember, people are called to their own individual vision, gift and calling from God. If they are mature in the Lord, they will not pour water on your fire, but it has been my experience that this is more rare than common. Usually, the process of envy, jealousy, competition and discreditation begins.
Understand and love them! Remember we wrestle not against flesh and blood, and these very people are people that God loves, that Jesus died for. The ABC’s of satan, are Accusation (Allegation), Blame, and Criticism, and this is what I call ‘death by insinuation’, as you become the butt of the office jokes, and ridiculed for your dream.
So, I have learned the division, is simply ‘two visions’, and can two walk together except they be agreed?
Seems the more you separate yourself unto God, your relationships will change. People will come into your life to train, equip, and encourage you, and others will be removed from your life, sometimes even family members for a season, for these will oppose and destroy you, if God did not deliver you from them. Let Him add, and let Him remove. Keep your eyes on Jesus!
I like what pastor Snoot said, the ABC’s of Jesus are A Better Covenant!
He is faithful, and His promises are true!
Then comes the growth or maturation of your dream, as you study, prepare, pray, and spend every available moment, preparing yourself for your calling, the only thing worth living for in light of eternity.
And it can become very, very lonely, as God separates you unto Himself for the sake of the call…
Yet, you are not alone. We have all walked this way, the straight and narrow way, the way of destiny, purpose, and eternal consequence!
Let them lie, misunderstand, mock, ridicule! There will come a day, either in this life or the next, when we all, personally stand, individually before Jesus, and then He will justify us!
In the meantime, know that you are not alone in the process. You are loved, and I and many others are praying for you, your gift, and your calling and destiny today. You are not called to be a clone, a cookie cutter Christian, you are a designer original, a work of creativity created by the creator of the universe Himself, unique, with a particular call and destiny that only you can fulfill.
I have invested my life, trying to help you fulfill it, for our gifts always flow through the Word of God, that establishes, constrains, and sets boundaries in our hearts, that become the runway from which the flight of our life takes off!
‘Father, I have a burden today to encourage my brothers and sisters in pursuit of a dream. A dream from heaven, a dream with eternal weight and consequence, Your dream for them! Father, for those in their long dark night of their soul, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit to encourage, to comfort, to console, and to confirm to them, their dream and purpose today. In Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’