Spiritual growth requires change and the only thing that is holding you back is your resistance. Even though you try really hard to hang on to places of comfort and stability, it is not possible to keep things the same and grow. You must be willing to release the past and make peace with your current reality. Circumstances of life test your ability to adapt and thrive. Let go and go.
Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
August 2, 2022
Greetings! This week, I had a dream about cultural Christianity that I would like to share.
I dreamed that I was looking for a job and someone told me to go work at a restaurant where they practiced “cultural Christianity.” I went, but before I left, I told them that I wasn’t really a fan of cultural Christianity. When I got there, I was speaking to a table with about twenty people seated at it. I said, “I can tell you all day that Jesus Christ is Lord and died for your sins, but that will not help you unless you decide to change how you live your life. We should be living as the apostles did — James, for example.”
Then the dreamed switched to a new scene. There was a lazy river behind the restaurant (in my dreams, rivers tend to represent life) and there was a young man who had a disability who could not navigate the river himself. So I carried him along the lazy river. I could hardly keep my own head above water to breathe and it was hard work, but it was worth it because the look of JOY on the young man’s face as he enjoyed the river was really something to see. The dream seemed to be emphasizing that our actions really do count and we must be a servant to all.
Last night, I had another dream about life. This time, life was represented by a waterpark ride. I was flung onto the ride and it was malfunctioning! I held on to my float very tightly as I spun through whirlpools, rapids, flew through the air and other wild things that this usually tame ride did not offer. I was not panicked, as were many of the people on the ride. I knew that if I just held on, that the ride would soon be over. I also knew that there was nothing I could do to ensure that I survived the ride or not — it was out of control and the outcome was in God’s hands. I just hung on tight and the ride ended and I was fine.
I think that one is likely referring to the wild ride that we are all going to be in for soon! No fear, just hang on and trust Jesus!
August 3, 2022. Stop striving and breathe. It is the humble in heart that I bless. If you think you’re always right, you are fooling yourself. This takes you into every source of strife and rebellion and that leads to witchcraft. Rest and live in humility. Prefer others, help others, serve others. You cannot be in strife with someone you are loving and serving. Even Jesus lived peaceably with Judas. A humble heart produces wealth, honor and life!
Proverbs 22:4 “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honour and life.” Robin Robinson Bohlin
August 3, 2022. Many feel as though things are spinning and twisting and turning in ways you didn’t expect. I am in the spinning, the twisting and the turning. Lean into Me and watch how the outcome of all of this will be for your good and My glory. I am changing things up and shifting you. Do not be afraid or give into fear. I am doing this. Do not lean on your own understanding, trust Me.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Jennifer Peikert