A dream that is reality.
I had the strangest dream this morning. I wanted to share this with you. I have been asked by people if I thought dreams came true or if they may be a sign of the future. I do believe there can be many explanations for dreams, some are very spiritual in nature, some may be a warning, some could mean that you shouldn't eat before bed. Nightmares, for me, are normally resulting from a combination of poor eating, lack of sleep, and personal stress from issues I have been dealing with. In working with others in recovery, as well as my own recovery, the topic of dreams come up from time to time, especially for the "newbie" in recovery. Many early in recovery have "using", or "drunk dreams," that seem so real that they have to deal with guilt anew.
This morning I dreamed that I kept bumping into people and each person i encountered, i said to them, "you know what? All things work together for the good of them in Christ...and that's me!" And this went on over and over with each person I ran into, and some of these folks in the dream were people who have died years ago. Their significance may be their influence on my past, and how they prayed for my coming out of my drunken stupor and following Christ. That wasn't my only statement to them, however. I continued, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ, I have what the Word says I have and I can do what the Word says I can do because greater is He that's in me than he that's in the world!"
Needless to say, I woke up in a spirit of worship, for as I realized this dream, I realized it's scriptual truth. Because of the completed work of Christ, I am exactly as this dream portrayed. It is nothing I have done, but what He accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection. I needed this "boost" of faith, having been so beaten down spiritually and mentally from activities in recovery, the concerns of promoting "Under The Influence," working 48-56 hours each week on a dangerous job, you know, the normal, but stressful stuff of life. I feel that God spoke to me in this dream, that I can rest in the fact that I am in Him...hidden from harm and the onslaught of the enemy, no matter how I feel or think, or who says this or that, or what big name in recovery acknowledges my book. I have the biggest name in the universe that supports the books effort, Jesus, whose name everyone will bow to. According to the passage in Romans, "If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you..HE will quicken your mortal body!" (8:11)
I woke up realizing that I'm not full of care and worry, I'm not full of sickness or disease, I don't have to be moved by what i see or what others think, I am full of His life, quickened from my spiritual death, and made alive in HIM! I'm in His family, an heir of God, and joint-heir with Christ!
"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? Ps.27:1
I want to say the dream wasn't just a dream, but a jolt to my allowing circumstances and people to lord over me in various situatuations, instead of allowing the Word of Truth to overrule the deceitfulness of the enemy and his gang. This is my reality only because I believe the Word above all else. And this is true for you too. If you are going through some real junk in life today, think in today just who you belong to, and lay hold of that above what you see, or think. It is true for we who are His...do you believe that? Or is it a dream?
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.