The Lord showed me in a dream just how much I was trying to have things my way and how my disobedience is such a waist of time. I was able to recognize that God gets His way. Either, you can do things His way, (the easy way by being obedient the first time), or you can have your way, for a little while, but must after repent for your mistake and back track to get into God's greater plan.
I would like to share with you a dream the Lord used to show me, my own sinful controlling nature by not trusting Jesus in all things.
1a - House: I've given my life to Jesus and my house is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
1b - Unpacked: Those are the things I've allowed Jesus to deal with in my life.
1c - Yard: The territory the Lord has giving me.
1d - Fence: The protection around my boarders.
1e - Tree's: Area's that produce fruit.
1f - View: Clarity of sight.
My house with Jesus, as my husband, is when I asked Jesus to live in my heart. Together, He lives with me and helps me see what my house needs. Trusting Jesus to deal with things from my past - my backyard.
He showed me how I was not very well protected from the enemy nor was I very productive. Only growing grass that grows with short roots, and produces no fruit but still looks pretty. However, if I remain seated with Him, at the right hand of God, I too, will produce strong tree's with deep roots.
As the Scriptures say, "People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever."
1 Peter 1:24-25
2a - Tree's - God want's us to produce good fruit.
2b - Cleaning - Hiding things.
2c - View of Jesus - Keep your eyes on Jesus.
2d - Jesus digging holes - Jesus goes were you allow Him to. He is not pushy or bossy.
2e - Old Things - Things from our past.
Jesus only want's good things for us. No good can come from trying to hide things from Him. He knows what's there, even the things that we have forgotten about. When other's think we have our lives all nice and organized, Jesus knows the truth. As we focus on Him, He will show us things from our past that we have buried, that need to be dealt with.
Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
3a - Dog - Jesus
3b - Dirty Dog - How I don't like Jesus messing up my house.
3c - Clean Dog - There is no sin that Jesus can't cleans away.
Comparing Jesus to a dog doesn't seem very holy but, He did this for my own understanding. I hope that you can see past the poor comparison that God had to used with me. Not, because He couldn't have used a more glorious representation of Jesus but, because of my own mental lack. I pray that you are able to see His pure genuineness of it! In order to allow my simple mind to understand His powerful dream.
Imagine this: The pure joy that a dog receives during the whole act of digging up a bone, a lost treasure. Nothing could be better for a dog then the enjoyment of chewing on an old bone dug up from the back yard. Even more so if it's a bone he thought was lost. Think of how much effort that dog would be willing to put into the digging up of that bone. There would be no stopping him!
In that same way Jesus desires to dig up our past hurts and chew them up for us, never to be seen again. He loves us so much, that there is no bone too big, or too small, that He doesn't wants to find. Only He has the power to consume them and still stay clean!
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 1:9
4a - Jesus holding things- Jesus bring things for me to deal with.
4b - Frustration - not wanting to deal with stuff.
4c - What to do with stuff- I like having them buried in the dirt wear no one can see them. And I can try to forget they are there.
4d - We'll deal with it - Jesus wants to help us deal with everything that we have buried in our back yards!
Jesus wants us to be free from our past, not carrying the weight of our past sins and hurts around with us. He is eager to help us receive his freedom and healing by trusting Jesus and the power of His precious blood.
Jesus will patiently and gently bring up events to your mind and ask you,
"What about this? Are you ready to let Me deal with this? Will you use my blood to cover this hurt or sin? Will you let me make you clean and whole? Will you receive My forgiveness? If you let me I will heal your heart beyond your imagination!"
Jesus is the only One who can bring comfort and piece and He's eagerly wanting to give it to you, if you will just receive it. He is the bringer of all peace and righteousness and He gives it to us freely for the asking.
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.
1 Peter 2:24
5a - My Child = Represents my ministry.
5b - Broken & Empty Calculator = Broken and lost dreams. Thought there was no hope for them. Everything that I thought I needed for my dreams to succeed was gone.
5c - Washing The Calculator = Jesus can make all the dreams you thought gone new again.
5d - Leaves & A Pen = That is the stuff my dreams are made of. Leaves from the vine and a pen for the words He gives me to write.
5e - A Deadly Weapon = The ministry that the Lord has called me to, the Devil will not like, as with anything we do for Christ.
All Saints who have unfulfilled dreams that the Lord has put inside you, this Broken Calculator is for you! Claim it for yourself and take hope that in God's perfect timing it will be fulfilled, trust Jesus!
Take my testimony as hope for yourself. I've wanted to write for almost 25 years (yes I'm dating myself:) But believed I was not smart enough. I even had people laugh at me when I told them my dream of writing because they too, new I wasn't the smartest student in school. But the dream still remained today, I just buried it in my past along with my many other failures.
So now, here I am with my resurrected dream that the Lord has opened the door for. Even though it's not perfect, full of spelling errors and poor sentence structure, He has still given me words to wright. Jesus has lovingly and gently encourage me to step into my dream. Only He has been able to built up my faith and confidence to step out and share with others. He's always telling me "you can do this!" I'm here with you every step of the way."
So if your dream is to write then write what God has called you to write. If your dream is to be a mother, a teacher, a soccer coach, what ever it is, seek Jesus and He will open a door for it to happen!
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5: 6-7
6a - Barking Orders = Thinking we know what's best.
6b - New Tree = God want's to produce new fruit in our life.
6c - No Trees = No fruit producing.
6d - Same area = afraid of change.
There I was again, telling Him what to do not trusting in Jesus. Thinking that my idea's were the best idea's and that He really does not know what's best. My controlling nature was as usual, raising it's big ugly head.I was resisting leaving my comfort zone. After Jesus had graciously dug up all the old things in my back yard that was bearing rotten fruit, there I was, insisting on going back to that area of comfort. But, He new better! Jesus new that nothing would grow in bad soil. Soil that was contaminated by old things. (old thinking, old actions, old results) Through a life time of hiding objects underground and out of sight. Even still they were a destructive force, seeping their toxins into the soil, rendering it useless for future tree's. Unless, that area was emptied and cleansed no good would be able to come from it. The toxins would eventually spread into other fruitful area's of my yard destroying every good plant I had.
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
7a - Cleaning Up = Still trying to hide stuff.
7b - Open Sliding Door = Not trusting Jesus.
7c - Agreement = Godly thoughts.
7d - Back Pocket = Jesus always has more.
There I was again, still trying to clean up my life on my own and not trusting Jesus. When am I going to get it? Jesus is the cleansing blood that I need to truly be made clean. I need to trust in Him for everything!When I began to think like Jesus thinks, things looked better and were better. Bringing my thoughts into alignment with His word is the only thing that sets us free from our past.The greatest thing was that no matter how stubborn I was in demanding my way, Jesus was so patient and loving with me. And, in His greatness He had another tree to plant for me. He had more for me then I could have imagined or hoped for. Jesus is so good!
The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
8a - Rain = A storm is coming.
8b - Dog Kennel = Locking up Jesus.
You know it, whenever things are going good it seems to bring in the storms! And here I was, once again, worried about appearances. I was so interested in what my house might look like that I quickly forgot who was helping me to fully and completely make my house spotless. The blood of Jesus.Jesus, being so full of grace, quickly came when I called for Him. Even though He probable already new that I would lock Him up in the dog kennel, like I had so many times before. Yet, He still desires to heed the call of my voice. Desperate for Him to come to me quickly in my time of worry and stress I seemed to fall back into my old ways and was not trusting in Jesus.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in loving kindness to all who call upon You.
9a - Small Door = Access for the Enemy.
9b - Hidden Door = Seeing new things
9c - Small Ledge = Place of importance.
9d - 2 Golden Necklaces = I have more than I think I have.
9e - Man Outside Can't See = Protection from the enemy.
9f - Don't Touch That = We have the power to overcome the enemy.
As long as we are always calling out and trusting Jesus things will be o.k.
Once we have allowed Jesus to clean our backyards, so to speak, then we can see things more clearly. Our focus is not on the things of the past but, on the present and future. We can see the enemy when he is trying to sneak his way in, even in the smallest of spaces. When there is just a crack left open in an area of our lives, Jesus is faithful to reveal it to us and help us shut the door on the enemy.
When Satan does try to steal the good things from us, we have the power to be an over comer. Through the name of Jesus we have the authority to rebuke the enemy and command him to leave.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
10a - Platform = We are seated in the high place with Christ Jesus.
10b - Became Friendly = Satan tying to deceive.
10c - Important Name = Satan tries to make us think the name of Jesus has no power.
10d - 10 Sons = Satan's followers.
10e - Tear Down House = Destroying us.
10f - Polite = Confidence in Christ.
10g - Small Talk = Wasting time with Satan
Through Christ Jesus we are situated in high places with Him!
Satan is the great deceiver and he is always try to steal from us what we have been given freely through Jesus. He tries to plant seeds of doubt in our minds about who we are in Christ. He lies in an efforts to pull us away from what Jesus has for us.
The Devil knows that what we have in Christ is so valuable that he uses every trick he can to achieve his mission. ( The destruction of believers in Christ Jesus.) He wants to keep us in doubt of what Christ has already done for us and what is truly available to all believers.
He wants to pull us off that platform of high places with Christ. to keep us down in the low places with him. Through this he can keep us from doing the plans Christ has for our lives. If the enemy can keep us in the low places than he can keep us from being effective light bearers to the world for Jesus.
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
11a - The Free Dog = Jesus
Safe with Dog = Jesus will keep us safe!
There is no controlling Jesus!
Even when we think we have locked Him away safely, in the places that we have allowed Him to be within our lives, He is still everywhere. Jesus is always with us through the good and the bad, the light places and the dark places, the high places and the low places, no matter where we are we can be assured that He is there too. We have to learn to trust in Jesus.
Jesus is the only One who can bring freedom and security. Through His shed blood all our needs big and small are meet.
When we are doing battle with the enemy, Jesus is there, holding the keys to our victory, and our enemy knows it! Our enemy recognize Jesus's great power and authority, he knows that King Jesus could tear him apart like a protective guard dog with just one word. Satan constantly tries to lure us away from Jesus, but, if we keep our eyes on our Lord and Savoir, Jesus Christ, we will not be tempted to believe his lies.
"...let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith."
Stop trying to clean your house up by yourself and start trusting in Jesus to help you do it! He knows exactly what needs to be cleaned, and how it needs to be cleaned to get the best sparkly clean house in town:)
Keep yourself situated in the high places with Christ, far above those dirty thieves!
Allow Jesus to walk with you among your enemies. You will surely be victorious with Him by your side. By putting your trust and faith in Jesus, and giving Him the control over your life, He will be your protector, your rescuer, and your redeemer.
May God receive all the Glory and Honor!
Wow you made it to the end! Your amazing! Do you trust Jesus with everything? I would love to hear your comments so please share with us what you think below.