Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Dreams and Destiny of Believers - 8

"All the factors say GO, but my heart says NO!" Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surprised his guests on his Fox News Channel show when he said he won't seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. His friends and associates wanted him to run, but after many hours of listening to others and telling his family that the media would pry into their lives his heart said it'd probably be caustic and costly and his love for Jesus Christ was more important. Huckabee in his quiet hours; sleeping, dreaming and after much soulful praying said basically 'I love what I'm doing and I enjoy bringing hope and encouragement to my listeners. I love my Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart' and he for now will abstain from seeking political office.

Many news medias left out the mention of Jesus Christ, but when he said, "NO" he was choosing to stick to his faith Jesus Christ rather than seeking the presidential bid. The television, radio and religious personality had found favor in God and was enjoying his life. Huckabee dashed the dreams of others who would receive payment for political services. Some dreams in life come true and some don't, but what happens to your dreams depends on how much effort you put out to attain your dream, but don't give up on your dreams. Huckabee never mentioned the word 'lucrative' career in show business. That 'lucrative' word was fodder from journalistic tongues. I for one am glad he isn't running, because I enjoy listening to him and his guests on his show and he enjoy his grin while picking his guitar with guests like Ted Nugent. The Motor City madman needs help. Huckabee is a mentor to many people and he enjoys talking with others that have different viewpoints. He loves pickin' and grinnin'.

This weekend I had the opportunity to look at a 2010 pictorial book entitled "365 days" by Todd Reed of Ludington, Michigan. Reed was a photographer for the Ludington Daily News for 23 years and opened his own photography gallery where any person can buy prints of his favorite scenery. The photos in the book are stunning and beautiful and come complete with description of the scenes and camera lenses used to create his expose. He took a stunning photo of the T-38 Talon jet fighter that is perfectly balanced on a pedestal near the entrance to the Mason County Airport. The plane in the photo looks so real; it is a real jet fighter out of commission, but that jet inspires the dreams of others. It inspired him to write that it's always been his dream to really ride or fly in a T-38 jet fighter. He lives and hopes to ride in that plane, but for now he's still waiting.

For many years I've wanted to ride in a Lake Michigan offshore powerboat race. 'I'd like to put the throttle down.' Powerboats rock. For some reason the horsepower thrills me and it isn't just the thrill of impressing others. That's my dream. It still could happen, but if it doesn't I shant be disappointed for God has answered many of my other dreams. You don't always get what you wish for, but you must close your eyes and start dreaming. God can help you reach your dreams. Our dreams are foundations for action and progression along life's journey.

As life progresses there will probably be dream destroyers and destiny quenchers riding your a.. or flaming your mind but don't listen or dwell with those who persecute you. If you are a big dreamer with lots of plans be forewarned they come with hard work and the best dream fulfillment comes when you start at the bottom and work you way up to realize your dream. Meditate daily and seek God's help and your excitement level and energy will rise, but be aware don't get a swelled head or a 'holier-than-thou' persona. Share your dreams with others who share your enthusiasm. Seek God's help and live your life pleasing in His sight. Know God, but dream fulfillment is based upon belief that He put you in your predicament for a purpose. Goals are God-given and God will drive you into the future.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of dreams." To know whether its time to seek your dream depends on if you know God. God gives insights in dreams and God helped Joseph, the son of Jacob to reach his goals. Joseph got himself in trouble with his 11 brothers when they became jealous of the things God revealed to him in his dreams. Innocently he wanted to share his dreams and aspirations with them. Joseph was a highly motivated young man full of God's wisdom and for that reason he knew what he desired in life from many hours of meditating while guarding his father's flock of sheep. He knew the direction of his life and while sharing his insights his many brothers grew to despise him and hatched a plan to kill Joseph and rid their lives. For his effort his dream coat of many colors was shredded to give the appearance a lion had killed him, but at the last minute his brothers sold him to slave traders. The brothers had ridded their lives of the big dreamer, but this was the beginning of Joseph's rise to power. His spirit was unwavering. Joseph didn't give up his dreams so why should you quit because you met a roadblock.

To be a big dreamer takes guts. Joseph knew God and he trusted God and technically Joseph started at the bottom of his dream. He didn't lose his perspectives of his goal and neither should anyone who has big dreams for a better future. To realize dreams we must recognize the motivational aspects of life and cling to available resources. Joseph's mind was programmed not to accept second best. Joseph's brothers lied to Jacob, made false accusations and he spent many lonely days and nights being imprisoned and still his unbending spirit wouldn't die. Dreamers must know their potential in life, but also their limitations. Joseph faced persecution from his brothers and Pontiphar's wife in Gen. 39:7-20, but this didn't get Joseph to change his course in life. Despite family turmoil and tension was on fire for the Lord and displayed his self-assurances to others. He wasn't a pushover.

Even while Joseph was imprisoned he made friends with those who listened to him and he was referred to the Pharaoh. Joseph was a man of positive image and this paved his way for success when he was 40 years old. Joseph dreamed of become a man of political prominence and when he pictured himself as a ruler someday, well that's when his brothers decided he must go. Joseph's dream became reality and in Egypt he reigned second to Pharaoh. Huckabee's destiny originates from his heart like Joseph's and excludes what others want. Huckabee's 2012 heart told him "NO". His destiny is about life choices and the Holy Spirit directed his dreams and God's promises for the future like in Jeremiah 33:3 and 33:15. Seek your dreams.

I'm tired and hot. Time for bed. Dreams and destiny continues...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Dreams and Destiny of Believers - 7

Commercial: "When I grow up I'm going to take a road trip," says an older daydreaming traffic line painter riding the tail end of a road painting truck. That guy loves his job, but sounds as if he'd rather be looking at pretty scenery someplace else instead of asphalt. Why wait until you are too old to enjoy the trip? Got a dream satisfy the itch and start your journey. Don't wait until your exhausted along life's journey.

Dreams by day or night, wide awake or asleep are gifts from God to all believers. Dreams come with voices and visions, even recalling fragrances, but be not afraid of what others might think. Just be mindful that some friends or acquaintances may ditz your dream causing your failure to grasp the answers to problems that only God can provide.

God's promises for our life assure our destiny, but he gives us no crystal ball and no guarantees on how long we shall live. We might leave by accident or design. Few men live to be 100 years old and rare is a woman of 110 years. Our dreams can happen at any age, say from 3 to Heaven's gate. Children often see something others do and dream of doing the same thing when older or some vision is stuck in their minds. Television and computers help bring dreams to reality, but to attain our dreams we must keep our eyes on the prize and God and lean not to the understandings of those who criticize our dreams. God stays true to Christian covenants.

Adam in Gen. 3:23 heard God's angry voice when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. Two angels guarded the gateway entrance with flaming swords. Never disbelieve the voices and visions in dreams. God shows us the way to realize our dream, but God or His angels want us to heed good tidings and warnings, too. Angelic voices and visions reside from dream visitations. Voices don't always arise from nighttime dreams, but rather when wide awake during the day - you might be a daydreamer. I'm big daydreamer.

Moses in Exodus 3 heard the voice of God while standing before the burning bush on Mount Horeb. The precise spot is unknown, but many Bible scholars believe it was at 7,363 feet near the southern tip of the Sinai. Moses was reluctant to obey God's commands. He tried hard to disbelieve what he was hearing from God. Moses gave God excuses why he wasn't fit to be God's messenger. Moses was afraid he wouldn't be able to explain God or "I Am" to the people. Moses tries to excuse himself saying he isn't worthy or educated, but each time God rebukes Moses lack of confidence and God installs his Truths in Moses' heart, mind and soul. God saved the life of Moses and assured his destiny when he was placed in a floating basket on the Nile River. God answered a prayer to keep him safe, but God had Moses destiny planned for the future. Voices and visions in dreams is a valid communication with God.

When we disbelieve what God wants us to know, well, that's when spiritual warfare commences within our body and mind and it results in bad dreams. It's our inner spirit of what's right and demons of what's wrong fighting a tug-of-war battle between right or wrong according to Biblical truths. It happens because instinctively we know in our heart that what we want is contrary to Christian doctrine. The Holy Bible is a dream manager and a business manual for success, too. Flesh and spirit fight over sinful pursuits and its God's way of supernaturally intervening and making course corrections in our life. Every living Christian person on earth has felt the guilt when what we try to do is contrary to Biblical teachings.

Our heart and soul are in disagreement or flux - the rocky road of life's trials. It's a battle of wits that rages within our bodies both day and night causing bad dreams. Understanding what dreams are telling us is key to whether we obey God's angels with a joyful heart or disbelieve and blame God because our life isn't going where we planned. God dislikes our temper tantrums, but He still loves us. Our outward glow fades when we don't listen to our dream callings. God wants us to be successful in life and prosper. He doesn't demand we stay poor and suffer a miserable earthly existence. Since God is the giver or dreams by all means possible listen to your heart and soul.

If people never had dreams or goals in life we'd all be clothed in animal skins and carrying clubs. The wheel might never have been invented had it not been for a dreamer to make life simpler. Nothing would exist today, including us, if it weren't for dreamers and goal seekers. God desires for us to be happy and not sour pusses because we didn't get our way in life as we thought it should. Problem is mortal man forgets God and Christ when the master he serves is his own selfish greed. Once we become believers of the faith God expects us to heed His teachings and not 'deep six' them when its an inconvenient time in our life.

Bad dreams are the result of us trusting ourselves and doing contrary to biblical teachings. Some dreams come from watching horrible thriller movies before bedtime or falling asleep while watching them, the screaming sounds recording in our minds. Eating too many comfort foods; like greasy potato chips or stuffing ourselves with spicy foods can cause bad dreams, too. In combination with body chemical changes the guilty feelings overcome our subconscious mind the brain's electrical field fights a battle over what's right or wrong. No rest for the weary, but God wants us to have good dreams to rest our tired bodies.

Here's a personal example. I'm a nonfiction free-spirit writer, but for three years I languished over trying to write a fictional romance and mystery book. The topic was non-fictional, but I was uncomfortable writing about the source. My mind and soul were constantly at war over content and what was appropriate responses should be because they were contrary to my Christian beliefs. A battle or right versus wrong raged within my heart and I couldn't shake the bad dreams. God's angels were knocking on my mind's door, but my heart was resisting letting them inside my brain. Needless to say I was trying desperately trying to forget my Biblical truths I had been taught and strained to obey secular world writers. The editors said write what you know, but the only books that sell are those with sexual content, well I'm not a romantic that way, but the demon fighting my decent brain said 'sex in a script sells the book.'

Spirits and demons raged a fierce battle, a tiring battle within my heart and mind for supremacy and that's when I had bad dreams that surfaced more than good dreams. It was God's unique way of adding angel whisperers within my dreams from men of God or those asleep (not dead, but living) in the Lord. Ancient Egyptians in the days of Moses had extensive dream manuals for interpreting the dreams of Pharaohs. The war within me ceased when I stopped trying to appease editors and heeded the warnings in my dreams. I realized God was patient and I was not destined to write a trashy book and harm my good reputation. I turned to writing about dreams about prophetic mysteries where people have been straining to hear how to interpret their dreams. Some might think I'm nuts. God is empowering me to write about dreams and destiny of believers so that others might attain their dreams. It is through dreams that God reminds us of His promises for our lives.

I'm meant to inspire and give you courage and hope. If you have a recurring dream jump into action now before it is too late and your too old to enjoy the life God wants you to have, but remember to serve the Lord, too. God will provide what you need in a troubled world of naysayers who disbelieve in your abilities to achieve great things. Dream achievement and goals in life is hard work, but to realize either you must try with all your heart, mind and soul to achieve the destiny God has planned for you. Energize your priorities and don't sit back and expect God to do all the work. God created your mind and He expects you to use it wisely. Two heads are better than one.

I love harmonizing with Roy Orbison when he sings, "In Dreams" and "Running Scared". I find it easy to sing with him climbing into higher octaves without sounding like a wounded rabbit in the talons of an owl. He had a unique voice range. As always nighttime dreams don't start until...the "sandman appears and we close our eyes and drift away into a magical world..." where we can forget all our daily or nightly stresses and dream about something more pleasurable. Not all dreams are good. Some are downright scary.

It might be our Spirit fighting a fierce demon that is trying to control our lives. Our spirit is in a battle of wits between what's right or wrong. Dreams can be beautiful one moment, sad the next or simply horrifying. Some rise in Technicolor or black and white with voices, visions and we can retrieve the memory fragrances from our childhood - things we hadn't smelled in many years.

Orbison sings, "In dreams, I walk with you; In dreams, I talk with you, In dreams, your mine...and just before the dawn I awake to find you gone," well God isn't gone even when you do something wrong. If you deviate from His destiny for your life He'll put angelic activity in your Holy Spirit dreams, too! Think of it as the progressive calling in your life... your destiny. The dreams and destiny of believers continues... Until next time God bless you for reading my blog.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Dreams and Destiny of Believers - 6

Oops! I was just getting into the progressive callings in our lives from dreams in number five when I accidentally touched the wrong key and posted my blog before publishing. My dreams and destiny are played out each time I wrestle with writing another blog about a prophetic ministry.

What I'm learning in my Bible studies is how to interpret dreams based upon my dreams and dreams shared by friends and associates. They talk and I listen and its truly amazing how many mortals have been visited by angels in dreams and have heard voices, but were afraid to tell. The Bible contains many passages about Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit whisperers. Many prophets and disciples in the Old and New Testaments experienced visions and voices in dreams or in broad daylight with eyes wide open. Adam in Gen. 3:8 said they heard the voice of God walking in the Garden. As such God has given me the ability to write about the lives and dreams of others and to share God's promises for their lives.

The more I write about dreams and destiny, the more informed I am that people are watching and straining their ears to hear how they can interpret their dreams that come inside their dreams in living color or black and white visions in silence or voices. Personal dream interpretations are up to you and not someone else. You can explain your dream to others if they ask, but never tell them to interpret your dreams, because many will trash your dream or steal it. To not seek the understanding of your own dream is to let negative naysayers kill your dream, before you try to make it part of your life. Disparaging thinkers will kill your dream. If you've got an invention in your mind seek answers and clarifications from God. Ask God for help, pray to Him about the dream and obey what your heart and mind tell you to do. God wants you to be happy and successful, not sad and a failure. He wants you to prosper, not remain poor and struggle. Our Lord will drive you to excel and create something new. Have faith in God and lean not to what others would do.

In Romans 3 it says that God seeks out and saves those who believe in Him and Jesus Christ, because men do not seek God out of their own initiatives. It usually takes someone else to introduce you to God and Jesus Christ. Your dreams are special gifts from God to all believers and to realize your dream He'll push you towards action if you listen. You can't motivate your dream unless God is in the picture. Dreams of destiny reveal your progressive calling in life, but dreams require nourishment; passion, vision and expertise, and God placed dreams in our minds and hearts to honor Him. Don't even consider giving someone else the keys to control and drive your dream. God wants you to achieve your goal or vision. It is you and you alone that must drive your visionary dream. An example: With all your blood, sweat and tears to save up enough money to buy a new car why would you give someone else the keys to drive your new car (dream) in a reckless or irresponsible manner?

If you wonder what we use in life, even in a church, school or business, well, everything we have or see was based upon someones dreams and goals. Without dreamers what might the world resemble? Just remember you can't do everything yourself. Surround yourself with others who believe in you for they will push you forward towards your dream. Just never forget God.

Nourish the dream! Feed it! Pray, but don't badger God, but do seek out possibility thinkers and don't dwell with those who think you are a lunatic or nuts. If your dream vision is stuck in your mind have vision enough to seek your dream. Make the dream live up to your expectations - go ballistic. Next time more dreams...continued.

The Dreams and Destiny of Believers - 5

Roy Orbison recorded and sang the song "In Dreams", but as part of the song says the sandman must put us to sleep. It is only then can we dream and it becomes apparent that when..."I close my eyes, and I drift away, into the magic night, my dreams of you."

Of course what he's singing about the love of a woman..."In dreams I walk with you, in dreams I talk to you, in dreams your mine." Stranger is the fact this dream jingle can invite us into a rewarding relationship with God and Jesus Christ. When dawn appears our dreams end. Sometimes good dreams are worth remembering and the dream scenes are burned into our subconscious mind to be recalled in nanosecond timing.

Bad dreams we remember, too, and we think about them less during the day, but evil dreams seem to haunt us for days and nights only to repeat the horror feelings and they are hard to shed. Our flesh and spirit are angry as if pitched into fierce battle over our sinful nature, where we've strayed from God's destiny for our lives. The battle rages at fever pitch within our bodies telling us that God's dissatisfied and we've deviated from His design plan for our lives. Matters of the heart require dreams of repentance. He desires to heal our emotions and memories, but nothing works until we repent of our sins. God is sickened by what he sees in our hearts.

He wants us to obey the voices and visions in our dreams and not cast them away because it's an inconvenient truth or time. God's word or will intervenes in our lives. Remember God is the Creator of the human mind and nobody knows more about you than He. The angelic activity in our dreams arrive from men of God like pastor's and those asleep in the Lord.
It is God that gives us the power to do as He requests to insure our destiny. Dreams from the Holy Spirit give us courage to jump into action and faith to achieve the goals set forth in dreams. He is the inspiration that drives us into the future. He is the co-pilot and He will tell us when we do something wrong. God wants us to achieve or dreams and not throw them away simply because we are afraid. Where would the world be without dreamers; the building architects and designers, the automobile stylists, the surgeons, dentists, firemen, policemen, bankers, businessmen, entertainment celebrities, communications experts, computer geeks, etc. These were the dreamers and do-er's who started something from crude sketches and brought to life by other talented people that God put in our path.