I’d like to share a dream I had the other night:
Five of us were in a car, traveling to the Gold Bar (a small town in the foothills of
FIVE speaks to me of the FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY as defined in Ephesians 4:11-13:
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”
FIVE is also the number of
GOLD speaks of DEITY, and the GLORY OF GOD. A “Gold Bar” would be a very weighty and valuable treasure! Revelation tells us the New Jerusalem is “pure gold, like clear glass.” Therefore, “Gold Bar” in the dream signifies the great City of
Isaiah 9:7 promises us that “Of the increase of His GOVERNMENT and PEACE there will be no end.”
An Eternal Perspective: We’re All on a Journey – And Nobody Has Arrived Yet!
I believe that in this dream God was reminding me to keep an eternal perspective on temporal situations. It boils down to this: The entire Body of Christ is quite simply on a pilgrimage to find
Psalm 84:5-7 says, “Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who set their minds on a pilgrimage to
As I was pondering the great controversy currently swirling in the realm of Charismatic Christianity, I felt that God spoke this to me, “Mercy Triumphs over Judgment.” I couldn’t remember the context, so I had to look it up. It is found in James 2:8-13.
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5),
The One Who is Worthy to Rule
The whole message of the Gospel is mercy…
As for the rest of us, our job is much simpler. We must just keep loving