The House of God

House of God

Everyone dreams. Whether they frighten or relax, dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Research shows that most all adults dream about twenty minutes out of every ninety that they sleep, but they don’t always remember their dreams-unless they wake up during one.  Research studies have proven that norepinephrine and serotonin initiate and maintain dreaming. Every dream has symbolic meaning. Several cultures believe that dreams are a sign from God. That’s very possible, but it’s also possible that a dream is the mind’s way of relaxing like a coiled spring. Dreams are usually unconscious wish-fulfillments in symbolic form. Thus, if an individual chooses happiness, he must also choose healthy sleep habits. Sleeping and dreaming are necessary to maintain life and sanity. Extra stress, anxiety, threats and other conditions may induce nightmare type dreams. Dreams play a large role in people’s lives. Dreams play a larger role in the Bible than we give them credit for. Joseph had several dreams in the book of Genesis. They were laughed at by his family, but decades later, those dreams were brought to reality. Jacob also had some unsettling dreams in Genesis. One dream in particular is recorded for future generations to come.

Jacob was traveling from Beersheba to Haran and when the sun set, he decided to rest for the night. Using a rock for a pillow, he had a most unusual dream. He dreamed that he saw a stairway reaching from the earth all the way to heaven! And, that there were angels of God ascending and descending on this stairway! And above the stairway stood God himself? And then something unusual happened: God spoke to Jacob!

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“I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”  Genesis 28:13

After God identified himself as the God of Abraham and Isaac, God confirmed the Abrahamic covenant and added the promise of His presence with Jacob! Jacob had stopped at a place called Luz and had a fantastic dream. Jacob built an altar and renamed the place Bethel after that episode. The name Bethel means “house of God”.

Jacob had heard permission from his father and his mother but now God has spoken to him. Jacob was establishing his own relationship with God. Each of us must have a personal relationship with God. It is not enough to hear wonderful stories about Christians in your family; you need to become part of the story yourself.  (Genesis 3:6-7)

 Let’s go back to the first line “Everyone Dreams”.   Now picture John 14:2 for your reassurance:  “In my Father’s house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.” So go ahead and dream.

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Precept Carries No Enablement

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What if earthquakes could be predicted? What if they could be pinpointed to an exact area, severity, duration, and time!  What if you knew, but you weren’t interested?  What if you could help others prepare for an impending disaster and save countless lives? Would you demand money for this information or help out because it’s the right thing to do?  You have something more valuable than predicting earthquakes and their destruction.  You have at your disposal a plan for the ages! The Bible has also been referred to as—Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

The prophecies concerning the birth and death of the Messiah are numerous and can be researched and verified.  A few were prepared for His coming, most however didn’t see the significance until He had come and gone.  The Gospel of Matthew predicts the Second Coming of Christ and some of the signs that will precede it.  Are you interested in helping others prepare? Are you interested in being accountable if you don’t?

Matthew speaks about many coming saying that they are the real ‘Christ’, he speaks about wars and rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes in various places, and these are just the beginning of troubles to come!  Many will abandon their faith, false prophets will come and deceive many, and wickedness will increase.   Matthew chapter 24 tells much more, so be forewarned, it has been foretold—trouble is coming in a big way!   The international prestigious insurers, Lloyds of London have paid out billions of dollars towards recent hurricanes and billions and billions more for the BP oil spill and they are planning for even bigger disasters.  Staggering!  Disasters are expensive and deadly.   2 Kings 22:16 states, “This is what the LORD says: I am going to bring disaster on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book the king of Judah has read.”   It would be a disaster for you not to be ready and prepared to meet your Savior.  Can you afford the cost of not being prepared?

 

 

Please avoid trouble at all costs!

Hiding In Plain Sight

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Look at the world around you.  A garden in full bloom, a trout swimming upstream, baby ducks following their mother, the stars of Orion’s belt on a clear night, pictures from deep space that we cannot imagine.  These things are without equal.  And that’s just the things we can see!

What about the music from an orchestra, the wind whistling through a wheat field, rain tapping on a tin roof at midnight, a baby cooing?  These things are without equal.  And that’s just the things we can hear!

What about a little child hugging you at bedtime, a puppy that curls up beside you after a grueling day, cutting and stacking a rick of freshly cut firewood, hitting a ball out of the park after the score is tied? These things are without equal.  And that’s just the things we can feel!

HidingWhat about fresh cut grass, the scent of a first rain, a fresh cut spring bouquet, cotton candy at the fair, a steamed hot  dog on opening day at the ball park? These things are without equal, and that’s just the things we can smell or taste!  Jesus experienced some of these feelings and Jesus caused some of them.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; maybe a thousand pictures are worth one word, ‘awesome’!  What God shows us every day is His invisible glory.  Imagine it: The grace of God—hiding in plain sight for all.  “Who is like you O Lord—majestic in holiness awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:1

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