This week, Dutch Sheets has been focusing on dreams–dreams that God can put in your heart. If you’ve missed some of this week’s posts, you can still go back to his site to explore them. Today’s post had unique true-life examples, and it gave me the thought to repeat a previous Porch blog post (below).
“Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will), and so shall your plans be established and succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 AMPC
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“…then He (Jesus) said, ‘Behold, I have come to do thy will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God….” Hebrews 10:9-12 NASB
In the dark of night in Gethsemane’s garden, Jesus fell on His face to pray, seeking possible release for Himself from a most difficult and painful way–that His Father in heaven had revealed to Him on why He’d come as a Man. He was to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, according to God’s plan.
To any one of us, death on a cross would be something we would shun; yet Jesus was able to say He would do it, so that God’s will could be done. Being in agony, His sweat became like great drops of blood that fell. He knew that the way of the cross would provide escape for us from hell.
And a great part of the atonement is bodily healing, just as Jesus had shown. Abundant life is ours through Him, who sits at the right hand of the Father’s throne. Jesus was our great example…of listening for and following God’s perfect will. In setting aside our will to follow God’s, it’s His good purposes that we’ll fulfill.
P. A. Oltrogge
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go and pray over there.’ And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.’ He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’” Matthew 26:36-39 NKJV
Before that time in Gethsemane, we read of what Jesus said:
“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?’” Mark 8:34-36 NKJV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
“…seek His will in all you do….” is written of the above scripture in the New Living Translation
Encouragement on healing at http://www.rhema.org in the book, “Bodily Healing and the Atonement,” by Dr. T. J. McCrossan, reedited and reprinted by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin and Dr. Roy Hicks
It’s wise to inquire of God for the pathways He may want you to take. Perhaps it may simply be to continue sharing His kindness and the gospel with those right around you…family, friends, people with whom you work, etc. For “the greatest of these is love.”
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8 NIV
Speaking of dreams, Pastor Gary Keesee has related that in a series of dreams, God shared with him principles regarding finances to put into a book. Paying the bills has replaced the vision of many people. Debt has hijacked their freedom and caused them to give up on their dreams. The description of the book states:
Unfinished Business: Nine Laws for Acceleration puts everything on the table and walks you through the steps to change your mindset your thinking to one of opportunity and acceleration, so you don’t leave any of your dreams, your impact, or your God-designed destiny unfinished. (Visit http://www.garykeesee.com to find the book, (there is also a related workbook), under “Shop.”)