“I Had A Dream!” ( Jeremias 23: 23-25, KNOX ) by Carley Evans


Water dream
Water dream (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

 

23 God am I, the Lord says, only when I stand near, and not when I am far away? 24 Where, he would know, will you hide so close that he is not watching you, he, the Lord, that fills heaven and earth? 25 No word, he says, but reaches my ears when one of these prophets gives false guidance in my name; I had a dream, he will tell you, I had a dream!

 

The world of the internet with its social media opens my eyes and mental ears to this refrain “I had a dream!” rather more often than when I walk down the street. Often the refrain is “God gave me a dream, and in this dream He said…”

Is this prophecy? I peruse some of these “dreams” occasionally ( not very often ) and always wonder how someone is able to say “this came from God.”

Look at the Holy Scripture. Think how many years and how many men ( mostly men ) read and prayed over it to decide if it belonged in the Canon, if it is actually God’s infallible Word. Then think about that person on Facebook or Twitter whose dream is supposedly from God.

I cringe.

 

“Renewal Of Your Mind” (Romans 12: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that we are saved by faith. James says faith without works is dead. Together faith and works make up our salvation.

The work we do emerges naturally from the renewing of our minds. If our minds are right, then our works will be right. We must have a correct understanding of God, of who He is, what His plan is, and what small parts we play in this event called the universe.

This is not to say that we have to be smart as smart is understood by the world. Rather, we must know the Word of God. The Word must permeate us completely so that in any situation God will bring to mind the exact verse or parable or person of the scriptures to help us in that situation.

Without the Word embedded, we are vulnerable to the world and to our enemy, who hates us because it hates God.

Renewing your mind with the Word of God is a major portion of your armor against evil — your own and that of other people.

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6: 16 – 18)

“Should Not Shepherds Feed His Sheep?” (Ezekiel 34: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Should not shepherds feed the sheep?” asks God. “The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought.” (Ezekiel 34: 3)

After breakfast, Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love Me more than these?” When Peter says that he does; Jesus commands, “Feed My lambs.” (John 21: 15) He asks Peter again if he loves Him. And Peter replies, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” Jesus tells Peter: “Tend My sheep.” (John 21: 16) A third time, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Here Peter is hurt. Peter responds, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus says, “Feed My sheep. Follow Me.” (John 21: 17, 19)

Paul writes to Timothy, “From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3: 15)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3: 16)

Paul tells Timothy to “preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort WITH COMPLETE PATIENCE and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4: 2)

“The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden form His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4: 12 – 13)

Peter says to Jesus, “Lord, You know everything.”

Jesus says, “Feed My sheep. Follow Me.”