The Key of Greater Dependence (Part 1)

The Key of Greater Dependence (Part 1)

God is about to and already is, giving the body of Christ ample opportunity to learn greater dependence. Are we going to learn now and be prepared for what is coming? Or, are we going to try to survive by our own plans and efforts, and by relying on man-made systems?

Dream: The second storm is greater than the first.
About a month ago I had a dream that took me some time to ponder and pray over. In this dream me and my husband were on the ocean travelling from England to South Africa on a rowboat.

There was a big storm up ahead we had to pass through. Initially, we were a bit fearful but the stormy weather opened up supernaturally. Almost like the opening of the red sea.

We rowed through with ease and arrived at the coastline of South Africa safely. I felt confident as I thought to myself: “we can do this again”.

I then dreamt that we had to go on a second trip: from South Africa to America. This time we had a bigger boat. It had an engine and storage space for food.

We ended up in a massive storm. It was so great that we could not see how we would survive. We had no hope. I went and lay down with our children as I was thinking to myself: “we are going to die in this storm”.

In the dream, I woke up the next morning and the ocean was completely calm. I was surprised that we survived this great storm.

Interpretation:
Little storms require little faith and little dependence. Greater storms require greater faith and greater dependence.

The boat in this dream is symbolic of our faith (1 Tim 1:19). Travelling first from England to South Africa and then from South Africa to America has to do with the time zone difference.

“THE TIMES ARE CHANGING”.
Between England and South Africa there is only a two-hour time difference. Between South Africa and America there is a massive eight-hour time difference.

We are all now experiencing how the times are changing. “THE NEW NORMAL”, is a buzz word being thrown around a lot these days.

In this first storm, the times have changed a little. It is going to change A LOT in this coming storm. We will need “greater faith”, a “prayer engine” behind us, and our “storeroom” will have to be full!

Firstly, we must learn to trust God more. The more you trust Him, the greater your faith (boat) becomes.

Secondly, your prayer life needs to become a priority. Prayer is the engine that drives your faith by running on the fuel of the Spirit.

Thirdly, we will have to stock up on spiritual food: The Word of God (1 Pe 2:2; Heb 5:12-14) and The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Mat 16: 15-18; Jn 6:55-58).

Put No Confidence in The Flesh
In the first storm I was confident: “we can do this again”. Philippians 3:3 reveals that a believer should “…have no confidence in the flesh”.

Rowing in this first storm speaks of self-effort and little dependence on God.

God knows that in this first storm we have little faith and He is being somewhat accommodative towards us. In spite of our self-effort, He is opening up the storm for us.

Faith and Trust is: “THE NEW NORMAL” for Believers
But NOW, we will have to use every opportunity to develop greater faith and dependence. In the second storm, I gave up. I didn’t do anything, but instead went to: “rest in faith”.

I had greater faith and I went into greater dependence by just resting in the faith that God already worked in me.

Faith and effort are in direct opposition. Faith’s focus is on God and what He wants to and can do. Effort’s focus is on self and what I can or “need” to do.

Exhortation: Trust God, Rather than Yourself and the World
We have to be careful not to waste our opportunities to learn to trust God. Trust God with your finances rather than using your credit card or running to the bank.

God is still somewhat accommodative, but a time is coming where you won’t survive spiritually if you depend on your own plans and efforts or on man-made systems and solutions.

Jesus could sleep through the storm because He knew who His Father was and who He was to His Father. May we rest in confident trust that God meant what He said in His Word!

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
~ (Matthew 6:26-34 NKJV)

The Key of Greater Dependence to be continued in Part 2 next week…

Winds of Resistance Against Faithful Witnesses

I had a dream symbolising what is now happening to those who are committed to run this great race of faith without compromise.

Dream
In my dream, I was running the 400m nationals. I saw my father, my mother and my one brother (whose name means lion) in the audience. I was running in lane 8, unenthusiastically referred to as the ‘blind lane’ because you can’t see the other competitors. You are running in front making it difficult to pace yourself against the other athletes.

As we got into the back straight there was an extremely strong wind from the front. It was so strong making it almost impossible to run. As I was pushing forward my legs was burning of fatigue. I wondered how the other athletes were coping and looked behind me to see how all of them were struggling to run against this strong wind. Some even got out of their lanes in a desperate attempt to make progress against this wind.

I knew I had to keep on running although it seemed impossible. As I got to the turn, I felt completely exhausted. Upon entering the front straight, the wind now behind me, I saw that the last 100m was packed with hurdles. Now I had to jump over these hurdles if I was going to finish this race.

Interpretation
Those who have set themselves to uncompromisingly uphold the truth of scripture and follow their resurrected Lord will now start experiencing extreme winds of resistance.

We are entering a phase of resistance followed by a phase of potential stumbling blocks in this great race of faith. First, we will experience fierce opposition against our faith, then the world will create situations on our way to try to get us to compromise our faith.

Take Courage
The Father (symbolised by my father) the Holy Spirit (symbolised by my mother) and the Lion of the tribe of Judah (symbolised by my brother) is watching over us and cheering us on.

Jesus as the lion is present to impart boldness and courage so that we can face what is ahead. In these winds the enemy will whisper in our ears: “You cannot do this, the resistance is too strong for you, give up…” But “…If God is for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31 NKJV)?

The Forerunners
The forerunners are called to run in lane eight. Many have prophesied about the nameless faceless generation. Those who have previously flown under the radar and aren’t well known. They occupy lane 8 as it is given to the person with the slowest qualifying time.

Wisely they have prepared themselves and have saved their energy with the final race in mind. They are the ones who will run in front and blind: they will “…walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7 NKJV).”.

They will break open new roads few have travelled before. They will set the pace for the rest to follow and they will be an example for the others of how to run in this new season.

A Warning!
There is also a stern warning to those who are tempted to get out of their lanes by adjusting the truth in their attempt to cope with this opposition.

In a natural race, you are disqualified if you don’t keep in your lane. But in this spiritual race, it will make you more likely to compromise your faith, stumble and fall further into the race.

Don’t Waste Opportunity to Prepare
The strong wind of resistance on the back straight will be used by God to build our faith muscles so that we will not compromise and fall over the obstacles in the front straight.

In the first straight, our faith will be vigorously opposed. In the last stretch, we will be actively persecuted. The former will be words of opposition. The latter will be actions of persecution.

We will be put in situations where we will have to choose between “peace and safety” (that is with the world) or to follow our LORD and suffer persecution.

Harvest?
Although the last stretch of the race is going to be riddled with potential stumbling blocks the wind will now be behind us. The wind of opposition will turn into a wind of support to propel us forward. In this time, many who have opposed us will now join us.

Finish Strong!
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4 NKJV).”

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6 NKJV).”

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14 NKJV).”

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