God speaks to us through dreams

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I was reading Robby Dawkins book, “Do What Jesus Did” at the coffee shop today. Reading through his stories makes me laugh and cry. The most recent story was how God sometimes gives us pictures to share with those we are praying with. He told of a woman who was skeptical of God and church and didn’t know if it was a safe place to let her guard down. (I suppose some churches are and some aren’t.)

Robby and another lady were praying for this woman and the lady praying got a picture of a jack-in-the-box on a mantel and something about playing it over and over. So she took the courage to share that with her. The woman hung her head and started to cry. She told of how when her parents used to fight really bad, she would go to a neighbors house and take their jack-in-the-box off the mantel and play with it over and over and it made her feel safe. She said, “I think God is telling me that it is safe here.” She came to Jesus and opened her heart to the love of God!

This story made me cry because God knows every detail of our lives and he cares… deeply. Jesus is a safe place. You can let your guard down around him and around those who truly know him.

Sometimes I haven’t felt so safe or loved or valued in “church”. You know what I mean? A dream helped me define how I sometimes feel:

I was part of a play but I had no lines, so I wrote some lines that I thought would fit perfectly and complimented the scene. My lines were relating a dream about the events in the play. During rehearsal as they read over my included part they said, “who wrote this? This is crap! This doesn’t belong in this play.”

Then I was shown a house. It was fully completed. I was an extra part of the house (like an appendix) and didn’t seem to fit anywhere. I was represented by a cubed rectangle object with a cone coming off of it. “What is this? Where can we fit this?” Someone said, “Perhaps up here on the roof? Wow that looks weird.”

Here is the lie:

I don’t fit. The stuff I’m into and believe and think is cool from the Bible just doesn’t belong in the established way of things. My part doesn’t fit in the ongoing play. The church doesn’t need a fifth wheel.

Of course I know I am exactly who God has made me to be and I fit perfectly in his kingdom right where he puts me. I am fully secure in the fact that he accepts me and has made me a masterpiece to show a unique side of him… as we all do!

Then I had another dream:

I was with Jesus the carpenter and I was a peice of wood. I told him, “I suppose you can use me to light a fire or something.” He told me, “This is more of what I had in mind”. He showed me a picture of a flamed maple table top. Wow!

I once told a pastor, “If this thing (church) is fake and not for real people (who are sometimes weird like me) I don’t want it. I want the real thing.”

Of course I know the church – the true body of Christ – welcomes all the different and unique parts and functions that make up Christ’s body. I want that! I have experienced this and if you have experienced it for yourself, you would desperately want more of this too!

There is a place for you. You fit with Jesus. You belong in his family! In fact, your role is vital. There is an emptiness in our hearts until you are with us, healthy and holy, functioning and contributing as you should in the real way you do.

You are His masterpiece!

The real body of Christ is everywhere. It is organic and living and breathing. It’s in the relationships and friendships you form with other believers. It’s also in the gifted and anointed preachers, teachers, and worship leaders, or in the healers and miracle workers and prophetic intercessors that God uses. You have gifts (“superpowers”) too! You can speak into people’s lives like the woman did who had that prophetic word that I began this blog with! God will use you to grow His kingdom of Love.

Are you in?

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5 thoughts on “God speaks to us through dreams

  1. Chris Porter

    Thanks, Daniel. I needed to read that today, as I’ve felt like that, and out of step with church. Blessings 😊

  2. Da' Wigg-in-ater Wigg-u-later

    Awesome things shared here Daniel… You know I always enjoy all you have to share… So thanks for taking the dare… to really care… for so many christians that a lot of church folk standing so plainly square… So boldly say when it comes to there stuff beware:)

  3. Here is a review from Amazon:

    By Paul Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2013

    When John Wimber was a new Christian, he said he started asking his pastor, “When do we get to do the stuff?” He was surprised that Christians didn’t do “the stuff” Jesus did in the gospels, healing the sick, speaking words of wisdom, raising the dead. As the leader of the Vineyard churches, Wimber eventually did a lot of the stuff, and travelled the world teaching others about doing the stuff.

    Wimber is no longer with us, but his mantle of signs and wonders has passed to a new generation of leaders, including Robby Dawkins, pastor of Vineyard Aurora, in the western suburbs of Chicago. In his new book, Do What Jesus Did, Dawkins tells of his experiences doing the stuff. He argues that if “Christian means ‘little version of Christ'” then Christians ought to be “throwing out demons, walking on water, multiplying food for thousands, healing the sick and raising the dead.”

    If Dawkins merely related stories of specific examples of healing and other miracles he has seen, this would be an inspiring enough book, a great reminder that God does still work among us in remarkable ways. But Dawkins’s project is much bigger than that. He wants every Christian to be willing to be intentionally evangelistic and to be “naturally supernatural.”

    The purpose of healing and miracles is not to impress or display one’s own spirituality, but to show love, touch hearts, and transform lives. Dawkins says that when we pray for people, we should always ask for God’s presence, and tell them that Jesus loves them. His accounts of praying for people always include a reminder that the healing or miracle is “so that everyone will know that You’re here and in pursuit of a relationship with them.”

    What a difference we could make in the the world around us if we lived every day looking through Jesus’ eyes, asking God who we can pray for, listening for his voice, and–this is the important part–actually doing what he tells us to do, no matter how crazy it sounds. (One woman felt led to pull over at a gas station and stand on her head in front of the counter. The employee there said that a few minutes earlier, he had said, “God if you’re real, send someone to stand on her head right here.” Talk about an open door for evangelism!)

    I do wish Dawkins would have spent a bit of time on the after. After the miracles, after the conversion to Christ, what about discipleship? In his church where half the members are new Christians, many of them miraculously saved out of lives of drugs, gang violence, prostitution, and street life, what sort of discipleship and church structure do they practice? He mentions the Alpha course, which is a great start, and home groups, which build community. My guess is that he knows that for every book on miracles, there are approximately thirty thousand books on church growth that dwell on the nuts and bolts. In this world of seeker services and church growth strategies, Dawkins’s message needs to be heard.

    The most important overarching theme of Do What Jesus Did is that miracles are for the purpose of demonstrating Jesus’ love and drawing people in relationship with him. That means not only praying for people at the end of Sunday service–although there is a place for that–but also getting out in the world and being ready to pray for people all the time. You’ll be encouraged and inspired by the stories Dawkins tells and by the lives that have been changed. May we all do more of what Jesus did.

  4. Amen, Daniel. Good word! Thanks for sharing this book. I really like Robbie Dawkins. Will need to put this book on my list. 🙂

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