Friday, December 12, 2014

The missing picture

I had an annoying dream that I had lost something small that was important. I looked and looked and never found it and then a time came when it had to be accounted for, it was missing. For years I had a photography business and in the dream it was a small picture of a girl that needed a spot touched upon the background. In the days before digital, a touch up on a picture required a paint, or dyes, often it was difficult and time consuming. The one who brought the picture to me was coming for it and I could not find it.

Is this dream symbolic of something spiritual? I was reading facebook and there was a concern by many about the words "Merry Christmas", not being said by stores and businesses. This to me was something small to focus on, but it was part of the bigger picture. Even Christ in Christmas is not allowed. His word, his name have already been removed in most places, so why the focus on "Merry Christmas?"  I read somewhere of  what the church in Poland was concerned about during World War 2, when the Jews were being removed and exterminated. The concern for many churches, was the color of carpets, and furnishings. These were trivial things missing the broader picture of satanic conflict all around them. Were the Jews in their synagogues concerned with these small things just before Hitler gave the order to exterminate them? Had they been seeking and hearing from the LORD?

I see the church focusing on trivial things, small things. Did the Nazi soldiers under the command of Hitler forget to mention a Jewish Holiday? Happy Hanukkah as they were marching millions of Jewish families to the trains to be hauled as cattle to the gas chambers? Most of Hitler's Germany still had Christmas, celebrated "Merry Christmas" as a festive time of year, but they were heart and soul believing in the cause of a greater Germany and the visions of Adolf Hitler. Not saying "Merry Christmas", is a small thing when you consider the broader picture. What are the goals of those in power? What are the people seeking and who are they going to blame? Yes, it will be persecution of the Jews all over again and the Christians will be seen as dangerous,  as the Islamic radicals are. Perhaps Islam will become dominant, and we will be as the Jews, persecuted and killed?  Think of the broader picture. Focus on the work of the Spirit of God in your life. Is the concern about little things while the church sleeps concerning the need of prayer and witnessing? Be the light, speak Merry Christmas with Joy in your heart, but also be the people of the Living Church. The one who gave you your ministry is coming and we must give an account. Will he be pleased? Are we pleased with our work for him? Have we lost the picture?

Eph 6:10  Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13  Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.  

Yes, the Lord is speaking this morning. A troubling dream and a warning  and encouragement to keep the faith visible. It is time to wake up.

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