This morning as I walked into town to run a few errands, this song came on (see below) which I hadn’t heard for a while. It was perfectly timed and was a great reminder that Jesus is the head of our lives and Church – He calls the shots – and He will lead us to where we are needed to be.
This morning, I had a dream that I asked a male friend… How to do I say this?!?… It’s a little embarrassing – please don’t judge me!! … I asked him, if he would sleep with me so I could have another baby. (There I said it.) I also added in, that he didn’t have to be a part of the babies life – if he didn’t want to. It was a no strings attached kind of scenario. (Now, I also want to add in that I didn’t actually know this friend in real life and nor have I actually thought about this. So, this concept of asking a friend was new and strange to me.) Now, if Hollywood is anything to go by – we know how this scenario could play out – one falls in love with the other or both do or it takes a nasty turn – however that may look – and that is also subject to your imagination. You could say this dream is about my underlying desire to have another baby – but obviously, being single and out of wedlock, it is basically impossible at the moment. However, if I was desperate enough to make this happen, I could potentially do anything from IVF to adoption or asking a friend for help in this department. But this dream isn’t just about my underlying desires coming to the surface – it was highlighting something else.
The understanding that I came to – was highlighting our underlying desires and how we can take matters into our own hands rather than submitting our desires to God and trusting Him with them. It also highlighted that if God is not in something – we can make a proper mess of a situation, and a situation which may be been avoided had it first been handed over to God and our focus returned to him.
“Trust in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your ways to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways; when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:4-7 NIV)
“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
“But first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Seek the kingdom of God – seek Jesus – set your mind on things above – not of things on the earth – you are in the world but you are not of the world and from there the desires of your heart will be added to you.
Pray and believe you already have it – do not doubt.
Be still before the Lord and wait. The world is loud, busy and fast – but remember you are in the world and not of the world – therefore it is ok to be still and wait patiently. Don’t worry about or compare yourself to others who are succeeding in their ways because they have taken matters into their own hands, but – wait patiently for the Lord and trust He will give you all you need/desire in His time not yours.
His timing is always perfect.
His timing is always perfect.
His timing is always perfect.
All of this is a reminder to reset our gaze and (re)focus onto things above us, to the kingdom, and with Jesus. As the song says (below), “I’ll go anywhere – anywhere you call me to, as long as I am with you… you are the captain of my soul…” Jesus is the alpha and the omega – He is the begining and the end and He will lead us to where we need to be in his time.
Jesus is the head of the army. He is the light and the love we carry into the darkness. We are the warriors He leads into and through a battle.
“We are the young, we are the bold, we are the fearless, we are the strong, we are the brave, we are the dreamers, we are the ones who carry love into the darkness. We have a fire burning inside, nothing can stop us…”
These lyrics induced a strong vision, a vision which I have had before – and perhaps this was a reminder… I saw an army of warriors in (God’s) armour in a march with a lead-warrior at the front carrying a staff with white banner/ flag which flew high above everyone else. It flapped in the wind over the warriors heads. This flag was carried into battle and it was carried in a victory march.
Jesus is the warrior and He is the regal flag which flies high above everyone else. He is there in your battle and He is there in your victory. He walks in front of you, behind you and beside you and with you. In your battle, you are not alone and it is already won – for the one who has gone ahead of you has already overcome the world.
I feel, this is a reminder that we must continue to submit ourselves to the Lord, submit our desires to him – realign our focus to Jesus and the Kingdom and be ready to carry his love to where He calls us to be. And trust that while we are putting Jesus first and going into battle with him (whatever our battle is at the time), in our selflessness, the desires of our hearts will be added to us in his time.
The Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV)
May God’s peace be with you and may he continue to protect you. Stay safe. Until next time, God willing – W.A.R on with praise and prayer. Xx