Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The prophet Joel, who lived around 800 years before the birth of Christ, wrote these prophetic words: “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28) Like many bible readers, I also think we are living in the days the prophet spoke of, because now in my old age I dream often while I seldom did when I was younger. That being said, the dream I had late last night or early this morning is still fresh in my mind and I sincerely believe it is a message for one or more of our readers. Here it is:
I don’t know how it came about but me and part of my family were living under the authority of a cruel and tyrannical group. We were closely supervised and lived in the constant fear of being heard speaking against it or it’s leader. Since church has been a very important part of my life since I committed my life to Christ, I remember vividly asking the leader’s permission to leave to attend church since it was aSunday morning. He refused, indicating to me and the others that he was teaching us a lesson. Just then, a trusted family member who was not in captivity, came by and I told her the situation. I pleaded with her to tell the police to send help, specifically to try to capture this renegade group by surprise. She promised me that she would and my dream ended with me having the complete assurance that help was on the way.
I am convinced that this is the message for one or more of you today: There is something or someone who has an unlawful hold upon your life. You need to confide in a strong and trusted friend and ask his or her help. Assuming you chose someone who is strong in the faith, he or she will pray on your behalf and because of it, you too should have the complete assurance that help is on the way. After all, James5:16 tells us that the prayers of the righteous are “powerful and effective.” Don’t hesitate any longer. If you are in a terrible situation you want to escape from and feel your own faith just isn’t strong enough, call on one or several others who will join you in your prayer. Remember: Help is on the way.
Memory verse for the week: (Romans 12:15) “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”