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What is REAL, Lord?

What we see, hear, smell, taste and/or touch with our physical senses?  What we discern — and experience — in our spirits?

Or are they both part of The Whole?

Last night, I moved between the two… seemingly without effort.  Except that I was very aware of how full each moment was with the effort I was exerting.

I was dreaming.  Or was I awake?  I alternated often between the two.  But the action was always the same.

In the dream, I was stranded with a handful of people in a dense jungle.  I was the only woman there.  Was that significant, Lord?  Perhaps only in the sense that You appeared first to Mary Magdalene after You rose from the dead (John 20:15-17).

News Flash:  You had risen from the dead.  You showed Mary first… and the men, at first, didn’t believe her.

This group in my dream were like Dead People Walking.  They (we) had given up all hope of finding our way to safety.  Someone had devised a “strategy” by which we could prolong our dwindling supplies and cut short our mounting suffering.

We would kill members of our group, one-by-one.  Everyone agreed.

Whose turn would it be next?  We drew by lot.  Who would pull the trigger?  In a very real sense, we all did.  We were all present.  We all agreed.

Until You spoke to me, Lord… and changed everything.

In the dream, I had a dream.  A night like last night.  When I drifted back and forth between dream and awake states, where the same thoughts were occurring.

In my dream’s dream, I began to speak LIFE.  To fight for LIFE.  To wake up to the needlessness of such carnage.  To take up the authority You have given us to battle against the enemy of our souls.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I have come that they may have LIFE…”  (John 10:10)

In my dream’s dream, I began to acknowledge Your Presence.  To turn to You for help.  To grab hold of hope by grabbing hold of You, Lord — The Hope of the World.

In my dream’s dream, I began to break my agreement with any “strategy” that leads me to willingly ignore You and all You hold dear.  Is that when a “strategy” is unmasked to reveal the “scheme” hidden below?

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”  (Ephesians 6:11)

“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.”  (John 8:44)

My dream’s dream “woke me up” so I could change the “reality” in my dream.

My dream “woke me up” so I could change the reality in my LIFE.

I was awake, first in my dream.  Now I am awake “for real.”  And I realize that I have been sleep walking… for real.  In Your kindness, You woke me up… yet again.  By speaking to me clearly, even in a dream.

It’s time, once again, to SPEAK LIFE into my own present reality… into my own mind.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their need, that it may benefit those who listen.”  (Ephesians 4:29)

Oh, Lord… Help me speak the words — Your Words — that will build me up according to my need!  And help me listen!  So I may then do so for others You have entrusted to my influence!

It’s time, once again, to FIGHT FOR LIFE.

“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”  (Ephesians 6:10)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Oh, Lord… The battle is relentless.  Help me fight more effectively today… by surrendering more completely to You!

It’s time, once again, to break my agreement with the schemes that are leading me away from what is right and good for me.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee.  Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  (James 4:7-8a)

“Whatever is true… noble… right… pure… lovely… admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”  (Philippians 4:8)

Oh, Lord… I am SO GRATEFUL for every WAKE-UP CALL from You!

Even when I am “dead” asleep.

Especially when I am “dead” awake.

Abba’s Girl

 

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