A PROPHETIC DREAM CONCERNING THE BODY OF CHRIST, GIVEN TO ME BY THE LORD ON SEPT 23, 2000
WHATEVER IS CHAFF WILL BURN. Jesus has not called us to Judge others, their ministries, or their walks, with the intent to condemn. He has only called us to be faithful to do that which He has called us to do.
If I see a brother overtaken in a fault, I am to attempt to restore such a one in a spirit of meekness, considering myself, lest I also be tempted. Pointing fingers, accusing, gossiping, backbiting, passing judgements, attacking other ministries, and the body of Christ, and comparing ourselves to others are works of the flesh. It's not of God, no matter how much the one who does it seems to think it is.
A lot of modern day "prophets" have fallen into that error. Rather than giving a warning out of concern and love for the body of Christ, or the Christian who may have fallen in error or in sin, they attack and condemn and fall right in line with the Accuser of the Brethren. This makes them false prophets. Consider what I say, yet not I, but the Spirit of God.
In the past week I have seen no less than FIVE major examples of the Accuser working in brothers and sisters as they bite and tear at one another, trying to discredit and condemn one another. I will not elaborate, but they came one right after another.
Saturday night I prayed the Lord would give me instruction as to what I should share in church Sunday, as Pastor Tim had asked me to bring a message to the Body.
That night He gave me a dream.
It was a two fold dream: In the first part of it, I was in a motorhome or a boat with another person, when we heard some one crying for help. I got up, but the other person told me not to worry about it. Someone else would help them. I walked to the window, and threw open the curtain, and the person said, "Now you did it. Now we have to help them!" I walked to the door and let them in…they were both tramps and appeared to be drunk.
Then the dream switched. It was as if I was a spectator in an apartment, beholding a scene that was unfolding before me. There were two black men, one was sitting at a kitchen table, and very laboriously writing a note on what looked like a placemat. I could see that he had drawn some art on the placemat, and was writing a thank you note to the unseen host of the house.
The art wasn't anything splendid; it looked pretty plain and had kind of a chilish look to it. The note pointed out the fact that they had nothing with which to repay the hospitality shown them, but prayed that this "Thank You" would be sufficient. The other man walked over and started to mock what the other had drawn and written. Though I hadn't actually witnessed it, I could tell that the grateful one had cleaned up the apartment in addition to writing the thank you note and drawing the picture.
The grateful one ignored the mocker, and got up and walked over to the refrigerator. When he opened the door of the refrigerator, I could see two jars of juice on the shelf in the door. Both of them were half full. One of them had a cracker or some other kind of food sticking out of it. The grateful one looked at the mocker, and asked him if he had done that. The other one said, "Sure, so what?" The grateful one reproved him for leaving the food in the jar…"No one is going to want to drink that after you!" he said.
Angered at the reproof which was just given, the mocker started to use karate against the other, and began to aggressively attack him. The grateful one had no defense. He was kicked in the leg, and kept on backing up. The mocker started to kick again, and I knew I needed to do something.
I knew I didn't know karate, and I knew that I was in danger of getting seriously hurt, if I intervened. But I also knew that this grateful one was getting beaten, and in danger. So I yelled "Hey!" And got into a karate stance myself…and then I woke up.
It was about 4:00 a.m. I asked the Lord for the meaning.
The first part of the dream was that the world is crying out for help, and there are two classes of people in the church. There are some in the church who just want someone else to help those who are in need, especially if helping someone else is going to require some serious infringement on their comfort zones. There are others who will help, no matter what the cost. There are those who will help, and those who won't. That's just the way it is. It's just up to each individual to be faithful to do his or her part. We can't stand in judgement of those who won't help. We just need to open the doors when opportunity to serve presents itself, and not worry when others don't do likewise.
The two men in the apartment represented servants of Christ. These are those who are in the ministry. There are also two different kinds of people who are in the ministry. They are in the church together, but they have different attitudes. One is thankful and realizes that he has nothing that he could give to repay the Lord who has given him refuge, but he tries to express his gratitude the best way he knows how. His efforts aren't skilled or polished, but he does what he can, because he is thankful. A true servant of God is that way. They know that everything and all things that they have that is good is given to them by God. They fully understand that there is no way they could ever repay the Lord for His grace. They understand who they are (dust), and Who He IS (EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD, JUST AND PURE)! The things they do to express their gratitude aren't necessarily pretty and refined, but that which they have, they give unselfishly to the Lord with no other motive than Love and Appreciation for what He has done for them.
The other servant mocks the grateful one who understands that he has nothing with which to repay his Lord, but who does what he can. This servant represents those who go about in their own power, saying "look at my ministry, look what I can do. Look at me, and my walk, how I never stumble and fall, how I am so polished and how I give my tithes, and live a holy life before God. " This minister points fingers at others, and walks in a critical spirit. He mocks or ridicules those who struggle and who are honest about their struggles. He mocks or ridicules those who are faithful simply to do what the Lord has called him to do. He'd rather attack his brother than encourage him and commend him for the effort they put forth for the furtherance of the Lord's Kingdom. While he could have helped the other one with the art or the thank you note, or in cleaning the house, he wouldn't be caught "wasting his time" doing such menial things. These servants are unthankful, because they are too filled with their own self righteousness to be thankful for the righteousness the Lord has imputed to them. They are Pharisees and Hypocrites, and dwell in the same room as the grateful and humble ones.
The juice in the refrigerator represents communion with Christ. They are both in the refrigerator to be preserved. They are both half full, because both servants partake of it. No one likes to eat after a double dipper (the person who sits at a table with chips and dip in the company of others, and dips the chip, then takes a bite, and then dips again).
The jar with the food left in it represents the ministries of those who have partaken of the grace of God, and who have soured the meaning of God's grace through their actions. They may have physically and spiritually partaken of the bread, which represents the body of Christ, but they have polluted the meaning of God's Grace through their actions one toward another and toward God. These people are critical of their brothers and sisters, and of those who are on the outside. They are out for their own selfish gain. They are hirelings who give little thought to what the world may think about their walk with God. They are harsh and judgemental, and hypocritical, and cause others not to want to partake of the Grace of God, because they have polluted the meaning of God's Grace. Instead of seeking to restore others to the Kingdom of God, they take it on themselves to pass judgement and to condemn. Because of the way they conduct themselves, the word of God is evil spoken of. They prevent others from entering into communion with Christ through their lifestyles. The world sees these divisions and infightings, and say, "if that is what Christ is about, then I don't want anything to do with it."
We are to call sin sin, and to reprove when reproof is needed. But there is a way of reproof that will restore, and a way of reproof which will destroy.
The grateful one reproves his fellowservant for polluting the juice. It is truth, and should be received by the other, but it isn't. Arrogant, highminded ministers who are full of themselves can not take reproof well. When the brother reproves the mocker for polluting the juice, instead of hearing the reproof, the mocker seeks how to smite his brother. He uses and abuses the power he has to silence the grateful one. He damages through words, and through actions. It would seem that someone has to do something.
Regardless of the potential for physical harm or that we ourselves will suffer injury of some kind (whether it be attacks on our character or on our ministry, whatever), we cannot be spectators, rather, we need to speak out for what is right.
Both the grateful servant and the ungrateful servant are in the house. Pointing fingers, shaking our heads, and gossiping, backbiting and accusing one another will not resolve anything. Yet, we can't afford to be spectators while the wicked servants are having a heyday at the expense of the Grace of God.
I woke up before any action could be taken, because the Lord doesn't want me to rely on my own power in defending the grateful servant. All things must be done in His order, in His time, and in His Will. The Lord will judge those who are in His household. Our part is to be the grateful servant, continuing to be faithful in the Work He has called us to. Even a wicked servant may possibly be restored. To smite him as he smites others will never achieve that end. Rendering evil for evil, railing for railing will accomplish nothing, other than to add to the damage that has already been done to the image of the Grace of God.
24 Another parable put he forth
unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed
good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.(KJV)
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (KJV)
I believe there needs to be clarification here, lest someone may interpret wrongly what has been written. The dream was about those who are in the HOUSE of the Lord, and how they fight among each other.
This is NOT say we are to condone cults and false doctrines. They are not in the HOUSE with us. We need to behave in such a way as to win these people who are in the cults to the Grace of God, not striving, but as meek and gentle servants, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if perchance they may come to repentance, and to an acknowledgement of the Truth. Our goal should be to ultimately open the door for them to come into the House of the Lord through effective evangelism. I would think twice before walking through a door where people are gnashing their teeth at me, and who are openly hostile toward me. It is much easier to enter a house where those who live in it show genuine hospitality, and who act like they want me to be in their house!
It is also important to reprove those who are in the House if they are doing damage to the spirit of Grace that resides therein. But reproof and rebuke should always be done with the sincere desire to see the one who had been reproved restored. There are too many servants of God who want to smite with the fist, and damage with the word of their mouths. Too often, servants of God move God from the Throne and take His place as the Judge.
I pray you will consider what has been written.
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