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A Dream – Leaders and Followers
July 28, 2013, 8:47 am
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes

Just after 2 AM this morning I woke up having this dream. I went back and laid down but my spirit was not content. I had to write down the dream. Now that it is just after 3:30 AM I am posting the dream. It is for the body of Christ, to the glory of God.

In a small group of an “institutional” church, perhaps a “discipleship class” discussion group, mention was made of the importance of leaders and followers. Somehow I was asked to share my thoughts on the subject. I stood and said:

“Brothers and sisters, thank you for allowing me to share. Before I begin let me remind you that a few years ago I retired from the U.S. Army and am quite aware of the concept of leaders and followers. But over the past few years I have learned something different than our current knowledge of leaders and followers.”

At this point I can hear music in the background and asked if it could be turned down. This appeared to be “meditative” music. The “pastor” somewhat distracted went and turned it down.

“As a believer of Jesus Christ I am also a follower. I follow Him. As each person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ they are given the Holy Spirit who dwells within our spirit. This spirit is within us, this body and soul by which we live by. It is like the Old Testament temple. Our body is like the temple, our soul the holy of holies, the ark our spirit and within the ark is the Lord. We are the temple of the Lord. We are each called to hear the Lord by our spirits and follow Him just as the author of Hebrews says. We do so by our conscience and intuition, loving one another by His strength and power.”

Somehow at this point I am no longer sharing with a small group but it has become a huge number of people, such as what would be found in a large “church” building, all quietly listening.

“Jesus said ‘do not call anyone your Father or anyone your Leader for there is only one Father and one Leader.’ We are each called to hear Him and follow Him! We are no longer called to hear and follow this earthly body and soul but the Spirit who dwells in us, the Spirit of Christ, who is our life! Paul said ‘it is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself up for me, for you.’

“Each of us have been given gifts. These gifts are from the Spirit, not us. In fact He has given Himself for the building up of the body. He has given persons, each one of us, our personalities through which the Spirit might express Himself.

“What are we doing here? This is a show! This was not normal in the body of Christ. From time-to-time those with an apostolic function would share the heart of God to His people but that was not the norm. The norm was God’s people living by His life with one another in each others homes, from house to house, and in the marketplace.

“God’s people were not led by only a certain few by a special people, in a special place, at a special time. Each member as they followed Jesus led the body of Christ. As each member heard and followed Jesus, living by His life, Christ was leading His body! But this (looking at all the quiet people staring at the stage) this has caused God’s people, has caused the life of God to become enslaved and are in bondage!”

The scene seems to end. At this point a decision must be made by God’s people. Those who have assumed God’s leadership must decide what to do based on what was heard.

This for some reason appears to be a scene like that of Stephen before the Sanhedrin. Will God’s people listen to the Spirit within them and follow Him or their emotions.

Crucify My Heart
July 1, 2013, 1:52 pm
Filed under: 1B Favorite Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

This song is sung to the tune of “Change My Heart, Oh God.” While the original words of the song still speak truth, in that God in Christ desires that we live from a changed heart, in reality He has crucified the old heart and given us a new one. This is a process of realization, a progression if you will, through life’s experience with Him.

Crucify my heart,
Give me only Yours,
Crucify my heart,
Taken on Your cross.

You are Redeemer, I am Your work,
Hold me and place me, in Your loving heart.

Crucify my heart,
Give me only Yours,
Crucify my heart,
Taken on Your cross.

DeVern Fromke in his book “Ultimate Intention” states: “The heart, God says, is desperately sick, and He must do something more fundamental than cleanse it: He must give us a new one!…the ‘flesh’ was never to be cleansed; it must be crucified. The work of God within us must be something wholly new.”

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26.

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24.

“For we know that our old self (man) was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:6.

“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold firmly till the end our original conviction.” Hebrews 3:12-14.

Scripture passages from TNIV.