Dream/Message: Futility and Loss
Saturday April 20, 2018
Last night I had a dream that there was a great big flea market (if you want to call it that) along the seashore. It was perfect chaos. People were giving away a great number of things. I remember picking out some things, but I always ended up losing them in the chaos. It proved to be an exercise in futility. I could feel my frustration heightening. There was no one there that I recall knowing. In the midst of it all, I somehow lost my shoes. I started calling out to anyone who would hear me, “Do you know where my shoes are?” No one paid attention. Finally, I came across a pastor and someone with him who were sitting rather separate from all the chaos but also having no concern about it. I don’t know why I knew he was a pastor, but in my dream, I could sense the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, and I said to the pastor and his companion, “This is a great abomination in the sight of the LORD!” I think I said something else, but I don’t remember what.
Then the dream ended.
After I awoke, I asked the Lord if there was significance to the dream and He began to enlighten me as to the interpretation.
The sea is the mass of people in this world. This world is caught up in a great frenzy of buying and selling, always seeking something new, always rushing about in chaos, not being still to know that the LORD is God, not pondering to realize the futility of the enterprise.
My loss of the things I managed to gather represents how transient the things of this earth are. Even if we think we have accomplished something in our carnal pursuits, it proves to be meaningless.
The loss of my shoes made me think of Ephesians 6:15: “…and as for shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”
This pursuit of earthly gratification made me ineffective in being ready with the gospel, and I had no power to effect peace in the midst of the chaos. In fact, in my own sense of dilemma, I was only adding to the chaos. Furthermore, the pastor did not direct me to find that gospel readiness anymore than the next person, and in fact, the Holy Spirit through me rebuked him. He was not standing up to the abomination around him by trying to arrest the pursuit of the people. He was just cloistering himself from the world. Surely this is not God’s calling on His shepherds that He had given–teaching the people to cloister themselves from the world, to take off their shoes of gospel readiness and relax in their religion while still indulging in the promiscuity of the world.
Today, I have been pondering these things and troubled in my heart, because I have been asking God if the situation in the churches is truly as dier as this dream is presenting. I personally know many churches and pastors, and I had always thought them to be godly men that pursue holiness and preach the whole counsel of God. I asked God, “What would you have me to tell your people?”
My daughter, I love you with an everlasting love, and I love all of my shepherds who seek my will to do it. I love those who indeed preach my true Word to my flock and who keep themselves pure and from idols, but I am not pleased with many of my shepherds. Many of the same shepherds that you have asked me about are not being examples to the flock–that is, they are not showing them how to carry out my Great Commission. They preach words that are not active. My daughter, listen to me, I will do a great thing in your midst and will bring many of my shepherds back to me. Indeed, I have already begun to do so. But these are in many ways still cloistered in their church buildings and not used to getting their hands dirty. They should take my sheep and lead them and show them how to have compassion in the world–not just among their own people. Remember how I trained my apostles? I led them, worked with them, and taught them in the midst of the harvest. I didn’t set them in a classroom and preach at them and then tell them to go apply it. I showed them with my very own hands. Oh the folly of your shepherds. So many have failed for lack of knowledge–not head knowledge but heart and experiential knowledge. Those two go together. James 2:18: “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
1 Peter 5:1-3: “So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”
Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”
Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
James 1:22-27: “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
1 Timothy 6:17: “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”
1 Corinthians 7:29, 31: “This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let…those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.”
1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
John 17:14: “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”
After receiving the above message, I was suddenly gripped with a great sense of fear and inadequacy, as well as outside attacks. Satan surely does not want this word to go out! It has taken over 24 hours of prayer and time in the Word for God to refortify me in this calling. Pray that God would use this Word in your heart as He wills.
-Rachel, daughter of the King