(Kathy Gabler) — Jer. 17:9, says the heart is a puzzle no one can figure out, but some of those puzzle pieces can show up in our dreams. Memories you have never remembered before can suddenly be a dream video, and that can be the puzzle piece that solves a troubling in your heart-thinking. Our heart-thinking is crucial because it affects all our life and all our relationships, Pro 23:7, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Therefore, self-to-self dreams are very important because the scripts of those dreams reveal what is affecting or influencing our thoughts and emotions and senses and moods and attitudes. Again, it is key to remember that in self-to-self dreams it is not God doing the talking, but us. (Sixth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)
It may be that some people have not lasted in a relationship with an individual or a church because they only stayed long enough to find out what they were not in the relationship, but they didn’t stay long enough to discover what they were. One must needs be around and function as a member of the body long enough for the body to identify one’s place in the body (1Tim.3:10). “But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin.” (1Jn.1:7, GW)
Self-to-Self dreams can clean house by flashing scenes from our life into dreams so we can gather and toss “thought-clutter” and have a clean start the next day. Scientists and doctors have proven these kind of dreams are a nightly reset that de-clutters the mind and de-stresses the mind. Since stress is the starting point for many, if not most health issues, the ability to dream self-to-self is healthy. The Hebrew word for dream is chalam (khay lem), which means to strengthen or restore to health or facilitate recovery. Any way you look at it, dreaming is a blessing from the Lord. Even nightmares or upsetting dreams or bizarro dreams can be a positive because they bring things stored in our core closet out to the living room where we can be aware of them and we can confront them for relief or resolve. (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)
MICHAL (Beware resentment)—In 2Samuel 6 Michal represents resentment toward change. She doesn’t leave; she stays around but everyone knows that she resents the changes that have taken place. Michal makes her resentment known to leadership and does what she can, through attitudes, to make them regret change. The tragedy is, however, that she is never able to add to what is going on – her resentment has left her unable to bear anything with life in it. She is impotent (2Sam.6:23).
“You have no rival, You have no equal. Now and forever our God reigns.”
Melissa Gabler and the Grace Worship Team. Grace International Church Willis,TX.
(Kathy Gabler) — When considering a dream, knowing whether a dream is from God or not may help bring clarity. Sometimes we figure out in hind sight that a dream was from God, but it is still a valuable insight for future reference. If a dream is from God, it is a God-to-Man communication, revelation, realization or confirmation coming down to us. If a dream is a self-to-self communication it is coming up from our heart or core to get information and conditions up into our mind-awareness. (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Considering Dreams and Visions”)
As the people of God assemble on Pentecost Sunday, may they hear afresh their Lord as He charges His followers: “He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised,” (Acts 1:4) “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22) and then Apostle Paul throws in: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” (Eph 5:18). The tense used in the original language actually reads: “BE YE BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT”. In other words, there is to be an ongoing filling or a series of fillings.