A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, May 28, 2014
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” – Philippians 2:13
Around this time last year, the Lord gave me a dream. In this dream, I was feeding horses in the stable. I was very content as I enjoyed this task of tending to the horses in this way. There were several horses that were in their stalls, as I went from bin to bin feeding and petting these equine.
When I awoke, I grabbed my Biblical dream book (Understanding the Dreams you Dream by Ira Milligan), fully expecting to find some wonderful revelation on the meaning of my horses; as again, I was so content in my dream engaging in this activity.
Flipping through the pages with great anticipation, I certainly found some wonderful revelation—just not the revelation I was expecting. I was taken aback by one of the meanings of “horse.” There are usually several meanings for a particular symbol, but the one that is intended for my purpose always lights up in my spiritual eyes. The meaning that lit up, as it pertained to me was “flesh (as in works of the flesh)” (© 2010. Milligan).
Speaking of flesh, I had to fight back my flesh from letting pride get the better of me, and humbling myself before my Father. “Okay God, not what I expected. You caught me off guard a bit, but I am listening.”
Accept the gentle correction of the Lord, my brothers and sisters! Welcome it, appreciate it; for it is a gift from the Father Who loves you with an everlasting love, and more than you can ever imagine. The Creator Himself assures us that those whom He corrects, He loves (Proverbs 3:12).
What I sensed the Lord speaking to my spirit was that there were a lot of little things that I was trying to work out and achieve in my own flesh; rather than allowing God, in me, to work these things out. Many times, we focus on calling upon the strength of the Lord in big things, but we overlook the little things, which actually can play a significant role in how effectively we allow God’s Holy Spirit to operate in us and through us in the bigger things.
The Father brought me back to yesterday's verse in Song of Solomon 2:15, where He warns “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for your vines have tender grapes.” It is the little foxes that spoil the vine. And many times we ignore the little foxes, the seemingly insignificant things, which cause damage and hinder the fruition of the bigger things.
I was content as I was feeding the horses. How often do we become content feeding our flesh? How many times do we make excuses for giving in to the flesh, dismissing these seemingly-small transactions as insignificant? Who’s watching and guarding your vine, if not you? We are each responsible for watching and tending to our own vine.
It is considerable to note that I was in a stable. The stable was as important as the horses. As I pressed in for more revelation, it clicked by the Spirit for me: look at the word ‘stable’ itself! In addition to being a physical place for barnyard animals, it also is a state or condition! Most stables are made out of wood, which of course are susceptible to the world’s conditions and natural disasters: they can cave in to a fire, flood, or storm at any time. Humans can build them up and tear them down on a whim. The stable is just as unstable as is any state or foundation that is built on anything other than the rock of Jesus Christ! The flesh is an unstable source, which makes for an even more unstable foundation.
And check out the word “stall.” These physical ‘stalls’ where the horses are housed will cause you to stall and not move forward. Whenever you feed your flesh, you stall your progress in God. It is also interesting to note that one of the synonyms for “horse” is a “nag” (Webster’s Dictionary). Your flesh serves to nag you, and to hinder your spiritual walk with the Lord. We can impede the work of God in us and through us when we spend time in the false stables of our flesh, going from stall to stall; rather than feeding our spirit and going from mountaintop to mountaintop and from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Apostle Paul gave us wise counsel when he declared “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” (Philippians 4:13). This man of God didn’t testify “some” things; God forbid! He proclaimed “all” things—this means the infinitesimal to the monumental.
What horses are you feeding, my brother? How content have you gotten in your flesh, my sister? The stable is starting to smell a little, huh family? What do you say we make like a tree and leave? Let’s go get some fresh air on the Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ!
Father, thank You for loving us enough to correct us, so we don’t miss Your best! Thank you, Most Wise Teacher, for gracing us with a teachable spirit. We call on you, Oh God, to help us crucify our flesh. We stand in agreement with the Apostle Paul and declare “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I affirm, by the boasting on you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily” (Galatians 2:20, 1 Corinthians 15:21). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we walk continuously and without interruption in the Spirit of the Living God. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to feed your spirit and deprive your flesh. Choose to tend to your spirit and ignore the nagging of your flesh. Determine to fellowship with God and feed on His Word every single day: morning, noon, and night. And continue to fight the good fight of staying out of the stable; for God, your Divine Stabilizer, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.