Things are not as they may seem...

During my homework for one of my mission courses, I learned that God tends to speak to Muslims through dreams and visions, which then usually leads them to conversion to Christianity. I was pondering that, trying to think about why God would choose to speak to them specifically in that way. I was talking about it with my prof, and perhaps it's just that they are more open to that than some people. I know that there are many of us who have dreams, and sometimes they are weird, but other times they seem to have meaning and significance of some sort. I think it is so neat that God can use dreams to draw people closer to him, so that they will want to seek after him.

I was also thinking about persecution, and about how it can make people stronger. It isn't that we have to go looking for it to actually have more faith. I guess it just depends on what situation we are in and how God calls us to react. For instance, if I was in a country where they told me not to speak about God, I could obey them, but only do it in hiding; or I could disobey them, and continue speaking about God freely, trusting that it will bring glory to His name, especially through my own persecution. There is a verse, Psalm 116:15, which says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Perhaps I am taking it out of context, but I looked at the verses before and after and it did not seem to make sense with either ones. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that whatever we do, whether we live or die for Christ, we are bringing glory to God. That is the heart of the matter.

Another thing I was thinking about is this:
what is our commitment to God as compared to other religions?
This is something I have to remind myself of often, especially when I am learning about Islam, where they pray five times a day. I know this is legalistic in a sense, and God does not have said "rules" for us to follow, per se, however, he does say pray without ceasing(1 Thess. 5:17). Are we commited to prayer, to fasting, to meditation of us word, and other spiritual disciplines, such as tithing, and solitude? He says, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10). When do we stop and think about all that He has done, contemplate just who God is? People from other religions can put us to shame sometimes, with their dedication. This isn't about comparison, though. This is about you and God. Your relationship. And it's about you and God and the body of Christ. How do we relate to other Christians? Do we let them encourage us, and pray for us, do we encourage and support them? Do we rebuke them when they are doing wrong things like we are supposed to? How committed are we?


1 comment:

Singinglady said...

Hi sweetie,
I think I am almost caught up on your notes.
This one certainly had many thoughts in it to keep you and me thinking.

Dreams, persecution and commitments are things we deal with in our lives. …
Especially our commitment to God and our daily relationship to Him and to those we come in contact with.

I know that is something we strive to do in our lives.
I pray that my life is honouring to Him and that I can share with others how He is always with me.

I leave you with a long note tonight that I have had sent to me this week.
I thought it touched some of the thought that you have shared this week in other blogs and lets you know that you are not the only to have similar experiences.

I hope you like it.

SPIRITUAL ARK - Communication

They say that communication is the key to relationships.
Some find it difficult to talk and others have no
Problem with it.

In order to be able to communicate,
You must also learn to listen.

Listening permits the
Person you are trying to communicate with, know
That you feel that what they are saying is important
To you.

Prayer is communication with God.
Again, some find
It easy to pray and some find it very difficult...

TheWords just don't seem to come.
There are many
Times when words just don't happen when I try to

It is at these times that maybe I will only use
One word and repeat it over and over.
A word that
I love to use is a very quiet repeating of the name of

After repeating Jesus over and over, I soon
Find that other words are being used also.

Then the next part of the prayer comes...
I must LISTEN to what my Lord tells me.
There cannot be a good relationship if the conversation
Is all one sided.

For me, learning to listen to God
Was and still is, at times, very difficult.

I become
Distracted so easily.

I will be concentrating on a
Prayer and before long, I become aware that my
Mind may be on what to cook for dinner that night.

Then, I beat myself up about not being good enough
To even pray for a few minutes... What a failure I am.

It takes a lot of practice to sit in silence and listen to
The Lord.
God speaks to us in many ways...

It can be
As simple as an image that comes to mind, or a single
Word that brings other ideas, or just a quiet peace
That comes over our presence.

I still don't listen perfectly to God's voice, but I
Hope that if I keep trying, I will hear God more
Often and take that as a sign that I am growing
In my Spiritual life.

~~Amber Rose

Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment


Thought for Today,Living consciously involves being genuine; it involves listening and responding to others honestly and openly; it involves being in the moment.~~Sidney Poitier