Friday, March 19, 2010

I Had a Dream

A few nights ago I had a dream.
I was moving among and interacting with a crowd of people: talking sharing and observing. The crowd faded into the background as suddenly I saw before me, three men standing at attention dressed in uniforms. They looked identical.
There was a word attached to each man which I understood.
The dream ended and I awoke, but to my dismay I could not remember the three words. Try as I might, I could not bring them back.
I prayed asking the Lord to let me remember the words and what they meant.
I fell back asleep and dreamed again. Once more, I heard the words and what they meant.
When I awoke the second time, I remembered.
The words were 'whole-hearted', 'half-hearted' and 'hard-hearted'.
The three men who outwardly look identical in their uniforms, hid within them three different heart conditions.
We could look at the example of three kings in scripture. Three kings , who were loved and admired and followed but with three very different hearts.

King David was whole-hearted toward God. He had the love of his people but the important praise was God's.

Act 13:22 He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I HAVE FOUND DAVID THE SON OF JESSE, A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL DO ALL MY WILL.'

King Saul was half-hearted. He, more than any other king, excited the emotion and admiration of the people. He was their first king, chosen by God. He was regally handsome. standing head and shoulders above the people.

But his half-heartedness was his downfall.... He turned away from following the Lord and ultimately became guilty of the unforgivable - consulting a medium.

Saul in his own words reveals his half-heartedness.
1Sa 15:24 Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

Is that not where all half-heartedness begins? When we fear man? or love the things of this world and what it offers?

God will not share His temple, and we have record of God's judgment of half-hearted Saul.
1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.

Then we have Rehoboam, the hard-hearted king. He looked so promising. All the people wanted to crown Rehoboam , the son of Solomon, as their king. They expected great things.

But it was not to be. Rehoboam never sought the wisdom of God, he sought the wisdom of his peers, the young men he grew up with.

He outrightly rejected the counsel of godly men.
2Ch 10:8 But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

Rohoboam went down but he did not go down alone. He took Israel with him.

2Ch 12:1 Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel along with him.

God's final word on Rohoboam's hard heartedness in found recorded for us in II Chron. 12:14. " And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD."

We have an incredible advantage looking at these three examples --it is called hindsight. With that hindsight we have God's recorded judgment of them.

When we observe the people in our lives that we look up to as leaders, guides, examples, heroes we do not have the advantage of hindsight, and often their true heart condition is not visible to us. From our outward observations they may all look alike. We have another disadvantage today in that many of the people we look up too are far removed from us..... our high tech media allows us to see 'the outward' uniform of many people on TV, on videos, in print. But we do not have the advantage of watching their daily walk, as we are told to do in this passage...

Heb 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

Because we cannot always recognize a person's heart from the outside, we need to be careful and discerning . The best way to see some one's heart is not to look at the 'uniform' outside of their life or ministry but to watch how they do their daily life - their 'conversation'.

The ones who are the most deceiving are the half-hearted ones... which is why Jesus said to the Laodiceans in Rev. 3:16 "...because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth."
Let us be discerning believers, watching and judging with a righteous judgement... discerning the heart and not the uniform. But most of all let us guard our own heart that we follow Jesus whole heartedly which is the first commandment ...

Deu 6:5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."



Anonymous said...

Thank you Julie for sharing not only your dream, but true life stories from The Word, of men and of God... people like you and me...struggling with heart issues. Thanks for pointing me back to 'the heart' of the matter. I love that verse in Deut. Kathy (MGCC)

Betty said...

What a great post on the heart, reading this is a good start to my day..let us all strive to be whole hearted.
Thank you for sharing Julie!

Elsie said...

That is a great dream!! I have such lame dreams where I'm desperately looking for something I can't find, or some other kind of predicament, and I wake up stressed : ( We've just finished studying the life of David in our Bible study class. It's been a time of rich discovery of what it means to be a person after God's own heart.

Lovella ♥ said...

Julie, what a fascinating dream and I love that God allowed you to fall back and asleep so he could give you the words over again.

The message you share is so true and so easily I can fall into the dangers of being half hearted. . .Thank you for the verses and the dream and the beautiful picture to set it in my mind.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I do hope the uniforms were RCMP red. That would make the dream even more delightful for you!

Sadly, it doesn't take much to see how hard hearted most of the world is towards God these days. How we need to love, to help heal and melt their hearts of stone.

Anneliese said...

Julie, I love how you wanted to know the meaning of your dream and that God showed you the wrods again in second dream. Love the picture and appreciate the verses you found for each king ... about being wholehearted, half-hearted and hard-hearted. May God give us discerning hearts ... and help us to guard our own hearts.

Betty W said...

I rarely remember my dreams, but I´m so glad you do! Thanks for sharing this meaningful post. It´s says so much and I hope to be whole hearted. We should really take it more seriously! Thanks for the reminder!

Marg said...

I love that dream. Thanks for sharing. John woke up at Whister. and said he was dreaming of a I poked about and finally it came to him. "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less" I said, How fitting for you to have that song in your mind especially on an anniversary date..God is so Good, and I love how you wrote your thoughts today.