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February 20th, 2014

The Walled City Dream That I Had Last Night

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Written by: Gene
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Last night I had a dream, and would like to describe it in this blog.

I was in this large city and was being given a tour by ministers from a local church. At first I was impressed by the city, but as time went on, certain things started to come to light about my surroundings.

The first thing that I noticed was that the city had large walls around it about 30 foot tall and were built of stone and concrete block. This wouldn’t be unusual, but the walls were also within the city. The interior walls separated different parts of the city from each other, so that each section was inaccessible from the other.

The second thing I noticed was that the city was larger than the population of people that walked through it. It seemed almost deserted but it wasn’t. I could count the people that I saw in the section that I was in, on one hand.

The next thing I saw as the ministers took me to their church was that the city was in disrepair and there were sections of rubble that allowed you to climb on top of the walled areas. The church was overgrown with plant life, but the plants were where they shouldn’t be. There was even a tree growing on the roof of the church.

When I climbed up on the walls, I could see the vast emptiness of the city. There were the sectioned off areas with buildings, and there were sectioned off areas that were empty. It was as if the walls were put up to build in, but construction never got started. I even saw parks, woods, meadows and even a really nice pond all walled up.

As I walked on the walls and looked in the distance, I saw the wide open wilderness that had no walls. I turned to the ministers and said to them, “Look, why don’t you move to the unwalled wilderness, and rebuild there? We could even tear down some of the walls to gain access to that beautiful pond.”

It was at that point that the dream ended…

As I reflect on the dream, the meaning is quite clear to me, and I will explain it.

We as people, have tried to build great lives for ourselves. We even tend to overbuild to the point that we cannot maintain it. We jump from personal monument to personal monument hoping to leave a legacy of who we are so that we will not be forgotten.

We try to learn and classify ourselves to gain personal importance. We seek to better ourselves, and even compare ourselves to others. We call this classification and growth, but in essence we are really building walls. These walls are meant to protect us, but in fact they are prisons. We like to think that we are in control of our surroundings, but the truth is that our surroundings control us as we try to juggle and maintain them.

What we can’t control, we call the wilderness. We try to section off bits of the beauty found in the wild, but we never would want to live there. It is “safer” to live in the walled desolate dysfunctional prisons that we have built, than to step out and try to embrace the unknown.

The Holy Spirit had me look up the word “wild” one day and the definitions were a personal revelation to me. These are a few of them:
of an animal : living in nature without human control or care : not tame
of a plant : growing or produced in nature : not grown or farmed by people
of land : not changed by people : not settled or developed
growing or produced without human aid or care as in wild honey
not subject to restraint or regulation
having no basis in known or surmised fact
indicative of strong passion, desire, or emotion
marked by turbulent agitation :  stormy

As I looked at these definitions, I realized that everything we call “wilderness” or “wild” is something that we cannot control. Basically, we are describing God Almighty.

God cannot be controlled, developed, cultivated, lead, cared for, produced, grown, regulated, changed, or restrained by human beings. God is in the wilderness, and I would dare say that by our feeble limited finite definitions, God is the “wild.”

When God created man and placed him in the Garden, His intent was that man learn from Him about Himself. God desired a personal relationship with man. Everything that man would learn, would come from God Himself.

But people desire a fast track. Adam and Eve tried to gain knowledge outside of God by eating of the tree. God had intended that man care for and grow the garden, but He wanted it done His way. Man wanted to control things on his own, and was run out of the Garden of Eden. The ways of God, became wilderness to man.

When the Israelites were delivered from Egypt, God took them through the wilderness. Basically, God gave them 40 years in His presence, but they chose to complain because they were not in control of the situation. When we are honest, the true meaning of fear is, “any time our flesh comes to the conclusion that it does not have what it takes to handle the situation at hand.”

Fear can arise when we ride a roller coaster, ride in the car while a teenager is driving, or when we are alone and are trusting God to deliver us. To release control to an unseen God can seem like riding through a storm.

When Jesus told His disciples, “let’s cross over.” He knew that God’s will was being done, and was able to sleep in the bottom of the ship. There are times when we are crossing over it seems like God is bringing us into a storm, but most of the time what we perceive to be a storm is  really fear arising because we have had to relinquish control to God and God seems to be the storm, in our limited thinking.

Let’s boil it down to two simple facts: 1) What we build in our own skill and power to make life seem safe and prosperous, is really a prison and it is unsafe for us. 2) Whatever situation we turn control over to God to handle, while we choose to put our faith in Him to handle it, as we believe what His Words tell us about the situation, is freedom and safety.

Proverbs 3:1-8 tells us, “My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.

Those things that we consider storms and wilderness, are really God working on your behalf. You may feel like you are alone or far from God, but in reality He is bringing you closer to Himself.

Remember that He is bringing you to the promised land. What you feel as discomfort, pain or fear is really your own limited reaction to loosing control and God having control.

God, who is rich in mercy is removing you from the danger of yourself and bringing you to the wilderness that is Himself. There is safety and provision in the wilderness, and you need to trust God enough to relinquish control to Him and walk away from “those sins that easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1).

I often must pray these word’s “Jesus, you said that we were crossing over to the other side, can we sleep in the bottom of the boat until we get there?”

This leads me back to my dream, with the ministers in the city….

Those who call themselves by Jesus’ name pay attention to this. It is time to stop trying to build ministries and monuments in our own power. We have fruitless trees on our roofs (symbolisms of having God’s power, but denying Him the room to move in it – 2 Timothy 3:5) and religious plants (programs) growing all over while we are in disrepair and rubble. It is time to stop trying to fit into the walled cities of man, and it is time to start leading people into the wilderness where God is.

Isaiah 40:3 tells us of John the Baptist, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.”

Matthew 3:3Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4 and John 1:23 refer to John as “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” and John’s message was “repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” We who are called christians, should be repented and calling. We should be in the wilderness with God and acting as His Voice. We should be drawing people out of the cities to where God is.

In fact, when John the Baptist was released so that Jesus could start His ministry, Jesus continued John’s message in Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” and when Jesus sent out the disciples the sermon He gave them in Matthew 10:6-8 was, “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Jesus told the disciples to continue that sermon in Mark 16:14-18 which reads, “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.””

 

The message of the church has never changed… Go to the wilderness where God is, Be separate from the world, call people to repent and turn to God, God gave his son Jesus, Jesus died to make the way back to Him, Heal them, raise them up, send them out, build His Kingdom.

Christian, are you where you need to be? Sinner, have you called out to Jesus to deliver you from the mess you made?

This simple dream was an eye opener to me, and I pray that it has ministered to you.

Father God, bring me into the wilderness where You are.
Jesus, thank You for saving me from this walled prison that I created.
Holy Spirit, use me for the building of the Kingdom of God. I am willing and ready for your will to be done in my life.


About the Author

Gene
A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.




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