Many years ago God put a vision of a building in my mind through a dream. It was a safe place for people in addiction recovery to come, be fed spiritually, emotionally and to just feel like home, when many had none. Another woman in our group confirmed that she too saw a building, once I revealed it to them. Of course that dream came true in 2019 for ATB, because it was a God dream not a Glenn dream.
This past week God put another dream out there, this one was more of a warning. In that dream I was in another city somewhere attempting to preach about Jesus but no one was listening. I was frustrated and asked God why were they not responding. His emphatic answer: because they were your words not mine, I was preaching for me, not for him.
All of us who attempt to represent God need to remember to put our ego in a holster of God's will. When we open our mouths people expect us to teach them about Him not us. Yes we can relate our lessons learned as the Bible does in a variety of stories about wayward folks, and how our lives are changed because of Him, but are they His inspired words? We can tell by the outcome - are they praising us, or praising Him?
Today, last weeks dream was confirmed. I randomly opened, that's right randomly opened my Life Recovery Bible this morning to the story of "Listening to God's Voice". It was wrapped around the story of Joseph and how he obeyed the angel that appeared to him in three separate dreams about how to protect Jesus. He was going to divorce Mary, God changed his mind. He was headed back to Israel, God redirected him to Egypt. Then when it was safe, God sent him, Mary and the child Jesus back home to Nazareth.
There are no accidents in God's will. he lays it out for us, and when we obey it's like a walk in the park, it always materializes the way he laid it out. Whether we are speaking about Him, protecting one of his great assets, or deciding what our next direction is, we must obey his instructions or things get complicated.
In Joseph's story it says "when he woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded him". What if he had divorced Mary, where would we be? Think about some of our own knucklehead decisions despite knowing it was against the will of God.
I'm listening to that dream, if you ever hear me not uttering His words just say "Is that you God?" I will understand what you mean!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.