This morning I had a dream that my husband and I had traveled to a beach somewhere where we met up with some friends. We were in a room near the beach, but not on the beach. Everyone was talking and having a good time, but I wanted to go to the beach. No one went with me, so I went alone. There were a lot of people in the water, some with small boats, floats, etc. It seems like I had a float of some kind. The water felt so refreshing, I ended up going to the far side of the lake or large body of water, but on the way back, the current just pushed me along peacefully, without me having to try to swim or make any effort. I went back to the room where everyone was still talking and told them how refreshing and wonderful the water was, but no one seemed interested in getting in the water; they were content just to sit and talk to each other. I thought to myself, I can’t believe we came to the beach and no one wants to get in the water.
I felt that this was a dream from the Lord and the water represents the Holy Spirit. It seems like it so easy for all of us to get so caught up in life’s daily activities or just fellowshiping with other people, that we forget to fellowship with the Lord.
Our Pastor made a comment on Sunday about how hard it was to just have a conversation with his wife without someone constantly interrupting. He called it a “conspiracy of interruptions.” I’ve often thought that it seems that way when we try to spend quiet time with the Lord. The enemy is constantly trying to prevent us from having that time to read, pray and worship, because that’s where our strength and refreshing comes from. I do not say this to make anyone feel condemned. I lived under a constant feeling of false guilt and condemnation for many years before the Lord gave me a revelation about grace and the finished work of the cross. Although I did my best to live a godly life and still do, I always felt condemned because I couldn’t be perfect, but once I understood that we have the righteousness of Christ credited to our account and the Lord sees us that way, it helped me to relax and enter into God’s rest so I could enjoy my relationship with the Lord rather than feeling that I constantly had to be striving to perform perfectly in order to earn His approval.
I share this as an encouragement not to give up on making it your priority to spend good quality time with the Lord, because it is so worth the effort. Ephesians 5:18 says “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.” In the original language it is “be being filled with the Spirit”. In other words it should not be just a one time thing, but as we abide (remain in vital union with, John 15) in Him, we will naturally bear good fruit. Jesus said apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:4). Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When I find that I am lacking in these qualities, or I start to get anxious, I know that I need to get back into the river of God and my goal is to stay there, to stay in the flow of the Holy Spirit. God bless you all.