Silent Killer!

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

Whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,

And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old

Through my groaning all the day long.

4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;

My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.

Selah

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 32:1–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Psalm 32 was written by David after the Bathsheba and Uriah “ordeal.” There is much truth in the text above that we can certainly learn. Not only did David write this, but the Apostle Paul quoted it in Romans 4:7. There has to be some great truth wrapped up in this.

Certainly, it is a beautiful thing to have our transgressions forgiven and that our sins are covered.

There is a difference between a sin and a transgression. Sin means to miss the mark. Try as you might to live life correctly; you just missed the mark. On the other hand, a transgression is willfully and knowingly committing an act of rebellion. David here is admitting that he was both a sinner and a transgressor.

It took David nine months to have this conversation with God. For nine long months, David wasn’t ready to deal with the sin or the transgression he committed with Bathsheba and Uriah.

It wasn’t until the prophet Nathan arrived to tell the parable of the rich man and the poor man that David was forced to deal with the situation. David was incensed by the man in the parable, not realizing that he was the man. That’s how we frequently deal with others; we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by actions.

It’s the next line of the verses that caught my eye. David says, “when I kept silent, my bones grew old.” He knew all along that he had committed a sin and had transgression in his life. For nine months, though, he wasn’t acknowledging it, talking about, or confessing it to God. That silence about his sin caused him to, in his words, grow old. The silence or the cover-up of his sins was destroying him. Instead of turning to God and being free, it was killing him from the inside out. The silence was killing him.

It was when he confessed to God that there was freedom, liberty, and forgiveness. May you learn this lesson from David and not from your own experience. Be quick to repent. The faster you get your sin and transgressions to God, the freer you will be.

Dream a Little Dream

In our world we are distinct in differentiating a good dream versus a bad dream. We even use two different words to describe them. For a good one we use the word, dream. However, for a bad one we use the word, nightmare

However, my question is, have you ever had a good dream strike fear into you? Maybe fear is a stronger word than necessary. What about concern? Have you ever had a dream so great, so amazing, that you wanted to ensure you wouldn’t do anything to void the dream? Therefore, you had concerns about your ability to bring the dream into reality. 

You’re not alone. Let’s take a look at man who also struggled with his own concerns about bringing his dream into reality; Joseph.

Joseph was in a season of life that was going to be quite amazing. He’s getting ready to be married. We all know that this season, although astounding, can be quite challenging, stressful, and complicated. In addition, some very unexpected things began to happen to Joseph through Mary. All of these happenings added more, and more complications to this season of Joseph’s life. 

What we see as salvation and hope, Jesus was a great crisis for Joseph. He had many decisions to make and his main decision would be, what to do with Mary? Her pregnancy was grounds for her death. Had Joseph decided to enact the law, not only would Mary have been killed, but the destiny which was within her would have been as well. 

It was during this time, God used dreams to speak to Joseph. In fact, God would use four dreams to speak to, and guide, Joseph through this season. Joseph’s dreams were given to him to keep Heaven’s dreams on course. Our dreams and destinies are likewise to keep the purpose of Heaven on course. The purpose of Heaven remains the same today as it was at the time of Joseph and Mary: the revelation of Jesus Christ. Then, it was for the birth of Jesus. Now, it’s for us to be born into Jesus Christ, and for others as well. 

Most of the time, when we are introduced to Jesus it is in a season of crisis, stress, and complications. How we handle the situation is of great importance. It matters to us, and to many, that you handle your crisis in a way that the destiny of Heaven happens. 

In the dreams Joseph had, three things were revealed. 

  1. The truth of the pregnancy was revealed. 
  2. The name of the baby was revealed. 
  3. The tasks Joseph was to accomplish were revealed. 

By using the dreams, the Lord was giving Joseph the necessary information to make the right decisions. 

The first dream brought clarity to the entire situation. When revelation is given to us, it brings clarity to any situation. The second dream gave Joseph, direction, safety, and deliverance. The third dream gave Joseph the necessary direction to return home. The fourth dream, established for Joseph the necessary tools in how to handle the dream after it was fulfilled. 

When God desires to bring things about in our lives, He gives us a dream. God won’t just leave it to chance. No. God will give you clarity, direction, safety, and He will establish for you the way to handle the fulfillment of the dream. 

May God speak to you as He did to Joseph! May you dream a little dream! 

Vision is fulfilled in Stages

 “No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:” – Acts 2:16 (New Living Translation)

“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.” – Joel 2:28-29 (New Living Translation)

The book of Acts was the beginning of the fulfillment of what Joel said. Joel prophesied, meaning he foretold what was going to happen. You could say that he laid out a vision. Vision is spoken before it happens. This is what it will look like, sound like, and feel like. 

Joel laid out the vision that God would pour out His Spirit upon all people. Regardless of background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, denomination, or any other classification that we place on an individual, it will be poured out. 

When the vision begins to take place, people will ask as they did in the book of Acts, “What is this? What’s happening? Help me understand?” The impact of vision becoming reality causes questions.  However, because there are questions, this brings great value to the initial declaration of the vision. 

When there were questions, Peter said no, your assumptions are wrong, what you see happening is what was laid out by Joel, a long time agoThis is a fulfillment of the vision. The Vision brought credibility when it was being experienced.  Because Joel had the vision, and described the vision, then Peter could illustrate what was happening scripturally. They were comforted that the vision was given by God and now was being fulfilled by God. Peter quoted the Scripture. Then, beginning in Acts 2:22, he explained it. In three verses, Peter lays out the vision, by declaring what happened! This had to happen so that could  happen. He covered the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. 

Vision comes in stages!  

A Year for Vision and Purpose

If there was ever a year that spoke about vision it’s the year we are in right now. For years people would use the words, “hindsight is twenty-twenty.” By saying that, people mean if they’d had a clearer picture of a situation, or understood all the ramifications of the issue, they would have done something different. The term 20/20 refers to the basic, normal vision of an individual. It gives us an idea of the clarity or the sharpness of their eyesight. This is tested by having an individual stand twenty feet from an eye chart. Then, if that individual can see all the rows on the eye chart clearly, they have 20/20 vision. What often happens is, we are either too close to a situation, or we find ourselves too far away and we aren’t seeing clearly. We then make a choice based on what we are seeing, even though it could be a distorted view. After we have made a poor decision or choice we state, “Well, hindsight being twenty-twenty, I would have done this differently.” 

Maybe hindsight is 20/20, but couldn’t we work on a way to have 20/20 in foresight? Instead of consistently having to deal with the repercussions of one bad decision after another. Maybe we could work on our vision of the future instead of focusing on what’s behind. 

What happens on a normal year in my house is, we have to go have our vision tested. There, in an environment where a mistake isn’t to going to harm me, an educated, trained, and skilled doctor is testing my vision. He runs a battery of tests, scans, dilates, and then reviews my vision. Once we have gone through the seemingly endless, better at one, or better at two drill, the doctor then gives me a prescription so I can see clearly on a day-to-day basis. One would think me foolish to sit in that seat with a trained, skilled, and educated doctor and lie to him, or memorize the chart so I can pass his tests. I would then leave the place which was offering me a way to see clearly, without any help. If I did that, I could be endangering myself and others. Without the ability to see clearly, I cannot read the signs that are notifying me of changes, dangers, and directions, all because I refused the help that was right in front of me. 

Early on, when I first went to the eye doctor, I didn’t want glasses. Something to do with pride if I remember correctly. Then I tried the contacts, so I wouldn’t have to wear glasses. However, there was a problem: I couldn’t get a contact in my eye to save my life. I’d twitch, flutter, jerk, or close my eyes every time my own finger would get close to my eye. Over the years, I finally got comfortable putting the corrective lenses in my own eye. I have found that, one of the hardest things to do in life is to put correction into my own life. I’ll twitch, flutter, jerk, or ignore the issue in myself, but have no problem identifying it in someone else. Jesus spoke about this very issue in his teaching on the plank and the splinter (Matthew 7:1-6). On this first day of the year, could you take some time and do an eye check? Forget about the splinter in everyone else’s eye and look at the beam in our own eye. Every day the person I need to deal with first and foremost is the person I view in the mirror. That guy is my biggest asset and he is also my biggest adversary. How I view myself can dictate everything. I often look more at him through hindsight and less with foresight. I see what I have done, could have done, should have done, instead of what I can, should or could be doing! May we take this day and look at what we can do. Take a step back and look clearly at yourself. Examine yourself. The scripture states, “But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 (New Living Translation). Examination is a review of the past in order to create a better tomorrow. What do I need to change now, to be what I want to be later? Then begin to make those corrective changes. When you do, you will see the signs along the way, warning you, directing you, and guiding you to the destiny God has for you. Believe it, then you will see it.