In recognising it is God’s call and His mercy that wishes to bring changes to your life, you determine to stay up all night to gain greater clarity. In that first dream you trusted Sausage, the donkey to guide and lead you. The fact that you found out later his name spelt backwards was Jesus may have had some bearing on his intelligence! Donkeys had key roles in the Bible so if he could communicate with you, then how much more can God’s Spirit do that?
Immediately, you become aware of an inbuilt cynicism that causes you to rationalise, or theorise over the things in life. Is that what the Bible calls double-minded? How do worldly mindsets, attitudes and behaviours affect the way you process information? Surely it is in His mercy you have been chosen, but your growing confidence can be seen as appearing superior when opinions differ. With insight you see your responses often tell people what you believe without being asked and add further information to persuade them to think as you do. As you contemplate that you become aware your tone of voice can sound argumentative or judgemental. There are times you realise you finish with a condescending smile.
How did Jesus speak? Flicking through His words it becomes obvious He often answered a question with a question, or used a relevant story to reveal the truth. You begin to understand that it is important that your words be true and few, as common trends tend to divide, not unite people. The words from Matthew jump into mind, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” And your inner voice says, ‘And as the devil is the accuser of the brethren you don’t need to help him out!’ That wry tone makes you smile, for despite all your failures the Lord is still amused by you. You stifled a yawn while realising it will take more than a night to reveal your worldly views and expunged them. An overwhelming peace rises within you. Havej aka Jehovah, grafted you into His vine of salvation so He always knows when to prune the dead wood in order to grow the richest fruit from your life. For now you feel to rest in Him.
Word: “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14:16 (NIV)
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