January 9, 2017
The Living Truth
I had a dream a few years ago that I’ve shared about before on the blog, but wanted to touch on it again today. That dream changed a lot for me. For those of you who haven’t heard it before, in this dream I saw written words flow on something like a ticker tape running across a television screen. Words like holy, true, powerful, peaceful, and godly were moving from left to right across the screen. The words were single dimensional, like words typed on a piece of paper. Then, suddenly a loud voice shouted, “All truth is not created equal. I am releasing a new operating system on my people!” The scene changed and the words were now falling like rain all around me. But this time the words were multi-dimensional, like 3-D and alive. Some words were larger than other words. It was like you could see diverse aspects and perspectives of each word as you viewed it from different sides. I stepped into the vision and began to breathe in the words as if they were oxygen. They were flowing in and out of me, forming the very attributes that each individual word contained. For example, when I breathed in the word peace, I suddenly became a peaceful man. When I inhaled the word courage it assimilated into my very being and became cellular in my soul.
What I learned from this dream that I want to talk to you about today is the fact that truth is living and active. It is three dimensional and not always as cut and dry as we may deem. And sometimes truth has different aspects as you turn it around and look at it from different sides. So, we must learn to open our minds to this new operating system that God is downloading so that we can see truth the way that He does.
Stop Eating Old Manna
We are supposed to live on the word of God. It’s supposed to be the very thing that brings life into our existence. In Matthew 4:4 it says, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” It is not the preceding word but the proceeding word of God that brings life. What’s the difference there? Well, preceding means to come before in an order, while proceeding means to move or to set something in motion. So we are to live on God’s word that is continually moving. In other words, yesterday’s manna will not feed today’s soul because manna only keeps for a day. It is important that we learn how to figuratively honor the old manna but also not hold onto it when it’s expired. Living in what God said yesterday instead of what God is saying today can lead to death, differed hope and disappointment. We must honor the past, live in the present, and look to the future with expectancy and hope. In order to do so we must tune our ears to heaven as part of our daily lives and also hold the words he gives us with open hands.
We see a clear example of this in the life of Abraham. When God told Abraham to offer up his son in Genesis 22:2 He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” When Abraham got to the top of the mountain, God gave him another word. In Genesis 22:12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” The proceeding word from before became a preceding word when God spoke this new (proceeding) word to Abraham. If Abraham would not have had a current word from God, Isaac would be dead and there would be no nation of Israel! That’s a big deal! Good thing that Abraham has his ears turned to heaven and his heart open to what God was directing. The new manna brought life, but if Abraham had held onto the old manna it would have literally resulted in death.
I’ve noticed that some people can’t get past something in their life because they get stuck in a past movement or on an old word and die there. If this is you I want you to know that God has so much more for you! He has abundant life and He is always speaking! I want to encourage you to take some time and ask Holy Spirit if the words you’re trying to live on are old manna. If so, hand them back over to Him and allow a new and fresh word to be spoken over you, breathe it in just as I did in my dream and allow it to bring life to the dead places.
Where do you see yourself in this process? And how do you keep your ears tuned to the living and active word of God? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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