June 5, 2013 at 3-4am—I saw a vision of an image, of man’s face talking to me in a foreign language with full of command and authority. Then, I saw another image which I believed was of the devil. (This experienced was already mentioned here in my first post entitled “GOD VERSUS EVIL” posted 6/5/2013, the same date this blog was created.)
After a month have I appreciated that God is also God of perfect timing. He had time set for all things to fall perfectly onto its place. Yesterday, 4th July after an overnight scripture reading in the Book of Acts, I was reminded of my salvation. True to it that even though I devote myself into studying his scripture every day, (resulting to giving up my day job which others with their human nature thought of as thoughtless and careless decision, but neither have had I regrets.) there are times that I fall into temptation. I love gadgets and gizmos. Years of working proved to be spent for buying those though some of them didn’t really serve their purpose. Also, I confirmed that I used to be one of those youth enjoying indoor games tiring our fingers and weakening our eye sights with games and other apps offered by smartphones etc. etc. And, photography: this is my latest craze. Who else does not? Later, while I’m deleting old pictures in my Facebook account, had I realized that I too am “SELFIE” (fondness of taking pictures of oneself). Selfie, a colloquial word itself sounds cute for younger generations but still is a shorten form of “selfishness”. Though upset, my spirit for photography was relived. I learn to appreciate how to capture every bit of our natural habitat.
How I wish that this fondness to ones hobby or anything that eats our free time won’t lead into addiction, and addiction into IDOLATRY. The Holy Spirit directs me with this scripture in Acts 17:20-31 which says, “20.Some of the things we hear you say sound strange to us, and we would like to know what they mean. (21.For all the citizens of Athens and the foreigners who lived there liked to spend all their time telling and hearing the latest new thing.) 22. Paul stood up in front of the city council and said, “I see that in every way you Athenians are very religious. 23. For as I walked through your city and looked at the places where you worship, I found an altar on which is written, “To an Unknown God”! Which you worship, then, even though you do not know it, is what I proclaim to you. 24. God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples made by human hands. 25. Nor does he need anything that we can supply by working for him, since it is he himself who give life and breath and everything else to everyone. …..29. Since we are God’s children, we should not suppose that his nature is anything like an image of gold or silver or stone, shaped by human art and skill. 30. God has overlooked the times when people did not know him, but now he commands all of them everywhere to turn away from their evil ways. 31. For he has fixed a day in which he will judge the whole world with justice by means of a man he has chosen. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising that man from death!”
God reprimanded me again the nth time…
Dawn of July 4, I dreamed of a seemingly paradise where few people dwell. It is a remote rural area where means of transportation aren’t in the system of everyday living. Indeed, that place is like a virgin island—so quiet and deafeningly peaceful. I saw my mom waiting for me. She said, “If it pleases you to live here with us then not a problem for me. I will stay where you love to stay. Then if you won’t please take me with you.” This touched my heart.
As we were walking with her husband (my stepfather though up to this time can’t walk since he’s half paralyzed), we saw a nice spot perfect for taking pictures. Giant coconut trees, vines and ferns which I thought only in the movie Avatar I could see. Below is a cliff with a very big body of water. Its crystal clear water which sparkles on the sun’s rays made me wonder if it’s a lake, a river or a very calm sea.
Then the horror began. As I was taking pictures at my mom and stepdad, I thought the camera was malfunctioning since in between them was me! I turned my camera off but still I saw myself on the screen with them smiling and moving ready for a pose. I shook my camera out of impatience. I myself is holding the camera but how come I could see myself standing with them? Then, the weather started to get bad. A stranger suddenly appeared from nowhere and so I asked him, “What do you call this grass we’re standing on? Never in the past have I seen this kind of…” I couldn’t exactly remember how he answered but his voice seemed warning us about the place. Right then, some mysterious thing opened my eyes and knowledge that the place was a mystic. However, it’s too late since I already overshadowed the boundary. My mind panic knowing that the uniquely weaved grasses we stepped on would disentangle each strands to rise and tie us around and throw us into the pit down the water below as what had happened to other families who visited that place. With my stepfather near the pit and my mom a meter away from me, I started to get panicked. But I couldn’t move. I saw a single strand rose and twisted itself around my legs. It’s as if I’m the first one to be thrown down the pit into the deadly water below. So I warned them to leave the place before it’s too late but before that thing could happen…I woke up from my dream.
I prayed to God asking to reveal the meaning of that dream. I was answered. It’s a warning for me and my salvation. Our Christian faith is tested when we’re on the peak of giving most of ourselves to God. I mentioned a while ago how my fondness for superfluous things diverted my attention, made me forget my first love who is God by making an alibi “I am only human” whenever guilt started to condemn me. That dream serves me right!
It is true that God is a jealous God. We can’t serve two masters as what he clearly states on his words in Matthew 6:24 “You cannot serve two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” If you offer a sacrifice, he don’t want a half but a whole of you! Read Acts 5:1-11; John 12:25; Luke 21:34-35; Luke 18:29-30; Luke 18:25.