The movie Inception starts with Dom Cobb washed up on a beach. He is injured and seems delirious. He opens his eyes once and sees two kids playing on the beach. Some men with guns (they appear to be guards) take him to an old man, telling the man that Cobb was alone and carried only a pistol and a small brass top. The old man tells Cobb that he recognizes the top, saying, “You remind me of someone… a man I met in a half-remembered dream. He was possessed of some radical notions.”
I don’t need to go any further than that. Because if you have not lived long enough to experience it, I am a witness that sometimes life can leave you feeling all washed up. How about you? Maybe when the last child left home, you felt empty because your reason for living had just walked out the door. Or Lordy, Lordy, you hit forty and think the child and husband dream are but a hallucination best left half-remembered. If we are not careful, we will wake up one day, and the only thing left is some fire power and a token of our past stubborn sins. You started out with HOPE: And then you ran into the same old dream killers from your past whose mission it is to steal, kill, and to destroy any bit of faith you have for a drama free life!
Again, I don’t know about you, but sometimes life has a way of killing dreams through its web of deception. Like Cobb came as an angel of light, the enemy comes, using situations and circumstances to knock you off your game. And he realizes the only time he can get to you is when you are already vulnerable, lonely or hurt. It is the only way he can attack your thoughts. Oh, did you really think he was after your car or your job? He is after your mind, because it is with your mind that you serve God.
I know you thought it was your mother, or your boss, but not so. Your sister is not your enemy. Your children and your spouse are not your adversaries. Yet, so many times, we blame them. Even when they let the devil use them, they are not your problem. But we have to have someone to blame. There are people mad at God right now because their mother died when they were a child. They can’t blame the doctor, and they can’t blame her, so it must be God’s fault. And if you do not blame him for where you are, you think He’s forgotten about you. Quiet as you keep it, there is a secret desire in the recesses of your heart that you don’t even bother sharing with yourself any more.
Why? Because at this stage in life, it, whatever your “it” is, seems impossible. It must not be God’s will for me. It has caused you to lose your zest for life. You lost your smile; you lost your dance; and there is no song left in your heart. And no matter how many bar stools you have sat on trying to drown out the pain; no matter how many beds you have laid in; and no matter how many church services you have gone to trying to hear a word to set you free! – You are still lost. But there is HOPE!
You have HELP on the journey;
Psalm 18:1-6 (The Message)
1-2 I love you, GOD— you make me strong. GOD is the bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout. 3 I sing to GOD, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved. 4-5 The hangman’s noose was tight at my throat; devil waters rushed over me. Hell’s ropes cinched me tight; death traps barred every exit. 6 A hostile world! I call to GOD, I cry to God to help me. From his palace he hears my call; my cry brings me right into his presence
You have OPPORTUNITIES to change your world;
Galatians 6:10 (King James Version)
10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Do you need God to change some things for you? Do you need Him to open some doors? Have secret desires met? Or perhaps you just need him to heal your mind? Well, every chance you get, do good unto others – treat them like you want to be treated – EVEN WHEN IT HURTS!!!! That does not mean if you like apples, give them a basket of apples. That means, if their thing is oranges, get them oranges so they will be as content as you. I declare, when you make things happen for someone else, your dreams will start becoming reality
You have the POTENTIAL to do anything you set your mind to, all you need to do is get out of the boat! How? By seeing God in inordinate places: Peter did not walk on water because Jesus told him he could, he took on the water because he saw Jesus turn water into wine; and then he saw the woman at the well get delivered, and then be filled enough to deliver everybody who rejected her in the past. Peter walked because he saw the man who had been sick 38 years have enough faith to get up and walk (John 5:1-9) What have you seen God do for your sister lately: Celebrate because you are next in line for a miracle. If God did it for them, and He is no respecter of persons….
And most of all, you have an EXPECTATION
Philippians 1:19-21 (King James Version)
19For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The Message bible says it like this: I’m going to keep that celebration going because I know how it’s going to turn out. Through your faithful prayers and the generous response of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, everything he wants to do in and through me will be done. I can hardly wait to continue on my course. I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least. On the contrary, everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known, regardless of whether I live or die. They didn’t shut me up; they gave me a pulpit! Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose.
When you have the pistol packin’ Power of the Spirit backing up your prayer, you have no other choice, but to come out a victorious over-coming champion! So dream on my Sista!!!
Your faithful servant,
Minister Charmette E Brown
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