We can look to Jesus to find rest for our soul
I was awakened this morning by a dream. I want to share it with you because I think it illustrates how we can all get bent out of shape by a lack of understanding about here our true help comes from.
I was out with friends.
We were eating
I was the only black attendant.
One woman was wearing a white hat with a puppy nose on it.
I told her it was cute or nice.
Later in the night she was offended because I said something that made her think I was making fun of her hat.
She was walking to her car.
And I went to her and said, “Did my words hurt you?”
She said, “Yes”
I tried to explain to her that I liked her hat.
I reminded her that I commended her and complimented her about her hat earlier at the dinner table.
She didn’t remember.
And she continued to her car in a huff.
I was upset.
She didn’t listen to my further entreaties to remind her and convince her I had exhibited care about her hat.
I was upset.
I kicked a mattress and it slid for hundreds of feet across the ground.
Suddenly, I was in my car and began to drive erratically and speed out of frustration.
I began to desire ice cream.
Please allow me to translate and interpret this dream so we might all receive the revelation from the Lord.
I’ve been praying and crying as I’ve held my bible under my head like a pillow. I had my ear on my bible.
I’ve been praying that the church will “hear” what the Spirit is saying.
We must capture this truth.
No one can heal you except Jesus.
No one can heal you except Jesus.
In my dream, I was offended because I had been misunderstood.
This is how many black people feel.
This is how many white people feel.
This is how many Asian people feel.
This is how many Native Americans feel.
I think you get my point.
This is how all of us feel.
So how do we receive healing?
It won’t come from another hurt person (Like the woman in my dream).
It will come from the Lord.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” —Matthew 11:28-29 NIV
Notice how I was upset in the dream and kicked a mattress.
The mattress represented my rest.
I had relinquished my rest because I was relying on the woman (who happens to be white) to receive me and understand me.
She misunderstood me and I lost my rest.
Is that your condition?
And take note of what happened later in the dream.
I jumped in my car and was obviously angry. I was speeding and driving erratically.
I had lost self-control.
This is the enemy’s plan.
He wants a race war.
If the devil can get us to focus on our hurts more than our healer, he can keep us in turmoil perpetually.
This is not the will of God.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” —Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
When we trust others to apologize or understand, we give away our power to trust Jesus.
This explains a lot of divorces and divisions of all kinds.
Remember, WE ALL HAVE SINNED.
And we all continue to sin.
BUT GOD FORGIVES US THROUGH THE DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” —Romans 3:23-24 NLT
So what now?
We must always seek to reconcile.
But when reconciliation doesn’t happen, we must run to Jesus.
When we do not, we put our own lives in danger.
Consider again my dream, I’m speeding and driving dangero because I’m upset, I’m bitter over another person’s lack of compassion toward my situation.
They didn’t hear my heart.
And now I’m in danger of crashing.
My flesh, my physical nature is craving ice cream.
If you ever wonder why we have such a hard time with obesity and self-control...
It’s got a lot to do with our lack of peace.
And instead of turning to God to satisfy our needs — to have Him give us rest — we instead turn to food for happiness, however fleeting and ultimately damaging and disease-causing.
So here’s the deal.
We gotta choose Jesus for our healing.
For our strength.
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” —Hebrews 12:12-13 NLT
We must look to the word of God, to His presence, to prayer and to praise and worship.
Get with God.
Pour out your soul to Him.
Jesus himself said it on the cross as he was suffering for YOUR SIN...
“While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, he prayed over and over, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” The soldiers, after they crucified him, gambled over his clothing.” —Luke 23:34 TPT
Can we just take a moment...
Jesus prayed for them!
As they were nailing him to the cross!
And these were not believers.
These were enemies.
Reminds me of another passage.
“However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them. For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil. What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable? Don’t even the tax collectors do that?” —Matthew 5:44-46 TPT
We reveal the love of Jesus when we don’t demand an audience, but instead we pray for them.
Here’s a thought.
What if your being offended is a set up? What if God told the devil, “Have you considered my servant (your name here)? To set you up to not fight back, but to pray someone?
What if it’s a set up for you to pray someone into the Kingdom?
What if it’s a set up for God to use you to pray LIKE NO ONE ELSE CAN for that particular person?
What if you’re chosen to pray for that person so they come to Christ?
Remember what we just saw in Matthew 5:45...
...For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. —Matthew 5:45 TPT
You mean to tell me that I’m being set up to pray so I can show I’m a trur child of God?
You get to prove it to yourself too.
I want to leave you with this.
God loves you.
This sinful world hates you.
People will let you down.
Jesus never will.
God bless you.