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November 18, 2010

End Times Church Countdown: a dream of loveless lawyers

The watchman had a dream full of lawyers. It was a story of an upper middle class family of lawyers (parents in law on both sides, husband, wife and friends). The hero was in a dilemma as he knew he did not enter his marriage out of love. But he had been married for sometime and had a little daughter of around six years old. When the dream started the hero was consulting this matter with an elderly family friend. Later a previous suitor of his wife came into the scene. The man (also a lawyer) was hopeful that the estranged couple would divorce so he could marry the woman. On the surface all parties were cordial with each other and maintained fairly civil relationship. They had weekends together, held dinner parties, dealt with legal business together, all well dressed and well bred.

Then the hero discovered that the wife had volunteered to go through a dangerous (adventurous) test of a high tech equipment like going through some outer space machine or similar gadget. He got worried. So did his parents and in laws. They all waited for the outcome anxiously. The only person not affected by the event was the little daughter. During the waiting period the hero decided to repent to his wife if she came back alive and well.

When she came out of the ‘adventure’, she was greeted with warmth by her parents, parents in law, and her little girl and she showed her warmth for them too. Then the hero went to kneel down before her and repented and asked for her forgiveness. But he was very careful in using his words. He said something like this to her,

“Please forgive me for not having fulfilled the terms of our marriage covenant. I am sorry. Please forgive me.” (He was careful not to say, “Please forgive me for not loving you.”) The wife did not say anything. She just nodded at him coldly. The dream ended.

When the watchman woke up he knew this was another reminder to him. Quite sometime ago he had been given chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians to read. The message was, “Read all about the love of God!” A week ago he again received a verse from Ezekiel 33:11 wherein the Lord said He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. So this dream is the third message about the need to love before he or any of his class can become intercessor.

O watchman, spend time knowing the love of God before you intercede!

1 Corinthians 13

The Greatest Gift

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

More verses on the Love of God

1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 3:10 [ The Imperative of Love ] In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 3:17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

4:7 [ Knowing God Through Love ] Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

4:12 [ Seeing God Through Love ] No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 4:20 [ Obedience by Faith ] If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 4:21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

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