Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border… (I Chronicles 4:10)
Lord, may I see Your glory? Grant me more faith. My heart bows before You.
I remember bits of a dream. I seemed to be part of a house church that also lived together in a couple buildings, one much larger than the other. There arose some minor differences in theology and the leaders took their disciples away to live elsewhere. Before too much time passed they brought them back again but then left themselves. I think the people wanted to return, perhaps missing their friends. There was a little discomfort as everyone tried to pick up the thread of fellowship and working together again while coming to accept some slight doctrinal differences. As this was happening the group seemed to be suddenly invaded by a group of undisciplined and somewhat wild animals. The dogs and horses were more of an inconvenience or nuisance while there seemed to be some threat posed by the lions and tigers. No one was hurt just frightened at times.
Would you speak into this, Lord I am guessing at parts of it.
“You are correct as far as your guesses go, but I will explain more fully. The first part represents various streams of believers learning various truths and aspects thereof. For instance, when the charismatic renewal began it was easier to separate out of older fellowships if your experiences were being questioned or disallowed. Now, true believers are finding their way back to one another with better understanding that there are differences in understanding and practice that do not negate the basic truth and foundation of My Word. There is more tolerance and sharing. The more persecution threatens the tighter those bonds get.
The animals are different. You pray for in-gathering. You shall have it but it will be messy, threatening at times, and require much patience, love, and teaching. Can you love and reach out to the undisciplined, the unwashed, and those with nasty habits, mouths, or addictions? Will you be able to see through those things to the hurting, seeking hearts willing to turn all over to Me? Gird yourself with truth now. Cultivate the fruit in your own lives that you may see and cultivate it in others. Deeply desire and pursue the gifts you hunger for in your hearts. Know I inspire them but call you up higher before I can entrust them to you. I want My Bride to be ready to nurture My babes. I want you to be truly known by your love for one another as Mine.”
Lord, do You want to tell me about the 2 house or building sizes in my dream? One seemed like a small cottage. The other seemed to be at least a two-story apartment or house.