awakening

First Awakening Dream

Early this morning, just bed before I woke up there was a stirring in my spirit in the form of a dream. You have to realize that I rarely remember my dreams. But this one, I believe could be a result of this 21 Day journey that is upon us.

The dream was pretty brief – just a glimpse, really. The venue – our church, Central Assembly Church. Simply put, many people were gathered together around the front together. Music was playing quietly in the background while many people were lost in expressive worship. In this dream I can note three things they were doing.

  • First, crying.
  • Second, praying.
  • Third, “Trying” to sing, but overwhelmed by the presence of God.

In reading Isaiah 4 this morning – it all made even more sense to me.

Then the Lord will provide shade for Mount Zion (God’s chosen people)
and all who assemble there.
He will provide a canopy of cloud during the day
and smoke and flaming fire at night,
covering the glorious land. Isaiah 4:5 (NLT)

Those distracted people knew what the cloud and fire meant. That’s the way they started their REAL FREEDOM from slavery way back when Moses led them out of Egypt.

Do you something to share about your fasting and prayer journey? Leave a comment or email me at tim@revtim.com .

Everything Removed

Awakening Day 3

As I am praying today, I am looking at things I trust that should be shaken and/or removed from my life. I am going to take some time with this. I know this can become highly personal, so I will not be specific in this public forum. It’s kind of like another “Let Go and Let God” time for me.

In Isaiah 3, it starts out with a promise. Everything Israel had learned and come to trust would be taken removed. This was a big deal. It is “Job-like” — the Job in the Bible. But there is a HUGE difference. With Job, he was being TESTED and was BLAMELESS before God.

With the Israel people? They were being SHAKEN! And if you go down the list of what they were “trusting in” it seems horrendous to us. Some versions say EVERYTHING that SUPPLIES and
SUSTAINS. In fact we would NEVER become that way, right?

  • Every bit of bread
  • Every drop of water,
  • All their heroes
  • All their soldiers
  • All their judges
  • All their prophets
  • Fortune tellers
  • Elders
  • Army officers
  • High officials
  • Advisers
  • Skilled craftsmen
  • Astrologers

Let’s think about each one of these things in our lives that COMPETE with God. Wouldn’t it be better to SURRENDER them than to have them REMOVED? An act of surrender is an act of the HEART.