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Be thrilled with the rich facets of Truth the Holy Spirit will reveal to you.

I don’t put much stock in dreams because we have the whole Word of God, the Bible.  But I had a strange dream just before I woke up on a recent morning.  I was still thinking about it when I woke up and suddenly these verses jumped into my mind. A cake (Hosea 7:8) not turned.   Neither cold (Revelation 3:15-16) nor hot.  Honour me with lips (Isaiah 29:13) but heart far from Me.  My crazy dream was that I had put a slice of bread into melted butter in the frying pan, didn’t turn it over and 2 bites declared it to be delicious.  Then I woke up.  I’m sure you can understand why I was puzzled and why I had the sense that I should write a meditation about it.  So, of course, I went to my wonderful Teacher and the Holy Spirit brought another verse to my mind.  Bit by bit He began to unscramble the puzzle as I began to dig deeper into those verses.

A cake not turned would be burnt on one side and raw on the other.  Like a person with such a burning zeal to be constantly busy doing prominent things that could earn him a hot reputation and make him widely admired; and, like my frying pan bread, the publicity would taste delicious.  But he would have no time for warm, intimate meditation and fellowship with the Lord.  His driving lust for praise exhausted him until he was burned out.  He became neither cold nor hot.  He fitted himself in with a busy, lifeless church congregation (Revelation 3:17) said the right words and salvaged for scraps of compliments and commendation.  God knew all their self-fulfilling works and motives and He made it plain what He thought of them and their works, which sickened Him.  Why? because they honoured Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him.  That show-boat, self-seeking, performance generosity is called hypocrisy and will end up as 1 Corinthians 3:13) wood, hay, stubble.  Like Ephraim mixing himself with different peoples to court their favour and approval.  Jesus said (John 5:44) How can you believe if you seek honour from men?

If you keep yourself occupied with a carnal life of self-indulgence and self-pleasing pastimes – OR IF – you find yourself caught up in the whirl of busyness, doing without question whatever is asked of you, always ready to take on more, you can learn something from David.  The other verse the Holy Spirit reminded me of, was (2 Samuel 7:18) David went in and sat before the Lord.  Do you get the feeling of just David and God, everything else shut out?  Do you get the sense of wonderful stillness and quietness?  Think about it.  Is that what is missing from your hectic life?  Follow David into the Secret Place – take time – go often.  Look at the title of this meditation again.  What are you willing to settle for and thereby rob yourself of eternal treasures?  Don’t keep on indulging yourself with fried bread.  Don’t speed up a busy out-of-control schedule, don’t slow down in cultivating your relationship with the Lord, don’t coast in neutral drifting aimlessly with no real sense of direction or purpose.  Go again into the Secret Place, through the Blood, past the veil and turn the controls completely over to God.  He always knows perfectly the right way to steer, when to turn the wheel, shift the gear and the exact time to brake.  You will be amazed if you will take the time to deepen your fellowship with the Lord and your knowledge of Him.  You will be thrilled with the rich facets of Truth the Holy Spirit will reveal to you.

Like Paul (Philippians 3:8 Amplified Bible) you will learn to count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege, the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly.

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