My dream of maple trees: a lesson learned on shepherding God’s precious children
I work with at-risk young men, as part of my ministry and also through my nonprofit organization, Youth Becoming Leaders. I love these guys dearly, and they mean the world to me. I count it a privilege to speak into their lives, and to help shape them and usher them in to their God-appointed destiny.
This being said, I wanted to knock one out a few months ago. Literally lay him out on the pavement. Being a pastor, that probably would not have been such a good idea. This young man knew he was doing wrong, and I was pressing him to take responsibility for his actions and just fess up. One of our accountability rules for our group is “If you mess up, fess up!”
He didn’t want to be held accountable, and I was pressing him hard. The ironic part, is that I have another young man with me (all this drama is transpiring as we are driving), who has the biggest mouth in the universe; yet today, he goes silent on me. He doesn’t say one word. He looked like he wanted some popcorn, so he could sit back, smile, and watch the show.
That night, I called upon God, as I often do throughout the day and night. “God,” I said “What happened today? Help me understand.” As I drifted off to sleep, the Lord spoke, as He often does, in a dream. I love that God chooses to communicate with me mostly through dreams and visions. It’s an awesome experience, for which I am so very grateful.
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A special election message: will you vote according to your gps, or your GPS?
This election is critical, both in the natural realm (earth) and in the spiritual realm (the heavenlies). Who you vote for will determine how you position yourself to receive God’s best for you over the next four years and beyond.
I am not using fear tactics, as fear tactics are of the devil. Fear is the faith of the devil, and is not of God. God does not honor fear in any way: fear-generated prayers, acts done out fear, motivations resulting from fear. God is a God of love; therefore, our prayers, actions, and motivations must come from a place of Godly love, otherwise they are in vain. Worshipping God out of fear, or acting out of fear is really worshipping the devil. When you give in to fear, you are glorifying the devil and not God. 1 John 4:18 testifies that “there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has to do with punishment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.”
What I am doing is performing my duty as a watchman who sits on the wall. Because I am a watchman who sits on the wall and watches (Isaiah 62:6), much is required of me. “But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood” (Ezekiel 33:6).
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May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he is a member.