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ABANDONMENT OR FORSAKING?

by Gale Maiden
June 12, 2005

Kay and I were driving across a very level field. There was a marching band through which we were attempting to negotiate our path. We carefully drove between the various segments of musicians as they proceeded in the opposite direction of our journey. We were at one time forced to stop completely by an individual band member who was staggering. This individual did not have his band hat on and appeared to be weakened possibly by the heat.

Next, Kay and I arrived at a beautiful mountainous location. There was a highway and stream between two very steep mountain wooded slopes. There was a wide area along the stream and highway for vehicles to pull off the main road. It reminded me of the pull over areas in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. (Kay and I recently visited there.)

We parked at one of the pull over areas and I was standing near the front of our vehicle talking to a man. We were talking about the steepness of the mountains on the two sides of the pull over area. This man was telling me how he had been able to walk these steep areas. He talked about having to hold onto trees in order to make his way through the steep areas of these mountains.

I began to ponder as he talked whether or not I too would be able to negotiate these same steep slopes. (This man may have been a surveyor because as I was talking with him I was thinking of negotiating the steep slopes for the purpose of surveying and establishing boundaries in the mountains. Also during our conversation, I remembered that I too had negotiated many steep areas over my many years of land surveying. I felt no immediate major concern over the steep slopes. It was as though I knew that I would somehow be able to do this.)

While I was pondering these things, two large tour type buses pulled off the highway on the opposite side of the road. These buses were carrying the band members through which we had driven earlier when we began our journey. They had obviously followed us to this location.

I did not see Kay as I heard her crying out in frustration as if to say, “Oh no!” There were electric power cords lying on the ground in the place where the band tour buses had parked. These power cords were supplying power for me and Kay for whatever purposes. Along with Kay, my frustration was that the weight of the buses would sever our power cords. The power cords were not severed.

End of dream.

 

THOUGHTS ON DREAM

ABANDON OR FORSAKE? MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND AT GOD’S BIDDING

 I believe that this dream is an encouragement for all who are being called to forsake whatever or whomever to move to higher ground. (Higher ground for the purposes of this dream means a place in the Lord where we have received an increase from the Kingdom of God. This increase comes from God in the power of the Spirit and is a place of new authority and much new provision for the purposes of God to His people.)

It is noteworthy that in the dream Kay and I, though we were momentarily stopped by the staggering member of the band, did not aid or assist him. Why? To stay and minister to him at this time would have actually hindered his ultimate healing. Leaving this person at this time in that condition would to most appear as abandonment. Was it abandonment or was it a forsaking i.e. leaving behind for the ultimate sake (benefit, betterment of) that struggling one? Did Kay and I at this time have the provision that this struggling person needed? The answers to these questions will become obvious as I expound this dream in its entirety.

Many times God calls us to move up with Him for the sake of others. (Sake defined from the Merriam Webster 11 th College Dictionary means for the good, advantage, or enhancement of some entity. The Bible teaches us that to forsake means to move on with God for the sake i.e. good, benefit, or betterment of some entity. Only in moving to our God ordained present Garden of Eden can we ultimately produce the life that is needed for those whom we so desire to help.

DID JESUS EXPERIENCE ABANDONMENT ACCUSATIONS AS HE MOVED TOWARD JERUSALEM FOR THE SAKE OF MANKIND?

Most of Jesus’ family and close associates did not understand Him when He talked about going to Jerusalem to fulfill His ultimate goal of death for the sins of the world. There were feelings and declarations of abandonment from those closest to Him. From the time which Jesus, at the age of twelve, “forsook” His dad and mom to minister in the temple until He went to Calvary, “forsaking” His family and associates, no one understood that Jesus was simply going for their sake.

Jesus Himself suffered feelings of abandonment by God His Father when from the cross He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” Many times during the ministry of Jesus, people felt that Jesus had abandoned them when in effect He had moved to higher ground, to the mountain tops or wherever to receive from God that which He needed for their sake. Jesus, the Son of God needed to move with God, forsaking people and situations, in order to receive Kingdom of God power to meet the needs of the very ones whom He had forsaken. Acts 10:38 confirms this thought. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”(KJV)

God knows that going on for the sake of others (which is actually moving up for Jesus’ name sake: Matt 19:27-30) poses a challenge for His people. The Apostle Peter informed Jesus that he along with the other disciples had forsaken all and wanted to know the end result of forsaking all. “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? (Matt 19:27, KJV) Of course Jesus told him that all who would follow Him for His name sake, forsaking houses, brethren, sisters, father, mother, wife, children and lands would receive a hundredfold and shall inherit the life of God which always has existed, is and always will be.

Wow! If I, by the leading of the Lord, am called to leave behind all of these things along with precious loved ones and respond by going for their sake, I will truly receive all that I need to minister to them. What would at first appear to be abandonment ultimately ends up as a blessing of provision and the resurrection power life of God for both those who heed the higher call of God and move on and also to those whom we have forsaken.

GOING FOR THE NAME SAKE OF JESUS

“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” (Matt 19:29, KJV)

We have thus far talked about going for the sake (good, benefit, wellbeing) of others. At this time I want to point out that it was Jesus who set the precedent of forsaking for the benefit of all. So as the above scripture says, it is forsaking all for the name sake of Jesus. What is the name sake of Jesus? A name has solely to do with identity. Only in identifying with the person or name of Jesus as lover of all, who forsook all, can we truly fulfill our role of forsaking all. Our willingness to forsake all and succeed declares the good, beneficial, healthy, overcoming name of Jesus. We do all for Jesus’ name sake.

When God called Kay and I to move to Moravian Falls, North Carolina, we were accused of abandonment by some of our family members. They expressed fear for us but was it really a fear rendered for our benefit and well being? Their fear was not a Godly fear for our well being but was a selfish fear. In actuality they were afraid of what might happen to them because of our “abandonment” of them.

This wrong fear existed because of immaturity. This selfish fear is prevalent to some degree who are not yet made perfect in love. The fruit of perfect love casts out all fear. In order to faithfully and successfully complete a move for those of us called by God we must understand through compassion and love where these precious ones are coming from. After all their need for perfect love in order to cast our fear is the very reason for which we heed the call of God to move forsaking all for higher ground. (Note: This is not to say that there are not genuine concerns over the departure of loved ones. But for the most part, if our loved ones understood, instead of fear there would be faith operating in love and they would actually be shouting over our departures.)

Inside I knew that this move to higher ground was for the sake of Jesus’ name and for their sake. Basically from my heart I was crying out to God for them saying, “Show them Jesus!” From our present Garden of Eden we are able to produce life giving fruit from the tree of life thereby benefiting them. Practically how does our forsaking (going for their sake) benefit them? Again in our productive God ordained place ( Now Moravian Falls, NC), we become a true witness to the goodness of God as He provides us with a hundredfold and His resurrected life which is eternal.

Being in the will of God, heeding the Spirit of God, releases power though our witness and prayers for their sake setting them free. We are seeing this happen even as I speak. Again, the whole purpose of heeding the callings of God to move to higher ground is to demonstrate His goodness through His power to redeem so others will repent and follow Jesus. Praise God forevermore!

GOD LED US TO A BEAUTIFUL AND RUGGED PLACE

Next, Kay and I arrived at a beautiful mountainous location. There was a highway and stream between two very steep mountain wooded slopes. There was a wide area along the stream and highway for vehicles to pull off the main road. It reminded me of the pull over areas in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. (Kay and I recently visited there.) The mountains of course speak of higher ground. (Again, higher ground for the purposes of this dream means a place in the Lord where we have received an increase from the Kingdom of God. This increase comes from God in the power of the Spirit and is a place of new authority and much new provision for the purposes of God to His people.)

It is noteworthy that the highway leading to this beautiful and rugged place was winding but very easily negotiated if focus is maintained along the journey. To arrive safely at this place, one could not take his eyes off the road.

The wide parking areas on both sides of the road speak of places of rest. I am reminded of the twelve springs of Elim, a temporary place of rest for the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness towards the Land of Promise (Exodus 15:27). Elim means strength.

The roaring mountain stream speaks of the voice of Jesus. When Jesus speaks it is as the sound of many waters (Revelations 1:15b). I also knew that this location was the geographic center of this vast rugged wilderness area.

MET A MAN WHO HAD PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE

Jesus, the man, is the mediator between God and man. Why? Because as a man, Jesus overcame by the Holy Spirit and power of God every temptation to sin thereby releasing the power of God through the anointing to establish God’s boundaries for His people. This rugged beautiful mountainous area could be surveyed and established as God’s property because Jesus the man has provided Himself as the way. As I talked with this man, I felt a God confidence that I could fulfill the role set before me.

HOLDING ON TO TREES - KEY TO SUCCESS IN OCCUPYING THE WHOLE LAND

We parked at one of the pull over areas and I was standing near the front of our vehicle talking to a man. We were talking about the steepness of the mountains on the two sides of the pull over area. This man was telling me how he had been able to walk these steep areas. He talked about having to hold onto trees in order to make his way through the steep areas of these mountains. Jesus is the tree of life. God through Jesus Christ has made us trees or plantings of the Lord. It is obvious that this man had spiritually reached out to the fruitful people of God to sustain him as he traversed the steep slopes in order to establish the parameters and boundaries of the Kingdom of God.

DO I HAVE THE GOODS?

I began to ponder as he talked whether or not I too would be able to negotiate these same steep slopes. I knew that this man was a surveyor because as I was talking with him I was thinking of negotiating the steep slopes for the purpose of surveying and establishing boundaries in the mountains. Also during our conversation, I remembered that I too had negotiated many steep areas over my many years of land surveying. I felt no immediate major concern over the steep slopes. It was as though I knew that I would somehow be empowered to hold on to trees and successfully fulfill the task of surveying set before me.

THE FORSAKEN FOLLOW US

While I was pondering these things, two large tour type buses pulled off the highway on the opposite side of the road. These buses were carrying the band members through which we had driven earlier when we began our journey. They had obviously followed us to this location on higher ground.

At the time we left the level field with the band marching in the opposite direction, we had no idea that soon we would see them again. I believe that this marching band, beleaguered and marching in the opposite direction of the way of the Lord is the yet unforsaken church to which we are called. We are again called to forsake (Go for their sake the way of the Lord) for a brief time in order to obtain the goods to deliver them from the accuser of the brethren who is Satan. No doubt the band member who I saw staggering from weakness due to the heat of the day was among the two bus loads of people.

WEIGHT OF MINISTERS NEEDS COULD NOT SEVER POWER CORDS

I did not see Kay as I heard her crying out in frustration as if to say, “Oh no!” There were electric power cords lying on the ground in the place where the band tour buses had parked. These power cords were supplying power for me and Kay for whatever purposes. Along with Kay, my frustration was that the weight of the buses would sever our power cords. We were not frustrated with the people but with the possibility of having our power taken away. As Moses of old, we too know the value of proceeding only in the power of God. The power cords were not severed.

CHARGE

As I stated at the beginning of my dream interpretation, let this dream be an encouragement in that the Power of God to fulfill His will in the Earth cannot be severed by the weight of the task. Those buses were filled with people with unfulfilled God given destinies and dreams. People of the same circumstances were also drawn to Jesus as He set his face towards Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a place where the Kingdom of God abides in righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit. As Jesus we are all called to go to Jerusalem for the sake of God’s people.

Throughout the New Covenant we find that the major tasks of Kingdom of God surveying and establishing boundaries required a forsaking of all things for a visit to Jerusalem. This dream is one of four encounters with God in a forty eight hour period in which God brought to me His desire for His people to forsake all so that the power of God i.e. the goodness of God unto repentance could flow to and through us. God is the giver of life and as Sons of the Living God and as brothers with the Resurrected Christ, He has given resurrection life to us. For what purpose do we have this power? So that we may bring forth at least a hundred fold in everyone and give to them the life of God Eternal.

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