Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Jesus Cloud

"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8

I've been fortunate to experience many amazing dreams and encounters with God during my lifetime, but the first dream I had as a child still stands out clearly today, and is an encouraging message for all of us as to the truth and salvation we have in Jesus Christ.

I used to play hockey growing up - this is only unique because I live in Texas, and hockey wasn't a big sport during that time in the early 1980s.  But my dad is Canadian, so naturally my brother and I were signed up to play in a local youth hockey league.

In my dream, I was skating at a public ice skating rink, when I suddenly realized that everyone around me was an "evil" person.  For some reason I could tell they were all criminals and other corrupt people, and I was scared to be there.  Then, we all instantly dropped down into hell, like the floor dropped out from under us, and we were all in free fall down into the fiery depths of the earth!

Obviously mortified, I cried out to God that He had made a mistake.  I had been at the wrong place at the wrong time, and didn't deserve to be in hell with the others I was with at the skating rink.  As I cried out for help, trapped for eternity in a place I didn't belong, an elevator came crashing down in front of me, almost like something from a cartoon.  I immediately recognized it to be a ticket out of this horrible place, so I jumped into the elevator.  The elevator then shot up and out of hell, and catapulted me into the sky, where I was ejected from the elevator and was able to fly among the clouds.  As my fear was replaced with joy, peace, and happiness, I flew up to a huge cloud that formed the letters J-E-S-U-S.  Knowing that He was responsible for my ascension out of hell and entry to this wonderful place, I said, "I love you, Jesus!"  I then woke up from this very vivid and impactful dream, with Jesus' message of love and salvation being implanted into my heart, and I felt a love I had never felt before.

As a reflect on this dream as an adult, I realize now that the dream meant something different from how I viewed it at the time.  I thought I didn't deserve to be in hell with all of the "bad" people I was with at the skating rink.  That I was somehow "better" than them and undeserving of my fate.  But in reality, everyone is created with a sin nature and deserving of separation from God. And over my lifetime I have sinned enough to be lumped in with rest of those I was with in my dream.  I think one of the biggest issues we have today is the judgement of others for their sins and faults, when relative to a holy God, none of us can earn our salvation.  But that should be a relief to all of us - instead of having to do anything to earn that elevator rode from hell to heaven, Jesus gives us the gift of salvation through his own death and sacrifice, and the ride to eternity with Him is free!

Will  you accept this truth and get on the free elevator out of hell and into heaven? Will you accept that there is no "elevator" of salvation apart from Jesus?  You can then stop worrying about how you are going to be able to escape death and enter into the joy of eternal rest - just get on Jesus' elevator to the glory of God's presence!

"If I ascend up into heaven,  you are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there." - Psalm 139:9

- Adam Gellert

Saturday, April 25, 2020

God's Amusement Park

"I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed are those who share in the first resurrection." - Revelation 20: 4-6

I had a vivid, amazing dream recently, one that had a different but encouraging message from anything I had heard before or noticed from reading Scripture.

In my dream I was in a "holding room" with many other people that I didn't know.  It was a shaded or dark room, and we were all milling around waiting for something to happen, since the room was empty and there was nothing to do but wait.

Then, it was like one of the walls was pulled back slowly to reveal what was on the other side, almost like the recent Chevy commercials where average people are shown the latest models of cars that won awards.  And on the other side was a beautiful scene of an amusement park, going for miles.  There was a Ferris wheel and all the other typical rides we find at our Disney and other theme parks. But this one seemed like the best one of all!

As all of us inside this room stepped out into a beautiful landscape to explore this fun-filled park, I was somehow made aware that this wasn't heaven - it was more of a holding place we were supposed to enjoy for a little while before all is completed on earth and in God's plan.  I had the impression that it was a place of no worry, that we were to just enjoy the moment and fun-filled time in this place for the time being.

After this dream I explored the Bible to see if there was any reference to there being another place we are to go before heaven.  The only reference that stood out to me that relates to my dream comes from late in the book of Revelation, when Jesus rules on the earth for 1,000 years before the final battle with Satan:

"I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.  And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God.  They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed are those who share in the first resurrection." - Revelation 20: 4-6

After this period of time, Satan is released for a final showdown with Jesus and the saints, where he is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire.  So might this amusement park be a revelation of our experience during a temporary period of time in history?

Ultimately, like other end time prophecy and debates, we can never know for sure.  The key for all of us is to ensure that we have a right relationship with God through salvation in his Son, Jesus Christ.  As Jesus himself said, "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."  (Luke 10:20).

If you have accepted Christ as Lord over your life, whatever happens at the end of this age, and during the end times, will end in a positive, completed work, as you get to spend eternity with God in heaven.  But my dream was also a fun reminder that God has amazing things in store for us, beyond our wildest dreams.  If you take anything out of my dream about "God's Amusement Park," be encouraged that God wants us to enjoy our current life, as well as our eternity in His presence!

"When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." 
- John 14:3

- Adam Gellert

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Be Still

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Exodus 14:14

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10

Earlier this year I faced a difficult situation, stuck between several tough choices as I had left my full-time corporate job and was venturing out into a risky start-up business.  Things weren't going as planned, and I didn't know what to do.  Laying in bed one night, stressed out and near panic, I asked God what I should do as I sat at a crossroads and needed an answer as to which path to take.  Expecting God to give me the answer, I instead heard God say, "Be Still."

Only a couple of months later, my situation is made worse, and we now stand at a similar place as a society, with the Covid-19 virus creating an epidemic that is causing fear and panic to overtake us.  We are faced with uncertainty, as we wonder how long it will last, and what impact the situation will have on our jobs, our health, and the world economy.  Our human frailty is in full display, as our reliance on our economy, technology, and medical advances gives way to the reality that the natural world can still create potent enemies of the human body that we aren't prepared to fight, that can take everything away in an instant.

But these times are also a healthy reminder that God is in control, that reliance on Him is our only hope for peace and sanity in an insane world.  Fear would be justified, if we didn't believe that God is here in our midst, with a plan and purpose for humanity.   That because of the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we have hope in an eternal salvation, forever in God's presence, along with those family members and friends we have lost to unexpected pandemics such as this.

Sure, there are actions we must all take during this time to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and society at large from this spreading epidemic.  But it's also a unique time in history for rest, as we are called to stay home and change our lifestyles as we wait for this epidemic to play out.  It goes against our very nature to let go and let God work, but it's exactly what God is asking us to do.

My job security and financial future is even more tenuous than before with the present situation.  But God knew all this was going to happen when He told me to "Be Still."  Are we going to trust in God's sovereignty and promises for "hope and a future" during these times, or will we let the world's view of fear and uncertainty take away the daily gift of life?

Do you long to "Be Still"?  Does this sound too good to be true, especially with the world seeming to crumble around us? Today's environment is the perfect time to reflect on your relationship with God, your Creator and Father, who loves you and can't wait to spend eternity with you.  If you don't have the peace of Jesus Christ today, knowing with certainty that you will be in heaven for eternity regardless of this pandemic's outcome, now is the time to ask Jesus to become the Lord of your life. Say this simple prayer, and enter into your time of daily and eternal rest:

"Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart.  Wash me clean.  I make you my Lord and Savior. Amen."  

If you prayed this prayer, contact me for more information on how you can grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.  Find a Bible to read and a local church that can support your continued walk with Him.

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.  The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"  He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" - Matthew 8:23-27

-Adam Gellert