My prayer is that this letter finds you encouraged and living from a posture of great hope! I want to share with you a dream I had a number of years ago that has played a very pivotal role in my development. In this particular dream, I dreamed I was back
at Campbell University (the school I attended both as an undergraduate and graduate student). I was walking from my dormitory to the area of campus where the majority of my classes took place during my time as a student. I was so excited to be back on campus because I now knew that I had matured as a disciple since my first time on campus and that I could be much more effective in replicating the ministry of Jesus on my college campus. I submitted this dream for interpretation to a lady who is quite skilled in that area. She interpreted the dream by stating, “The dream is a life principle; you will continually revisit the same subjects over and over again in your life and each time receive fresh insight and revelation.” I knew immediately that she had the word of the Lord concerning the interpretation of this dream and the dream has come to past continually in my life. In the coming months in my letters to you I hope to share some of the subjects that have defined my development as a son of God. One of things that I have learned is that there are certain fundamentals we will never outgrow or completely arrive at as believers. Our life in God can be likened to a
house that God intended to be built with Himself as the solid foundation. The foundation of structure is the basis on which that structure rests. If we do not co- labor with God to build the appropriate foundation our life in God, we will never grow into the fullness of what God intended. An absolutely necessary aspect of the foundation that God intends for us to build is a lifestyle of prayer. A lifestyle of prayer is fulfilling Jesus’ greatest commandment to us to “Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind.” (Matthew 22:36-37) In my weakness, I have endeavored to love God with all of heart, soul, and mind and have my life built and defined by a lifestyle of prayer and communion. A foundational aspect of my fellowship with God is learning to receive His love for me. God’s love is His everlasting gift extended to the humanity He created. I have learned that I will never love God correctly without correctly knowing His love for me.
It is only in the context of knowing His love for me and receiving that love that I can give back to Him what He has first given to me. In my personal communion times with God, I always make sure to spend an intentional extended time receiving the
Father’s love. After all these years, I have come to know that one cannot fully comprehend God’s love for us in one moment or one encounter; perhaps that is one of the reasons God gave us tongues. I have also learned that as I receive His love, I
become aware of areas in my mindset that hinder me from receiving and knowing His love. The following are foundational truths about the love of God that have allowed me to grow continually in the love of God that passes knowledge:
o God loves me unconditionally (Jeremiah 31:3)
o God’s love is extended towards me regardless of my behavior or performance (John 3:16)
o My love for God originates with God Himself (Romans 11:36)
o God’s love for me surpasses intellectual understanding (Ephesians 3:19)
I want to encourage you to continually spend intentional time receiving and meditating on the love God has specifically released to you as a gift. Allow His love to draw you into a lifestyle of deep fellowship and prayer. As you intentionally receive His love, may you live out the Apostle Paul’s command to us to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) My prayer for you and I is that this would
be our greatest season of fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you once again for your continued faithful support of this ministry. Together we are proclaiming and advancing the gospel of the Kingdom. Please continue to send us your praise reports and prayer requests. We stand with you in the purposes of God to be established in you and your families’ lives.