Don't follow your dreams

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Image by Albrecht Fietz on Pixabay

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Jude 8

Note that phrase "these filthy dreamers." The ESV has, "these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh." Let us hear the warning implicit in that description. In our day, when there is such an emphasis upon listening to your own heart, following your desires, pursuing your dreams, and so on, we need to recognize that our own subjective feelings about things are not the ultimate authority. Not only are they not the ultimate authority, but, coming from our own sinful hearts, they often lead us astray. "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Prov. 14:12). Our hearts, after all, are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9).

Don't trust your heart; don't follow your dreams. Rather, bend your heart and your desires and your dreams to God's word and will. Align yourself with the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). It is only then that our desires and dreams will indeed be right. It is only when we first delight ourselves in the Lord and commit our way to him, that he will give us the desires of our hearts and bring our purposes to pass (Ps. 37:4-5). Let us therefore, not follow filthy dreamers, but rather build ourselves up in our most holy faith (Jude 20), committing ourselves and our way to our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is able to keep us from falling and to present us with exceeding joy before the throne of his Father (24-25).

By: Jeremiah Bass