The Revealer of Secrets

Have you ever had a dream that bugged you, seemed important, maybe life-changing, but you just couldn’t remember it? You knew when you woke up that Someone was trying to tell you something important. Sometimes God is speaking to you, trying to get through to you through your subconscious mind in a dream.

In Daniel chapter 2 in the Old Testament, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream he couldn’t remember. He called his wise men, the magicians and astrologers, to tell him the dream and then give him the interpretation. Their response was, “You got to be kidding, king. No one can tell you your dream except the gods.” The king was so mad he called the soldiers and said, “Kill them all, even the wise men who aren’t here today.”

Daniel and the three Hebrew men were in a pickle. Their lives were on the line, because of something they were not even involved in. Instead of moaning and groaning, “Why me, Lord? I didn’t do anything wrong yet the King is out to get me,” Daniel called a prayer meeting.

“Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.” Daniel 2:19. Notice he didn’t wait till the king called off the execution to praise God. He praised Him in advance.

God found a way to get the dream and interpretation to the king even though he had forgotten what he dreamed. If the dream you forgot is bugging you, just remember that God will find a way to get that information to you if it is important to your future.

When Daniel went before the king, he told Nebuchadnezzar, “The secret which the king demanded, the wise men. . .cannot declare to the king, but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets.” (Daniel 2:27-28)

God will get the right information to you at just the right time.

Unlimited Heavenly Data

I have unlimited data, unlimited talk, and unlimited text messaging on my cell phone plan. I could call you to talk until my phone ran down, plug it into the wall to charge while we were talking, and keep talking a little longer.

I could send 500 texts or more a day—well, if I were 15 years old and my thumb joints were limber, I could.

I could download YouTube videos all day and all night and watch every stupid dog trick on the internet if I wanted to.

I could check Facebook, check my email, and send Tweets from sun-up till midnight.

I have unlimited data and talk on my God plan. I signed up for it when I was 6 years old down on my knees at an old-fashioned wooden altar. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior, and promised to serve Him all the days of my life.

Though I’ve been through many struggles in my life and have wandered off on some side roads, Jesus never left me. I would fall on my knees and cry out on my spiritual cell phone, what we call prayer, and He always answered me. He never hung up on me; I was always the one who ended the conversation.

During our sweet unlimited talk times, Jesus always downloaded unlimited spiritual data to my heart and soul. Then when I studied His word, the Bible, He sent more unlimited data to build me up spiritually and help me grow up to be the person He always intended me to be. The data download always ended because I couldn’t receive anymore, not because He couldn’t send it.

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”  Jude 20-21 NKJV.

God is sending an unlimited data life-flow of love and mercy from the throne of grace to us. It’s time to get into the life-flow through prayer.

My Fortress

I’ve always been proud of my maiden name Hightower, a combination of the words ‘high’ and ‘tower’ so that the combined meaning refers to a high or tall tower.

When I first became aware of the meanings of words, my unusual last name stood out from the names of my classmates, who had simple names like Smith or Jones. Of course, as I learned more about the meanings of words, I found that even those names that seemed to be ordinary because there were many people with those last names might not be so common in other communities. One reason certain names were common in my hometown was that there were large families by that name living here.

I’ll never forget the first time I read my name in the Bible.

“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:22 KJV.

I was startled because it was as if God had called me by my own name. He knew my name. He knew who I was—little Lavon Hightower,  middle child born to hard-working parents in Vinita, Oklahoma, population 6000, in the 1960s. God Almighty Creator of the Universe, Maker of heaven and earth knew my name Hightower.

Of course, I realize He wasn’t talking about me personally there, but to a young child, probably ten years old, it seemed as though He was. That is just exactly how personal God is.

Names were important in Bible days. The name you were given when you were born was prophetic of your future. Joshua the leader after Moses died led the Israelites into the Promised Land and his name means savior. Jesus’ name in Hebrew is also Joshua, meaning Savior, meaning He would lead His children into the Promised Land of Eternal Life.

The Lord has been my high tower, my fortress, my deliverer. He gave me to the Hightower family and gave me that name as a reminder to run to Him always for shelter from the storms of life.