Defending the Keep

November 13, 2018

 

I awoke from a dream this morning at about 3:15 AM. It was in the form of an epic battle across a great plain like a battle from Lord of the Rings or Narnia. I titled this dream “Defending the Keep” because a “keep” is similar to what we call a “safe room” today. It is believed to be a fortified residence, or a refuge of last resort. It was sometimes the large tower of a castle.

In the dream I saw innumerable strongholds, as though small castles, across a vast plain. Each one had a place for treasures, a place for weapons and tools, and a living space.

Each and every one was under attack from enemies at some level, to some degree. Each one was being defended by a single person. The battle seemed endless. Each person was suffering and in danger of losing everything.

Some individuals figured out how to move their strongholds closer together and work together as a team. They had more success in defending and protecting the keep, but they were still defensive, fighting off the unending onslaught of evil.

A great king, much larger in appearance and grander in stature, appeared on the scene of the vast plain. He offered protection to anyone who wanted his assistance, for he had forces who were willing to fight the battle. The cost, however, was to transfer everything from the strongholds to his mountain. Only in his mountain was there safety for the individuals, protection of the treasures, and those who would, and who knew how to, use the store of weapons. Complete surrender of everything to the king in the mountain was the only alternative to eventually losing everything to the evil hordes.

Those who refused the offer faced more hardship and struggle. One by one they began to fall prey to the evil attacks. Those who accepted the offer, costly as it was, found a renewed energy. The treasures and weapons were brought into the great storehouse of the king. Once it was brought to the mountain and surrendered to the king, it was all indistinguishable as to what belonged to whom. The treasure and the weapons now belonged to the king.

The individuals each had whatever they needed but were no longer burdened with the protection of the keep. Each one was strengthened and reinvigorated. They became more acquainted with the king and his ways of doing things. They began going out with him and for the first time were on the offensive against the enemy. Being unencumbered by the weight of defending the keep, they were free to move and fight as directed by the king. Successes added up and multiplied as did those who chose to surrender all to the king.

Victory was in sight for the first time due to the new-found freedom, the new perspective of the view from the mountain, and the strong direction of the king. There was now hope and joy where there was once hopelessness in the never-ending battle.

End of Dream

 

This dream is a story that does not require much interpretation. The king, of course, is Jesus Christ. The mountain is the Kingdom of God. The individuals are each one of us. The treasures are our stuff, the things of this world. The weapons and tools are our gifts and talents. The enemy is Satan and his minions. The great plain is where we are; scattered across the earth.

I did awake with an understanding of what was happening. Those who remained alone, or in a small group, did so by choice. The battle grew more difficult and painful. The struggle grew until all hope was lost. This was the only outcome for those who had refused the offer of the king. Their pride and self-sufficiency were their undoing.

Those who gave everything to the king, however, had their strength renewed. They were like new men and women as they locked arms one with another. They were both encouraged and encouraging. They all grew in stature under the king. Each one gained something much greater than all that was given up. No one was being defeated and all was provided for them for which they had need.

I was shown that these were individuals, but it was made clear that this was also true for families, communities, cities, states, and nations. It was also true for the churches; especially for the churches. For they thought they were serving the king and that they would eventually see the victory. The stench of their pride and self-sufficiency filled the little kingdoms they had built. The air was freshened and renewed only when all was truly surrendered to the one true king, accompanied by repentance.

True and lasting victory is found only in the True King, the Lord, Jesus Christ, as all is surrendered to Him. The enemy is put under His feet.

A couple of passages of scripture were brought to my attention. They are well worth meditating upon.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 16:25

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as they had need.

Acts 4:34-35