Tag: dreams and visions

Have You Allowed Your Dream To Die?

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Every once in a while I listen to what the preacher says.

Oh, I always hear them, like a lot of folks. But I sometimes actually listen.

Today was one of those days.

He began with the scripture, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint.” (Proverbs 29:18 ESV) Another translation says it this way: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Even though the preacher soon moved on to another passage, I had already unpacked my mining gear. He had piqued my interest, and the Spirit of God let me know there was more for me to understand beneath the surface.

So it was time to dig, to excavate, and discern what I was supposed to find.

I eventually caught up to the preacher, but not until I had written myself a few notes; some thoughts I believe were from God. Allow me to open my valise and share with you my findings.

The phrase, “No prophetic vision”, can refer to a number of things: goals, dreams, and the like. The goals could be something for an individual or many. They could come as the result of planning and study, or prayer and fasting. How they come or appear doesn’t matter much; what does matter is their value. Are they worth the trouble and work necessary to see them become a reality?

If people devalue the goals and dreams, they will act as though they’ve never heard of them. They’ll reject them as unattainable, irrelevant, or not worth the effort. The result of such rejection is total chaos. No restraints. Wide open spaces where anything and everything can happen.

But not the original goal or dream.

Where are you these days? Do you have a life’s goal or dream? Are you guarding it as you work toward its fulfillment?

There have been times in my life I’ve looked at my dream of writing and ministering the gospel full time when I’ve thought, “Pie in the sky. Dreamland. I need to get back down to earth and take a bite of reality.”

I’ve almost given up on, what I believe, is a God-given dream. And to give it up means to throw off the disciplines and habits that have brought me at least as close as I am to the dream.

But I refuse to cast off restraint! I refuse to live without a dream!

And it’s how we must be with God’s word. His prophetic vision, His dream of what can happen if only… Let’s believe in “if only”. Let’s act upon the vision, the picture His word paints for us.

It is relevant. It is precious. It is attainable.

If only… Hold on to the dream. Let the dream give joy to your disciplines.

Your time is coming. 

 

Hear the Sound

 

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I believe the Lord spoke the following to my spirit. I submit it to the Body of Christ; judge it for yourselves. If the Spirit bears witness with your spirit, then respond accordingly, as He instructs.

There’s a sound, not unlike the sound of a mighty, rushing wind, that God is releasing to His people. Can you hear it?

Listen carefully and you’ll hear the voice of the Holy Spirit saying, ‘Rise up, sons and daughters of God. Rise up and lay your burdens down. Rise up to a life of holiness. Rise up as the redeemed of the Lord and make My Glory known.

Rise up. Be done with mere church attendance, and become the church – My hands and feet – that touches this world on My behalf, as My ambassadors.’

Hear Me, loud and clear. The days of dreams and visions are here; yet these dreams and visions are not for celebrating or personal platform building. They are for Kingdom building. Dreams and visions that mobilizes the saints, gathers them in unity to speak with one voice of My glory, to penetrate the powers of darkness as the light of the world.

Hear the sound – the sound of repentance from unholy, impure, and selfish thoughts and actions.

The Desire of all nations cries, ‘Hear the sound!’ Hear My cry to taste and see that the Lord is good. Hear My call to act as though you really believe all of My word. Hear My command to ‘Come out from among the unbelieving, unrepentant, and uncommitted and be separated unto Me.

Hear the sound of the Spirit’s song; the prophetic song of deliverance that equips you to war over the comfortably complacent Christians until the fire of urgency once again compels them to live with only one focus.

The sound is becoming louder, clearer; and while some will ignore it, and others mock it, those who receive it will find a greater power and joy in serving Me.

The Sound. The call to, ‘Be ye holy, for I am holy.’ And as Elijah prayed and saw a cloud the size of a man’s fist rise up from the sea, so those who heed the Spirit’s call will rise up and become, not a political force, but truly a spiritual force which will not be contained.

Man’s laws will not stop those who hear the Sound. Public opinion will not drive the ones who hear My voice. Jails cannot silence the Sound. 

Even the devil himself will not stop those who have said, ‘My life is not my own. I was bought with a price. Therefore, I glorify God with my spirit and my body.’

Hear the sound. The voice of one crying, ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord.’

‘How?’, you may ask.

Prepare yourself to hear and obey the Sound. The voice of the Spirit. Everything else will fall into place.

For it is time.”

 

Dreams and Visions – I Wonder

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I’m going to wonder a little out loud, if that’s alright with you.

Thanks.

I wonder if there’s more to the “dreams and visions” passage than meets the eye?

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29 ESV)

I wonder, are the dreams and visions the result of the Spirit’s outpouring, or the evidence of it?

If someone dreams God’s dreams, or sees with God’s eyes, are they filled with the Spirit of God?

I wonder. Don’t you?

But what benefit does anyone receive by dreaming along with God? What value is there in seeing through God’s eyes?

And what’s the big deal about the male and female servants receiving an outpouring of God’s Spirit?

Think with me…what if each of us, every single person on planet earth, began to dream and envision things that were in agreement with God’s will?

This world would drastically change.

For the better.

In Genesis 6, God “saw that everything they (mankind) thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil” (Genesis 6:5 NLT). They weren’t dreaming God’s dreams or looking at things through His eyes.

They were diametrically opposed to everything God is and stands for. They were “filled” with the spirit belonging to the god of THIS world.

They were “dreaming” and “envisioning” in accordance with their evil imaginations, and things kept getting worse and worse.

But God promised that a change was coming.

And that change is here!

In the Old Testament, only those who were kings, prophets, or priests could be anointed by the Holy Spirit. Never could you expect to see ordinary people anointed by God, and DEFINITELY not a male or female slave.

But now God has promised to pour out His Spirit upon whoever will call upon the Name of the Lord.

His Spirit enables us to dream, to envision, to see His Kingdom come, and His will done on earth – just as it is in Heaven.

I wonder what would happen if we’d focus less on the dreams and visions themselves, and more on seeing things through God’s eyes; His point of view?

I wonder if we’d see more Kingdom business accomplished, and less fussing and fighting among the “Spirit-filled”?

Because if we aren’t dreaming His dreams, or seeing His visions, what difference are we making in the earth? 
And are we really filled with God’s Spirit?

I wonder.

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