Acts 2:17-18 NIV “In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.”
Are we in the last days? I’m thinking we are. Do I thoroughly understand it all? No I don’t. When I was a relatively young man God did give me a visual vision. It only happened once. I was wide awake when it happened and it was amazing clear and relatively short. No, I don’t and haven’t taken drugs.
Two times in the past God has given a prophecy through me in the form of an exhortation where the body of Christ, His Church that were present with me, were lifted up. Both of these instances happened quite a while ago. A prophecy is 100 % God, it’s effortless, it flows from Him and you do have the option of speaking it or not. There is a strong inner witness to speak what He wants to be said, but you do have control, the choice is yours. The best way I can describe it is similar to turning a tap on and off, when the prophecy is given to you, you are acutely aware and if you allow it to flow, by speaking out loud what is given to you, the prophecy proceeds and there comes a time when it literally stops and there is no control over that, you just know it. A prophecy must always be in agreement with God’s Word. So far God has not given me any prophecy to speak out in the Church that I am currently attending. I’ve often wondered what would happen if He did give me one and I stood up and spoke it out loud. I would be obedient but it could be interesting, we don’t do that sort of thing in the Church I am attending.
Now that I am old, sometimes I dream dreams, there are the normal dreams where someone steals your car or something along that line and there are the dreams that convey a meaning with a message. Most times the meaning and the message to these special dreams is relatively clear.
Last night I had a dream and it was different from the normal dreams I sometimes have. When I’m having a normal dream, most times I actually know, while I am dreaming, that it is just a dream and I am able to differentiate between the situation in the dream that is not real and reality. Sometimes I think that God gives us a dream to answer prayers we have been asking Him about.
Last night the dream I had was about me being in my home and there was some one or thing that was trying to get in. I had defenses against intruders in my home but it seemed as though my defenses were not fully functional, that I was aware of the intruder or intruders but I wasn’t fully alert. And then the clarity came and my defenses were fully activated and I was fully alert and all was well. The meaning behind this particular dream was relatively clear.
I’ve been praying a lot as of late for personal guidance, finding my place in God’s will, with respect to the various intrusions and balance of normal day to day living and family interactions. I’m going through the entire Bible again and I just love it. I love God’s Word. There is a hunger within for more and more and yet this particular reading and study is purposely slow and deliberated. It is so good. I am continually amazed at the little things I didn’t notice before or perhaps have forgotten.
I don’t know about you folks but I am aware of the onslaught that the enemy sends towards us. There’s the world news where fear can weasel it’s way in, there’s family difficulties where emotions, financial responsibilities and unanswered prayer can instigate uncertainty with regard to the right course of action to be followed and trusting in God. And then there’s finding our place in God’s will for our own life that He has given us. No, I’m not paranoid, I’m just aware. There are times when the waves will get high, there are times when we can’t see the shore line, there will be times when the storm seems so big and we seem so small, but …. we do have a shepherd, we have not been left as orphans, our God is in control of the storm and whether we sink or swim is not the real issue, because, regardless, if our trust is in Him, He is fully capable of getting us to our destination. It’s really all about trusting Him.
And what was the message of my dream? Here is the answer.
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
I may not understand all the different circumstances that are happening around me, I may not comprehend all of the intricacies associated with family relationships and their final resolve, I may not always see what lies around the corner, but … the one in whom I believe in does and He’s all I really need to trust and have faith in.
Simplistic, yes it is, reality, yes it is.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!