I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.” – Joel 2:28
Question for the day: Does God speak to you in dreams or visions?
As we continue this conversation regarding the ways that God speaks to us, I just have to share an experience I had last night. God is good!
He came to me in a dream and showed me a critical truth about my ministry. I woke up and wrote it down, because I knew it was Him, and I knew that I did not need to forget what He said.
I know for many of us, the thought of God speaking this way to us individually is a little disconcerting. And it sounds a little “out there” not to mention kind of crazy. It is ok – I have been called all those things 🙂
However, God is very clear in scripture that He will continue to speak to us in this manner. I believe that most of us pass off these events as (again) crazy dreams, and think nothing of them. But I have found that when I pray over them and write them down, many times God has truly spoken, and in a way that I can understand.
I encourage you to embrace this means of communication if God is choosing to connect with you in this way. I urge you, do not fear something clearly of God simply because it is different from your traditional experience. If we are truly open to Him, we can all be incredibly blessed by His presence.
How Am I Sure It Was God?
I am sure everyone’s experiences are different. But for me, there are certain “cues” that give me assurance that I am experiencing the Divine presence:
1. The Imagery Makes Sense – I have dreams all the time with strange images and such. I have no idea what they mean. But I know it is God when I can see the images clearly and I know exactly what He is saying through them. His message is unmistakeable.
2. The environment is brilliant – The colors, sounds, smells are clear and indescribable in their clarity.
3. A Trusted Advisor – There is always a trusted friend in the midst, speaking truth with great clarity. These friends differ from each experience, but it is always someone I know well to be a true disciple.
4. My Response – My emotional and physical responses are deeply engaged. I not only know what I am doing in response to this engagement, but I also am keenly aware of my emotions and my thoughts that are unspoken in the dialog.
Generally my dreams are a mixed-up mess of all kinds of things that don’t make any sense. But when God speaks, I wake up with a clarity and strong sense of purposeful response.
I just realized that I have overused the word, “clarity” in this dialog. Please forgive me. But it is truly the only way that I can describe these magnificent encounters.
How about anyone else? Do we have anyone in our group with these types of experiences that would like to share? I would personally love to hear your stories.
Blessed be the One who comes in the name of the Lord! And You come in such magnificent ways. I thank You Lord, for always speaking in ways that I can understand. I thank You for pouring out Your precious Holy Spirit on Your church, and for being faithful to lead us in such clear ways.
Help me Father, to be aware when Your Spirit is at work around me. Give me ears to hear, and eyes to see the path You have in front of me. Please continue to bless me with Your sustaining presence, and help me be an encourager to others.
May Your Spirit dwell richly within us today, and may You be glorified in Your church.
In Jesus’ name,