For God may speak in one way, or in another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, when He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, and conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword (Job 33:14–18).
When we received salvation we were told we had to give up our exciting night lives. But have you ever thought that believers in Jesus Christ should have the most exciting nightlives ever? Our nights should be filled with dreams, visions, and visitations of many and varied kinds, inspired by the Holy Spirit. God takes us through a preparation process in our dreams to get us ready to see and experience great spiritual things in our daily lives. Oftentimes we see it in the night seasons so that we can recognize it in broad daylight when we are in the middle of it. 1 John 3:2–3 states that as children of God we will be able to see things that have not yet been made known, and as we see God, we will be like him. We must be totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit for understanding, interpretation, and application of the revelation we receive.
Faith Makes Dreams Come True
God created the principle of conceiving, seeing, conforming, and becoming what we behold. During the goats’ breeding season Jacob had a dream in which the angel called his name. He said to him, “Jacob, look up and see the male goats mating with a flock of white streaked, speckled, and spotted goats. God has seen that Laban has mistreated, stolen wages from, and deceived you. God has devised a strategy for you to gain wealth and prosperity.” So seeing and hearing God’s plan in a dream, Jacob took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond, and plain trees and made white stripes on them by peeling the bark and exposing the white inner wood of the branches. Then Jacob placed the peeled branches in all the watering troughs, so that they would be in the direct visual path of the flocks who were in season when they came to drink. When the stronger animals mated in front of the branches in the watering troughs they bore streaked, speckled, or spotted offspring. These Jacob separated into his herds. If the animals were weak he would not place the carved branches before their eyes to see. So the weaker animals remained in Laban’s flocks while all the strong ones were transferred into Jacob’s. By following the angel’s instructions Jacob grew exceedingly prosperous. He developed vast wealth in large flocks, men, maidservants, camels, and donkeys. The transference of the wealth of the wicked to the righteous came through angelic dream strategies.
To reach our full potential and God-given destiny, we must always set the Lord before our eyes and stay focused on his plans and purposes. We must see ourselves as God sees us, and interpret our dreams according to his nature, his words, and his language to us, not according to what man says or what we believe about ourselves. God has a divine dream plan that enables each of us to reach our destiny in him. Just like our physical DNA, God’s heavenly plans, strategies, and blueprints are written on our spirit for us to fulfill. God is holy. He is light, and he is love. Those who worship him must access the Spirit of truth. God reveals himself to us through the Spirit of truth and revelation. The more we come to understand his ways of communication and his revealed nature, the more in love we fall with him.
Seeing God Through Faith
The following is a series of supernatural events and testimonies that take faith to experience and even more faith to believe, but it is through this type of unrelenting faith that we will see God.
I was teaching on dreams using the passage in Acts 2 one weekend in a Massachusetts hotel. As I came to the part that said, “blood and fire and vapor of smoke” the fire alarms began to sound. The terrible noise kept ringing as I attempted to continue the lesson. This phenomenon often happens when a group of believers begin to release faith. Faith is a substance and a power that can be felt and measured. As faith arises so do electrical currents. The currents are detected by computers and appear as fire. The hotel fire alarm system had been triggered by a release of our fiery faith. It wasn’t long before the hotel management came through and asked us to please vacate the conference room. They assured us that they were not able to find a fire but that the computer system had indicated the presence of fire at our location. The city fire department responded by sending out several fire trucks. The alarm kept sounding until the group of power-packed believers was outside in the parking lot. I gathered them together and asked them not to reveal to the hotel management that we were the cause of the fire alarm. Once we vacated the building the computer systems returned to normal and no longer detected a fire. But, upon our return to the same conference room, as we picked up where we left off, the fire alarms began to ring out once again. This continued the whole weekend. The magnetic keys that gave us entrance to our assigned hotel rooms were also erased. The hotel management kept apologizing for the inconvenience of us having to always go to the front desk to get new keys issued. They kept saying, “We think there is some type of magnetic disturbance in that conference room but we don’t know what it could be.”
Anointed believers exude the light and power of God, causing them to succeed and overcome. In comparison, the evil person releases a muted light and a dull sound that calls out to the spirits of darkness to ensnare them, ensuring their continued failure. Faith allows us to transcend natural thinking and carnal reasoning. It’s a supernatural gift which enables us to exceed boundaries and limitations which otherwise hinders those who have little faith.
Another example of this tangible supernatural faith occurred while I was waiting to board an airplane. I had just finished a conference and several of the speakers traveled with me to the airport. At the moment we approached the check-in counter the attendant exclaimed that her computer simply crashed. She asked if we would please step to the next computer. When we stepped over to the next window, that computer screen went black as well. She again apologized and requested we move to the third and next available computer for assistance. The third computer also crashed and went to a black screen. Perplexed, we stood and waited for the computers to come back on line. Finally, it dawned on me what was taking place. I asked my friends to take a few steps back away from the counter. As we moved out of the proximity of the computers, they each popped back up in succession and began to work. Eventually, we received our requested seat changes and we boarded the plane. Luckily, we were not seated near any of the engines!
We need to see what God sees in us. God’s plans are for us to succeed. He wants his spiritual realms of glory to transfer into this natural realm. In this way God brings his Kingdom purposes to our life. Dreams are one way that God chooses to communicate what he sees in us. A dream is a picture language. Because pictures are easily imprinted on our spirits and minds, we can recall the images back to remembrance. God speaks in a language of signs, symbols, puns, riddles, and mysteries through dreams.
The greatest power in the universe is love.
Dr. Barbie L. Breathitt
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