What happens when we are sleeping? Dreams, Visions, Visits?

There are times when the Lord will speak to us in dreams and visions. I don’t believe I have had a vision yet, but He has shared with me in dreams several times throughout my life. All through the bible we see times where dreams and visions are spoken of concerning an event or person.

We know this as well, there are times the enemy will intrude upon our sleep and interject thoughts and images to us and even scenes that resemble dreams. Remember, he can come as an angel of light. (II Corinthians 11:14) He can also show up as an impersonation. He often sends demons to do this dirty work and if we have not covered our sleep time in prayer, just as we pray and cover our days, we can be left a bit vulnerable to visits from the dark side.

Sometimes we get ready to step into a particular ministry or move up a level in our faith walk and become a target. Remember, the fiery darts of Ephesians 6?  At other times we may be going through a struggle. Things may be rough at work or in the family, or financially, or whatever. Our souls and emotional selves are upset or maybe we become distraught over an illness and our faith may become shaken for a moment.

Praying to cover our sleep is very important. As we slip into that place that the Lord has created for our bodies to rest and repair, we can become less vigilant spiritually. Keeping our spirit aware and poised to intercept any invasion from the dark side is imperative. Remember, we are three part beings, spirit, soul and body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

The demons are waiting to bring us lies and images of things untrue. Pictures and people can be introduced to our sleeping mind that are assignments against us to bring us fear, anger, torment or wrong thinking. Friendly images of loving people may appear in our dreams or even loved ones, both alive or deceased These are ploys of the enemy to change our thinking. Everything we may dream about and remember from sleeping may not be from God.

If we make an agreement with a scenario being played before us while asleep that is not from God, then we have crossed over into that place where we can be used and manipulated in our emotions while awake because of the tie to the agreement we have made.

Let us therefore, come into agreement with the word of God concerning our lives, both awake and during sleep. Remember every dream may not be from the Lord. Test the spirits the word says. (1 John 4:1) Upon awaking ask the Lord if the dream was from Him. If it was not, break the agreement you made in the dream while you were sleeping in Jesus’ name.

Coming away with an exciting “dream meeting” with someone we  know may just be a ploy to keep us in spiritual bondage. For instance if “Aunt Sue” told you to go buy a blue car or maybe a close friend betrays you somehow, test that. The enemy knows our friends and relatives very well and can use their images to cloak demons and trigger us into believing a lie. Especially, if we are moving forward in our walk with the Lord, take pause and pray protection over your sleep.

If perhaps you are reading this and you have not yet stepped into God’s Kingdom through the work of the cross, then, you remain very unprotected and vulnerable. You have no covering against this dream manipulation especially if there has been any occult participation or witchcraft in your history. Opening doors to these things can be very dangerous. You remain easy prey for much thought manipulation and even visits and are easy access to the enemy because of those open doors in the spirit realm.

When we make a decision for Jesus and thank Him for becoming the ultimate sacrifice for the things that would keep us separate from Him in eternity, (sins), we move into that place and position that he has planned for us from the beginning. He will guide us into truth and security. Rest and sleep are from God, and many times he does speak to us in dreams. Discernment is paramount and with the Holy Spirit who the word says will lead us into all truth and show us things to come (John 16:13) we can be assured of His direction in our lives.

As a DID Coach for Bride Ministries, this is the prayer I pray before I go to sleep. It is part of the free prayer list you can find at http://www.bridemovement.com

“Father, I come before you in prayer. I enter into your gates with thanksgiving and enter into your courts with praise 1. I praise you because you are worthy, holy, righteous, and just. I plead the blood  of Jesus over myself, my dwelling place, my spouse, my children, my car, my bank account and everything under my stewardship 2. I pray that your heavenly hosts, your angels, would guard this dwelling place round about, both above and below and against every dimensional access point in Jesus’ name 3. I will say of the Lord that you are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in you will I trust 4. I thank you that you set a hedge of protection round about me and that no plague will come near my dwelling 5. I thank you in advance that every curse, hex, spell, incantation, voodoo, sorcery, form of witchcraft, dark art or other form of weaponized demonic activity sent against me would be reversed upon the heads of the senders seven-fold that they would know that Jesus is Lord 6. Moreover, I pray that every human spirit, fallen angelic spirit, or otherwise malevolent spirit attempting to come against me or my household would be apprehended by your heavenly hosts such that they cannot so much as set foot upon this property 7. I pray that they would be escorted out to wherever the Lord Jesus sends them, pierced through with many arrows and discomfited by your lightning in the process, that they would know that Jesus is Lord 8. Furthermore, I cancel and render powerless all attempts at mind-to-mind communication, dream manipulation, and all other forms of psychic and telepathic intrusion in the name of Jesus 9. I thank you that all of my dreams are inspired by your Holy Spirit 10. I declare that my sleep will be sweet, uninterrupted, and that upon waking I will be well rested 11. I also put on the armor of light 12. I take up the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, I declare that my feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and I take up the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God 13. I pray all of this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen 14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Corinthians 15 – Paul explains things

Going through the 15th chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul gives an overview of what the gospel and the subsequent events have to do with the ones he was teaching. It also has everything to do with us and our lives and our future.

Verse 1 opens with Paul reminding everyone that he declared the gospel and that they received and stand in the saving grace of the Lord Jesus.

Verse 3 Paul had delivered the gospel that he himself received.

Verse 6 Over 500 people saw Jesus after He died but before he ascended. At the time of this writing some of them had already passed away. Of course Peter saw Him too. James also, then the apostles. Then Paul says he saw Jesus after His ascension.

Verse 10 Paul talks about not being worthy to be called an apostle because he persecuted the Church of God, (the Christians.) After that he cared for the churches mightily, because of God’s grace.

Verse 22 Because, since Adam’s death man did not have the promise of the eternal life. However since Jesus rose from the dead, man may also have eternal life.

Verse 25 Jesus will put all His enemies under His feet.

Verse 26 The last enemy to be destroyed will be Death.

Verse 28 Father God shall then be exalted.

Verse 34 Choose righteous behavior. It is your example to those who have not heard the gospel yet. Let my words bring you shame (conviction.)

Verse 38 We are created differently than the animal Kingdom.

Verse 40 Man was also created differently than the celestial beings. Their “glory” is different than our “glory.” Our bodies are also different than the Sun, Moon and Stars. Our resurrection as saved humans is different because we came from corruptible and became (or will become) incorruptible.

Verse 43 Our body was sown or made in dishonor (sin) and will be raised in glory (sinless) because of salvation. We also go from weakness to power after salvation.

Verse 44 We go from natural to spiritual. Unsaved people only have a natural body, we (saved) will have a spiritually awake body.

Verse 45 We go from a soul which is alive to a spiritually alive being after salvation.

Verse 47 We go from being “earthly” to being “heavenly.”

Verse 48 We go from the image of man (Adam=earthly) to the image of the heavenly or eternal.

Verse 50 This will not happen to every human being. Only those who become spiritually alive.

Verse 51 We will change after we die.

Verse 52 However, if you are still alive when Jesus physically comes back and are born again, then, as Jesus is in the process of taking the living and the dead back with Him at the FINAL trumpet sound, the living will then have their physical earthly bodies changed into their never perishing heavenly bodies.

Verse 55 This is when death is defeated once and for all. No more is the “sting” of death possible. No more will death occur on the Earth.

Verse 57 This is called The Victory.

Verse 58 As Paul is writing to people and in a time of the first Christians or the church of God, until that day that He returns for His church, we are to remain steadfast and unmovable in our faith and work of the Kingdom. Paul says when we are doing things for the Kingdom, our work always counts!

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His desire is that we would continually come to Him.

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When we answer the call to “come,” it may look different for each one of us. We go to Jesus for the help that we need every day. To one that may come in the form of a new friend, to another, a new discovery that was hiding in plain sight, to someone else it may be a restored relationship, and yet another person may have a new lead to a job they’ve been praying for.

Let us be on the lookout for those moments that will lead to a victory or solution of some sort. Coming to Jesus is linking up with the One who knows exactly what we need in order for us to move into that abundant life He tells us about!

Seasonal pondering and keeping it real.

The title of this blog may have you wondering what season I am talking about. Well, it is the Christmas season 2017. Wow, can you say, thinking, pondering, hashing out, ruminating or even postulating. Lots of that going on I guess.

It is a new season in my life and to be frankly honest, it is one of the best seasons I have ever experienced. Now, don’t go assuming that life is all hunky-dory and all that. 🙂 There are issues and there is sadness. But all in all, it is a really exciting time.

I believe sometimes we bloggers and writers and You Tubers want to leave our visiting audience with mouths agape and jaws dropped, or with tears in their eyes or maybe even amazed at the amount of wisdom that comes forth through our articles and videos. But, really, we are just folks like everyone else who choose to use a platform to relate life’s events and concerns with hopes of touching a heart or even leaving a person with something to really think about. But, this time I am just sharing. You know, sharing about something that I think may resonate with you, whether it is life changing or thought provoking or not.

This season is one that keeps us on our toes, sometimes literally because no sooner have we completed one task, we are rushing on to the next one with our feet hardly resting on the floor already poised to move on in a constant sprint stance.

So, having said all that, I have not gone up to the attic to retrieve the Christmas decorations in those nice plastic tubs and totes, nor have we put up the tree. Just haven’t done it. No real reason other than, the reason is that we don’t have to.

Will we still celebrate the birth of our Savior? Of course! We celebrate our life with Him every day! In what we say and how we live and respond to others. We take the joy of the Lord and the awesome gift of salvation with us all the time! What if our house is the only one not clad in red ribbons or we have no lights shining out from a Christmas tree sitting by the window? Well, what if…who cares? We have taken the time to sit together with one another for an evening.  That’s ok, right? We take time to talk about our day. We pray for our families and friends before bed and check out a cool teaching video after dinner. Nothing earth shattering or breath taking, but we are calm and relaxed and enjoy the time spent conversing and just being in each other’s presence.

So, we are leaving the trimmings and tradition and STRESS of all that up in the attic this year. Maybe next year will be different, but for this “season” in our lives we are choosing to just take pause and live life. And that’s ok, right?

                                 Merry Christmas from us! Blessings and Joy to you ALL! 

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Real power is in a Name

I love this song! My favorite line, “you didn’t want heaven without us.” No matter what the devil brings including arguments on how to pronounce His name, it is the connection to Him that wields the power when His name is spoken. It shakes the very bones of the enemy with fear at the sound of that name coming in whatever language. It is the assurance of salvation and the knowing that our forever address is Heaven that activates the spiritual movement and realignment that IS prayer in His name!

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A year later, this lesson remains!

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Interestingly enough, this blog idea came to me in the midst of a very trying time. I am under stress and my walk as a follower of Jesus has been questioned. However, the Holy Spirit is so wise. During a drive running some errands He began to speak to me about what the christian walk really looks like.
He showed me a picture of two toolboxes. Now, I don’t know if this analogy is one that has been spoken of before, but it surely speaks to me! I saw a brand new shiny toolbox. It was open and silver lined in bright clean metal.  And, it was empty. Then I saw another toolbox. It too was open. It was however, filled with lots of rusty,dirty,  greasy tools. Nothing a good mechanic or fix it man would ever use.

Then I got it! The new toolbox is a gift for us…

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