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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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!

What?!?! But I have GRACE! Have we forgotten that God also told us to Repent!

In the book of James, we read this: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:7-10

Wow, does this sound like the sweet words of the gentle savior? Sometimes Jesus comforts us with words of loving kindness and sometimes like a good parent he speaks to us a bit more sternly with words of correction. However, these words although they may sound harsh, will ultimately take us to a place of personal freedom! We don’t always like to be corrected or instructed to do something. We don’t always see things the way God sees them. He is a God of omniscience, he knows everything all at once. He knows the past, present and future. He knows what we need for today and also the days to come. Matthew 3:2 tells us that Jesus wants us to repent because the Kingdom of God is coming. Well, what does that mean? He wants us to know that there will be an end to this world. How will he find us when he returns with that angelic shout at the last trumpet? Will he find us going about his business or our own business? This is a stern word for us all, but we do not want to be tricked into believing that we will go be with him simply because we have been “good.” That is not what he said, he said to repent. Confess your sins.

Let’s take to heart what the bible says, what the Lord of heaven AND earth is saying to us, to those who he says, have ears to hear. When we take the words in James and really apply them, we will see that it is the Holy Spirit who convicts us of those things in our lives that do not line up to the word of God. When we get serious and really mourn the behaviours and attitudes that need to be rooted out of our lives, it is then that we will receive the freedom we need. By leaving these things in humble repentance at the foot of the cross we enable God’s hand that was stayed, to once again release blessings unto us.

He really is a loving God who wants His best to flow into us. He tells us how that can happen. Obedience is paramount. Obedience to his word brings that freedom and that truth, along with so many other wonderful truths will bring us what we need. He longs for us to come to him and release these things that hinder us. Pride and false confidence brought by the enemy will keep us from repentance. But, really it is so simple. The rest of James chapter 4 will show us what to do. It is our decision if we will do it or not. God won’t force us to repent, but it delights him when we choose to be obedient, and oh how he smiles when we are finally released from bondage by doing so. In order to live that abundant life he tells us about in John 10:10, this must be done, for by repenting we keep the “thief” from stealing from us.

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God WANTS you! He not only loves you, but he really does like you too!

Lately, I have been listening to some teachings about God, the bible and learning some very basic, simple truths. Now, don’t get me wrong. I have been walking with the Lord since 1984 and have been a student of the bible for a long time. However, sometimes, we get so bogged down in all kinds of study that we kind of forget the simplicity of the gospel, the “good news.”

In the book of Ephesians, we find the true heart of God. Paul the apostle, wrote the book of Ephesians, or the letters to the Ephesians,  because he was in the city of Ephesus, Turkey. He sure got around didn’t he? In that ancient city the folks worshiped the idol Diana. She actually was not a god. There was a strong territorial demonic presence on that city at the time and an ancient principality (fallen angel) had a stranglehold on the people by counterfeiting God as a deity that tries to mimic the true nurturing and loving God.  Hence, “Diana” is presented to the people. Paul shows up and has the task of undoing years of mindsets and ancient witchcraft and rituals. The people were so ingrained in the false teaching of this little g god that Paul had to go back to the basic truth of the gospel.

The first chapter of Ephesians gives us great insight. He reminds us that all blessings come from God and that they are available to us through the work of Jesus. He also lets the people who are riddled with false teachings which required them to perform rituals in order to receive what they needed from their god, to know that they are loved just because they exist.

So, did you know that God has chosen you? He has set you apart for a specific purpose? That he not only loves you but He really likes you as well? Yep! Ephesians 1:4. God created us for His pleasure, Ephesians 1:5. He wants us and wants to be near us. One author says it like this: He wants our little faces near His face. Thom Gardner: Healing the Wounded Heart.

So think about this, we sit at home and wonder where in the world God is. We stress ourselves out by thinking that we have to do everything under the sun to make him love us. We take precious time and fret about things that have already been settled by the work of Jesus. Jesus did all that needed to be done when he took our punishment for us. We are to live and love in the freedom that has been given to us through what Jesus chose to do. One teacher says it this way: He took the bullet for us! Michael Smith at http://www.hardcorechristianity.com

So, relax, He’s got this! Our only job is to step into the work that has already been done!  Now, the only thing required from us is to believe that and live according to what He says. You’ll find all that you need to be and do in the New Testament. Jesus is all about verbs. You know, he gives us simple instructions about how to live a life of freedom. Our only job is to find out what these are and do them. How simple is that? Stop fretting, stop worrying, stop going to “what if land.” God has you.

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How is God showing you that He has you in the palm of His hand as the bible says in Isaiah 49:16.

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Don’t run back!!! It’s still yucky there!

When I read the account of the crossing of the red sea I stand amazed at the awesome God we serve. I marvel at what happens afterward in the now free from slavery crowd of people who gaze upon their current situation with  dissatisfaction. Even after experiencing first hand what the mighty power of God had done, the Israelites still found time to gripe and complain when their conditions got a bit more challenging. After walking across on dry land as the water of the great Red Sea stood at attention on either side of them during their God-made exodus and escaping the terrifying army that Pharaoh had pounding down upon them with horses, soldiers and chariots, the memory of what they thought were “better days” came back to taunt them. In Exodus 16:3 we read, “If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

So why in the world would death or life as a slave be so enticing? The answer, the enemy and his lies. When we come out of a victory or a triumph we stand in that for a while marveling at the Lord and how much he loves us and how he provided a way out for us. Eventually, life gets in the way and normal and mundane days become less exciting and we lose that emotional high we had just after winning that last battle. We slip into a place where we forget how important it is to seek and rely upon God for the things we need. We get “ordinary” again and life gets boring. We notice how big our needs become and we forget how big our God is. We get to a place of complacency and that is the very space the devil is looking for. That space where we forget to pray or thank God for what we need daily. We forget, ‘give us this day, our daily bread.’  We forget that we can do nothing without Him. And then our mind becomes sluggish and we go down the slope of whining about what we don’t have instead of remembering what the Lord has done for us. Then, in they slither. Those thoughts, the ones that take us back, back to where we used to be. How life was when WE were in charge, before we placed ourselves under God’s authority and protection. Like little snakes they come. Worming their way into our minds and once again we find ourselves in that place of want and need. That place that we previously escaped.

Oh how we wish we would have taken those thoughts captive, as it says in 2 Corinthians:5 and not have traveled down this road. But take heart! This is not the end. We serve a forgiving God and when we arrive at this place of woe, He is still there to forgive us and lead us back to victory! And rest assured, as we practice this “taking thoughts captive” and continue to rest and rely on Him and His word, we will surely walk in that victorious life that we crave so much and the life that God has provided for us through the cross. We just need to remember that Jesus already did the work   http://wp.me/p37EgM-a  and that all we need do is step into obedience to his word and allow Him to lead us.

Running back to the yuck is part of the journey. As we progress through and press toward the mark as Paul says, we will become less likely to go back there. We will be able to stop and regroup our thoughts and keep our mind on Him and His word in order to continue on the path that He has laid out before us. Phil. 3:14.

Thank you Lord that you have made a way for us. We come to you with great anticipation and excitement as you lead us toward that goal of  living life victoriously! Amen

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What’s new? New Year musings and discoveries!

Well, here we are starting a new year! 2014, is it really?  Oh wow, how time does fly!

I remember hearing the “older folks” speak like this. Time flies, why yesterday we… and other similar sayings. Now, I am the one using these familiar sentences. This past year has been one filled with wonderful happenings and hard struggles. A new grandson came to our family, our son got married to the love of his life, we discovered another wonderful grandbaby is on the way later in this year, changes and transitions at our church. Many things humming along with the same smiles and frowns as usual.

Our pastor is teaching us some of the basics for the new year, prayer, getting alone with God and reading through the bible. I believe the Lord is taking me to higher AND deeper places with Him and will use these new revelations as I sit with clients in the counseling room. I’ll be sorting and separating these new thoughts and truths with much study and prayer.

In what ways are you moving forward into the new year with the Lord? How is he taking you to new horizons? Please share and encourage us! Thanks! Let’s keep moving along this journey with Him. Remember, if you need to pull off the tracks and rest in the “station” for a while with us, our invitation stands for you to connect with our counseling ministry. Blessings! Linda

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Are your emotions un-managed? What? Who Me?

As I woke up this morning I heard the phrase, un-managed emotions. And as I pondered that, I could see in my mind’s eye current events  and the reactions of some of the people I’ve seen in the news. Then I thought about some of the things I have gone through myself and had to really look at the reactions I have had in certain situations.

Was I the easy going, calm person I wish to portray, or did I react strictly from an emotional level without thought of words or behavior? Of course, we all have exhibited emotional behavior we later wish we could erase from the minds of those who witnessed it. Yelling, screaming, crying, shouting, saying things we would later regret. None of us is exempt from this kind of behavior. But…it seems that emotional outbursts and anger are becoming more common place than ever before.  What does the word say about emotions? How are we to react when in a particular situation.

We see in Mark 14: 32-34, Jesus said he was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. He knew what it felt like to be emotionally drained didn’t he? Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted in all ways, but never sinned. But never sinned. Wow, how in the world can we follow that?  According to Romans 8:11, we have the power of the living God within us. We get to tap into that power through the Holy Spirit and through His power begin living a life that enables us to react to situations in a godly and appropriate way.

It is through the example of Jesus that we can do this. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me! Phil 4:13. Yes we can react to emotional situations in a responsible manner. That is, as we seek Him and give our emotional selves to Him and allow the Lord to help us stop and think and then, react properly. Will this mean we react physically? Sometimes, we may cry or speak firmly, or even laugh, but the reaction can come FIRST through our spirit and then our emotions will play out in a more godly way. This may take some time, but with each occasion, we can come closer to demonstrating our emotions properly.

With prayer and application of the word to our daily lives, we will find ourselves walking into that place of emotional manageability. Yes, we can react emotionally and properly. Emotions are a part of our make up, they are there for a reason. It is the appropriate display of our  reactions that is so important. Not dismissing them or pretending that don’t exist, but taking each situation and making it a place for the demonstration of one of the fruit of the Spirit, that being self control. Remember that scripture about working out our salvation? Here is one way to do that.

May God bless you as you seek His face.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Please comment.

Linda