“Where in the world did that come from?” I ask myself. Was that a dream? My imagination? Was it a vision? Does the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, really give us visions?
There are many references and accounts of visions and dreams throughout scripture. Joel 2:28-29 says that “…Your old men shall dream dreams. Your young men shall have visions. And also My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit.”
There’s a difference between a dream, a vision, and our imagination. I can lay by the pool with the sun beating down on me with closed eyes and conjure up images in my mind. It’s called day dreaming.
A dream is different in that it happens when we are asleep. We usually do not have any control over what enters our mind during the sleep state. The Lord can give us a dream but so can the enemy, the devil. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God..” 1John 4:1 This scripture is referring to false prophets but we must also apply it to our dreams and visions.
In my experience when there are gruesome acts taking place in my dreams they are not coming from the Lord! It may have been caused by the pizza I ate but it could also be the devil. If there’s a particular dream or a portion of a dream that keeps coming back to me long after being awake, I know the Lord is wanting to reveal something to me so I write it down and pray over it. I ask the Lord to reveal to me what it is He’s trying to show me. I don’t assume I know what it means.
A vision is something totally different. We can’t conjure them up, otherwise it’s day dreaming. If the vision contradicts scripture it is not from God! I had someone ask me, “what if the fire has gone out?” Referring to his spiritual interest. I wasn’t sure how to answer that at the time but have since realized it is our choice to rekindle the fire.
An example of that is a vision the Lord gave me several years ago. Once again I am transported from the earthly world into the spiritual realm. I found myself flying through the skies. I was cruising along above the tree tops looking down at them and marveling at how pretty they are.
I can feel the sun on my back and the wind in my face.
Cruising farther along I’m suddenly peering down at sand dunes and being fascinated by their shapes and how easily they are transformed.
As my flight continues I see in the distance a building. I can’t make out what it is but as I get closer it looks like an old warehouse or maybe just a square cement building. Leaving the trees and the sand dunes behind I come closer to the building.
Jesus appears beside me and I look at him. I have no idea why I’m standing before this door or what this building is. The Lord asks me, “Are you willing to go through that door not knowing what is on the other side?” I glance back at the door, then look back at him. “Yes, if You’ll go with me.” I answer.
He has a key in His hand and I stand waiting for Him to unlock the door. Jesus looks at me as He stretches out His hand.
He says, “Sue, you have to unlock the door.”
I hesitate and stand looking at the door. Slowly I reach for the key and taking it from Jesus hand, I insert it into the lock and turn it. The door creeks opens a few inches. I can see nothing of what is on the other side. As though an invisible hand pushes the door, it begins to open wider and I try to see whatever it is that I might be stepping into.
I look back at the Lord and see He is looking at me and smiling. The love in His eyes cannot go un-noticed. As I gaze into His eyes He reaches out and takes my hand and together we step across the threshold.
The vision ends.
Jesus does not make us do anything! He sets before us a door with an invitation to step across its threshold. He holds the key but it is up to each individual to make the choice to reach out, take it from His hand, insert it into the lock, and turn it. We can’t see what’s on the other side until we open it.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matt. 7:7-8
Author Sue Cass – “Dawn’s Light” – “Pursuit” – “Laying Down my Net-A Walk of Faith” – “Sacrifices of a Saint” – “Seek My Face.”
Blessings to you. 🙂