I have had a lot of dreams about traveling the last several days, but nothing very specific. Last night, I was dreaming about receiving revelation from the Holy Spirit, but again, nothing specific. Then I dreamed that my husband received revelation from the Holy Spirit and wrote it down. In my dream, I was very excited because He had not received prophetic words before. I went to read what he had written, and I saw that he had drawn lines through some of it and put in parentheses things like, “I think this is what God said, but I’m not sure.” Immediately after dreaming this, the scene completely changed and I was talking to my sister. Once again, it was vague, but what I do remember was that she was having some kind of quiet time with the Lord and she told me three things that were clear as day, which ended the dream:
For many days now, I have been in a spiritual fog. It has felt like heaven has been shut up to me. I have not been receiving any clear words from the Holy Spirit, except in the case of His answering specific personal inquiries I have had of Him. The one time I thought I received a word from the Holy Spirit left me in doubt, and I had no peace about publishing it. Later, it became clear that this was not a word from God but a deception of the devil. These events have left me feeling very shaken. Furthermore, many other spiritual and physical trials have been mounting. The part of my dream in which my husband had crossed out things in the revelation and added doubts to what was given him seemed to confirm the feelings I have been having in my own spirit. When I woke up from the dream and thought about the three things that were said, I knew they were meant to be a source of encouragement for God’s people, many of whom probably have a similar testimony to my own. I also believe that the very nature of my vague dreams the last number of days have been actually a confirmation of the battle we are in. We are aware that we are on a journey toward the glory of heaven, yet we sometimes find ourselves in a fog, because Satan is creating that fog!
Daniel 10:10-14: “And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.And he said to me, ‘O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.’ And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, ‘Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.'”
Very soon, Jesus is going to break through the fog, which I believe the Spirit to be revealing as a Satanic attack. God is not distant; Satan is trying to create distance, confusion, and lies–even posing as an angel of light for the dishonor of God’s name. We must continually be praying that God makes clear to us when those lies come to us, that we may not be used as a tool of the devil inadvertently to do his will, or that we would become depressed and useless!
2 Corinthians 11:14b: “…even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-12: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”
I have been imploring the Lord for a message for His people, though we already have His unfailing promises like, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Yet our Lord is gracious to us to give us His personal Spirit. I believe the words I heard in my dream remind us that clarity is on the horizon!
Though now, because of Satan’s doubts, our bodily weaknesses, and our sin, it may sometimes seem unclear to us whether we are accepted in our calling, by God or man, yet one day soon, we will see our God face to face, and it will be clear without a shadow of a doubt that we are beloved and accepted of Him through our Lord Jesus. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Though now, it may sometimes be unclear what God desires of us in our lives, and it may be unclear whether our desires are in line with God’s, yet one day soon, God will perfectly align our desires with His and make clear His will for us. “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence” (Revelation 7:15).
Though now, we may feel hedged in on every side and hindered in our mobility to spread the gospel and build up the Kingdom, yet one day soon, we will be empowered to break through all the barriers. “The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father” (Revelation 2:26-27).