There is a shift taking place. God is opening a new sphere of dreams and visions. Those who've had limited dreams will be dreaming in detail and remembering the dreams. No longer will they be stolen away. In addition, God is opening up the vision realm and releasing greater understanding. Where things were once a "dream" or a far-off "vision" God is putting them into a time released sequence.
I believe the demonic has released confusion regarding the timing of walking out dreams and visions. This has drawn people into either stepping ahead of God's ordained moment, falling behind, or giving up in frustration, thereby opening the door to ushering in confusion and chaos at an even deeper level.
We have a clock in our living room that is confused. Recently, when it was 3:00pm it chimed 11:00pm. I see God repairing and resetting the clock to bring all aspects into alignment. We will look and hear the time more clearly and be able to read the season with increased clarity.
Some have shared dreams and visions with friends and those in positions of authority, but have been "shot down" like Joseph sharing his dreams with his bothers and his parents (Genesis 37). Your brothers (and sisters) have responded in jealousy, and some of you have even felt scolded by those in authority as you looked for confirmation and guidance.
"Joseph's brothers were envious and jealous of him, but his father kept the words [of Joseph] in mind [wondering about their meaning]."This Scripture makes a key point in Genesis 37:11, that although Joseph's brothers were truly jealous, his father wondered what the dreams meant. What I sense the Holy Spirit saying is that many of you have planted seeds that are being "pondered" not ignored.
It is a "now" moment to release and forgive the friends who have exhibited jealously. Some of the wounding from authority figures is so vast that judgments have been formed. I sense the Holy Spirit reminding us to walk in the power of blessing rather than the trap of judgment and unforgiveness. As Joseph forgave his brothers and proclaimed God's sovereign plan, so we must forgive and proclaim the faithfulness of God.
Side Ways and Upside Down!
Like a time released capsule, God is positioning the seemingly unreachable dreams and visions to come to pass. There is a fullness in the timeframe that is being put into place.
Again, Joseph had a very rocky road to the fulfillment of the dreams that God gave him as a child. I sense God stating that these dreams have been unfolding like a time-released capsule. They have been working seemingly underground, but God is actually tilling the soil so that the dreams can reach the fullness of their potential. Just as Joseph had to keep his focus on God, we have to keep our focus in the midst of the twists and turns.It's time to water the Word with expectant joy so that what God began will come to fullness, and rather than focusing on what hasn't happened, it is time to rejoice in what is growing.
There is no room for second guessing. The decision has been made. I hear the Holy Spirit wooing us to radically trust God for the working out of the side-ways and upside-down portions of the dream. Luke 3:5, "The valleys will be filled, and the mountains and hills made level. The curves will be straightened, and the rough places made smooth" (NLT).
New Sphere of Dreams and Visions
Moses and God spoke face to face as to a friend (Exodus 33:11). The Holy Spirit is increasing the intimacy with God in the midst of dreams and visions. Where there was once "distance" there will be "closeness". The demonic will not be able to distort the vividness of the dreams and visions because the intimacy with the Creator will be so all-consuming that there will be no room for doubt.
I see a vision of a steamed up mirror, and even as the steam begins to clear the image is still distorted. I see the Lord wiping down the mirror and removing all distortions. 1 Corinthians 13:12 states, "Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity..." God is dealing with the partial and incomplete, and is bringing clarity and focus to those who seek His face. He is releasing a new sphere of dreams and visions.
Some have discounted the dreams and visions because there has been too much disappointment and perceived failure. I hear the Lord saying that He is the one that gives dreams and visions. Don't shut down what He wants to show you. He longs to have dreamers that will dream with Him.
Just as Walt Disney had an Imagineering division, God is looking for those who are willing to dream and envision far greater than man has ever known. Heaven is overflowing with dreams and visions, just waiting to be released on earth.
Keys to Releasing Dreams and Visions
• Ask the Lord to show you any judgments and areas of unforgiveness. Break the judgment and release forgiveness.
• Bring your doubts before the Lord and release them and then reclaim the dream.
• Water the dream with the Word and the promises of God.
• Rejoice and worship because He is faithful!
• Ask God to release fresh, new dreams and visions, and to also release the wisdom and courage to know the next steps.
Let's dare to dream again with God! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Ruth Hendrickson is a conference speaker, ministry trainer, board certified counselor, and served on the pastoral staff at a Spirit-filled United Methodist Church for over 13 years. In addition she is a course facilitator for Patricia King Institute and an ordained minister with the American Presbyterian Church. Ruth has extensive experience in the development, training, implementation and oversight of Emotional Healing Ministry Teams, Recovery Ministries, Prophetic Ministry, Prayer Ministries and Women's Ministry. She is passionate about training, equipping, and releasing individuals to walk in wholeness, healing (both physical and emotional) and freedom. Ruth's understanding of various denominations allows her to easily cross denominational boundary lines. Ruth and her husband Mark live in reside in Stockton, NJ.
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