Monday, 27 July 2020

Visions and Dreams

Scripture:  Joel 2 v 27 - 28:   "And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:"

Habakkuk 2 v 2 - 3: "And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."

When the Lord called me into the ministry I was absolutely terrified.  I had just been through a forty day fast which the Lord used to remove me from a church where the pastor had tormented me and persecuted me for four long years.  When I left after an explosive final meeting with this pastor, the Lord gave me a verse out of Exodus that with a great and mighty hand He had released me from bondage.

It took time but looking back I saw those four years as ordered by the Lord to break every worldly, proud, uppity attitude in me and only when He was satisfied that I would be obedient to Him alone, did He set me free.  When He then gave me the very definite calling to start my own ministry I was terrified of not being good enough, not knowing enough, not having a clue really.

I decided to go to Bible College to be equipped but Jesus squashed that instantly.  He gave me 1 John 2 v 27: "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

So it began.  My sons were very young, the younger one only 6 years old but their spiritual lives were very powerful especially in visions.  People from miles around knew that if they lost something to call me and my sons would locate it very quickly.

For instance, a lady I did not know called me on Christmas afternoon to say her husband had given her a beautiful diamond ring but the stone had fallen out somewhere on their travels around, could my sons help?  The one said its in their own garage in a crack on the floor.  They found it in ten minutes!

Another lady, a hairdresser, lost her car keys, which one of the boys said had fallen into a trolley on wheels.  Found in moments.  At that time South Africa was in the grip of severe drought while Mozambique on the east coast of Africa bordering with us was having cyclone storms.

The younger brother, on a national day of prayer for rain, and not knowing anything about Mozambique, had a vision of a glass "ceiling" above South Africa with all the water running off the edge. (Mozambique side!)  We were led to pray that the glass would break.

A few days later I heard a tremendous crack in the sky like a thunderbolt and suddenly it was hailing.  I went outside but there was not a cloud in the sky, no rain at all, just hail falling out of clear blue sky.  It dawned on me, the glass ceiling was broken and true enough a few days later the rains came.  How Great is Our God?!

These visions were not here and there occasions they were all day every day happenings.  It was so frequent that it was as natural as breathing.  In the car, or the bath tub or playing outside, or while at school, these visions happened.  A truly godly gift that has blessed many people.

So this was the core of the ministry the Lord began that day 36 years ago.  The spiritual management of two children and allowing them to minister to me to repair the years of damage and restore my spiritual life the way God planned it.  It was the Jeremiah 1 v 10 experience: "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant."

Everything negative, false, wrong in my life was rooted out, pulled down, destroyed, and thrown down before God could build me and plant me.  I had zero ambition to be a pastor, leader or church planter, but I had a burning desire in my heart to serve Almighty God in an effective way.

That way is through prayer and intercession, and to share what He has shown us over the years of this work.  It is the power of the Holy Spirit that does everything just using our voices, eyes, ears and senses to discern the will of God.  He taught me mainly through my children and I am forever grateful to Him and them for the dreams and visions with the ability to interpret them.

The Lord has allowed us to be creative in Spirit, to do and see beyond human knowledge, to achieve His will.  He gives revelations, secret mysteries of His Kingdom to inspire and explore the inner workings of the spiritual life.

He frequently blows my mind !  He seems to enjoy surprising me with things I cannot even share with anybody.  But those things that I am permitted to share I do so freely in the hopes that you all would be blessed, intrigued, fascinated, exhorted, and willing to go the extra miles to discover the depths of the Almighty for yourselves.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank You for everything, especially for the blessed family and friends who have been faithful to You and this ministry for many long years.  Thank You for the precious and various anointings that have taught us much more than any person could ever do.  Whatever Your will is for us, we will do it in the hopes it will be acceptable to You and bring relief to those in need.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.