Set free to fly – part 1: Overcoming that which holds us back

Many of us have struggled for years trying to overcome things – sins or habits in our lives – even things connected to our core identity, but Jesus said, “I have overcome the world”, and “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. That overcoming is complete and absolute. Nothing else is required. Those things that seem, quite literally, impossible to overcome, are the very things that God wants to heal by his transforming presence. Even parts of the church do not get this, and so people get loaded down with guilt, or self-help suggestions, or rejection, or condemnation.

When we are at the point where we know we can’t change ourselves, and our next thought is, “if God doesn’t do something, I might as well die”, we will find that the only one who is not condemning us is our loving Heavenly Father. He’ll look at us with a smile and say, “It’s ok. I’ve known who you are since before I created you. I know your struggles and fears, and I will never leave you or forsake you. I will never stop loving you and all I have is yours. Draw near to me. You don’t need to clean yourself up. You just need to run into my arms and know the love I have for you.”

This, actually, is true repentance. We turn from looking at all those things that are sins, failures or snares, and we turn to our heavenly Daddy … and run into His loving embrace. When we do that and lose ourselves in Him, we’ll find that all the stuff we were worried about has dropped off. Then, all we can see will be Him, and all those problems will be beyond our vision. When we fly that high, nothing will be able to stick to us.

Putting this another way, overcoming the flesh and the devil is about acknowledging we cannot change ourselves at all, and realizing that God completely loves us anyway. When we see that he doesn’t condemn us for what we do or who we are, we are free to run into his arms and receive his amazing love, knowing that he fully accepts and loves us.

This isn’t cheap grace or a license to sin, it is recognition that when Jesus said, “It is finished”, He meant that it really was finished. Sin has been atoned for by the blood of Jesus. It is complete and cannot be added to. To think that God is disappointed with us, or worse – has turned his back towards us, means that we have failed to recognize that from His perspective, He sees us all at once – past, present and future. If you have heard His voice saying, “I love you”, then it is not time dependent. His love will never change. If we fail to recognize this, then we will always be trying to do something to fix ourselves … and it will never be enough.

He does call each of us to repent – or to turn around. I believe this means that as we turn to Him and draw deeper into His embrace, we’ll find that those things we could never overcome have been drowned in His ocean of love. Our vision will be completely saturated with his presence and the struggles will be like a forgotten memory.

Next time … a picture of how God heals the wounds to our souls.

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You don’t need to drink the river!

It’s a truism that during the time of acceleration, things accelerate. For me, this last year has been that time of acceleration. I’ve felt my spirit expanding with wave after wave of revelation: the courts, who I am in Christ, spirit and soul, becoming sons of God … so many things.

But life rolls on and since January, I’ve had to shift priorities to accommodate increasing needs from my extended family, and from my job. These are not intrusions, robbing me of my time with God. They are, in fact, integral elements of the life He’s given me – and I thank Him for them.

Years ago, a very wise person told me that they couldn’t keep up with all the conferences that everyone was going to at our church, but that God had told her not to worry – if she needed to be at one, God would get her there. I realized that chasing things to make sure we are not missing anything is really a sign that we don’t know the all encompassing love of our Father. Maybe we think He might say to us, “well, if you’d only been there to hear that speaker …”

This, of course, is a lie of the enemy. If we are surrendered to Him, He has promised to lead us and direct our paths. When we are not harbouring any personal agendas, but just seeking His face, I don’t believe we can miss his plan for us. The enemy’s lie is there to cause us to lose trust in our God and rely on our own strength.

So as I was becoming busier with the demands of life, I found I couldn’t keep up with all the things God was revealing. I felt that if I couldn’t read everything on my Facebook groups, I was missing out. I love the FreedomARC blog, but I couldn’t keep up with everything Mike posted. The latest podcasts drifted by like words in the wind, and I had little time to write.

A few days ago, God gave me a funny little picture of a wide river, with me at one end, trying to stretch my mouth around it. He said, “You know you can’t drink the whole river?” It was such a funny picture that I almost fell out of my seat, laughing. He also showed me that the parts of the river I get to drink are the parts that He wants me to have. No pressure to perform, no guilt in missing anything, just joy and love in His presence.

Today, I had another picture along these lines. I was at the edge of a river and I saw ripples going out from each of us and from all the things God is doing – like pebbles dropped in the water. As my ripple went out, it encountered the other ripples. Sometimes, they passed right through each other. Other times, something different would happen and a new pattern would emerge. God was telling me that I didn’t get to choose the things that He had planned for me, and only He knew which things would change me. All I have to do is rest in Him and trust what He is doing.

Robin

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Under His command

I love how The Lord speaks to us. For me, quite often it’s through dreams. A few days ago, I had a dream where I was doing some kind of undercover work. I had just completed a job and was reporting to the person in charge. I then realized that I didn’t really work for this person but I needed to ask for some payment. I also sensed that if I asked for the wrong thing, I would be killed. So I said to the person, “I need some money for this”. He said, “what do you want?” I paused, knowing that I had to say the right thing, and then I said, “ten”. As soon as I said it, the expression on the man’s face changed, like he suddenly realized I was one of them. I didn’t know what “ten” meant – was it 10 million, or 10 percent?

I then found myself in a large military compound and was taken to a table where a very unassuming woman was seated. She was talking about various things and it somehow came out that she was the supreme commander of all military forces everywhere. She was completely unlike any earthly commander you could think of. She then spoke to me about something she wanted me to do. End of dream.

I had no idea what this dream was about until this morning, when I met my friend Marsha on the train. We were sharing various things, and as soon as I mentioned the dream, the Lord started giving both of us revelation.

I realized that in the dream, the test about asking for the right payment was a test of my heart, and I had passed the test by saying “ten”. Marsha told me to look up was ten means: perfection of divine order, or total completion. I think there is more depth to this that The Lord has yet to show me.

I then saw that the woman represented God, or God’s power cloaked in humility – hidden where the natural man couldn’t see it.

I believe the Lord was showing me the nature of the battle we are in. The kingdom of God is advancing and taking the ground from the enemy. To be a part of this, our hearts have to be right and in alignment with the Lord’s purposes and way of doing things. What He is doing is perfect, and we receive our reward from Him. The power of the Lord is always cloaked in humility and does not draw attention to itself, but it is all powerful, complete, perfect, and nothing else is needed. We do not get to decide the strategy or the particular assignments, but we get to participate when we walk in Him and in His ways.

I think the reason I had the dream was that I had been listening to the lies of the enemy – lies that said I was not ready, or missing something, and that God can’t use me. I know many people are under pressure right now, but this is only a sign of the desperation of the enemy – he is trying to distract us from what God is doing. The enemy’s days are numbered and we need to take hold of the truth that we are under the Lord’s command, following Him and doing things His way. The Lord is releasing revelation to the body about who we are in Him. We are sons and daughters of God and He is now drawing us into that revelation.

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Taking a detour

“Be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Pet 5:8

One of the things that tends to throw me for a loop is being off my routine. Our trip to India was amazing (you can read the blog here), and we had a great time experiencing its sights and sounds. While it was a vacation, the main purpose was to take my father’s ashes to India and place them in the Sutlej river, as had been done for generations in our family. As the eldest son of my father, if I went to India, I would be expected to play a key role in the Sikh ceremonies surrounding this event. (It is worth noting that while I was in Israel last year, God prepared me and showed me that dad had accepted the Lord and was with Him in eternity).

Because of this, I was somewhat apprehensive about going, but the Lord gave me some words through trusted friends that I was supposed to go and honour my father, and not to worry since He is with me. Also, I know that the thing that keeps us in bondage more than anything is believing the lies of the enemy, who does not want us to know that we are new creations in Christ, sons of God, seated in heavenly places, and not just a resuscitation of our former selves.

So having this assurance and experience of walking in His presence, I went to India knowing that I go as an ambassador of the Kingdom. On the trip, we visited Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist temples, and each time, I knew that the Lord was with me. As we visited each place, I prayed in tongues and God showed me that the people I met in those places were as lost as anyone else, and that He loved them with His everlasting love.

Throughout the trip, I was aware and had my guard up. Visiting the various temples was fine, and even the role I had to play in the memorial service was ok, since I was aware of what I was doing and also of what I was NOT doing. I was aware of His presence wherever I went … except for one place.

Time to relax

After the memorial service was over, my uncle had insisted that we all go the next morning to have a wonderful massage at a place a few blocks away. I wasn’t going to go, but they needed 8 people to get the special rate, so I gave in. None of us had any idea what this massage was like, and we assumed it would be similar to ones we get here in Canada. Not so! This was an Indian massage which I later found out was an Ayurvedic four-handed massage. As soon as they started, I thought to myself, “this is not good”, but I went along with it. There was clearly some spiritual “stuff” attached to this massage and I had willingly participated in it. I got slimed.

For the next two weeks, I was confused, not hearing from God, dealing with lustful thoughts and other things. I couldn’t get back on track. The words playing in my mind were, “I have been caught and can’t get out. The enemy has control of me and I need to find a way to break his hold. I am stuck and can’t move on until Jesus releases me. My destiny is on hold.”  The effect of this thinking was that I felt far from God. All I felt was: struggle, condemnation, unable to pray, unable to hear from God.

Believing the lie again

A few days after we got back to Canada, I was yet again asking God to release me from this when suddenly, I was aware of how I was praying. I was praying like I was here and God was somewhere “out there”. I felt a nudge telling me to refocus, since God is in me and around me and closer than my skin. As soon as I did that, I saw that I had been believing lies.  I didn’t know what the lies were until this point, because the enemy doesn’t tell us what they are. He tricks us into behaving in ways consistent with the lies, usually by reminding us of how we felt when lies were all we had.

The first lie was that I was not a new creation in Christ. The second lie was that I have to wait for God to do something before I can move on or hear from God. The truth is that my ability to hear from God is undiminished. It’s just that I have had someone yelling in my spiritual ear and I was listening to it. The reality is that I am still a son of God and nothing can separate me from the love of God.

Distance and delay

This is exactly what John Brown has said – the two chief lies are distance and delay. By believing these lies, I had trapped myself. I could not hear because I was listening to someone else. I had forgotten that satan is a liar and the father of lies, and that his words are very subtle and sound like the truth. The reality is that I still sit in heavenly places and that my life is hidden in Him. If God has hidden me, then there is no way the enemy can find me. The only thing he can do is lie to my flesh and hope I believe it. He doesn’t do this by trying to convince me of the lie, he does it by reminding me of how it felt when I lived that way (i.e. guilt, condemnation, struggle, rising, falling), and telling me that because my soul feels it, it must be true. In reality, I am already a new creation. I don’t need a fix from God or to get re-saved. I need to stop believing the lie, and pickup where I left off.

Later, I asked God how come I got caught in the lie again. He showed me a picture of being so filled with the Spirit that my own internal spiritual pressure was more than enough counteract anything the enemy was trying to do. Galatians 5:16 says, “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are like a meteorological high-pressure system: high pressure always flows to low pressure – we can change the atmosphere. The reverse is also true – when we are not full of the Spirit, we can be affected by things around us – we become the low pressure area where things can flow to us. I saw this in India, many people who went to the temples were looking for something to receive. I’m sure they got something.

There were other things that happened shortly after this revelation; God told some dear friends exactly what I needed to hear and arranged things so I could get some ministry a few days later. One of their insights was that God had allowed these things to happen so he could deal with some unresolved root issues all at once. He is so good!

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Tongues, Seeing and Healing

Last night, I was lying in bed praying in tongues, and telling God that I really don’t understand healing. Now I’ve been to many healing courses and conferences, and have seen, and continue to see people getting healed and set free – it’s amazing and wonderful! But I was feeling that we really need to get into a “flow” of healing, just like we get into flows of tongues or the prophetic. All of a sudden I got a download of understanding about tongues that I hadn’t seen before.

Now I have spoken in tongues for over 20 years, but at the beginning, it seemed like an almost impossible task. Once I did start speaking in tongues, all questions just disappeared, so it’s been a while since I thought about why some of us find it hard to get started. What the Lord showed me was this:

  • It’s one of the first experiences we have where the mind is not in control – we don’t understand what’s happening
  • Our minds are used to “governing” what comes out of our mouth. It’s like a feedback loop – the mind puts a “check” on what we say. If we don’t think it will come out right, we don’t say it. When some children are learning to speak, you can see that they don’t want to try to speak (or let anyone else hear) until they know that they will say what they want to say. With other kids, there is no governor at all – what they think pours out of their mouth and they don’t care if it’s right or wrong.

In the same way, when first trying to speak in tongues, many of us are governed by that same feedback loop – the problem is that because we don’t have a frame of reference for tongues, our minds can’t know if what we would say would be tongues or not, so we are stopped before we start. With natural language, once we start testing it out, we quickly learn to just go with it. With speaking in tongues, because there is no reference point for what it should sound like, we can’t move on. We get paralyzed and may say, “Oh well, maybe God doesn’t want me to have this gift.” The voice of the enemy in our heads only reinforces this point of view.

This kind of thinking is a logic trap with no way out. I remember going to meetings where someone would pray for me and tell me to just open my mouth and say something. For the longest time, this didn’t work for me. Several months later, I was at home and I opened my mouth and made a sound. I realized it was a bit different and in hindsight, I see that the sound I made just “popped out” rather than being made up. Even so, for a while, I had doubts if this was real or if I was just making it up.

The thing I didn’t know (and wasn’t explained to me in ways I understood) was that the impetus for opening my mouth and speaking does not come from my mind, but comes from my spirit. Not surprising, since there was very little understanding about our spirits.

The prophetic works in the just the same way. I now know that I can receive words or pictures from the Lord, and over time they have become more focused and accurate. I learned to recognize when something was “dropped” into my spirit, and I’ve learned to trust His voice. The key to this is knowing that the thought does not originate in my mind. It comes from the Spirit through my spirit, because I am in Him and He is in me.

How does this apply to healing?

So after this revelation (which probably lasted only a second or two), I asked God what this has to do with moving in a flow of healing. I believe He was showing me that:

  • We’ll never get there by trying to understand it with our minds. 1 Cor 2:14 – the natural man can’t understand the things of the Spirit – they are spiritually discerned
  • The only way to be able to move in a flow of healing, is to realize that we need to constantly walk and live out of our spirit. The key to everything is walking by the Spirit in all situations.

Jesus said we should go and heal people (see Mat 10:5-8). He didn’t say to pray for people to be healed (although we can do this too). Again, 1 Cor 2:14 says that everything about God is spiritually discerned. Jesus moved in an unprecedented and constant flow of the Spirit – He was always aware of what was going on. How did Jesus know when “the power of the Lord was present to heal?” It was because he constantly lived out of his spirit. I think we will find that success in healing has more to do with living out of our spirits that anything else. Having understanding is good, but relying on it won’t get us anywhere

I believe God showed me this because we are moving into a time of an unprecedented outpouring of healing and creative miracles. Like Justin Abraham says, “small keys open big doors”

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Chasing Eternity

Shane Willard observes that in Hebrew culture, the greatest rabbis were not those who had figured out all the answers, but those who could ask the right questions. Having the right answer is more of an obsession in our “Greek” thinking culture. Hebrew thought considers the Word of God to be like a multi-faceted diamond that we can never fully understand. By asking questions, we allow The Lord to speak to us, and reveal the depths of His wisdom.

A few months ago, I was talking about eternity with some friends and a picture came to mind: Imagine a tray or surface, and on it is a plate. The plate represents time and the tray is eternity. Around the edge of the plate are lines that start, go on for a while, and then stop. These represent our lives, with the length of the line being our life span. All the lines and everything else on the plate represent this world in time and space.

From our perspective inside time, we perceive the passing of time and have memory of the past, but cannot see the future – since we are inside of time. God is not constrained by space and time, in fact, he created it. He dwells in eternity (the tray) and can see all of time (the plate). When we die (or are taken by the Lord), we move into the realm of eternity.

Now let’s consider what we might see from the persecutive of eternity. God sees everything, and is the only one that know the days and times that He has appointed. What He has revealed can be seen; what He has not revealed is hidden – both to us on earth, and to those in eternity. Can those in eternity look at all points that have been revealed in time? Do they see with the perspective of God?

The main thought that came to me while I was seeing the tray and plate was that concepts about “how long”, patience, or “how many times” take on different meanings depending on your perspective. From our time-based position, we naturally ascribe to God perception that is based in temporal thinking: How many times will you put up with me doing that?, or how long before there is a breakthrough?

As we grow in the Lord, He reveals to us that He really does not change. His love for us is eternal, and that Jesus really did accomplish everything that needed to be done at the cross. From eternity’s perspective, “how long” is not a question of perceived duration, but a consideration of two states in time – which can both be seen all at once – on the plate. When we plead with God to be patient, the concept doesn’t really apply to Him as it does to us. Being in time, we have to endure periods between two events. In eternity, both the beginning and the end of the time period can be seen simultaneously. This helps us to understand why God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and why 1000 years is as a day and a day is as 1000 years – eternity is not time.

Some other questions: Can we even know how we will perceive time in eternity? Is time outside of eternity, or is it contained within it. Are certain times not known, even in eternity, since they have not come to pass in the realm of time? Is there a different state in eternity that is like time but not time? This would appear to be the case if certain things are known in heaven and then other things are revealed.

A time sequencing of some kind seems to be present in heaven, since we read in the bible about activity that is time based – e.g. the court is seated, the booked are opened, the cases are presented, and judgements are rendered. How does this work? Will we get any clue this side of eternity?

Lots of questions … very few answers.

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Choosing God-awareness over self-awareness

Susan and I were at Morningstar in South Carolina for a few days. It was an amazing time of flowing in the Spirit, and receiving and giving words from The Lord. Since we got back, I’ve found it difficult to hear from The Lord since my mind has been focused on me and how I feel.

This morning, I was awake for a while at 4am. To get back to sleep, I prayed in tongues. This has become more important over the last few weeks, and I find that praying in tongues has become like a reset button for me.

When I woke up, I realized I had been dreaming. At at the end of the dream, I saw myself sitting in a chair looking at the floor. The Lord was speaking to me and said that there were people flying in from Europe this afternoon, and that He had a word for me to give them. He said that if I was focused on myself, He couldn’t use me as He wanted. The choice was clear – I can be self aware or God aware. (It’s funny how I know this already, but when He speaks it in a dream, it becomes revelation.)

I have a tendency to spend a lot of time focusing on how I feel or think, and worrying about myself or how I am sinning. The dream revealed that these kind of introspective activities are really distractions from the enemy, rather that self-examination activities that The Lord wants me to have. Walking by the Spirit will make me more aware of what God is saying, which in turn will make me less aware of my own voice and that of the enemy.

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Separating Soul and Spirit

Ever since God revealed to me what it means to be a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), I am finding it easier every day to dismiss the enemy and his accusations, because I know they are lies. I am not under his dominion, I am a new creation – completely new, something that didn’t exist before – so I recognize the lie that says I am really just the same.

Even so, I still have to walk out my faith, but now it is like a never-ending garden laid before me. My Father leads me into joys and riches that I could never have imagined – and I know they are mine. I’m supposed to be here because I am a son of God. The key is learning to walk by the Spirit.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do (Gal 5:16)

Previously, I had no real understanding of what it meant to walk by the Spirit, in fact, although I knew and experienced God in many ways, I felt a bit like a gopher living underground, making my dirt tunnels as nice as possible, and occasionally getting to stick my head above ground, into His glorious light. I knew I should be able to live there, but didn’t really know how.

A few months ago, I was listening to Ian Clayton talking about dividing soul and spirit.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit …  (Heb 4:12)

He observed that for most of us, we perceive ourselves as a body and soul which has a spirit, and we really have little understanding of who our spirit is and how it works, other than knowing that it is our spirit that has been made alive and is with God (Eph 2:6 – seated in heavenly places). The truth is that we are a spirit first, which has a soul, and lives in a body. We started as spirit, we are now on earth and live in a body, and we will eventually shed our body and return as spirit to be with Him for all eternity.

He also said that we can apply Hebrews 4:12, and pray that the Word of God would divide (separate) our spirit from our souls, so that we can reorder ourselves and begin to live out of our spirit. When we can do this, we will have victory over the flesh, since it will not be the dominating force in our lives.

I have been praying this for about 3 months, and I am becoming more aware of my spirit, and what it feels like, as opposed to my soul, which I am very familiar with. I think that when we are in that place where we feel the Holy Spirit speaking to us or surrounding us with His presence and joy and love, that is when we are most aware of our spirit. It’s even more pronounced in a group, when we are all sharing what God is doing, and we know the Spirit of God is present in our midst. There’s nothing like it, and this is true unity in the Spirit, as created by the Spirit.

Yesterday morning, I woke up at about 3am, and my mind was racing with an issue I was dealing with at work. As much as I wanted to sleep, my mind was going back and forth, trying to figure things out. I so desperately wanted to sleep, but couldn’t shut down my mind. I was praying and asking God to give me rest and stop the thought train, but it still kept on going.

After an hour of this, I started to read Ephesians, which is mostly about who we are in Christ. As I was working through chapter 2, I suddenly became aware of the presence of the Lord, and that my mind was no longer racing. I was in that place of awareness of God, and it was night and day from what I had just been experiencing in my mind.

Then God gave me a picture of my mind on top, deep in thought and worry, with my spirit trapped under it – stuck to it, and unable to get out. I saw that as I started reading, it calmed down, and suddenly, the picture flipped and my spirit was on top, and was unstuck from my soul – it was floating above it. I then realized that the Word of God had actually separated my spirit from my soul, and had placed it on top. Because I had experienced both sides of the coin in such intensity over a relatively short period of time, I could see the difference. It was a flood of revelation as pieces fell into place – yet another key to learning to walk by the Spirit.

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Who and what are we … really

I was listening to Mike Parsons  “My journey to ‘see in the spirit‘” last night, and I liked how he described meditation. You can just take a verse and think about it as you speak in tongues, chew on it, all the time allowing the Lord to reveal the different depths of it. You could stay on one verse for months. So before I went to bed, I read Acts 17:28.

for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.'”

I woke up at 1:30am and realized God had been speaking to me in a dream.

We know that we are made in the image of God, and that we are sons of God. We also know we were created from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and that God breathed life into us. We know that ever since Adam and Eve, we have all been created by biological means, and are formed from the substance of our parents – we are their progeny, or offspring.

But according to Acts 17:28, we are more than that – we are God’s offspring. This goes way beyond being created and having life (spirit?) breathed into us. Since God is spirit, we are his spiritual offspring. Our spirits have come from the substance of God, just like our bodies have come from the substance of our parents. If we are offspring, then we began as spirit, got placed in a body, and will continue as spirit in eternity.

The context of the verse is that Paul is speaking to greeks about God, using passages from their own literature to make his point. Note that they (non-Christians) are included in this. We and they – all people everywhere – are His offspring.

I had previously been aware that God knew us (not just knew about us) before we were born (see Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:16). I had also heard various people talk about us being with God as spirit beings – maybe actually being in God and being born out of Him as offspring. I felt the Holy Spirit telling me that there was something to this, but I had no biblical grid for it, and so had been asking God to reveal to me if this was true.

What we don’t know is how long it was from the time we were created as spiritual offspring until we were breathed into a body – but even as I think this, I know the question is wrong, because eternity is not time, it is outside of time, and so the question of time lag makes no sense.

So … I wonder if there is memory in our spirit of being with God before we came to earth?

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Dreams, destinies and the perception filter

For the past few months, I have been on a steep learning curve regarding the courts of heaven and lately have been asking God for more revelation about landing the scrolls. I just had an interesting dream which I think is connected to this.

I was in North Korea, and was drawing alongside the leader of the country as he was walking somewhere. We were talking about something, and I suddenly realized I was dreaming, but was still aware of what was going on. I could tell that there was some kind of “perception filter” in place – the leader did not perceive my presence and I wasn’t able to really understand or retain what we were talking about.  (It was almost like watching a TV program – you feel engaged, but you’re not actually present.) I knew I was there because I had to pray for something about that nation. I was looking for a path of destiny to pray into, but I didn’t know what to look for or how I would know it when I saw it.

Suddenly, I was no longer in that scene, but I was just thinking about it. I then decided to go back into the scene, but as soon as I did, I was no longer interacting with it, but was observing it from above. Somehow, I perceived that the area was overlaid with “tracks” which represented the course of events of the lives of people in the dream. I noticed that in the place where the nation’s leader stood, there was a sort of “log” lying on the ground. It actually looked like a partially cooked loaf of handmade French bread. Looking at it, I knew I was seeing destiny, or the unformed future of the person or the nation, and for some reason, I felt I had to eat it. As soon as I did (and it went down effortlessly in one gulp), I knew I could immediately start to prophesy about the person or nation and speak whatever was contained in the bread.

All this time, I was aware of the dream being played out before me, and I realized I could go back into the dream and restart it to see what was happening. This is how I learned to understand the details of what I described. I also thought about other situations and people I wanted to pray about, so I brought to mind someone else. Immediately, I started to see them moving around in a scene and had the same feeling of us not being able to perceive each other. I stopped thinking about them and then went back and saw a partially cooked loaf again. As I ate it, I knew I could prophesy into the situation. I also noticed that I did not have any additional knowledge or understanding of how to respond, but I was acutely aware that if I opened my mouth, I would prophesy – no doubts whatsoever.

As I finished writing down the dream, I noticed it was 4:44am – a sign to me that this experience was definitely directed by the Lord (I’ll tell you about 4:44 in another blog post).

I know that the destinies of people and nations are contained in books and scrolls in heaven, and that prophetic revelation is one thing that can unlock them. Maybe the dream was an illustration of this? I have no idea why it was about North Korea, other than under the right circumstances, this could apply to nations, regions or individuals. I also don’t fully understand how this applies to the courts. I know that judgements released from the courts are like scrolls that need to be landed for them to take effect. I’m not sure how to enter into scenarios like this again, unless the Lord initiates it (although in the dream, I had felt an invitation to try this with other situations), but I think I’d now know what to do.

Thoughts?

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