The Father’s Protection

O39n April 15, 2019, I dreamed that I was on a stage with a microphone and I began to prophecy. The prophecy was like a short rhyme, I don’t remember all the words, but I remember saying something like, “Jesus, Jesus, seek Him with all your heart.” In general, the message was to seek the Lord, to be close to Him. Then I heard clearly, “Evil days are coming, walk closely to me so I can protect you.” Then I saw a picture of vision of the Father. He was gathering His children close to Him with large, long arms. He was big, in order to protect them.

In these evil days, it is important that we stay close to the Father, not legalistically, but in relationship with our Abba Father. He wants to protect His children.

As much as I love my son, Joseph, I can protect Him best when he is close to me. If he strays from my side, it is harder for me to protect him. Likewise, we need to walk closely with our Father, close to His everlasting arms. “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

In the book of Genesis, Joseph called for his father, Jacob, to come to the land of Egypt due to the severe famine that was in the land. Joseph said,

“You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute” (Genesis 45:10-11, emphasis mine).

Jacob’s obedience to the Father, and to his own son, created a place of protection and provision for the people of Israel. Jacob and his household drew “near” to Joseph, a picture of both intimate relationship and a place of security and protection.

In these evil days, God wants to be our Goshen, our protection and provision. Let’s draw near to the Father, under His wings we will find refuge (Psalm 91:4).

God is Moving in the Earth

 

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I want to share a dream I had which I believe is from the Lord. When it comes to dreams from the Lord, some dreams are very clear while some have an element of fuzziness or haziness. I always try to do my best to recount the dream as best I remember it. With that, here’s the dream…

Recently, I dreamed that I was in a house and I was beckoned to go outside to the porch. From the porch, I looked into the horizon, into the sky just above the earth. What I saw from the earth was the earth itself. The earth appeared to me in the sky as a large planet, not too different than the picture in this post. It appeared much closer and much larger than how the moon appears in a normal night sky.

Then, it was as if the cover of the earth was peeled back and I saw inside the earth. Inside I saw at least two large golden rings. The rings were as wide as the earth, like three-dimensional wedding bands. The backdrop of the rings was heavenly in nature. The rings were spinning and turning in motion but not in the same direction. The picture was bright and shining. That’s the dream.

I believe the interpretation of the dream is this: When we look at the earth, we see it in its normal state. From a distance, the earth does not appear to be moving, it generally appears still. Also, the earth in its normal, sinful state, has so many things that are wrong with it. Up close, we see wars and rumors of wars. We see pain and violence. We see mass shootings and destruction from cataclysmic weather events. We see protests, political bickering and scandals. We see government corruption, greed, dishonesty, and deception. We see intense persecution of Christians. We see so much anger and hate. Things are much as Jesus described they would be in Matthew 24. These are the obvious things.

What we may miss, if we are not careful, is what is going on beneath the surface. Despite what we see on the surface, which unfortunately is normal for our planet, God is moving. Underneath the surface, God in His glory is at work. He is not still. He is bring forth His royal purpose. He is moving in power, wonder, and magnificence. However, what God is doing is not always obvious to the naked eye. It’s rarely reported in the news.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. -Matthew 24:14

I recently read a book entitled DREAMS AND VISIONS: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? by Tom Doyle. In the book, Mr. Doyle shares beautiful stories of how Jesus is visiting Muslims in their dreams, drawing them to the Father. On the surface, much of the Muslim world may seem in turmoil. We are confronted most with the ugly side of the Muslim religion. Yet, behind the surface, God is moving in the hearts of individual Muslims whom He loves.

I don’t know exactly what the rings mean, but here’s my thought. God is at work in two ways. First, He is working to prepare His bride for His return. The other ring could represent God calling many who are not saved to a covenant relationship with Him. A ring symbolizes the covenant relationship we have with God. It also may symbolize the authority we have on this earth as ambassadors of His kingdom. We have a part to play in bringing forth God’s purpose on the earth.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. -2 Corinthians 5:20

It would be short-sighted for us to be so focused on earthly things that we miss out on what God is doing. It would also be short-sighted for us to become so discouraged by the painful things we see that we miss what God is doing. We need to step back and see the big picture, the real picture. The real news is that God is on the move! Satan is author of the fake news – the messages that bring anxiety and fear. Despite what we see on the earth, God is at work. He is moving in the earth!

Lord, gives us eyes of the Spirit to see as You see. Open the eyes of our understanding that we may see that what You are doing is much greater than what we see in the world around us. Although Your work may seem hidden, it is a work of eternal value. Help us to build our lives on Your kingdom, seeking You first and Your righteousness.

He’s got the whole world in His hands!

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Stay Close to the Father

I recently dreamed that I was prophesying from a church platform. I stood next to a pastor, his identity was unknown to me. I had a microphone in my hand and prophesied from the stage. The prophecy was like a short rhyme, but I don’t recall all the words. It was something like, “Jesus, Jesus, seek Him with all your heart.” The general message of the prophecy was to seek the Lord, to be close to Him.Head on Chest

Then I heard clearly, “Evil days are coming, walk closely to me so I can protect you.”

Next, I saw a silhouette of the Father. In this vision, He was gathering His children close to Him with large and long arms. He was big, but gently reaching out His arms to bring His children close to Him. It was a picture of strength and tenderness.

Psalm 91:1 says,
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Now is the time to seek God and draw close to the Father. For Him to protect us the way that He wants to, we must remain close to Him.

Proverbs 22:3 says,
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.

God has not called us to be in hiding, but to hide ourselves in Him. If we will take the time to seek God in the secret place, He will protect us in the open spaces of this world. Stay close to the Father!

Blessings,

Jon

Dream Workshop

I do not consider myself an expert on the subject of spiritual dreams. But I am thankful that God has spoken to me through dreams of the night on numerous occasions. I confess that these experiences have been some of the most exciting of my walk with God. It’s pretty cool to wake up in the morning with the sense of God’s love and presence, realizing you were visited by God by a dream of the night.

I do realize that not everyone hears from God through dreams. I do think that everyone can hear from God through dreams, but for some it is more common than others. I think that some are called to be “dreamers” – they have the gift of dreams. For many others, it may be only an occasional thing or non-existent. I think that those who are dreamers usually, if not always, walk in a prophetic calling.

There are a number of Bible examples of people who heard from the Lord through and interpreted dreams (Joseph, Daniel and Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, being prominent examples). I know there are books on the subject of dreams, most of which I have not read, but perhaps I will someday. One book that I have read is entitled, “Dream: Discover personal strength in one word” by Dr. Mark Rutland. I highly recommend this concise and excellent resource.

The Bible says,

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

Hearing from God through dreams is certainly biblical, but certainly not every dream is from God. I’ve missed it on occasion. I have had dreams that have profoundly impacted my life. I’ve had dreams that have perplexed me. I’ve had dreams that I think were from the Lord, but there still exists a feeling of uncertainty about the dream. And I’ve had dreams where I have absolutely no doubt were from God.

Numbers 12:6-8,

“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

Dreams and visions are wonderful things, but the ultimate goal and prize is to walk with God in face-to-face relationship. I don’t seek dreams, I seek the Lord. Yes, sometimes I hope God will speak to me when I lay my head down at night. But my desire is to walk with God in intimate relationship. How He speaks is His prerogative.

I’d like to consider this blog page a dream workshop of sorts. Here, I will post dreams God has given me and share the spiritual insights I believe God has given me through the dreams. Also, as I continue to study God’s word, I’ll share insights regarding spiritual dreams in general.

More to come!

Dreams

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Dreams from God

Several years ago, the Lord spoke to me through a dream. The year was 2000 and I was living in my home state of Michigan. I was 21 years old and seeking God’s direction for my life. This dream is one of the first “God” dreams I received in my life.

While I was in high school I was profoundly impacted by an inner-city ministry called Metro Ministries based out of Brooklyn, New York (now called Metro World Child). I am from a small town in Michigan, population approximately 2,500. Nonetheless, I thought God had called me to be an inner-city pastor. One night while praying at the church altar, I asked the Lord, “Lord, if you’ve called me to the city, give me a city.” It wasn’t a prayer I anticipated God would answer, at least not in the way He did.

That next Saturday night, during our worship team practice, my pastor prayed, “Lord, speak to us in our dreams tonight.” That night I went home and dreamed a dream.

In the dream I was driving around a city with my best friend. I asked a couple of people what city we were in, but they would not tell me. Then, a voice from the sky said clearly, “Dallas, Texas.”

I woke up the next morning with an sense of excitement. I got my Road Atlas and found Dallas on the map. I had never been to Texas before. In fact, the farthest south I’d been was Washington D.C., when I was 8 years old. I tested the dream and it became clear that God was speaking to me.

I drove to Dallas with a friend to check out a Bible college in the Dallas area. While in Texas, I had a sense of peace about moving there. During the trip, we so happened to drive by a different Bible school called Christ for the Nations Institute. We didn’t stop, but upon my return to Michigan, I called them. I spoke with a school adviser for about two hours. The door was open for me to attend CFNI. A few months after my dream, I was living in Texas.

I’ve now lived in Texas for the last 18 years, which includes a 3-year hiatus in Virginia to attend law school. Being in Texas has led to many blessings in my life, including meeting my wife. God connected me with a wonderful church where I’ve been able to grow in many different ways, both in developing my character and the gifts God has given me. Moving to Texas was one of the best decisions I ever made. It started with a dream of the night. Today, most of my immediate family has migrated south. My parents and youngest sister live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and another sister lives in Oklahoma.

Dreams have played a vital role in my life. Yet, like Joseph in the Bible, my dreams have also tested me (see Psalm 105:19). My “Dallas, Texas” dream was a dream of almost immediate fulfillment, but God has given me other dreams that have yet to be fulfilled. I have one dream in particular that I’ve been waiting on now for almost 17 years. Of course, not every decision in my life has been led by a dream. Also, not all dreams are for the purpose of decision-making. Some are to impart truth, give revelation, provide affirmation, minister encouragement, or even speak correction.

The focus of this blog page will be to share dreams that God has given me and the truth I believe God has revealed to me through them. Of course, every dream must align with the truth of the Bible. I hope these truths will be instructive to you as well, and an encouragement to you in your spiritual walk. The broader purpose of this blog page will be to understand how God leads, to discern His purpose for our lives and to inspire you to reach higher as you seek to hear God’s voice and walk in His calling on your life. In other words, although “dreams” is the theme of this page, I realize that God speaks to us in a variety of different ways. I want to impart to you lessons I have learned in hearing God’s voice and help you hear God and fulfill your calling.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” -Romans 8:14