What to Do With Prophetic Dreams (and more)

Warm greetings come to you today from a very wintry Melbourne, Australia! Thank you for journeying with me on Enliven Blog—words cannot describe how much each of my readers mean to me.

I have had a very busy ministry schedule recently, and am about to have a needed mid-year break. The next Enliven Blog article will be published on 26th July 2016. In the meantime, be blessed by these 4 articles on the topic of dreams. (Click on the headings to view the articles on Enliven Blog)


What to do When You Have a Prophetic Dream

You wake up from a vivid dream that you believe had a significant or spiritual meaning. What do you do with it? Here are 6 things you can do when you have had a prophetic dream…Read the rest of this article here


4 Types of Dreams and Their Meanings

Identifying which type of dream we have had can help us determine whether to consider a potential meaning in the dream, and what—if anything—to do with it. Here are four dream categories that I have personally found helpful…Read the rest of this article here


9 Bible Promises about your Sleep, Dreams and Night Hours

Imagine what it would be like to approach your sleep with a positive sense of anticipation.

  • You look forward to enjoying God’s Presence in the night hours
  • You feel safe, at peace, and secure
  • You believe that God will impart to you Divine blueprints, strategies and creative ideas as you sleep
  • You anticipate encountering the Holy Spirit through prophetic dreams and songs in the night
  • You know that you will wake up rested to begin your new day with God

This is your inheritance…Read the rest of this article here


3 Tips About Bad Dreams, Prophetic Warnings and Nightmares

What should you do if you have a bad dream, nightmare, or demonic attack in your sleep—or a series of them? How can you help a member of your family who has one?

This seems to be an issue faced by many Christians who are gifted in discernment or prophecy, and who have a heightened awareness of spiritual atmospheres.

And not surprisingly—for growing in faith and spiritual authority is a significant part of our journey. If we are gifted in prophetic dreams or discernment, there may be contention for the gift of God on our lives…Read the rest of this article here


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Do I Have a Spiritual Gift? (5 Things to Look for)

Spiritual GiftI often receive questions from readers who have had encounters with the spiritual realm. They are wondering, ‘Is this experience a sign that I have a spiritual gift?’

Today I am sharing some thoughts to help you process and answer this question, for yourself and others that you may lead.

5 Characteristics of a Spiritual Gift (Gift of the Spirit)

Our starting point for determining whether or not an ability is a spiritual gift must always be, ‘What does the Bible say?’

1. A Spiritual Gift is Sourced in the Holy Spirit

‘There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.’ (1 Cor 12:4)

Supernatural gifts such as discernment, prophecy and healing are from the Holy Spirit.

The best question as you are starting out is not, ‘Is this a spiritual gift?’ but to firstly weigh it up and ask, ‘Is this experience or encounter from the Holy Spirit?’

Just as a gift tells us something about the heart and personality of the giver, a gift from the Holy Spirit will result in the fruit of the Holy Spirit being manifested.

We will recognize His likeness.

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ (Gal 5:22-23)


2. A Spiritual Gift is Helpful

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (1 Cor 12:7)

The Greek word translated ‘common good’ here is symphero, which means, to contribute, bring together, profit, help or be expedient. (Strongs G4851)

The purpose of a spiritual gift is to benefit and complete the church body. (See also Romans 12:4-5) A gift of the Spirit provides something that is needed.

‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ (1 Peter 4:10)

A question you can ask is, ‘Does this ability or experience contribute something that is helpful—or could it potentially, as I mature and develop it?’


3. A Spiritual Gift Builds the Church

‘Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.’ (1 Cor 14:12)

According to the Apostle Paul, our aim should be to build, or edify, the church. The word translated edify means, ‘to be a house builder’.

A spiritual gift helps people and draws them closer to Jesus. It helps build the church—it grows, supplements and completes the church body. It adds, it does not subtract.

A spiritual gift is not for ourselves, it is something God gives to others through us. It is our anointed contribution.

Ask, ‘Am I using this ability to bless and build others? Am I honouring leadership with the use of this ability? Is it helping build the church—or can it?’


4. A Spiritual Gift is Based in God’s Love

‘If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.’ (1 Cor 13:2)

An important question to ask when determining whether or not you have a spiritual gift is, ‘Am I motivated by love?’

A gift based in love will result in those who are receiving from that gift having a revelation of God as a loving Father.


5. The Church is the Primary Context for Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual gifts can (and should be) used in our daily lives, and in the context of mission and evangelism. However, the primary Biblical context for identifying, growing and using spiritual gifts is the church community. (See 1 Corinthians Chapters 12-14)

So good questions to ask, are,

‘Am I established in, and committed to, a local church?’

‘Are leaders, and others around my life acknowledging this is from the Holy Spirit and that it could be a spiritual gift?’


What to Do if You are Unsure

If you are still at a stage of uncertainty about your gift, that’s OK. Remember, you do not need to know that you have a spiritual gift, in order to be loved and affirmed by God.

The fact that you desire a spiritual gift, and prize the ministry of the Holy Spirit, is pleasing to Him. (1 Cor 14:1) 

It takes time to weigh up whether or not a repeated experience, insight or encounter with God is a spiritual gift. So be prepared to go on a journey, focus on your intimate relationship with God, and be open to receive input from others along the way.


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4 Powerful Benefits of Hunger for God

Why is hunger for God so important?

Hunger for God Leads to EncounterLast night my husband and I were flying back to Melbourne, Australia. Towards the end of the flight, I remembered that my blog was due to be published today, and so I turned to the draft of this post. Instantly, there was a loud sound from beneath us, as the plane’s landing gear descended.

And that’s when I remembered the last line of this article.

It was a powerful moment, as the Holy Spirit highlighted the importance of this message. Get ready to encounter God, as the Spirit stirs up a fresh desire for Him in your life today.


1. Hunger for God Keeps You on Track with God’s Plan for Your Life

Hunger for God keeps you focused on His Presence.

Because God is the focus of your hunger, you desire to be where He is, and you want to follow where He’s going.

It also means, you don’t want to be without Him.

Hunger for God is a powerful motivator to continue in obedience, following and pursuing Jesus.

One of the great pictures of God’s Presence and guidance is the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night in the wilderness. The Bible says:

‘In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.’ (Exodus 40:36-37)


2. Hunger for God Determines Your Spiritual Growth

‘My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.’ (Ps 119:20)

There may be many distractions around your life, but hunger for God will keep you focused on what pleases Him.

Hunger for God will keep you on track in your prayer life, and your Bible study. It will also keep you engaged in the life of your church.

All the things that are necessary to your spiritual growth and maturity, and everything that results from that, are the by-product of your hunger for God.


3. Hunger for God will Enable you to Recover from Mistakes and Failure

Hunger for God will enable you to lift yourself up and to go again, when you have made a mistake, stumbled or fallen.

King David had one of the most public failures recorded in Scripture, when he tried to transfer the Ark, and with it, the manifest Presence of God, to Jerusalem. He did not look up the Scriptures to find out God’s prescribed way of transporting the Ark, which was to be carried on the shoulders of the Levites.

Instead, he mistakenly put it on a new cart—the same way the Philistines had transported it 20 years before. As a result, a young man was killed while trying to protect the ark when the oxen stumbled.

David was crushed, angry, and disappointed. He was publicly humiliated and at first, had a bitter attitude towards God. Unwilling to pursue his dream, he parked the Ark of God at Obed Edom’s place. One day, the rumours started heading David’s way. Everything and everybody at Obed Edom’s place was getting blessed.

When he heard this news, hunger stirred in David’s heart again. He wanted that blessing for the entire nation, he desired to have the Presence of God close at hand. (2 Sam 6)

Hunger enabled David to get back up again after failure. And hunger will enable you to get back up, too.

You may feel as though you are far away from God, you may have made mistakes.

Like David, you may even have felt disappointed with God.

Today, the Holy Spirit is stirring in your heart. It’s time to run again. This is your moment of appointment.


4. Hunger for God is the Landing Strip of the Holy Spirit

It is true that we need a greater revelation of the present spiritual reality that we are filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 1:17-23, 3:18-19) However, the Bible also reveals that God wants us to pursue encounters with Him, and to seek more of His Spirit and His power. And to do that, we need to be hungry.

In Acts chapter 2, the believers were waiting on God, united in prayer, in anticipation of receiving the Holy Spirit. He was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. Later, in Acts chapter 4, the church was crying out to God in fervent prayer. The Holy Spirit came and shook the building, filling God’s people with boldness.

When you study revivals throughout church history, you see that moves of God come to hungry people, and through hungry people. The Holy Spirit responds to our desire for Him and His power.

Today, let the Spirit of God stir your heart. Let your soul be set on fire with desire for God.

Such a hunger cannot by manufactured by yourself. It is the gift and work of His Spirit. You can invite Him to do that work today.

Moses expressed hunger for God when he said, ‘Show me Your glory.’ (Ex 33:18) As a result, he had a powerful encounter with God.

Hunger is the landing strip of the Holy Spirit. And your hunger for God will lead you to encounter Him.


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4 Things You Can Do When Prophetic Guidance Is Unclear

Have you ever been in a situation where you are seeking God about an important decision in your life, but you do not have clear prophetic guidance?

God GuidesThis can be a frustrating time. On one hand, you would like to make a decision. On the other hand, you are not certain which direction to take. You want to do God’s will, but are having trouble discerning what His particular plan is.

Here are 4 options to consider when you need to make a decision, but your prophetic guidance is currently unclear:

(Note that these are some contrasting options to pray through, not a series of steps to take. Pursuing God’s will is always about putting intimacy with Him first. Prophetic guidance cannot be put into a formula. However, we can learn some Biblical principles to help us discover God’s direction for our lives.)


1. Wait and Hold Your Current Course

If your decision is an important one, perhaps the lack of clear guidance is a signal that change is not right at this time.

  • There may still be some things, such as people or resources, that God is directing and putting into place in the background, that are not in position yet.
  • Perhaps your Father is allowing character to be built in your life during a prolonged time of waiting.

Another key concerning timing is to review what is happening in your heart, especially if you are feeling pushed to make a decision. Impatience, discouragement or anxiety (in yourself or others) are not a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

We should not make significant decisions based on negative feelings, but on where the peace of God is leading us.

‘But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.’ (James 3:17)

If you do not have peace, or unity among key decision-makers, it may be time to wait and hold your course. In this case, make it your aim to stay on track in your current situation and finish well.


2. Take Time to Hear God’s Voice

‘He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.’ (Psalm 23:3)

Unclear guidance may simply be an invitation from the Holy Spirit to spend more time with Him.

Take time out, with no agenda except to spend time with God and enjoy His Presence.

When you are relaxed and not trying to receive direction, you may discover that you are more open to hear His voice.

Don’t limit the ways God speaks. Perhaps you are trying to hear from God one way, such as a prophecy, and He wants to speak to you another way—for example, through the wise counsel of a person or leader in your life.


3. Make a Choice and do the Wisdom Check

Sometimes we are waiting for a word of instruction from God when He is simply saying, ‘Step out and I will be with you.’

  • Perhaps He has already equipped you with everything you need to make the decision—such as experience, wisdom, desire, skill, provision and the support of others.
  • If the direction is not clear, perhaps there is no ‘right or wrong’ choice—in fact, Your Heavenly Father may be saying, ‘Choose and I will bless your decision.’

If there is no clear prophetic guidance, take the direction you are leaning towards through the wisdom check I discuss here:

Prophetic Guidance: How to Get it Right When Important Decisions are at Stake

This ‘wisdom check’ includes accountability, balancing faith with practical wisdom, and applying checks of confirmation, love and unity.


4. Move Forward and Trust God to Direct You

‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”’ (Isaiah 30:21)

As the saying goes, ‘you can’t follow a parked car.’ When we are moving, God is able to direct us. He is our Navigator; our GPS. We can trust Him to give us (or other significant people/leaders in our life) a ‘check’—an inner sense of warning—from the Holy Spirit, if we begin to go the wrong way. His peace, on the other hand, will guide us in the right paths.

‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.’ (Col 3:15)

Take one step in the direction you are inclined to head towards, and stay aware of how the Holy Spirit is responding within you. Above all, remember your Father God desires a relationship with you, so whatever you do, stay in conversation and intimacy with Him. He has promised to direct your paths. (Prov 3:5-6)


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That Closed Door Could Be A Heavenly Redirection

How To Get Prophetic Guidance Right (When Important Decisions Are At Stake)


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Your Discomfort Zone is the Zone of My Glory (Prophetic Insight)

Are you in an uncomfortable place right now—a situation that you know is either by God’s leading, or allowing?

I believe Father wants to encourage you today. He is saying:

“This is the very place in which you will become acquainted with My glory.”

You are in a place of Divine appointment.


The Weakness Zone is the Glory Zone

Treasure_in_Jars_of_ClayAre you contemplating a sizeable task ahead of you, and being challenged by a lack of resources? Perhaps you are experiencing physical or emotional weakness. The situation you are facing requires more from you than you feel capable of giving.

Your place of weakness is the zone of God’s glory.

‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ (2 Cor 12:9)

God did not make a mistake when He chose you and empowered you with His Presence. Your weakness is not a disadvantage.

‘But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.’ (2 Cor 4:7)

‘All-surpassing power.’ The Greek word for ‘all-surpassing’, huperbole, means ‘throwing beyond.’ [1] It has also been translated, ‘excellent beyond measure’.

Get ready to experience the power of God in an unprecedented way. He says, ‘I have chosen you and am intimately acquainted with you. You are not my ‘back-up plan’. I have positioned you for My purpose.’


The Obedience Zone is the Glory Zone

Has obedience to God’s plan for your life taken you outside of your comfort zone? Does it seem that He asking something difficult of you?

The world will tell you that obedience is a negative thing—that being ruled by the will of another is something to be avoided at all costs. Do not pay heed to that image of reluctant submission.

Obedience to Father’s will is not like that. It is an invitation to join Him, to be empowered by His Spirit, to participate with Him in something that is on His heart.

You do not leave God’s Presence to go and obey. You are making the choice to go where His Presence is going. To obey is simply to say ‘yes’ to being with your Father in what He is doing.

Obedience is not drudgery, duty or hardship. To obey is to live in the ‘now’ moment with Him, experiencing your Father’s pleasure in you and His favour upon your life.

‘This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.’ (Romans 8:15-16a MSG)

Hear the Spirit of God saying, “Rise up, My love and come away with Me. Let us do this thing together. How I am longing to be with you! How I desire for you to fellowship with Me.

I have so much that I want to give to you—so much of Myself to reveal to you.

Come away with Me, and you will know My all-surpassing power. Together, we will make a difference. With me, you will discover that you are capable of all I am asking of you.”


The Transition Zone is the Glory Zone

It is the nature of transition to feel uncomfortable. In that place of between, we no longer feel satisfied where we are.

Perhaps you can relate to that today, as you are waiting for the new thing God has for you to open up.

Take heart, and recall Israel’s wilderness journey between Egypt and the Promised Land. During that time of transition, journeying through a harsh landscape, God’s Manifest Presence accompanied them. He was present in a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.

There in the wilderness, Israel had an experience of God that was unique to that generation. The entire nation was acquainted with His glorious Presence.

Father says, “Right here, in this seeming delay, I am with you. I am guarding you and guiding you. The moment has come for you to perceive Me.”

“Look into My Word—see Me afresh and believe. Be transformed as you look into My Face and see the radiance of My love for you.”

‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ (2 Cor 3:18)


Notes:

[1] Strongs G5236


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