At this point in the session, the counsellor was inviting me to look into my heart—to visualise, with God’s help, what was happening on the inside of me.
To my complete surprise, instead of the darkness she was verbally preparing me to face, I found myself in a vision:
I was under water, looking up towards the surface, where a current was flowing swiftly. A thin layer of scum was being carried along and away by the fast-moving water, skimming across its surface.
As I wondered what I was seeing, the vision changed. I saw myself at the bottom of a river, and Jesus was with me. Together we were pulling up weeds from the riverbed, laughing, enjoying the moment. The weeds came away from the river’s floor easily. As we raised our hands and released them, the current of the river caught them away.
My problems were not difficult for the Lord to handle. In fact, I saw that He delighted in sharing this process—of identifying and removing what was not of Him in my life.
That day, I looked for pain and encountered my Saviour. The prophetic vision He shared with me changed my perspective and helped bring me healing.
Revelation Brings Heaven’s Perspective.
The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless?” (Gen 15:1-2)
Abram had a perspective problem. He was wealthy, but without an heir and without lands he could not comprehend how God could bless him.
The Lord responded by assuring him that He would give Abram a son and that his descendants would possess the land around him. Then:
‘He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”’ Gen 15:5
When God gives us prophetic revelation—whether in vision or otherwise—He enables us to see from heaven’s perspective.
- A vision from God changed Peter’s perspective about the Gentiles and facilitated the spread of the Gospel throughout the Gentile world (Acts 10:9-20)
- A vision of the Risen Christ overturned Saul’s perspective, transforming him from a persecutor of the church to a founder of many churches (Acts 9)
How can we tell whether a personal revelation is from God?
A revelation from God does not come cloaking our own ideas; neither does it reinforce our opinions, suspicions or prejudices.
Instead, like a contact lens placed on a natural eye, a vision from God brings adjustment and focus.
The Holy Spirit enables us to see circumstances, others and ourselves as the Father sees them.
He transforms our viewpoint so we can see like Him—and ultimately become like Him.
- When we are discouraged, He brings hope
- When we are fearful, He speaks a word of faith
- When we are hungry to know Him, He reveals more of Himself to us
- When we are confused, He brings clarity
- When we are critical, He shares His love for another
Here are some more ways we can check whether a vision or revelation is from God:
1. Is it Biblical?
2. Does it reflect God’s character and wisdom?
3. Is it redemptive—speaking of God’s heart to save and restore?
4. Do you have an inner witness that it is of God?
5. If it concerns direction—does it have the confirmation of circumstances, your gifts and wiring, and other believers—including your leaders?
The Power of a Vision to Restore
If you could see what heaven sees for your situation right now, how would it change your viewpoint?
Years ago, we experienced division in our church. I was deeply hurt, and shared the opinions and grievances of my friends who had left the church. My heart was urging me to leave.
Standing in a service one day, I received a prophetic vision that brought heaven’s perspective to my situation. I stayed, repented, and was restored. And the rest, as they say, is history.
© Helen Calder Enliven Publishing
Now on team with David McCracken Ministries