“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).
I’ve published accounts of prophetic dreams, visions, and spiritual encounters, because these experiences have become a big part of my journey in Christ, and I want to devote this post to sharing how it all began. God literally turned my world upside down one evening, quite unexpectedly, and nothing has been the same since. What I see are glimpses much like blurred reflections in a mirror. “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17). See also Behind the Veil, The One Working Behind the Scenes, Present Warnings, and Spiritual Oppression.
A few years ago, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to pray with a friend and surrender to the Lord’s will for my life, and at that time, my friend shared a word of warning he received concerning me. If I pursued this course, then I would experience some of the greatest joys of my life, while also experiencing some of the greatest pain, and to date, his warning has held true. I often find myself mystified by the fact that one can experience the very peace of God, hear his voice, and to be given the faith to even drive out demons, while, other times, go to such dark and lonesome places that it takes all my faith just to hold on, but all the while, realizing the Lord has actually been holding on to me.
After some time passed, I dreamt that I was standing in a dark place and saw a bible sitting on a pedestal in front of me. I opened the bible, and the brightest light shined from within its pages, yet it didn’t hurt to look. I began to rip out pages, one after the other, as someone starved, and ate them. The pages tasted sweet and satisfied my hunger. I was filled, and then the dream ended. To the best of my recollection, this dream was a precursor; the first of many dreams and visions and other spiritual confrontations to come. I have not yet received the words to adequately share most of them, while others may not have been meant to be shared at all, but I have been able to share and record some. Because of the nature of the spiritual realm, it would be easy to embellish, and interject my own interpretations and biases; therefore, I proceed cautiously and prayerfully; I devote time to scripture (1 John 4:1-6). My observation has been that the Holy Spirit does not necessarily move in chronological order while weaving a tapestry over time.
I often ask, “Why me?” I’m not a pillar of virtue and righteousness. I’m neither a preacher, nor a teacher. I’m really nothing special. To be perfectly honest, I don’t always want to see everything that I see, especially where people are concerned. But God reminds me that it isn’t about me; it’s about him and his plan. I’m reminded that I am the man I am in Christ, not the man I am in the flesh. Glory be to God!
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