Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams

Looking-Glass Dreams

The modern glass mirrors that we find in homes, public spaces, purses and cars, have been around for about two hundred years. (Exclude “smart” mirrors, the talking ones in Snow White and the portals in Alice Through the Looking Glass). Mirrors help us to see ourselves as we are seen, and make fascinating dream symbols. Though rarely mentioned in Bible translations, several Scriptures possess similar “reflective” qualities. For example:

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;  for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25 NKJV)

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise (Luke 6:31, NKJV)

For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:2, NKJV)

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul (Psalm 19:7a, NKJV)

Spiritual dreams about mirrors invite us to look deeper so that our souls (thoughts, opinions, desires and feelings) may become aligned to the Word of God. I will share two different mirror themed dreams in this post.

A few years ago, the Lord connected me to a small group of women Intercessors. We met weekly to pray for whatever He revealed about nations around the world. Our assignments were guided by research, revelation, dreams and visions. Sometimes the Holy Spirit would change direction and lead us to pray for more immediate needs, such as someone’s healing. One night, we were praying for the relative of one of the Intercessors when I felt led to share a dream I had seen a few days prior.

Dream Scene: THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR
In this colorful dream, I was facing a full-length wood framed mirror in a bedroom, but the person looking back at me was a complete stranger. She was a petite blonde with long hair. I looked around the room and somehow knew I was in an upstairs bedroom of a beautiful home. The magenta pink walls had scuff marks and needed to be repainted (end of scene).

From my description, the Intercessor whose relative we were praying for recognized the person and the room, even though the person had aged and become a brunette. By sheer coincidence (a God-incidence), I had dreamed of the same person we were praying for that night! We prayed for inner healing, particularly for a cleansing of her emotions. (To understand the symbolism of repainting a wall, please read this post (Overwriting the old with the new).

Time went by and I forgot the dream. Almost ten years later, the same woman was unexpectedly hospitalized. Sadly, she succumbed to her illness. I attended her funeral service and watched as old photos scrolled on the overhead video monitor. How surprised I was to see the same face with the long blonde hair!

Interpretation: Mirrors (as do windows and doors), sometimes “frame” mini visions within a dream. The wall color magenta gave a clue that there was an issue with the emotions (soul), the image in the mirror. The physical body ages, but the soul and spirit are ageless and those who belong to Christ are promised new non-decaying bodies in the Resurrection (see 1 Corinthians 15). Our souls look like younger versions of us, and our spirits are light. God gives these kinds of dreams to demonstrate how deeply He cares for all His children and He sends help when needed.

Things (and people) are not always as they appear on the surface. We have to look deeper, with spiritual eyes.

For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7b, NKJV)

Every dreamer acquires his or her own dream “vocabulary” over time, so we must rely on the Holy Spirit to “see” symbols in context and arrive at the correct interpretation. For example, my dreams of Pastor Benny Hinn usually have something to do with learning about the Holy Spirit or healing gifts. But another dreamer might associate this symbol with the name Benjamin.

Several years ago, I dreamed that a small group of us (volunteers at the Healing Rooms) were students traveling to different locations with Pastor Benny. The dream had multiple scenes, and years passed before I understood this scene. (Here is a tip: Multi-scene dreams are usually fulfilled over a period of time).

Dream Scene: THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
Pastor Benny led us from a classroom to a small pedestal sink with a mirrored medicine chest (cabinet) on the wall above it. He asked me to turn my back to the medicine chest then he handed me a small hand-mirror.

“Look in the hand mirror, tell me what you see” He directed.
“Myself,” I responded and wondered if it was a trick question.

“But what do you see in the mirror behind you?” He asked. I saw a reflection of me holding the hand mirror, but suspected that was not what he was after. I was clueless.

“Can you see your face? Look carefully” he persisted. I slowly rotated the angle of the hand mirror until my face appeared within the image of the hand mirror reflected from the medicine chest behind me.

Suddenly, a man’s face replaced mine. I bolted!

Pastor Benny was not amused. He sighed impatiently then led another student through the same exercise.

She too was surprised to see the man’s face, but correctly identified him as the One who had been standing at the front of the classroom while Pastor Benny taught our group a few minutes earlier. I agreed with her. Pastor Benny nodded and smiled without giving us an explanation (end of scene).

Interpretation: As mentioned in earlier posts, Lord Jesus sometimes appears in our dreams. He was the “Man” in the mirror. Not only is He with us, He is IN us. In fact, we are one with Him as the Bible tells us (1 Corinthians 6:17). When the Father looks at us, He sees us in His Son and this “transformation” happens through the power of the Holy Spirit. This dream was telling me that Jesus is the Healer (“medicine” chest) working through me.

When we look into the Word of God (the mirror) we initially see ourselves. We see that we fall short and recognize bad habits that need to go, but we are not quite sure how to accomplish this. The Apostle Paul describes this dilemma quite well in Romans 7. However, when we look deeper into the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit enables us to see our Lord Jesus Christ and to recognize ourselves in His likeness.

Smoke and Mirrors 
Each time Ancient Israel looked into the mirror of God’s Law, they soon forgot what they saw, then looked to other nations to imitate. For example, in 1 Samuel 8, Israel wanted a king because other nations had kings. They pestered poor Samuel until they ended up with King Saul. That did not end well!

Hundreds of years later, Lord Jesus rebuked some “Woe to you” cities for not repenting and receiving His message. He invited them to look into the mirror called “history” and to learn from the past.

Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you. (Matthew 11:21-23, NKJV)

Perhaps the reason history repeats is because we forget past mistakes, our own and those of other people, cities and nations. Satan creates smoke screens to distract us, but the Word of God gives Christians the ability to “see” past the illusions.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4, NKJV)

Seeing the Word
Walking away unchanged from the “mirror” of the Word is like applying makeup which makes us look and feel good, temporarily. Real change comes when we begin to behold Jesus. Some of these changes include:

Obedience (we follow the Lord even if we must do so alone), Restraint (we are slow to accuse or hold others to standards we ourselves have not attained),

Truth (with discernment), Courage (Power arises within), Spiritual judgements (with understanding), Humility (without self-promotion).

We gain wisdom, show honor, and demonstrate fruitfulness. We receive the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord!

Whenever we become confused or anxious, peace is restored when we refocus on the Word of God. The more we “see” the “Man” in the mirror (Jesus), the clearer things become. The smoke dissipates to reveal things as they truly are.

2 Corinthians 3:18 states: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (NKJV). So let it be. Amen!

Posted in Destiny, Dream Interpretation, Parables

The Scrolls of Life

Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me” Psalm 40:7 (NKJV)

Old books, inkstand and scroll isolated on white

If your life were a book, what genre would it be?

The Bible reveals that each person’s life is “written” by God before he or she is “knitted together” in the womb. A life story that contains every opportunity we will ever have: our birth date, when we will draw our last breath, where we will live, who we will marry, and what we will create or accomplish. This could only be accomplished by an Author who has seen our end from our beginning. One that has numbered our days (Psalm 139:15-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Acts 17:26). Each scroll or book is unique, no two alike.

Where are these Scrolls?

The Bible tells us, indirectly. God the “Word” became flesh and lived among us as the man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Bible is the written version of this living Word (Jesus). It’s not just a history book, but a detailed account of the supernatural God and how he relates to mankind.

Similarly, each person has a written version of his or her life on a Scroll of destiny authored by God. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we receive His Spirit who reveals to us that our lives are hidden in Him. We no longer exist as separate entities. Our written life Scrolls are hidden in Jesus, the Word and we gain access to the Life that is in Him. This “Life” is spiritual Light, a force with written “codes”, frequencies, instructional blueprints and designs which transform us to be like Jesus. (John 1:12, Romans 8:29, 1 John 4:17b, 2 Peter 1:3, Psalm 139: 13-16)

Each of our individual Scrolls is codified and hidden in the Scriptures (Jesus the Word), until we come to the knowledge of Christ. It is in Him (Jesus) that we live and move and exist. (Colossians 3:3, Acts 17:28)

Is the Bible Code real?

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Technology concept: hex-code digital background

Hidden messages have been unraveled through what is commonly known as the Bible Code (or Torah Code).

Letter characters at specific intervals mysteriously spell out names, words and associated events.

The cryptic Bible Code confirms the present and past with amazing accuracy: names, dates, and events. Yet, the Code is more than mere words identified by supercomputers, and more complex than can be understood by the most brilliant minds. The Bible is so complex that it has been discarded as nonsense or treated merely as a historical compilation of religious writings. But could these words contain the codex of life?

We may recognize that words manifest as sound; soundwaves are made up of light frequencies. God tells us that His Light is the Life of men (John 1:4), and His Word is Life and can heal our bodies! (Proverbs 4:20-22)

Can we “read” our life story before we live it?

The Scriptures teach us how to live godly, fruitful lives, but God alone knows the future and He reveals what He chooses, when and to whom. No man, angel or the devil, can accurately predict the future because God hides the codex of Life and the pathways to destiny and the future.

God strictly forbids all forms of divination: which leads to loss, death and destruction.(Deuteronomy 18:14, 2 Kings 21:6). In contrast, God’s will for us is life and abundance. He calls us to a pathway of hope, full of light and growing ever brighter. (John 10:10; Proverbs 4:18)

God speaks to us about destiny through spiritual dreams, visions and prophecies.

Visions are clear snapshots about our scripted destination or God’s plans for us, while dreams are parabolic clues or signposts to aid us on the journey.

Parables hide information in plain sight, and serve to protect us from destiny-thieves (the world, our flesh, and the devil). The parabolic “language” in dreams must be interpreted and no one grasps the full meaning until in hindsight.

The “choice” to surrender.

Being a child of God does not mean we automatically do His Will as “it is written.” In His sobering Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about some “believers” who will do wonderful and generous things, only to be rejected at the end. Why? They chose their own will above God’s will. (Matthew 7: 21-23)

We may use our gifts and talents liberally, but our destinies will never be fulfilled without supernatural guidance. The Holy Spirit “interprets” the complexities of the “script” and gives us understanding, but we must “choose” to embrace His Word and His way. To help rid us of hindrances and distractions (our good intentions, our preferences, our rights), He often leads us off the beaten path to a wilderness where we will find it easier to hear Him.

It is written.

How did David, a shepherd boy, grow up to be a great king? It was written.
And how did Joseph, the son of Jacob, transition in one hour from prisoner to Vice President of Egypt? It was written.

God clearly tells us how to fulfill our destinies written in the “scrolls of the book” of Life: We are to do His will and obey His Word to accomplish what is written of us.

Psalm 40: 7-8 says, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

We may read and pray the Holy Scriptures and declare like Jesus, “It is written.” Praying in the Spirit (often called Praying in Tongues) yields prayers perfectly aligned with God’s Will, because only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God (1 Cor 2:11).

The Lord may also lead us to pray what He shows us through dreams, visions, and God-inspired imaginations. As we daily agree with and “call into being” what God has written about us (Romans 4:17), submit to God’s Word and resist the enemies of our destiny, we fulfill what is written in the Scrolls.

Can you miss your destiny?

We must choose wisely. One wrong choice can be very costly. God knows every good or bad influence we will face and every right or wrong choice we will ever make. He spares no effort to help us to arrive at our destination and assigns His angels to help us along the way. But those who willfully reject God after they have known Him, “forsake their own Mercies.” (Jonah 2:8)

Some have not yet met the Lord, but will. Others desire to meet Him… but later. They detest the ‘wilderness” or refuse to disentangle from the lure of this world or delay until they are old or sick. How unwise this is. Who can predict when the end will come?

We all venture off track at times, but repentance and seeking God’s forgiveness bring us back to God’s will. Still, some worry that they have gone too far off script or have completely missed their destinies. If that describes you, please read Stepping Stones to Destiny.

All the World’s a Stage

When the great English playwright and poet William Shakespeare wrote:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

He was not far from the truth. Our scripts have been written by the Author of Life and our audience is “a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1-2). We have each been “cast” to “read” the script and play our individual roles until the final curtain. May it be as “it is written.” Amen.

Posted in Deliverance, Discernment, Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Encounters, Prophecy, Resurrection

Recognizing When Jesus Enters

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No sooner had Jesus the Healer stepped out of the boat on the shores of Gennesaret than he was recognized by individuals. Before long, the sick flooded to him and beds lined the streets with those who could not walk, hoping to touch the edge of His garment.

And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. (Mark 6:56, KJV)

He had visited the other side of the Sea. There He was immediately known as Jesus the Stronger to the legion of demons (perhaps 3,000 to 6,000 in number) before they surrendered their host for a herd of pigs. Once considered to be beyond hope or reach, the liberated man gratefully bore witness to his mighty deliverance and testified throughout the Decapolis of the One who had set him free (Mark 5:1-20).

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. (Mark 11:21-22, NKJV, Bolded for emphasis).

Jesus entered the synagogue in His home town Nazareth where He had grown up, well-known to His own people. This time, when Jesus the Preacher declared His mission to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy, the people could only see the kid they knew, the son of a carpenter. “Is this not Joseph’s son?” they reasoned, before they threw Him out of town! Unfazed by their rejection, Jesus moved on to another synagogue in Capernaum to deliver a man from demons, and from there He continued to preach at different synagogues in Galilee (Luke 4: 16-36, 44).

Jesus frequently entered homes. He visited the home of Simon Peter where Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick in bed. When Jesus the Miracle worker rebuked her fever, it left her immediately! (vs. 38-39) Later, he entered the house of Martha (sister of Mary and Lazarus), and befriended them and enjoyed their company (Luke 10:38). But He was Jesus the Resurrection when He raised up Lazarus from the dead (John 11). Jesus also entered Jairus’ house and raised his dead daughter back to life (Luke 8:41-56).

Sometimes Jesus meets us in unexpected places. Being short in stature, Zacchaeus had climbed up a tree. The most he hoped for was to catch a glimpse of Jesus as He entered Jericho, in the midst of a throng of people. To the chagrin of the crowd, Jesus the Unpredictable looked up to the tree and called out to Zacchaeus that He had come to visit him. Caught by surprise, it is small wonder Zacchaeus did not fall out of the tree! When Jesus entered Zacchaeus’ house, the once stingy hearted and greatly despised tax-collector, suddenly oozed generosity…

Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” (Luke 19: 1-10, NKJV)

Wherever Jesus entered – cities, towns, the country, homes and individual lives – nothing and no one remained the same. The Gospels reveal a God who truly loves and cares for people.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38, NKJV)

Now, do you suppose that Jesus has stopped entering towns and houses and lives? Or is it that we fail to recognize Him?

We are not unlike the Two downcast souls who had left Jerusalem, after Jesus’ crucifixion to walk seven miles to Emmaus. They were surprised that the Stranger who joined their trek was oblivious to the recent events that had shaken both the political world and religious rule. Mile after mile, this pleasant Stranger stoked a fire of hope in their hearts as He shared Scriptures about the Messiah. Only when He blessed and broke bread, did they recognize that it was the Lord! (Luke 24:13-31)

We may not initially recognize Jesus in our dreams. Yet, when we seek Him, we find Him. Dreams from the Holy Spirit bring messages from God, but the Messenger is discerned by what He does or speaks.

I once dreamed of trying to access a building. Every external door was closed and no one responded to my knocks. Suddenly a 6 or 7 year old little boy, who I did not know, walked up to me. It was a beautiful day and he was looking for someone to play with. I didn’t have time to play. “Please wait here by this door, and I will be back soon,” I said. He patiently waited while I knocked at all the doors again, with no success. When I returned to the little boy, the door beside him had opened. He smiled at me and did not speak a word.

I awakened and pondered. Who was the little boy and why was he in my dream? How could he have opened a door that was locked to me?

Suddenly, I recognized Him!

That little boy was You, wasn’t it, Lord?” I said, knowingly. And I discerned the message: He is the one who opens doors and closes them (Revelation 3:7), and child-like faith in Him always proves to be more effective than our very best efforts!

In another dream, I was standing at a checkout counter and the woman behind the counter opened the cash register and started to hand me money, multiple bundles of bills. I was granted special favor simply because she saw my ring. It had a dark blue sapphire set in gold and it was on the ring finger of my left hand.

How puzzling! I thought, because I had neither bought nor sold anything. At first glance the dream resembled a tale told by Scheherazade from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. But it was not.

In the parabolic language of dreams, a ring (and other round things) represents Covenant, and dark blue is a spiritual color representing Communion with God or Revelation. The ring in my dream, was on the ring finger of my left hand. We could go deeper into symbolism, (such as: the woman in this context represents the Holy Spirit, the stone represents the Rock [Jesus], and the gold signifies His Divinity) or suffice to say, through Covenant relationship with Jesus, we have favor with God.

So Jesus is the One who has enacted a new covenant with a new relationship with God so that those who accept the invitation will receive the eternal inheritance he has promised to his heirs. For he died to release us from the guilt of the violations committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:15-17, The Passion Translation).

As we seek Jesus, we may find Him throughout the Scriptures (as the Passover Lamb in the Book of Exodus, as the Kinsman Redeemer in the Book of Ruth or as the Suffering Servant in the Book of Isaiah), and in every other Book of the Bible. We may hear testimony of a miraculous healing in response to prayer, where no fleshly man ever laid a hand to touch another. Or at times, He may be seen in the kindness of one stopping to give half a sandwich to a hungry soul.

We often find Him in the company of followers of Jesus. But how often have we gathered in His Name, sung gustily songs of praise, listened to an artfully prepared sermon, yet failed to discern the sudden Peace when the Prince of Peace enters a room? He promised:

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20, NKJV)

The truth is, Jesus enters our lives every day … let’s be watchful so that we may recognize Him, (whether He enters our church, our home, or our dreams) and welcome Him. Amen!

Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables

Dream Gymnastics

Dream Gymnastics

Image courtesy of Depositphotos.com (The dancer)

Have you ever – bicycled in heavy traffic like a seasoned pro, sailing past cars, city buses and honking taxi cabs? Or paraglided across a valley, far above miniature-sized farm houses and rolling green pastures? Or ran with the stamina of a horse, across an endless carpet of wildflowers – and then awakened?

Dreams can be active and exciting because we get to do things we may never have tried in life; overnight experts, without the hundreds of hours of schooling or sweaty training. Dreamers who have a seer gift frequently experience dreams in which all five senses are exercised.

Each dream symbol or activity can have a positive or negative meaning depending on the source of the dream (whether from the Holy Spirit, or from the body or soul, or from the kingdom of darkness). So, it may be necessary to first understand the parabolic meaning of the symbol or activity in context before we can interpret the dream.

At other times, the message will be crystal clear. When we see ourselves doing something in a vision, the chances are greater that we will perform the same activity later in life. This is because, unlike a dream (interpretation is necessary), a vision is literal (no interpretation is necessary). Visions can occur at night, as part of a dream during sleep, or in the daytime while awake.

Our focus here is on spiritual dreams (from the Holy Spirit), and following are just a few examples out of the many activities that dreamers may experience:

FLYING – The dreamer is gifted to move in the realm of the Spirit, and wings are not required. For example, Prophet Ezekiel was picked up by a lock of his hair (Chapter 8:3). Flying is exhilarating and the views can be fascinating. We may gain God’s perspective of a matter, or a more complete knowledge of something we did not understand (the whole forest versus the trees). We might even catch glimpses of the invisible realm to understand what is affecting people or events on the ground.

FREE FALLING – This is arguably one of the more scary dream experiences. The dreamer feels he or she has no control over environment or circumstances. Not to mention, there is fear of a hard landing, unless a cloud cushions the fall or the dreamer suddenly grows web-shooters like Spiderman! Falling dreams may serve the purpose of giving us a warning or grabbing our attention.

We see a “falling” example from the life of Prophet Jonah. Unwilling to obey God’s instructions to deliver a message to Nineveh, Jonah boarded a ship headed in the opposite direction. What was he thinking?! Unfortunately, he ended up overboard and fell deep into the stormy sea. Jonah was helplessly tangled up in seaweed when he cried out to God to save him. God sent a large fish/whale to Jonah’s rescue, but sentenced the prophet to three days and nights in Fort Blue Balaena (whale) to ponder his disobedience before he was allowed to see daylight again! (Jonah 1:15-17; 2:1-10).

My falling dream experience was no less frightening: I was one of many passengers on a falling plane somewhere over continental Africa. The situation looked hopeless. I prayerfully accepted my fate and was completely at peace, but unexpectedly and just before impact, the nose of the plane pulled upwards and we were all spared!

The kind of peace I experienced in the dream was supernatural, and the dream communicated to me what full surrender looks and feels like. When we have placed our trust in God, we can be assured that His Hand will always be there.

Bungee jumping and skydiving is about taking risks (faith), but with a back up plan or exit strategy (an elastic harness to bounce back to safety, or parachute to restrain the fall for a safe landing).

RUNNING – The dreamer (or person running in the dream) is moving forward with speed and perseverance. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to run the “race” of life with endurance to the end (Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 9:24).

On the other hand, running away from something or someone in a dream suggests there is hidden fear. Who/what are you running away from in your dream? Fear dreams typically recur until we face and conquer the fear. Ignoring them is not a wise response. Job warns that the things we fear can come true if we do not address the fear (Job 3:25). Fear is a spirit and when we invite God to face it with us, His perfect love drives away all fear ((2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18). Such an awesome promise!

Sometimes we will find ourselves walking in a dream instead of driving a vehicle. Walking means moving forward, but with individual spiritual power and at a slower pace (Remember, Jesus did a significant amount of walking). Limping means something or some experience is hindering our progress. Whereas, using crutches could mean we are relying too much on someone or something, or we may be nursing a “spiritual” injury (such as an inner hurt, or fear, or unforgiveness).

LEAPING – This dream activity is probably my second favorite to flying. We effortlessly and temporarily ascend in the Spirit for swift acceleration or to overcome an obstacle that would otherwise hinder our spiritual progress. (Ski-jumping is similar but with a lot more speed).

In one dream: I effortlessly leapt from a platform onto the last car of a departing train because I knew missing it would have serious consequences! And in another dream, I leapt over a snarling demonic creature that was trying to prevent me from getting to the airport. [Stay tuned for a future post about vehicles and travel].

Leapfrogging is a children’s playground activity, but if you happen to be in business, your dream may be showing you that an innovative strategy will bring swift promotion.

SWIMMING – Clear water usually represents the Word of God which cleanses and clarifies. Flowing clear water, such as a river, is the move of the Spirit (spoken of by Jesus in John 4:13 or seen by Prophet Ezekiel in Chapter 47). Therefore, swimming would mean the dreamer is skilled with the Word and/or moving in the Spirit.

If you are swimming in place, this could mean there is much perseverance without much spiritual progress. Are you praying outside of God’s Will or timing or from a wrong spirit? (Take note of the condition of the water. Cloudy or dirty, stagnant water with garbage or debris could reveal spiritual pollution that no one should want to swim in).

DIVING – This is for those who fearlessly go deep into the unknown in the Spirit realm. Water, symbolic of the Word and the Spirit in the Scriptures, holds untold hidden treasures! Such a dream may be an invitation to meet God not only on mountain tops, but in deep places, especially if you have only been a toe dipper. Deep calls unto deep (Psalm 42:7). If you travel beyond a depth of 600 feet, the waters will likely grow darker, but this is only because you have gone beyond the range of sunlight. Do not presume the dream is negative. Darkness sometimes means hiddenness (Psalm 18:11).

CLIMBING – This activity means going higher or ascending to a higher level in the Spirit regardless of whether you are climbing stairs, a ladder or a mountain. Strength and endurance are required, unlike riding an elevator or escalator.

Going lower has the opposite meaning, but should not be automatically perceived as a spiritual demotion. God sometimes leads us into valleys so we can learn that He remains faithful, even in low places where we may feel invisible or insignificant or discouraged.

Ever heard the saying – Too heavenly minded, no earthly good? God often uses those who are skilled at simplifying difficult to understand spiritual concepts. We see this illustrated in the life of Jesus Christ on earth. He would go up into the mountains alone to pray, but would come down to teach and minister to the multitudes.

CRAWLING- Could there be something hindering your progress, such as lack of spiritual power or an injury or a malfunction? Perhaps your prayer life needs to be revived. The context of your dream may show you how to correct the problem.

On the other hand, if you are an intercessor who regularly engages in spiritual warfare prayer, crawling on your belly (staying in a position of humility) is desirable to avoid those sneak attacks from the enemy’s arrows. Kneeling is also a posture of humility (or worship, if hands are also raised).

RIDING – Unless you are using your own feet on bicycle pedals or in a Flintstone car, it usually means some other power source is doing the work for you. Your journey or mission might be powered by a horse, a car or motorcycle (engine), or even a sailboat (wind). If you are “steering” then you are choosing the direction, and the number of available seats or wheels will dictate if you travel alone or with companions.

DANCING- This is usually symbolic of worship in various expressions, possibly an elegant waltz with a partner or a synchronized line dance with others, or even a choreographed gymnastic floor exercise. The Bible describes King David’s worship as “leaping and whirling” (2 Samuel 6:16).

If the worship includes spiritual warfare, you may see yourself stomping and clapping like a flamenco dancer, or stepping rhythmically to a beating drum like a Zulu warrior. Playing an instrument is another symbol of worship, and it may be an instrument you have never studied!

WRESTLING – These kinds of dreams could mean the dreamer is challenging or resisting someone or something, or demonstrating an unwillingness to release something of importance. Jacob wrestled with an angel of the Lord to receive his blessing (which God had promised him). If a dreamer is unwilling to release what God knows will bring harm or disappointment, God may give the dreamer warning dreams to show what the consequences will be if the dreamer does not change course (Job 33:17-18).

Ephesians 6 tells us that we fight against powers, principalities and rulers of darkness. We must be spiritually equipped with offensive (the Word of God) and defensive armor (assurance of our Salvation and Righteousness, as well as Faith, Truth, and Peace).

SPORTS – If a ball is involved (as in a sport), then the activity involves a covenant purpose, either for an individual or for a team, because things that are circular or round represent covenant.

Whether there be dare devil stunts or acrobatics, God may be communicating that the dreamer will need new skills, the ability to balance priorities, and precision (accuracy) to successfully navigate the next season of life.

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8).

One last tip – be sure to pay attention to whether you are wearing the right gear or have the right equipment (preparation) for the activity. Got your helmet or seatbelt or safety harness fastened? Good. Now let’s go to sleep!

Resource: Parables, Dreams and Encounters

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Leap Day Countdown

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Happy Birthday to all young Leapers! Tots, Teens or Twenties. Our $1.99 eBook Countdown to Leap Day Offer ends February 29 (March 1st in some time zones). Parables, Dreams & Encounters. See below.

Each Leap Day I find myself doing a quick mental calculation of the number of “days” I have lived in Florida, (it will be 8 as of this weekend) since February 29 comes only once every four years. (Sort of like mentally calculating dog years).

If you were born on February 29, it’s probably inconvenient to have to wait to celebrate your true birthdate every 4 years. Just imagine living in Sweden in 1753, going to bed on February 17 and waking up to March 1. That’s right, eleven days older! Sweden’s final attempt to migrate from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, that year required them to close a time gap. According to timeanddate.com Sweden had a February 30 in the year 1712 because an earlier attempt to convert to the Gregorian calendar had failed and two leap days had to be added to their out of sync Julian calendar! (I wonder, what happened to all those February 30 birthdays?)

Many historical calendars were based on lunar (moon or months) cycles, with variations in the number of  months and the number of days in each month. Leap Day was a product of the Julian calendar (named after Julius Cesar in 45 BC) to “fix” the problem of losing too many days from the solar cycle and falling out of sync with the seasons, but it was still “off” by a few minutes. Then, introduced by Pope Gregory in the 16th century, the Gregorian calendar is more accurate but not 100% perfect. These days, much of the world, except for a handful of Asian or Middle Eastern countries, have adopted the use of the Gregorian calendar.

One interesting piece of trivia associated with February 29 concerns explorer Christopher Columbus and his crew. Their food supply had been mercilessly cut off by disgruntled Jamaican natives who got tired of serving them. A crafty Columbus used an almanac to predict a lunar eclipse the night of February 29, 1504 and scared the Indians into thinking God was angry with them. It worked. The food was promptly restored! 

When God releases His Word by His own mouth or through one of His servants, unexpected things can happen in the celestial space.  For example, Joshua commanded the sun and moon to stand still (Joshua 10:10-15) so he could win a battle. Then hundreds of years later, when King Hezekiah needed to be assured that he would be healed from a deadly disease, he asked God to make the sun (shadow) reverse 10 steps and it did (2 Kings 20: 1-11). Jesus commanded a storm to be at peace and immediately the weather calmed (Mark 4: 36-41). Yes, God holds all things together by the Word of his supernatural Power (Hebrews1:3).

To celebrate all things supernatural, we are counting down the clock to Leap Day with a deep discount on Parables, Dreams & Encounters. If you’ve read it, why not share it with someone else? Again, Happy Birthday to all young Leapers!

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The Sum of His Thoughts

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great the sum of them?  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You (Psalm 139: 17-18, NKJV)

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The psalmist and king was beside himself and proclaimed, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it!” (Psalm 139:6)

David had received a greater revelation of just how much God knew and understood him. God could read his thoughts and knew all his ways. God even knew what he was going to say before he spoke! God could see even his unformed parts as he was knit together in his mother’s womb.

David woke up in awe at the indescribable breadth of God’s great knowledge, revealed to him while he slept.   

How precious also are Your thought to me, O God! How great the sum of them?  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You (vs. 17-18).

Has God spoken some things to you that you find hard to wrap your head around because they seem far beyond your reach? Read on.

God had promised to make Abram (later named Abraham) great and give the land of Canaan to his descendants, who would be “as the dust of the earth, so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then [his] descendants also could be numbered” (Genesis 12:2, 7, 13: 16).   

Abram knew God was greater than men and had, in fact, already prospered him greatly for his obedience. The Scriptures tell us “he was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold” (13: 2). Still, he probably wondered about his life: He was 75 years old when he left his homeland hundreds of miles away to journey to Canaan.  He had no children, and his wife Sarai was barren. But, surely God already knew all of this!

Abram did not say a word. God, who “hears” all our thoughts, responded to Abram in a vision:

God said “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” In the same vision, Abram saw himself respond to God saying, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” (Genesis 15: 1-2).

Abram noticed God did not appear the least bit upset by the question. And God had told him to not be afraid.

Encouraged by the vision, Abram brought up the subject which had probably been on his mind since he left his homeland. You know, the “elephant in the room.” (For readers whose first language is not English,  this is an idiom or expression that means an obvious concern that is being avoided or not discussed).

Then Abram said quite matter-of-factly to God, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” (v.3) (Before this interaction, there is no record that Abram asked God any questions.)

What happens next is God being God; a God so amazingly great and powerful, yet relatable to even the least among us. He assured Abram that his heir would not be a servant born in his house, but a son from his own body.

Then to make sure Abram understood the “Promise,” God brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”(v.5) Despite the powerful computers available today, it is not possible for man to number the stars because new galaxies are still being discovered!

Abram believed God. Period. The first question went well so he asked God another question, then God made a covenant with him. We know from the Scriptures that God kept His Covenant promises. Furthermore, in spite of our advanced DNA technologies, no one except God could possibly knows the exact number of Abraham’s descendants born over the last 4000 years!

This true story is very encouraging, because it shows that God (who is the same today as yesterday and will be the same tomorrow) does not mind when we ask Him questions. In fact, God created us to ask questions.

Did you know that the human spirit is childlike? Constantly asking questions and rarely satisfied until it receives an answer that it can relate to (hence the never ending quest for knowledge)?

One example from the Bible is when Nicodemus, a teacher and leader in Israel, asked Jesus what He meant by being born again. “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (John 3:4). Another is when Mary, the mother of Jesus said to the angel Gabriel, “How can this be [that I will give birth to Messiah], since I do not know a man?” (Luke 1:34). This was a request for information.

Evil spirit are quite contrary in the way they speak.  A voice from the kingdom of darkness is mocking, unbelieving and often questions God’s authority, His Word or those whom God chooses to speak through. These spirits are recognizable in dreams as they often appear as disgusting critters or insects that no one wants to be around. Or you may recognize them by the words that they speak (but that’s a topic for another day).

Most will be familiar with the story of the Garden of Eden, how Satan subtly tempted Eve (the first woman) to sin against God by simply causing her to question (doubt) what God had spoken to her. However, it may not be quite as easy to discern the words of someone who is the spiritual authority in the land.

I am referring to Zacharias, the high priest that year. He was quite unbelieving when told by Angel Gabriel that his prayers were answered and he would have a son. “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years” (Luke 1:18).  He doubted God’s ability to fulfill what the angel had prophesied. An evil spirit of unbelief was speaking through him, so he was struck dumb until the child was born. Being one with tremendous authority, his words were quite powerful and could have been a hindrance.

I have discovered over the years that God answers questions. He hears our unspoken thoughts, our sighs, and the groans in our spirit. He loves it when we refocus our attention on Him.

And, this is one of the secrets to hearing and understanding more from God: Ask Him questions and when He speaks, respond! We do well when we believe in Him, obey Him and trust that He can do whatever He says; even the things which are beyond our natural ability to understand. We can agree with Him through our words and prayers and actions. Surely One who has the immense knowledge that David described is worthy to be believed!  

God Speaks many things about Himself to us, and His Plans, His Kingdom, our destinies, instructions, directions, corrections, problem solving strategies and secrets… more in number than the sand, the dust of the earth or the stars. Why? To give us peace, a hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11).

Resource about how God speaks: Parables, Dreams & Encounters www.chozehconnections.com

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Doorways to Change and Transition

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After her impressive rendition of a Whitney Houston classic and she was crowned Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh was asked if she planned to showcase her beautiful voice professionally. Her response piqued my interest because the Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about doors: If the door opens… I will walk through it.

Open doors bring opportunities for change and transition. In the fourth chapter of the Book of Revelation in the Bible, the Apostle John saw a door “open in heaven, and he heard a voice say “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” The timeless portal he entered and the things he witnessed had to be stranger than those in episodes of Doctor Who!

Things looked pretty hopeless when in all of heaven, the earth and under the earth, absolutely no one was found worthy to open or even to decode the scrolls containing the events of life! No one, that is, except the Lamb of God (Lord Jesus)! This was the crowning moment. John finally understood the magnitude of the sacrifice made by his Lord and Friend on behalf of every tribe and tongue and people and nation extending from the heavens to under the earth. Without this Revelation of Jesus Christ, John would not have been able to understand the astonishing events he saw for the future. Jesus instructed John to “…Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” (1:19, 5:4-5 NKJV)

Doors (or gates) seen in dreams and visions may look like portals, ladders, revolving doors, skylights, trap doors, or even parting clouds. Doorways can be obscured by a privacy wall (similar to airport bathrooms), a hedge or a large rock. In C S Lewis’ first installment of his much beloved The Chronicles of Narnia, the doorway to that kingdom was inside an old wardrobe.

Sometimes there is no obvious doorway; still, the dream or vision could show us transition or access something new through a tunnel, or down a hallway, or across a bridge, or up an elevator. We might discern subtle changes in ambient lighting from dark to light (or vice versa). Transition lighting often marks the start or end of a transition period or a change of seasons in life.

Getting past a locked door requires a “key” unless an angel comes to unlock it (as occurred in Acts 5:19)! However, Isaiah 30:18 tells us the Lord longingly waits for us until we learn to wait for Him! Sometimes we simply need to ask or knock or worship for a door to spring open (Matthew 7:7-8, Acts 16:25-26).

Some dreams give us a choice between two or more doors. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for every circumstance of life, but a wise rule of thumb is to walk through the open door (rather than kick down one that is shut). An open door typically leads to another open door, to another until we arrive at our Destiny.

When multiple doors spontaneously open to us, we could feel like we’ve hit the jackpot. But one will usually be a better choice than others. The right door might not necessarily look glamorous or open the widest. Remember, the pathway to the Kingdom of Light is narrow and less traveled. My dream shared here reflects this:

DREAM: “It was getting dark outside when I squeezed through a narrow entrance to a rather plain looking home where I lived. There were several large beds outside which prevented the front door from opening outwards fully. Inside the house was exceedingly well-lit and beautiful and my roommates were British (U.K.) royals!

INTERPRETATION: Through this dream, the Holy Spirit reinforced knowledge that the Way into His Kingdom (U.K. symbol, Rev. 1:6, ) is through intimacy with the King (beds/bedrooms symbolize intimacy). It will become more evident to me (change of ambient lighting, a time of transition) that things of the Kingdom of Light are not typically attractive-looking to this world nor easily accessed. 1 Peter 2:9 summarizes the entire dream.

Interpreting symbols in our dreams helps us to uncover instructions. We can also find answers through Bible reading, prayer and communion with the Lord, or by reviewing an earlier dream, because the Holy Spirit speaks to us repeatedly; He knows how easily we get distracted!

He opens and no one will shut, and He shuts and no one opens.” Jesus revealed that He is the Door [of doors], and He has the Key that unlocks and locks (John 10: 7, Revelation 3: 7-8). As we enter a New Year and decade, let us be watchful and discerning for His guidance to transition …from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18). Amen!

(Resource: Parables, Dreams & Encounters) www.chozehconnections.com

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Stepping Stones to Destiny

You number my steps (Job 14:16)

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Have you ever asked yourself, What are God’s Plans for me? Will I fulfill my destiny?

We have a heavenly Father who loves us so much that He gave great consideration to how He created each of us. We were created in our Father’s heart to be revealed in this earth at the time of His choosing. He even decided when and where we should live.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings ” (Acts 17:26).

Our very wise God does not reveal everything He wants us to know about our lives all at once, and for good reason. We can see this illustrated in the life of Jesus.

What Jesus came to fulfill was “written” about His life long before He was born as a baby in Bethlehem. One such prophesy is found in Psalm 40: 7 which states:

“Behold, I come;
In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
I delight to do Your will, O my God,
And Your law is within my heart.”

We also know that by the tender age of 12, Jesus was already aware that He was called to God’s service. “Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” He asked His very puzzled parents who had just spent three days looking for him! (Luke 2:49)

Yet, as the time approached for Jesus to go to the cross to bear the punishment for the sins of all mankind, He grew quite sorowful (Matthew 26:37-38). He was pre-destined for great suffering, but clearly that knowledge would have been too weighty for a 12 year-old. Jesus’ destiny was revealed to Him step by step by the Holy Spirit.

Likewise, there are details about our lives written on “scrolls” of destiny that unfold with purpose and accuracy and timing. We soon recognize that there are things we were passionate about yesterday that we have little interest in today. How our lives end may look quite different from how we began our journey because our yesterday was a stepping stone for today, just as our today will help us to transition to tomorrow.

Another example is seen in the life of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. He was a carpenter, and most likely the son of a carpenter (because sons usually assumed their fathers’ trades), but Joseph could not have guessed that his greatest assignment would be to protect the Christ child! God unfolded Joseph’s destiny to him through dreams and visions, one step at a time.

Some people feel confident about their steps because they have learned obedience and self-discipline and have enjoyed great success. While others may harbor regrets about some of their choices and decisions. Look no further than Moses who committed murder at age 40 in Egypt, and ran away to hide in the desert. He was pretty sure he had blown things. Still, God had chosen him to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt. At the age of 80, an older and wiser Moses was beyond surprised to learn that he was still the man selected for the job!

King David, beloved by God as a man after God’s own heart, committed some serious missteps that could surely have disqualified him from his destiny. But, David was quick to ask God’s forgiveness, and doing this set him back on track. Turning back to God (repentance) and seeking His forgiveness each time we veer off-track is a crucial step to ensure we arrive at our destinies.

Be encouraged, dear friend that nothing you have walked through has been a waste of time or without meaning. Chances are you are much wiser today than you were yesterday from the things you have experienced or learned. The Bible states that he or she who has been forgiven much, loves so much more deeply. In fact, there is an ever flowing fountain of gratitude from the heart that has sought forgiveness from God, the same God who willingly gave the life of His Son to pay the price for our forgiveness.

When our destiny seems delayed it does not mean it has been denied. Let us turn to our Father in heaven who has already calculated every step and misstep we will ever take. Psalm 121 assures us of this. “He will not allow your foot to be moved.” God watches over our lives as much as He watches over His Word…every step of the way!