Archive for May, 2012

Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

Did you know that a sign of the end times is an increase in prophetic dreams and visions? The Bible says,

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 and Joel 2:28 (NIV))

I have been experiencing spiritual and prophetic dreams more frequently over the past year. In future posts, I’ll share them and their meanings with you. But first, I want to tell you why I believe this is happening to me and how you can share in this blessing.

As we mentioned in our book, 7 Spiritual Truths and the Lies that Hide Them, God will speak to you in the way that He knows that you will listen. My husband actively looks for signs in nature showing that God is working with him on various things. Because of that, God sends signs through nature to my husband (these are big and obvious supernatural signs – the kind that would make you say, “Wow, did you see that?!”). In the book, we joke that if you believe that God will speak to you through billboards, then you better start looking at all of the billboards. But seriously, think about how you listen for God to speak to you. Is it through your feelings? Is it through visions? Does He talk to you out loud? Maybe he speaks to you through other people. I know a lot of people who were seeking God when suddenly someone came out of nowhere and helped them through their troubles with just the right supernatural advice.

You may have had a relationship with someone in which you knew what they were thinking before they even said anything. I would never presume to know what God is thinking, but once you know how He speaks to you, it becomes much easier to really KNOW that it is Him who is speaking. And then as your level of communication deepens, your relationship becomes more intimate.

These days I talk to God constantly, and I am constantly watching for His reply. Sometimes it comes with just a “Holy Spirit-type” feeling, but lately it’s been in dreams. Because I am open to hearing from God in dreams, He is using them to speak to me.

I am so excited about this new gift, and I am equally excited to share it with you!  I want you to feel like you are walking hand-in-hand with God each moment of each day, and to feel the closeness of your loving Father.

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Seed Planting

Last night at a banquet I watched someone receive an award. In her acceptance speech, she spoke about her faith, God, and even treasures in heaven. At the end of her speech, everyone applauded, but perhaps only a few knew that they had just witnessed the simplest form of evangelizing – planting a seed.

In the parable of the growing seed (Mark 4, 26-29) Jesus explains that the kingdom of God is like a seed that, once planted, grows on its own whether the planter knows it or not, whether he is sleeping or awake. Jesus was the master of planting seeds. The Bible is full of instances where Jesus does something, sometimes something miraculous, and then plants a seed by saying “your faith has healed you,” or “I am here to do the will of him who sent me.” Really, that’s all that the lady had said to the banquet audience last night. She had done a lifetime of good works for which she was being recognized, and she basically said, “I’m just doing God’s will.” That’s a seed that will take root and grow within each person at that event. It will grow on its own, gradually and mysteriously, but it will grow nonetheless.

So the next time you think you weren’t called to evangelize, or don’t have the ability to spread God’s word, just remember that planting seeds can be as effective as a three hour sermon. When someone compliments your looks, tell them you were made in God’s image. When someone praises your good works, tell them you are doing God’s work. When you part ways, tell them “God bless you.” Then watch those seeds grow!

Why “Arming the Saints?”

You may have wondered why we are called Arming the Saints Ministries. The short answer is because helping to equip current believers with knowledge and information is what God placed on our hearts many years ago. It came from a broken-hearted realization that we – and many of our Christian brethren – often did not know why we believed what we believed, and that we were often unaware of the authority we possess as believers to operate in both the natural and supernatural worlds.

After years of studying, researching, and plain ol’ on-the-job life training, we realized that we had to strive to acquire more supernatural education and share it with the world!

God sent me to Denver Seminary to expand my knowledge and give me the tools to research and write our book. When I say “our” book, I mean the book that God gave me the information to write – thus, “we” equals God, me, and Tim. The book is called:

“7 Spiritual Truths and the Lies that Hide Them

Supernatural 101 for Arming the Saints”

I will be giving you snippets from the book and I will often refer back to it in many of our upcoming blogs. If you would like more information about the book, you can find it on our Arming the Saints website at www.armingthesaints.com


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