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Prophecy

Alignment & Acceleration

Upon reflection of 2017, a major theme has been highlighted to me: "ALIGNMENT"

 

Maybe this means the Lord has aligned you with "your tribe", a significant other or brought you into a church you now consider "home." Perhaps you've made some personal adjustments in your life which have brought you into better alignment with God's purpose and plan for your life.

Maybe you've experienced some amazing "God appointments" or kairos moments where God revealed Himself in obvious ways. 


Goals

It's common and healthy to spend some time reflecting on our accomplishments the past year and evaluate what goals we wish to achieve in the coming year. I'm a big goal setter and as a coach, it's been my practice to have an ongoing plan of action to actually reverse engineer the steps it takes to achieve those goals. I utilize a formula I learned through my company, Keller Williams called a 4-1-1. It's a system that allows you to set annual goals and them break them down to action steps for monthly markers and weekly strategies. 

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.    -Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

Vision

I can't help but believe that although the Lord likes that we set goals and plans, He's more interested in us capturing His vision.

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision And engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets So that the one who reads it will run. -Habakkuk 2:2 (AMP)

Since it's 2018 and we no longer have clay tablets to etch, we have the equivalent: Paper! So keep your pen and notebook at your fingertips to record what you sense the Lord is showing you.

Reminder: God is looking more for your AVAILABILITY than your ABILITY. He doesn't call the "qualified," He qualifies the called!

he said, "Listen to my words: "When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.
-Numbers 12:6 (NIV)

Dreams

How COOL! God loves to reveal Himself and what He's up to in dreams! I've done some biblical research on dreams and found that each time they are referenced in the bible, they were a prophetic indication of future events. Sometimes they were symbolic, often times an encouragement and sometimes a warning. 

In the blog, "Are Dreams from God" I share a bit more on this. Check it out!


Prophetic Gifting

  • Have you been dreaming a lot more lately and you wake up with
  • Has God been downloading BIG vision in you?

These are indications that you have a prophetic gifting on your life! How exciting! I speak to people often who confess they have some confusion about the spiritual gifts. I get it. I admit I really struggled with understanding and embracing the gift of prophecy myself. After all, it's hard to embrace something you don't understand, right? In all honesty, I was actually kind of critical. Until I turned my criticism to curiosity and diligently went on a quest to learn about the prophetic, now I understand that this was a gift I'd always had I just didn't know it, understand it or know how to use it. 

If you are seeking to learn more about the gift of prophecy, one of the BEST resources I can recommend is Havilah Cunnington's eCourse, "Prophetic Personalities"  or take the FREE quiz, "Discover Your Prophetic Personality Type"

You can also check out:

Christmas Season for the Empaths, Intercessors and Prophetically Gifted

 

2018 = The year of ACCELERATION!

Friend, buckle up because I believe with my entire being that 2018 is the year of ACCELERATION. The dreams and visions God has put on your heart....even ones from long ago will begin to manifest! Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, your ears attune to His Word, your hands open to receive, your feet ready to MOVE and your heart postured in a permanent position of "Yes and Amen!"

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
-Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Watch the Facebook Live video about Visions | Dreams | Embracing Prophetic Gifts

 
 

By the way, have we connected on my new Facebook page yet? If not, here's your invitation. That's where you can keep up to speed on all that's happening in my world and get encouraged through live vidoes like these as we walk this journey of life out together!

 
 

What are some dreams and visions you've been given for the coming year? Please share in the comments below!

Are Dreams from God?

Have you ever wondered if your dreams are from God? 

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I recently had a friend share a dream with me that she felt was from God. Then naturally she questioned it and wondered if it were her own psyche (soul) and desires (flesh) that conjured up this dream because it happened to be in alignment with her deepest desire.

As I draw in closer to God and study His Word and understand His majesty and sovereignty, I am a firm believer that dreams and visions are in fact a powerful communication method between God and us. Sometimes dreams are literal, sometimes they are symbolic and we know this when we study the scriptures.


Every time dreams are mentioned in scripture, they’re always a message from God. Not one time are we given an example of a dream that is NOT from God. So then, why do we question our dreams or feel like they’re completely unrelated to God communicating with us?


I believe dreams and visions are an amazingly wonderful and powerful way for God to communicate with us because we’re in a place of rest, we’re “outside our minds” meaning we’re not alert and analyzing and trying to conceptualize and understand everything so this creates an openness and calmness for Him to speak to us. We’re also not fully attune to our soul- our psyche, our feelings and emotions when we’re in a place of rest. When we’re asleep, we’re in a semi-disconnected state from our physical and emotional awareness and it’s a place of peace and surrender…what better time for God to communicate with us?!

Things to consider when trying to decipher what God is trying to say through dreams and visions:

  1. Does it align with His Word?
  2. Does it align with His CHARACTER?
  3. Does it give you a deep, unexplainable, incomprehensible sense of KNOWING?
  4. Does it give you an overwhelming sense of peace and clarity?
  5. Does it give you a prompting to do, say, act in a way that would glorify God?

Then, yes…I believe your dream is a direct message from God to you! Praise the Lord!

We too often overlook this powerful way God communicates with us because we doubt it and question if it’s our own fleshly desire. In reality, this is one of God’s most profound ways of SHOWING us what our eyes can’t yet see. Don’t dismiss or discredit your dreams and visions if they bring you a deep sense of peace, joy and confidence. It’s God’s way of SHOWING you what’s up!

Are dreams prophetic?

Now, we can also see in scripture that God often gives a dream/vision as a prophetic view into the future but it may not come to pass immediately. 

Look at Joseph, for example. He was given a dream that his family would bow down to him in respect. (Genesis 37). Well they sold him into slavery and for many years Joseph had to deal with crazy opposition, false accusation, imprisonment, etc. It wasn’t until many, MANY years later did this dream become a reality.  (Genesis 50:15-21)

What about nightmares?

So you may ask, “Well what about nightmares?” Are those evil or an attack from Satan?

Well first off, are we given any stories in scripture about satanic dreams? Does the Bible ever allude to dreams being infiltrated from the deceiver, the father of lies? No. At least I haven't found one yet. I feel like this should be a solid conclusion that the devil has no power or authority to mess with us through dreams.

Let’s take a look at King Nebuchadnezzar’s terrifying nightmares in Daniel 2 and Daniel 4. These nightmares were used as symbolic prophetic warnings about what was to come if he did not change his heart. They were still sent from God as a means to get his attention and change his heart and behavior.

To read more about dreams mentioned in the bible, check out this awesome resource: “How Did God Use Dreams and Visions in the Bible?”

 

Let's Connect! 

Have you had any prophetic dreams you’d like to share? Comment below!