Category Archives: Dreams

Our Struggle is Not with Flesh and Blood Part I

From the view of the underdog, it is very easy to believe that the fight we have is with flesh and blood, but the Bible teaches us of a more accurate truth. Our struggle is not with flesh no matter how dark or light their skin is, nor is it with blood, for though we know that the greatest enemy of mankind can often seem like those of our own household. The reality is we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Eph. 6:12) While the news will tell you the enemy is a woman or man, the posts on Facebook will tell you their black or white, the radio will tell you it’s the Republicans or Democrats. Whether it’s the internet or the television you can find someone who will feed to whatever your bend is. There is no shortage of sources that you can watch that could allow you to vacillate between the two, but the Bible makes this clear if this is your focus you’re wrestling with flesh and blood. If you can see your enemy, handle your enemy, put a name and face to your enemy then you’re fighting the wrong fight.  The enemy that Ephesians is exposing is unseen, the wickedness that exists in a higher place than where we are, we can’t reach it with our five senses. If we are using our manmade weapons of mass destruction we will miss the target.

The good news in this impossible situation just described is if we know who and what we are fighting then we can begin to consider what tools are available to reach the unseen enemy. Ephesians give us the answer on how we can fight this invisible enemy that operates in an area too high for us to reach. Ephesians 6:13 tells us to put on the whole armor of God. As King Saul did to David, so also the world wants to do to you, give you their artillery, even when it’s not working for them.  The world tells you the answer is a bigger gun yet those of us with the big guns still don’t feel secure against this war that is being waged on humanity. It is like Saul trying to suit up David for the run-in with Goliath. Yet, listen carefully to the response David had. He made it clear this isn’t going to work, I haven’t tried these things that you are trying to put on me. When I fought a bear and a lion I was successful with what I had. I’ve tried and seen that this works. (1 Sam 17:39) It is very important that you read up a few verses because you will see that David understood that the true power that he had was not in the physical weaponry, but in a clear trust through tried faith that YHVH would deliver him. David’s denial of King Saul’s armor represented a clear understanding that his tried faith in following YHVH using his slingshot and five smooth stones was more reliable than the untried armor that Saul’s soldiers used.

You don’t need what you think you need to fight the enemy of your soul, you need what God has faithfully used with you to get you through your battle.

David learned a lesson many of us have yet to learn, at an early age. Too often we discredit the gift God has given us thinking that our gift can’t measure up to the bells and whistles that the world would flaunt before us. Our gift of writing or our gift of music seems like a slingshot compared to Goliath’s sword, but the gift God has perfected in you is mightier then Goliath’s sword.

Ships Are Beginning To Sail

I had a dream last night (July 20, 2016) and it was a comforting dream. This doesn’t happen too often for me, but this dream was beautiful. In my dream Charlie and I were on a ship. This ship was a small ship it had a top deck for gathering and then it had a small area on the bottom. The boat wasn’t really made for large groups of people to stay on. In fact it was obvious that there was an owner of the ship who lived on the ship, but allowed others to ride on the ship. Every day we were on a different excursion and the ship ride was different for every group. We enjoyed the first ride so much that we took the ship again on its next excursion. In the lower part of the ship there was this medium size room that had dining tables and there was a bed in the far back. This is undoubtedly where the captain or owner of the ship slept. But he was willing to share his intimate space with complete strangers to expose them to this way of life. The sea was calm every time we traveled on it. Not even a ripple in the water. While we were traveling there were speakers, and not like a timeshare presentation, but just speakers who spoke thematically and it was clear there was substance in their speech for the listener not for the speaker.

The theme on each boat ride would be different each time and the activities were always new and fresh. There were different types of food available, just something for everyone. Everyone was happy on this boat. When we would go to different islands we would meet other people as we stopped. The islands were beautiful, and very accommodating and when we would share the experience we had on this boat others would want to come. Soon this boat experience became too big for one boat to handle. So the owner of the ship begin showing people how they could start their own ships and encouraged them to use the principles, but he didn’t lock them into doing it the way he did it. He focused on the Spirit of the approach, then he set them free to duplicate the model. Soon the waters were filled with these little small boats that continued the same approach going in different directions.

Then I saw how this connected to ships in the bible. In the case of Noah the world outside the boat was cursed and the few in the boats were blessed.

In Deut. 28 the prophecy reveals a people who inside the ship would be cursed, becoming a blessing to those who were outside the ship.

The nation began with a ship, a nation was cursed in a ship, and a nation will return again, could it be possibly by ship? (Gen. 15:13) I am reminded of the Messiah telling us in these days it will be as it was in the days of Noah. (Matt. 24:37)  While I know that doesn’t mean we will leave the way Noah did, but it does however, make me think of this dream. We know Ezekiel tells us of a greater Exodus that will take place in the future. (Eze. 20:34) Water was involved, in the original Exodus although ships were not, however, the people were all in one place Egypt versus this prophecy in Ezekiel which clearly indicates His people will be in multiple places when they are brought out. Thus it doesn’t negate the possibility of ships being used.

Another interesting thing about my dream that when I shared with my friend brings up another point. Who is the “owner” of this ship. In the dream I couldn’t describe them to you, only that it was a Him. He was such a major part of the dream yet his description was obscured. My friend suggested that this was the Holy Spirit.  We see this description of the Holy Spirit as the worker in the life of the Believer throughout scripture This Holy Spirit is mentioned when Mary meets with her cousin Elizabeth and the baby leaped within Elizabeth. Thus, the point is I can see how the captain would be the Holy Spirit who does the work within our vessels and though the foundation never changes the approach he uses to touch the hearts of his people does change.

As with many things with scripture I am sure there is more to this dream then what I received and pray that Yah will show you what I didn’t get.  I am merely sharing it for you, because the fact that the dream mentioned many ships and focused on sharing this good news with others indicate that this dream was given to me, but not just for me.  So for whom this dream is for I pray that you too will get what Yah has for you and share it with me and others. Your comments or thoughts are welcomed.