“THEY SHALL DREAM DREAMS”(Pt. 4)

“And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion…’I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.’ Then his companion answered and said, ‘This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon, the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp”(Judges 7:13-14).

DREAMS CAN GIVE US COURAGE TO FIGHT

The story of the exploits of Gideon would not be complete without the dream that the LORD God gave his enemy. The Midianites had for seven long years looted, pillaged and destroyed the crops and cattle of God’s people. The Angel of the LORD visited and called Gideon to lead his people to victory. In spite of this heavenly visitation, Gideon was still a little slow to believe that he in fact could be and do what he was being called to do. He had not yet learned this truth, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the Called”.

God knows our human frailties. Gideon is instructed by the Angel to sneak down to the enemies’ camp at night. In obedience, Gideon, under the cover of night gets there in time to hear the dream that the LORD gives to his enemy.  Further still,he hears the dream interpreted by his enemy! The significance of the “Barley loaf” was that it was the poorest of the poor food. It did not represent wealth, prominence or power, but that which is small and insignificant. The interpretation of this dream was, “This is Gideon”!  Thus Gideon knew beyond his self-doubt and fear that he was the guy to overthrow the power of their enemies.

Could it be that God is trying to get you to pay attention to your dreams? Are you being called by God to greatness in spite of your perception or that which others have held about you? God is wanting you to believe His promise that He will be with you to fight this battle and prevail.  God’s word for you is, “When the enemy comes in like a flood the LORD Himself shall raise up a standard against him”.  May your name be placed there as a point of honor for your courage and obedience. “The sword of the LORD and of Gideon”!

DREAMS CAN BRING COMFORT & HOPE

The prophet Zechariah had a series of dreams (Night Visions). Hidden in his name, Zechariah, is the secret of the message God had for His people who had returned home from their long Babylonian captivity. Zechariah’s name means “Whom the LORD remembers”.   Scattered? Yes…But not forgotten. Disciplined by God? Yes…But the nations were only the rod in God’s hand to return His wayward son,Israel, back into His loving arms. “I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the LORD their God, And I will heal them”(Zechariah 10:6 NKJV).

DREAMS HELP US REALIZE GOD FULFILLS PROMISES

When Phillip found Nathaniel announcing that the long awaited Messiah had arrived in Yeshua of Nazareth, Nathaniel was skeptical. His coming out of Nazareth did not fit into his neat religious,traditional “box”of Messiah’s appearing.   But when Jesus (Yeshua) speaks to his heart (by word of knowledge) to having seen him under the Fig tree, he dispels Nathaniel’s reservations and invites him into a new relationship with God.  He whole-heartedly embraces Yeshua, his Messiah, “King of Israel”.

Jesus further affirms Nathaniel’s belief by alluding to Himself as the fulfillment of Jacob’s dream of a ladder let down from heaven and Nathaniel’s longing.(Read Genesis 28:10-17 & John 1:47-51). Nathaniel would experience “Open heavens” as he watched the Kingdom of heaven manifest in the earth through Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.

May your dreams prepare you for the great change that the LORD is bringing into the earth in this hour. May you,friend of God, operate under an “Open heaven” as you step into the New Year.

Copyright(c) 2011,Walter Fletcher Jr., All rights are reserved.  This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from it’s original content.  Send all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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