In this dream I was backstage at a theater. The audience was settling into their seats, anticipating the start of a performance.
A man came to me and said “we will begin our performance shortly”. Concerned, I realized that my fellow performers and I were not prepared; we had never even once practiced our roles!
Highly offended that we should be expected to perform under such circumstances, I emphatically exclaimed that we were being asked to do what we had never done before, and by reason of lack of experience, we would fail!
The man replied, “Yes, you can do it. I’ve done it many times and it’s been fine; it has turned out well.”
I answered, “Prove to me in writing, that it works!” Then, not waiting for his response, I angrily turned away from him and headed for the exit door.
End of dream –
Follow up dream a few nights later: Again, I and a few others were on the backstage of a theatre. As in the previous dream, with no preparation or practice, each of us was soon to perform before an audience.
It came my turn, but I’d not even been provided with the script. Feeling a bit panicked and needing direction, I looked on the wall where we would normally find the script posted, but there was no document.
In a chair just off of the stage sat an older gentleman with a notebook in his lap. He was acting as a “prompter”, providing each person with their lines and instruction, just as we were to go onto the stage and perform them.
I was agitated and argumentative with the prompter, angry because we were not given instruction or an opportunity to practice before being asked to perform in front of an expectant audience. I was fearful of looking the fool and failing in my assignment.
He briefly listened to my complaining, then merely smiled and proceeded to provide me with my lines and what I was to do.
End of dream –
The theater represents the “stage” of life. Our light will shine brightly as we reflect the glory of God to others, or will never be seen, due to our indifference, laziness, cowardice or refusal to step into a role for which Satan tells us we’re “not adequately prepared”.
The “audience” are people who watch and wait to see how the “next act” in the drama plays out… Soon, many who now ignore, discredit or even hate Christians, will in desperation seek those of us who walk in Jesus’ power, authority and spiritual peace, those whom they see doing the miraculous in Jesus’ name (consider it end times triage). [John 14:12, Mark 16:15-20]
The man in both dreams represents the Holy Spirit. He is telling us that we are needed to perform upon the world’s stage, so that many may be drawn away from the grasping clutches of hell, and into a marvelous saving relationship with Jesus!
He assures us that He will guide each of our next steps as we do what He tells us to do, when and how He directs. It is simply our responsibility to say, mean and act upon the sincere expression of “here am I, send me”, then entrust the outcome to Him. We’re responsible only for doing our part, knowing that He alone is then responsible for the outcome!
My demanding that the man “prove to me in writing that it works” really perplexed me. I wondered, just exactly how does someone “prove in writing”, that something will work?
I asked God what was meant and He pointed out that He has already “proven it in writing”. Scripture gives numerous examples of people (many times very reluctantly) obeying and succeeding, when God asked them to do the seemingly impossible!
I.e. God found Moses in the wilderness, tending sheep and hoping to live out his days in obscurity. We all know the magnitude of what God did through him, once he quit making excuses and decided to trust Gods plan. Little could he have imagined, the incredible things that would come from his obedience.
God found Gideon threshing grain in a wine press, to hide the Israelites limited food supply from the Midianites. He greatly feared them and believed himself incapable of even participating in, not to mention leading an uprising and battle against them. He asked God to perform a dog and pony show to prove that it was really the Lord speaking. God twice granted his request, even having a couple of enemy warriors discuss their upcoming defeat at the hands of Gideon and his God, within his hearing. By the miraculous hand of God, he and a mere 300 men completely routed 135,000 enemy warriors.
Sometimes the people of Israel had to join the fight, other times the only requirement was obedience in showing up at the battlefield, ready and willing to fight. There were times when the Lord miraculously gave the victory to Israel, without their even needing to lift a weapon, such was the “battle” of Jericho! [also see 2 Chronicles 20:21-23]
My refusal because I did not feel “adequately prepared” and being offended that I was being asked to do something outside of my comfort zone, is the response that most of us give even to God. We often respond with spiritual sounding version of “are you serious?!”, when what we’re asked to do is beyond our personal abilities or previous experience.
God is not interested in our personal abilities, experience or skill. If we look to scripture, we see that He most commonly chose the unqualified and ill-prepared through which to accomplish the amazing! He needs only our sincere trust, faith in His promises and complete obedience. Once He has those, He will handle what is in His opinion “the small stuff”. His strength is made perfect when we are weak in our own abilities.
True followers will be called to do things that we have never in our wildest imagining thought that we would or could do. We will prevail in spiritual battles against the powers of Darkness as we enjoin the battle, using the authority and empowerment given to us by our Great God!
Are you both ready and willing? It is He rather than ourselves, who enables us to meet so great a challenge. What He says He will do, will happen, with the rewards promised to the faithful being beyond our wildest imagining!
He needs the obedient to actively engage the forces of hell, setting them to flight. We CAN DO THIS as we march under His power, authority, and spiritual protection. We each have strategic assignments to fulfill in the coming battles. He urgently calls for “all hands-on deck” as we do spiritual battle on behalf of ourselves, family, friends and our neighbors (by Gods definition of the word)!
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:15-20
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. 2 Chronicles 20:21-23