A Ladder, a Sword and a Challenge

If I gave you a real sword, would you store it ‘safely’ away, or would you be curious enough to actually learn how to use it?

My Dream

Scene One – A Ladder

I was trying to get back to someplace but wasn’t certain which way to go. I became more and more concerned as time went on. I had to ask several people along the way. Seems as if sometimes I was driving and other times walking. At one point I had to climb a ladder to get to another level in a building.

Scene Two – A Sword

In scene two there was a little boy, African American, kinda chubby, maybe 10 years old. He had a class or some type of camp with other little boys to join. For some reason I was responsible for him, although I don’t believe he was my child. I took him to one of the class sessions, to which we arrived late. Consequently, the class had already started. I discovered that this particular class was a lesson on how to use swords. The kicker was that they were real! As we waited to enter the class, the instructor came out of the classroom and closed the door. Only the three of us were in the waiting room, and he gave the little boy his sword. It was still sheathed, thankfully, I thought. The boy began to walk around the room with it, saying random things, just sort of bouncing around and playing by himself, as kids do. He eventually settled in a particular corner on the opposite side of the room and stayed there, haphazardly handling the sword. I just watched him, still shocked that such young kids were given real swords to practice with. He didn’t realize that what he held was a potentially dangerous thing. I was quite concerned he may hurt himself or others and began to voice my concerns to the instructor.

Scene Three – A Challenge

Some other people and I were detectives or investigators — but with unusually high intellectual levels — and were tasked to find solutions to extremely difficult problems. We were presented with problem after problem, all seemingly impossible but somehow we would figure out the solution. It seems as if this part of the dream occurred over and over, quite a few times.

An Interpretation

To discover new levels of knowledge and understanding, we must first seek — research, learn, pray, ask, study. God’s word is no different. When reading it, we need to go deeper. If we come across a difficult passage, we should keep reading, investigate cross referenced scriptures and ask questions, with spiritual antennas at attention. We must search for the right ‘ladders’ upon which to climb. In this manner, we discern what God has to say to us, how we are to live and what we are to do.

Just like the little boy in my dream who didn’t realize the power in his hands, sometimes, we see God’s word — a sword to be used by His people — as something to place on a shelf, perhaps to ‘play’ with occasionally, but only briefly, not with passionate interest or pursuit.

Do you desire to be stagnant in your work life? In your personal life goals? I’m confident that most would answer, “No.” Your spiritual life should be no different. ” … By this time you ought to be teachers …” (Hebrews 5:12). In other words, if you have been a believer for a while, your spiritual knowledge and maturity should have grown such that you are able to teach. Just as a baby grows with time and no longer needs only milk but also solid food, your spiritual life should continually improve and be effective as you overcome challenges.

A Word

If I gave you a real sword, would you store it ‘safely’ away, or would you be curious enough to actually learn how to use it?

Once we get into a rhythm of spiritual growth, of ‘climbing’ upward and forward, we learn how to deal with certain circumstances and how to use the authority God gives us in His word. How are we to use this authority? By speaking the words He’s given us, declaring them over our lives. How did God create the world we live in? By speaking. Words really do matter.

In fact, when you speak God’s word, you are actually wielding a sword.

“God’s word is alive and working and is sharper than a double-edged sword. It cuts all the way into us, where the soul and the spirit are joined, to the center of our joints and bones. And it judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NCV)

We should master the art of the sword, the ongoing study of God’s word, so that we are fully equipped to know how and when to use it. With our sword in hand, we can thwart the enemy’s traps and free ourselves from the miry clay (Psalm 40:2). In short, we can receive healing for our souls and consequently affect major life change for ourselves, our families, and strangers, alike.

Like the investigators in Scene Three of my dream, we can find solutions to life’s most difficult challenges, for with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37 CJB). And if we are with Him, we have the supremely beneficial gift of His word, a sharp sword, glistening with power, ready for battle and poised for victory against all enemies. We just need to pick it up — and use it. Selah.

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Listen: Even in Your Dreams … There’s Power in the Name

“… it is one of the ways God communicates with us. Likewise, the enemy can attempt to do the same …”

The Dream

I was in a room with a comfortable chair that had a large cushion. The cushion had buttons in various places, as some cushions do. All of a sudden, I didn’t see anyone but felt a presence, and at the same time saw impressions being made into the cushions, as if something invisible was punching it over and over.

Immediately I recognized it as an evil spirit and began to shout “Jesus!” However, there was no sound coming out of my mouth. I was screaming as hard as I could and tried several times, but it was as if something was holding back my vocal cords! It strained me but I didn’t give up. Finally, whatever the evil spirit was, it ceased its hold, and I woke up. 

The Revelation

The enemy tries to hold us back in many areas of our lives. He also does this in our dreams, spiritually, for in the spirit realm is where the enemy operates.

When we are asleep, our spirit is still awake. This is why we can receive dreams from God that contain messages or are symbolic of warnings or things to come; it is one of the ways God communicates with us. Likewise, the enemy can attempt to do the same, but his communication will only seek to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

Why does the enemy come to us in the spirit? In short:

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers of this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

In my dream, the thing the enemy tried to block in the spirit was sound, specifically the sound I was attempting to make with my voice. How did God make the world? He made it with sound from his voice. He created everything with his voice. He spoke. And there was. Period.

So, when the enemy tries to stop your voice from saying the name of Jesus or whatever it is you’re trying to say while you’re dreaming, he is trying to block something from happening in your life. Perhaps it is indicative of a warning that what you are going through right now is the enemy trying to crush God’s plans, even silence His voice in your life.

You have power

The enemy knows that your words are powerful, and he wants to eliminate that power as much as he can. As long as you have a voice, you can wield spiritual power that manifests natural blessings, goodness, favor, mercy, grace and destiny, in accordance with God’s word. And for my mute brothers and sisters, you can ‘speak’ in your mind; God will still hear you through your spirit.

If you are reading God’s word, listening to Him, praying to Him and trusting Him for the answers— delighting yourself in Him—He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).

Let’s look at that verse with an emphasis on “give you.” It’s not that He gives you what you desire on your own; it’s that He gives you what He wants you to have because He knows what’s perfectly best for you. 

And so, as we listen to God, He begins placing the desires we should have in our heart. Since He is the one who put them in our heart, they align with the promises in His word, according to His purpose for our lives. 

Out of the heart the mouth speaks, right? So, we begin speaking about our heart’s desires and about God’s promises, praying about them, declaring their manifestations in our lives. God has promised us in His word that we will declare a thing and it will be established for us (Job 22:28). That makes perfect sense because, again, words have power. The underlying understanding here, of course, is that those words have to line up with His will. 

It’s like this: When you are employed, your employer grants you certain benefits. The benefits are made known and are available for you to use. However, you have to actually do something to use them. For medical benefits, you have to find a doctor, go to the dentist, decide to try the chiropractor, etc. If you don’t take the initiative to make an appointment, and then actually show up, you won’t reap the rewards of the benefits, right? If you do nothing but read about the benefits, they’re still available—but you have to act to take advantage of them.

There are blessings available for us in the spirit, but sometimes, we have to use the power of our words to receive them. Such authority is given to us as children of God, adopted through belief in His son. I say “sometimes” simply because God can do whatever He wants to do, including giving us a blessing when we didn’t ask for nor declare it.

What’s the main point here?

Open your mouth. Despite the enemy’s attempts to silence you—in dreamland or ‘awake land’—speak God’s word. Speak His promises. Speak the powerful name of Jesus. Speak what the Holy Spirit tells you to speak. Out loud. With confidence. With declaration. And expect God‘s goodness to rain all over your parade.

To those of you who have never experienced such dreams before, I am not crazy. I have experienced these types of dreams more than once. And so have others I’ve personally known about or heard about. If the enemy ever comes after you in this way, just invoke the power and authority you have in speaking the name of Jesus. By this power you can be delivered from the enemy’s attempt to block what God has for you, whether spiritually, in your dreams, or naturally, in your life. God has already delivered us from the power of darkness (Col 1:13)—just stand up and declare it to activate this benefit: speak the name of Jesus.

By His name, we are strengthened (Acts 3:16), given the power to cast out demons and speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17), and gifted with eternal salvation:

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).