Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
`In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
(Acts 2:17-21 (NIV))
What do you think of when you talk about having a dream? What does a vision hold for you? Do you think of something negative and possibly scary? I honestly don’t think that this is what God is foretelling, for dreams that leave you scared are not really dreams. They are nightmares.
God does not intend to scare His people. He simply wishes to show us what He has planned. To those who love the Lord and claim salvation through the atoning blood of Jesus, God’s plans are not to be feared. It is the enemy’s plans that are to be feared. God gives us hope through the attacks of the enemy. He gives us grace to embrace what He has for us. He gives us visions to prepare us for what will be the return of Jesus.
I want you to stop and think about something.
Have you ever been able to associate the Holy Spirit with fear and terror?
The Holy Spirit was sent as a comforter and a teacher. He was sent to guide us through this world as God would desire for us to live. There is no fear in this guidance. There is only love. That love extends to us through the dreams and visions that God will pour out upon us. Dreams and visions that will guide us in His will during the last days.
I have spoken with some people who do not want to hear from God. They do not want to have any dreams or see any visions. They are afraid of what God will show them. Perhaps they are afraid of what God will call them to do once the dreams have been dreamed. Perhaps they are simply comfortable being in the crowd instead of being the one who proclaims the Word.
When the time that Acts speaks of are upon us, I pray that I may be receptive and open to whatever and however God will use me. I don’t simply want to be in the crowd. It is far too easy to be swayed. It is far too easy to become one of the lukewarm.
So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
(Revelation 3:16 (NIV))
I would rather dream dreams and see visions than to be called lukewarm. I pray that it is the desire of each and everybody who proclaims the name of Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.