Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I dreamt that...

I was standing by the side of a lake and on the other side of the same lake, was a lady dressed in the chinese fighting martial arts outfit. She stood about 50 metres away from me, on a grey rock that protruded out from the lake's bank. She seemed to be preparing to fight something, judging from the way she looked poised to take on anything.

Then, i looked up towards the sky and i saw an orange, red and yellow pheonix dive from the clouds and swoop down to attack the woman. She did some really solid kungfu moves and she defeated it.

Next, from the same spot in the sky, i saw a green demon dive down as well with bulging eyes and horns and all, to attack the woman who stood on the rock. With almost little effort, she skillfully fought the demon and chopped off its head.

Now, the context of this dream is that it's like Earth, where spiritual things aren't normally seen by everyone. Somehow, i knew that it was because God allowed me to see what was happening. So as you can imagine, i was utterly thrilled to see something i "wasn't suppose to see" and i felt really privileged.

As i stood on the side of the lake, i quizzically asked God 2 questions: "God, why did you allow me to see what i just saw?"

He said, "You see, in the physical world, we tend to see people who fight the spiritual war in a strange light. We think they believe in weird things and behave in odd ways because we cannot see what they can see and we cannot see what they are fighting against. For example, if i did not allow you to see the appearance of the adversaries, you would have thought that that woman was fighting thin air. You would have thought she was behaving a bit oddly."

Then i asked him, "But i am also your child, i am a Christian too, why did the phoenix and demon not see and attack me? Why did they/you spare me and go to that woman?"

And God said: "It is because she is grounded in the Word (the Bible, which is the word of God) and strong, so therefore she is more equipped to fight."

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For the first message, i took this to mean that i should be more open with what God's people are doing today. Some of them claim to be doing something in the supernatural and they most certainly behave strangely! Which i always find disturbing. But i guess, if these people are moving in God's authority and power, than i should support them in spirit and truth.

That being said, i should also always test the spirit behind every deed and claim. It's because nowadays, as the world comes to an end, the devil is coming to deceive God's people and lead them away from God with all the trickery he can muster.

For the second message, it seems pretty clear to me that it's time i should be reading and digesting the bible through and through!

Interestingly, i have just bought a 365 day daily devotional that requires me to just spend a short time with God, with a verse and a short para on God's character and a reflection. It doesn't take much time to spend with God. The reason why i bought it was because i found that other devotionals tended to throw too many things at me in a short time, without allowing me to focus and meditate slowly on the word, God's character or whatever the devotions is focusing on. Admittedly, i don't spend enough time with God than i would like to.

Because of the brief nature of the devotional, it means that i do not delve deeply and cover the bible extensively. Which i guess... seems to be a problem.

Of course being a critical person and a psych student and all, i am led to wonder if the dream is an expression of my guilt or whether it is really God telling me something. I suppose the logic and orderliness of the dream is quite astounding and the messages are biblical. I must say that the 2 issues are issues that i find hard to address in my Christian life: dealing with the supernatural and being familiar with the bible.

So. Yes. Do you find this thought provoking? I hope you do, because to me it might just change my life.

12 comments:

Rose in Bloom said...

Hmm...what are we fighting against in the spiritual world? Are we fighting against the devil so we can lead a good life that God promised?

joline said...

rose in bloom:

Hm. I would think that fighting against the devil can take different forms. Like for instance, overcoming the strongholds in our lives that bring us down and away from God, perhaps going out of our comfort zones to love others and leading them to Christ. Perhaps also like moving forward with the authority of God, with the Holy Spirit in us, to do God's work.

kev said...

Jn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

1Pet 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

maybe these 2 verses can help ya discussion? =)

Issy said...

the thought provoking part for me is...YOU DREAMT OF A GREEN DEMON??????!!!! I'll probably be scared s***less and shouting the name of Jesus out loud and asking the lord to take me away from this dream...

i'm amazed! hahahaha...

but that aside, the supernatural stuff some christians are involved with do scare me sometimes...and i think the best thing to do like you say is to ask the lord about them and i believe check the bible :)

Anonymous said...

you are nuts. It is only a dream. that is what the Lord will say.

joline said...

kev:

hey kev, thanks. yes, it does help to mull over those verses. maybe it might help Anon understand too if we go a bit deeper.

issy:

HAHAHAHAA... oh, trust me, it was a bit eerie yes, but it really was fascinating too! Somehow, perhaps it was meant to be educational than freaky. hahaha.

Anon:

Sometimes, God speaks through dreams really. Not all the time, but at times. :-) Even significant people in the bible have had dreams from God that came true.

Rose in Bloom said...

actually when I read the post, the first thought in my mind was "maybe you watched too much kung fu panda ...:P"

joline said...

rose in bloom:

haha, no lah. king fu panda so long ago already......

zen said...

the way i interpret this dream is god is telling u this woman u saw is somewat another u. he is telling u dun give up. u have all the strength within u to fight ur 'demons'.watever 'demons' u have within u now.
wich brings me to another story i read recently. It is about a man having a conversation with god. god told him there are 2 sets of snow prints becos god is walking the journey with him. then the man asked, "but how come at some point, there are only 1 set of prints?" u see, he doubted god is with him all the while. then god smiled and said" i m within u during those tough times, thats why WE have only one set of foot prints in the snow' have u come across this story??

Dominic. said...

yeay jo!! i'm not alone in dreaming supernatural dreams...hehhee...

there was once i was taking an evening nap...cut the long story short, in the dream i encountered a demon with literally a dark, gruesome countenance...and it strangled and wrestled with me (in my living room)...

...some parts of the house had this eerie crimson light shining..and it was really freaky...when i was being strangled, all i could do was to use the Name of Jesus and tongues to combat it...and it worked, after some bit of resistance...

yup...cheers...and our God reigns! ;)

joline said...

dominic:

woah seh. were you like reading Revelations before taking your nap or something?

so after tt, does your living room give u the creeps? or it doesn't really makes difference.

joline said...

zen:

:-) Sounds plausible too.

And that is a touching illustraion of God's love for us, yes? :-D