In a recent dream, I had just given birth and within a few short hours I was walking out the front door with this new baby on a small platform. I was cradling it in my arms knowing that this platform the baby was resting on was meant to present this new life to the world. By the time I got in my car, this baby had already grown to the point of sitting up and talking and communicating with my driver.
Many people are having dreams about giving birth because this is a season of creative expansion and multiplication. Whether it is ministries, networks, businesses, initiatives, or some other creative endeavor, the Holy Spirit is bringing forth new expressions of the kingdom that are exuding with supernatural life and power. Even for those that are just now giving birth to these things, there will be a sudden increase and growth that is exponential and seemingly unnatural. This growth will not follow the previous patterns of growth, but will seem to expand and increase overnight. This is in order to bring forth the greatest fruit with the greatest grace.
The “platform” that the baby was resting on represents the platforms of many initiatives that are being birthed along with the new works. Where the tendency is to usually look for an established “ministry platform” or well-known connection in order to present a new work or idea, the Lord is saying that He is also birthing many new platforms. These venues and means of presentation and promotion will be complimentary to that which is birthed and will grow along with the new work. To those who are feeling the birth pangs of these new things, expect to also birth innovative ways of communicating, sharing, presenting, and collaborating in the kingdom. Do not simply look for that well-known person who will open the door for you; that highly successful ministry or company that will promote you; that established business that will take you on. You are actually going to pioneer something totally new – something never done before! You will give birth to your own platform.
In the next dream, the Lord showed why He is doing this…
In this dream I was touring a new house I was considering buying. It looked like an Italian Villa with soaring ceilings, stucco walls and pillars, verandas, and all the pomp and circumstance of high living. It was impressive and I was anticipating the reality of living in this “dream home.”
However, as I walked through I began to see problems. There was a leak in the roof above the porch area. The bedrooms were actually in the hallways cleverly hidden by curtains. The bathrooms were old, and there was a dead rat on the kitchen floor. It slowly dawned on me in the dream that though this house would certainly appear impressive to those on the outside, the inner workings were not updated, didn’t provide adequate protection or provision, and had holes. My “dream home” was simply not adequate for what I knew I needed – or who I had become.
The Lord is showing that there are new WINESKINS that are needed to HOUSE the fresh wine of the Spirit. What you thought might “house” your ministry, your business, or your dream, might not be what God has in mind for you. He might actually have something much better. More than just appearances, His design is for His sons and daughters to bring forth ministries and initiatives that have abundant provision, supernatural protection from the enemy, healthy relationships, and are free from strongholds of the past. This is what will bring forth long-lasting fruit for generations to come! Start thinking differently and listen to your heart. You may carry the seeds of something never done before. Take a risk and consider the possibility of what God might want to bring forth in you and through you!
As I continued to pray into this, the Lord reminded me how much He has been speaking about healthy relationships and FAMILY. Many prophetic voices have been speaking of the importance of family relationships and especially healthy relationships in the family of God. It was said near the end of last year, in regard to the Church, that the “…SMALL is the NEW BIG.” Rather than assuming churches should seek to become larger and that bigger is better, the Lord is saying that COMMUNITY will become increasingly strategic and powerful for believers. It is not the size, but the quality of relationships that will determine the effectiveness of the kingdom.
The new wineskins the Lord is forming are built out of relationships, not structures.
For some, if you have wondered why things are not moving faster or you feel stuck in a rut – consider your relationships. The Lord is adamant about timely and effective collaboration and the sons and daughters working together. He will actually limit your movement and success if you try to act on your own. It will only be when you are rightly aligned with the right people that you will see momentum again. He is also sovereignly closing some doors to connections that you thought were good. This is not a sin issue or personal failing, but a matter of being properly aligned with those with the same values, heart connection, and call. What you can’t see right now – He does. Trust Him with the doors He is opening AND the ones He is closing.
God knows who YOU need to be connected to in order to bear the most fruit. Not everyone will be doing the same thing the same way. Much creativity is ahead. If there doesn’t seem to be an “outlet” for you right now, it’s because it hasn’t been birthed yet! Pray for this birthing process and season of new beginnings. Pray that your heart would be rightly postured and ready to respond when the water breaks. Pray to be rightly aligned with those whom the Lord is sovereignly putting in your path in this season.
We are entering a season of unprecedented creative innovation and design. He is taking us back to the garden where He created us to steward all that He has given us. He is reminding us of the JOY of being life-givers and ones who grow and multiply that which we give life to. He is taking us back to His standard of growth, expansion, and productivity which is supernatural and MASSIVE.
To the dreamers and visionaries who are about to give birth to their dream – prepare for the unexpected and plan for the unknown. The One who has been feeding your dream is also preparing your presentation. Do not limit Him – or yourself. Know that the God inside of you is even bigger than the God around you. That which is coming forth will surprise many, but it will be a beautiful manifestation of what the Creator put in you from the very beginning.