In a recent series of dreams, the Lord spoke to me regarding a needed perspective change on the current spiritual battles we are facing. He is inviting many to a hidden place in Him where the enemy has no access and our faith can soar. He wants to remind us of the power of His covenant and His passionate commitment to our journey.
In many of these dreams I am flying. That means prayer and intercession – coming up higher to a place in the Spirit where our perceptions and beliefs change. This was the thrust of these dreams as He is calling many of us up to this place of intimate fellowship with Him.
I was in the cleft of a rock and HE was there along with His angelic guard. They were all discussing their anticipation of His glory breaking through to the earth and us truly KNOWING HIM as they do. I could sense the anticipation they felt and the wonder and awe of how it would happen. I saw several of them leave through a portal, one of them with a huge expanse of wings. They were smiling as they went and we followed.
I was caught up with this company in the air and I could feel the wind on my face as I took in the exhilaration and freedom of this journey high above the chaos below. I was seated beside Him, not even looking to where we were going. My spirit was fully alive and I was deeply satisfied just being with Him. Even as He was looking ahead, He was also looking at ME and gently brushed my forehead as reassurance.
I believe this is what is means to be “…seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6).” It is a place where all is well because HE is there. It is this place where true faith resides because it rests not on circumstances or other people, but on Him. Where He is, freedom reigns and victory is assured. In this place my spirit was not only at rest, but full of life and possibility!
From this place of joy and oneness with Him, I began to cry at the thought of others not knowing Him. I began to ask Him how we can know Him more, how others can find Him. I suggest, “Is it through prayer and fasting!?” I am not prepared for His response. He chuckles and simply says, “No…not THAT way!” I was shocked! I have always believed in prayer and fasting and its power to “break through!” However, I could tell He was not negating prayer and fasting. Rather, He was referring to the posture of heart.
I had been referring to prayer and fasting as an act of sacrifice, desperately trying to please Him, and even willing to pay a price. I knew it was this attitude He was countering. Even his face conveyed the longing in His heart for fellowship with us and His desire for us to seek Him for love and companionship, not as proof of our loyalty or commitment. Where our earthly perspective so often focuses on the battle, our adversary, and our attempts to fix things, it was evident His focus was on US. In His mind, the war has already been won. The enemy is merely an afterthought because all He can think about is being with us.
As if to punctuate this truth, the next thing I know, He took my face in His hands – and kissed me – on the mouth! It was not like any kiss I’ve had on this side of heaven. It was pure love; intentional and deliberate. It was like a SEAL that He placed upon me signifying His intent. Without any words, I knew He was showing me the POWER of HIS COVENANT. Just like a bridegroom kisses his bride upon the pronouncement of their union, so was the Lord confirming His covenant love for me. It was His promise that would carry me through and finish what was necessary. It was not up to me or my good works. It was this oneness with Him that was the goal, the prize, and the reward.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the LORD who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10 NIV).”
When I awoke, it was His kiss that I still felt as His presence surrounded my bed. I knew He wanted me to know how important this was. Even so, it was not my last dream. There was one more.
I was now in a thick forest, hidden by the brush. I was standing right at the edge of a cliff but I could feel my feet literally planted in the ground. I saw, in the distance, my enemy looking for me. Like an army general on a mission he was giving orders to his troops to find his prey. I felt emboldened by all that had previously taken place and thought I could face him now. I was ready to confront whatever was necessary in order to be free of him.
However, I found that the closer he got, the lower I got. With my feet still firmly planted in the ground, my body began to lay back in the brush so that he could not see me. I was eventually totally on my back on this cliff, still able to see him, but still hidden. He came right to the edge and looked out – and then I woke up.
When I asked the Lord what happened, He said I needed to get out of the way. With my feet now firmly planted in His covenant love for me, I could “lay back” and stay in a hidden place in Him so that He was now clear to take out my enemy. Where I thought it was time to confront my accuser, I realized it was actually the time to stay hidden and let the Lord deal with him.
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14 NIV).”
Though there are many strategies in prayer and spiritual warfare, I believe the Lord is calling some to this one. To come to the secret place with Him where faith will arise and His presence will overtake every enemy that threatens us. It is a place of standing firm – while lying down!
Ultimately, everything we are facing personally, corporately, and even as a nation, is for the sole purpose of being reconciled to HIM. This is the passion of His heart, the longing of His Spirit, and the pursuit of heaven.
He wants you to know that His covenant bond with you is stronger than you realize. Your breakthrough is not dependent on your striving, your religious rituals, or even your zeal. It is dependent on your ability to stay hidden with Him in the secret place. It is from that place of absolute oneness with Him that your spirit will know what to do.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:1-3 ESV).”