In a recent series of dreams, the Lord spoke to me regarding the importance of being ready to enter into a season of immense creativity, innovation, and fruitfulness. The coming of His Spirit is not only unto the culmination of an amazing love story, but a journey of partnership with heaven on earth. The Lord is knocking at our door with some amazing gifts, but we must be ready to join Him in the work ahead.
As He came to the door in my dream, the overarching reality was that I was NOT ready. Though I had been expectant and joyfully preparing for His coming, I had been so busy getting THINGS ready, doing special projects, and making Him gifts, I had not gotten myself ready. I thought I had time, but I had gotten distracted. Not only was I not ready, I had forgotten what I was going to wear. I thought I had it all planned out, but now I realized I had no clue what I was going to wear.
This is an exhortation for us as believers. Even as we faithfully work unto the Lord, we must remember it is ultimately not about what we do but who we are. WE are the ones He is coming for. WE are the apple of His eye and the joy of His heart. We prepare ourselves by spending time in His presence. Our identity (what we are “wearing”) comes from being with Him, not from doing things for Him. We are not identified by what we do, but who and Whose we are. We must set ourselves apart as HIS. This takes time. Just as getting ready for a date takes special time and attention, so we must prepare our hearts and lives to be ready for this next season with Him.
He showed in the dream that some have forgotten who they are. We have unknowingly started to compare ourselves with one another (2 Cor 10:12). Even in our desire to be effective in our gifting and call, we can easily take our eyes off The One we are to reflect and try to look like or be like someone else. Yet, each one of us has been uniquely created to express a different aspect of our Creator. This is the amazing reality of how big our God is. Each one of us is a different expression of His heart and character. Ultimately, we will reflect what we focus on. We must keep our focus on our Lord and reflect more and more of HIS nature and qualities, not someone else’s.
Not only is He telling us to get ready, but He is showing us what to expect. When He came to my door in the dream, He came bearing two specific gifts. One was a beautifully stitched quilt that was made by His Father. Every square of this quilt was a different chapter of our story together. It was years in the making – even generations. Every part of our life together had been knit into this quilt. The detail was amazing and as I turned it over, I saw the marks of Jesus’ life on this masterpiece. It was as if His blood, sweat, and tears had fused into the quilt as a lasting reminder of the price He paid for it. The immense love and attention that went into this covering deeply moved my heart. It was evident that He, too, had been preparing – for years – for this time together.
Jesus wants us to remember our story. Even through the trials, troubles, and heartaches, a beautiful tapestry has been woven. His love has marked every one of our chapters. The Father has used every circumstance in our journey to create a unique testimony of His love and redemption for the world to see. We can’t forget this. It is to be celebrated. Even the blood, sweat, and tears have divinely marked our storyline that gives supernatural grace and power to overcome; not only our past, but our present and even our future. He is telling us, He’s got this. He’s covering us and we can rest in that.
The second gift He brought was a bag of craft materials. As I opened it up, I was struck by how He had chosen materials that were so specific to things that I liked doing. This gift was an invitation to spend time with Him as we continued this journey together. He knew exactly what I was good at and what I enjoyed doing and had specially prepared these projects to do together. I could feel the joy in His heart as He anticipated the days ahead when we could work side by side on these projects.
This is the season that is ahead for the Bride. The Holy Spirit will be poured out in days to come. This is to empower us to continue the work of bringing heaven to earth. God has not stopped creating things. The creation of Genesis was but a foretaste of His divine ability and joy in bringing new life and new expression to the earth. There is coming a time of unprecedented creativity and implementation of ideas that will display to the world how big and how good our Father is. This is to His joy. This is why we must be ready to join Him in this next chapter. We have work to do!
However, the enemy also sees this and is trying to exploit it. The Lord revealed that some in the body of Christ have been lured into the enemy’s trap through flattery. If the enemy can’t stop us from using our spiritual gifts, he will try to use and abuse them, instead. There have been traps set by the enemy to draw some believers into a place where the call on their life is being manipulated and used to ultimately disqualify and destroy the purposes of God. We must be on guard and not allow flattery or undue attention to our anointing or call distract us from our true purpose of giving attention and glory to Him. In the dream, believers were waking up to this reality and the Lord was urging us to “pack up” any initiative or invitation that was not of Him. Stay true to HIS path and HIS plan and be wary of any fast-track to success or notoriety.
The importance of becoming holy as He is holy has great ramifications, even into the area of finances. He showed that when HIS PLAN AND OUR PATH CONVERGE in proper alignment, financial provision that has seemed lacking or even lost will be released! The spirit of Poverty will be broken as believers say NO to the world’s systems and set themselves apart to the Only Source worth waiting for. This truth of being set apart unto Him is a major key in the financial breakthroughs everyone has been prophesying about.
In the dream, I knew that we needed to be ready by 6:30. The Lord immediately took me to Matthew 6:30 – “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” He is telling us to remember that which is eternal and not get caught up in the anxieties of the world. As we keep our eyes fixed on Him, we must trust in His ability to care for us and address our needs.
Throughout these dreams I felt the Lord’s expectancy, not just in revealing Himself to us, but in our discovery of Him! At one point in the dream when I was taken aback by the loving detail and attention given to the gifts He brought, I remarked to my daughter who was watching, “Have you ever seen anyone like this!?” She replied, “Yeah! YOU!” (This next generation is watching us!) This is the wonderful reality of our relationship with the Lord. We are meant for each other. We carry within our spirit His DNA and likeness. He is simply reminding us to draw upon that truth and grow into that likeness. As we do, the world will be attracted to us. I saw that especially those in the business world will be drawn to sons and daughters who look like and act like the King. We will be sought out simply because we ARE different, and the fruit of our lives will draw them in.
The days ahead are filled with possibilities. He is knocking at our door and longing for our readiness so that we can fulfill ALL that is on His Father’s heart. Let’s get ready. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).