And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days…”
Joel 2: 28-31.
Dreams are strange and slippery, it is only when you wake up that you gain a full revelation.
I had a dream…
We were seven acquaintances and we lived on a lone island. During the day, we would attend an event, a cultural fete that was always crowded with people, filled with music, and flooded with merrymaking. Time would fly, and in the evening, we would retire to bed utterly worn out and extremely exhausted. The bedstead and the mattress were quite huge for we would all fit in perfectly. As days passed, we began to notice strange occurrences…
Each night, a huge cross would be laid on our door. It was scary that it was there, but this is what happened…
At night, a malignant spirit would visit, it was awfully monstrous and had an ever so threatening and frightening appearance. It would come, each night to take us, pick us up one by one with every intention of either eating us up or throwing us into the deepest and darkest depths of the ocean, but it never did. With each passing night, the evil spirit would come, knocking on our door, but it was never able to get to us. For some strange reason, we were being kept safe.
As the dream progressed, some of our friends left, and only two of us were then left. It was almost as if we were oblivious to the danger we faced each night, having only but a hint of the struggles that would occur. We somehow had this knowledge, that a demon would come at night to take us, but it never attacked us. Occasionally, we would sit, deep in thought and meditation, contemplating why? We would ask ourselves why the evil spirit could not kill us. We knew of the cross on our door, but never quite thought twice about it, heck, we even thought it was the reason we were having the strange visitations at night.
As the days and nights passed when only two of us were left, I realized we were taking turns to place the cross on the door. The cross was heavy but however difficult and wearisome it was to carry it, we learned to bear the burden. Once in a while, our friends would ask us why we were still staying in the room, we never quite understood it ourselves. I cannot remember my friends from the dream, I have never met them.
I was never able to understand the dream, the meaning of it, until I woke up, only then did it dawn on me. It was the huge cross that was protecting us, at first we did not know, but as time passed, we started to take up the cross, we had an abstract faith, trust and belief that by the routine of carrying the cross, we were being saved. This dream, has many lessons, what does it teach?
Lessons from the Dream
Apart from everything else, the dream teaches, ‘The Power of the Cross’.
Whether we knew it or not, it was the huge cross protecting us, because all along the cross was always in our room. Can you imagine what would have happened if the cross was not placed in our room? The cross typifies the power of Jesus to overcome evil and save us from darkness/death. Daily we carried the cross and daily, we were saved. According to the Thesaurus Dictionary, to save is to make safe/ to protect/ to liberate/ to defend /to rescue/ to preserve/ to guide and to deliver. Jesus is our savior, his sacrifice, and death on the cross was to keep us safe from evil and from the dangers that lurk in the darkness.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to manking by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
The night in the dream symbolizes the danger of the darkness and Jesus/the cross is the light that drives away darkness/death.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1: 5.
The devil has access to the domain of darkness, but he can only occupy those areas where mankind, through sin, has allowed him. Francis Frangipane.
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8: 12.
God is light, in Him, there is no darkness at all. I John 1: 5.
Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ Matthew 28; 18.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself. Desiderius Erasmus.
Why did our friends leave? Why were only the two of us left, from such a large group? Where did they go? We do not know what happened to our friends, the answer may lie in the burden of bearing the cross, only few could put up with it for we grew to believe in the absolute power of the cross to save us. We stayed on because no matter what happened, we always felt safe and protected.The friends had no knowledge of the supernatural animations that were fighting for and against them. A parallel can be drawn to the present world, where many are unaware or simply ignorant about the existence of the forces of good and evil. It is strange that the friends even thought that the cross was the cause of their troubles.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5: 20.
Another fundamental lesson is this, ‘God Loves us and He will never fail to provide for and protect us, he protects us, through the cross.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe, stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict, light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3: 16 -21.
The fourth lesson is pegged on us, the role that we play, are we willing to take up the cross?
Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple, must deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow me.’ Matthew 16: 24.
It should not matter how heavy, difficult and wearisome the cross is, the question is, are you ready to take it up? It is important to note that even without God, an individual still carries a yoke around his neck, the yoke of sin, so, which yoke would you rather bear? Sin or Freedom? The choice is yours.
Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30.
Though you cry now, it is not the end, there is hope for a better tomorrow.
Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn while this world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. John 16:20.
“In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33b.
Therefore, in accordance to Romans 12: 2:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
What does this dream teach you?
Remember, Jesus is the light of the world and He loves you. He is waiting to hear from you. If you need Him to save you, ASK Him, He will SAVE you, it is never too late.
Jesus said: “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7: 7.
What are you seeking for? Light or Darkness, Life or Death, Ignorance or Knowledge?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for my life, I pray that you guide and protect me as I seek you, the true LIGHT of the world, in Jesus name, Amen.