April 30, 2018, and May 7, 2018, Radio 1000 replayed the following Elder James Davis sermon about dreams.
The scripture goes on to say that his hand clave to the sword. He fought so much that his hand became a part of the sword that he used. The mighty man and his sword became one because he had fought so long. And that is the posture of many of us. It’s very easy to get stuck in what has worked in the past. Yeah, that worked in the past, but now God is shifting you to a different strategy.
Many of us have become so enmeshed and so at one with the weapon of choice, but I heard God say there is a shift.
The scripture goes on to say the people returned after him only to spoil. So, that tells us that he did the fighting, but somebody else came and grabbed the spoil. Somebody else came and grabbed what was there after the warfare had been exacted. Probably because he was weary from the fight. And if you’re weary from the fight, you can’t pick up the spoils you’ve taken in warfare.
God said purpose is not the sword. We’re so used to fighting, but purpose is a pencil and a piece of paper. Purpose is a change in mind. Now is the time you quit fighting and you come in to your vision. Now’s the time that you quit going after —
That ain’t for everybody, I just want to speak to the visionary. Somebody who’s got something they’re believing God for. Something that you put down on a piece of paper. Something you’ve been praying to God for that he brings it to pass. God said he is shifting your mindset so that you’re coming out of this warfare passive, this warfare in peace and you’re going into the purpose … of God.
If you know things have shifted, holler, “I’m changing my mind. I’m changing my mind.”
Now, a dream has been defined as a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. That’s the definition of a dream. It’s a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. And all of them are not the product of late-night eating like we so regulate it off to. Many times, it’s God revealing himself to our spirit.
Dreams occur involuntarily. They have nothing to do with you. They have nothing to do with us. God always — and he always will — use dreams to speak to our spirit. When God needs our logic and our minds out of the way, he’ll come to us in a dream.
Moses wrote in Numbers 12:6: Hear now my words. If there be a prophet among you, I the lord will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream.
Somebody say, “God still speaks through dreams.”
When there is a specific purpose God wants to get accomplished, he’ll reveal it through a dream.
Job also had this revelation. In the book that bears his name, chapter 33, verses 14-18, you can study it on your own time. God speak it once…yet man perceive it not.
He’s saying God will speak, but man won’t understand. He’ll speak and preach and use a prophet, but man won’t perceive it. He’s saying God will speak, but man won’t get it. He said God will speak, and man won’t obey. God will speak, and man will not discern and comply with what God is saying.
Job goes on to say, “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep fall…then he opens the ears of men.”
It’s when we’re asleep, when we’re slumbering — that’s when he opens the spirit of man. It’s when we’re on our bed that God opens the ears of men. And he said, “I seal my instruction. I seal my instructions to that man.”
God ratifies your instructions in your dreams.
He ratifies and confirms your instructions in your dreams.
God authenticates your instructions for your life in your sleep.
“Through the open ear of man’s spirit while he sleeps” … Job 33:17 articulates it further why God does this: “He may withdraw man from his purpose.”
Because we get stuck in what we want to do. And so in order for us to get out of what we want to do, God has to invade our dreams and pull us out of the thing — has to pull us out of our motives and what we want to do. God invades the dreams of men to withdraw them from their own purposes. Men become headstrong and fixed in their own devices. Men become consumed with their own motives and our own agendas, and the only way for us to get out of our own way is for God to come and invade our spirit. God has to bring about his purpose, and the way he brings about his purpose is to raid our dreams. He has to raid our sleep and extract from us our own plans in order to bring about God’s purpose in our lives.
Somebody say, “Dreams are serious.”
God will use the dreams of men as a conduit for his instructions and purpose.
God comes in a dream when he needs us to shift and move, and when he needs us to move in a different direction, he’ll come in the form of a dream.
He comes in a dream when he needs to shift the strategy.
Verse 18 continues to teach us for this reason. It says he may hide pride from men to keep back his soul from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword.
One dream will keep you out of hell, and another dream will keep you from fighting a fight that has no spoils.
He says one dream will keep you out of the pit — it’ll keep you out of hell, but another dream will keep you from going in the same direction, not taking anything that belongs to you.
The patriarchs of old had a powerful experience in their sleep. And most of us can understand that the dreams of Abraham and the dreams of Jacob and later on Joseph are not just a typical dream, they are once-in-a-lifetime dreams.
Somebody say, “God’s getting ready to give me my once-in-a-lifetime dream.” I want my once-in-a-lifetime dream.
See, some Christians — and that’s why you’re all sittin’ there — aren’t inclined to believe that God still operates like this, that only in the past did God communicate with ordinary men and women in this fashion and that such a relationship does not apply to the New Testament believer. But that is not true. It is the perspective of men — it is men that determined that dreams are ephemeral and that they have little consequence, but how many of you know that just because men have written off this kind of communication doesn’t mean that God has written it off. It doesn’t mean that God has given up on the communication of dreams and spiritual utterances in the spirit just because man has written it off.
We’ve written if off because dreams are notoriously elusive. They get away from us. You have to wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and grab a book and write down what was you were trying to remember, and it’s elusive — it runs away from you. It gets away from you, and you say, “What was that? I can’t put my finger on the thing.”
But God said the dreams he’s getting ready to release will not be ambiguous. They’ll be clear and they’ll be vivid. You’re gonna know that it’s him. It ain’t gonna be elusive, it’s not gonna be hidden in the shadows. God said he’s getting ready to send it, and it’s gonna be crystal clear in your life.
Somebody say, “I’m getting ready to receive my once-in-a-lifetime dream.”
We’re gonna get there in a minute.
A dream is a release of revelation when God needs to speak deeply into your spirit. Dreams come when we’re too busy, and too much is going on, and we need to hear God.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “A dream cometh through the multitude of business.” Dreams come to those that are busy and got too much going on. They’ve got a great deal of noise around them while they are awake. So much so that God can’t get in, so he has to wait till we go to sleep in order to speak. Got so much going and all the stuff around us that God can’t get a word in edgewise because everybody else is getting their word in. So he has to wait until we get in a deep sleep in order to speak to us.
Dreams come also when we have cares that are vexing us. Anybody going through some stuff, have some things coming after you, and you’re wondering how you’re going to get out of the thing? That’s when God will show up with a dream in your spirit that says, “It’s going to be all right. You’re not going to die by this thing. This sickness is not unto death. This financial calamity is not going to take you under.”
God will speak in a dream when things are vexing you.
We are entering a season where the lord is reordering our day. A day in God starts in the evening. The evening in the morning was the first day. God is reordering our day. The holy spirit is restoring the power of the nightwatch. …
There’s great power and revelation that comes in the nightwatch. Fix this thing. We’ll be praying and arising in the morning and then sleeping and receiving at night. That’s the power of the nightwatch. …
When you go to sleep at night, God will speak to you in your spirit that thing that you prayed for in the morning. Look at somebody and say, “He’s reordering the day.” He’s bringing back the power of the nightwatch. …
God’s gonna confirm that thing in your dream. He’s gonna confirm it when you go to sleep. … God said it will be because he moved in the night. …It’s through dreams that he communicates directly concerning our destiny.
Dream language is about the relentless God who passionately pursues us. He comes in a dream because he wants you to have what he wants you to get. So he’s relentless. He’s passionate toward you. He does not give up. He won’t quit until he gets his purpose in your spirit.
I’ll take it a step further. Now, we have previously said that a dream is a succession of images, thoughts, and emotions passing through the mind during sleep. But God’s definition is much different than the English definition. In the Hebrew text, the word is chalum. In its literal context, it means to bind together firmly. It doesn’t mean images passing through your spirit. In this Bible, it means to bind together firmly. It means to fasten or secure firmly. To bind also means to unite together by contract. To legally bind someone or something means that even if they try to get out of what has been spoken or written, they are legally bound to the contract that they entered into. They can’t escape it because they’re legally bound. That’s the definition of a dream in that Bible that you read.
So the revelation is, when God speaks to somebody in a dream, it’s a legally binding contract. It cannot be broken. It’s a covenant. Somebody say it’s a covenant. When God comes in your dream, it’s because he wants to cut a covenant with you. He wants to put a contract in your spirit that won’t be revoked. That’s why you can’t blow it off. When it comes, it’s there forever. It’s irrevocable. The dream does not change. His purpose for you does not change. That’s why when he comes, it’s coming. Somebody oughtta get glad about that.
Say, “Because I’ve got a dream. God put something in my spirit that means I’ve got a binding contract. I have a contract in the realm of the spirit. I have a contract in heaven. Now I’m just waiting to manifest the thing that God put in my spirit.”
So we find this judge in Israel. He said, how can I stay in Israel when my family is caught in Manassa. He said my family is the least in number and the poorest in Manassa. He further asserts that he is the least in his father’s house…” I’m the poorest.
Look at somebody and say that’s a good position to be in sometimes. That’s a good position to be in because God tends to bless those that are the least and the poorest.
I’m sure Gideon felt it necessary to remind God that he had no training for warfare. I don’t know how to do this thing because this was a time before Israel had kings and armies. If you want corn and wheat, we know how to do that. If you want crops, we know how to do that. But if you want me to fight, that’s a different story. I don’t have training in that area. Many times, we need to stop telling God what we can and can’t do and just walk in the thing that he’s purposed for us. Quit rehearsing our limitations, quit rehearsing to ourselves and others who and what we think we are and stop expressing our own limitations because our weakness and our limitations are actually what attract the power of God. If you were strong and had it all together on your own, it wouldn’t attact God because he breaks the prideful, he breaks those that think they’ve got it all together.
You can listen to Elder James Davis Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. EST on Radio 1000.