By Patrick Hawthorne
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28 NKJV)
I am a dreamer. No, I’m not the type who stares longingly from a window fantasizing about the wonders of life. My dreams are sleep based. Normally, my dreams fall within the realm of nonsense, better referred to as “Pizza Hallucinations,” which hold no relevance other than they let me know I ate too much pepperoni for dinner. Occasionally, however, I will have a God dream.
A God dream is one in which I know the Lord is providing me valuable information relevant to my life. Often the God dreams will show me corrections I need to make in my spiritual walk, or attitudes that need adjustment. In every case, I make certain that the dream can be backed by the written Word of God. If it can’t, I discard it.
The other night I had such a God dream. It impacted me so much that I prayed and asked the Lord for permission to share it due to its relevance for all believers; not just for me.
In the dream, I was at an unknown church attending a service that was coming to a close. Somehow I knew that the man speaking to the congregation was a guest minister invited by the pastor to speak to the church. As I watched, the guest minister gave a closing prayer. I don’t remember what he was praying but as the prayer came to the end he said, “In the name of Allah, we pray.” Immediately I was taken aback.
The dream shifted to me standing outside the church waiting for the pastor to exit the building. As he came out, I asked him why he would allow such a person to address his congregation. The response was restrained and polite. He said, “We must be willing to compromise.” As he began to speak his words were so persuasive that I found myself being drawn in as if I was being hypnotized.
Suddenly reality took hold. In a weak voice I replied, “I will not compromise the name of Jesus.” Still, he continued to talk. With more authority I said, “I will not compromise the name of Jesus!” Undeterred, the pastor continued to speak. Finally I shouted, “I WILL NOT COMPROMISE THE NAME OF JESUS!” I then woke.
In these last days, many who call themselves Christian’s are compromising the name of Jesus in order to appease the mass. Almost daily we hear of another pastor or major denominational group who has abandoned the truth of God’s Word for a lie. With persuasive words designed to tickle the ears of their followers, these charlatans speak lies intended to lull the naïve into a hypnotic trance of agreement. Do not allow yourself to be swayed by empty nonsense that will surely lead to destruction. Examine the Word of God for yourself so that you may know the truth. Be blessed.
For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; (2 Tim 4:3 AMP)
For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. (2 Peter 2:18 NKJV)