When the Spirit comes, there will be new power, new understanding, critics, and there will be visions.
The Spirit is being poured out on ALL of God’s people. ALL of them: sons and daughters, young men and old men, young women and old women, servants and free. And part of the fruit of this outpouring of the Spirit is that we will see visions and dream dreams.
17 “In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit.”
Have you ever had a God-inspired vision? Have you ever had a dream that seemed like it had spiritual meaning in it?
We know that some visions are from God, and others are not. How can we tell the difference?
A God-given vision is big. It maximizes the impact of the gospel, it takes risks, it is bold. It often requires us to grow, change, stretch, or otherwise become uncomfortable.
A God-given vision is good. It blesses, and does not curse. It lifts up the lowly, encourages those in despair, it leads to peace and healing.
A God-given vision is true. It matches up with the witness of Scripture.
The Bible teaches us to “test the spirits.” Is your vision for your life from God, or from some other place? Apply these standards above, in the context of prayer, and see what God can show you!
Mighty God, pour out your Spirit on all flesh once more. May the words of the prophet Joel echo through our land, as our sons and daughters prophesy, as our young men and women see visions, as our old men and women dream dreams. Renew your whole creation, O Lord, and start with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.