Dream for the Church: March 2011

I feel led to write about a dream that I had in March of 2011. I dreamt that I was in an old church. The church was in need of an enormous amount of work. I was helping to clean and work on the church with many other people (none of whom I knew). As I was working I was also eating. I had this bowl and I would just keep eating this food that looked like a cross between communion wafers and crackers. And as I was cleaning, working, and eating I looked down and there was a rattle snake right in front of me. It took me by surprise and I jumped back and yelled to this woman who was in the same room as me. She just seemed to ignore me, so I went closer to her and told her again that there was a snake in the corner. She seemed irritated, almost like I was wasting her time, and she finally looked over and said that she didn’t see anything. (This dream was so different from the rest of the dreams that I normally have. Most of the other dreams I have all seem to be in parables and I must look up certain symbols, write the dreams down, and pray about them to get an interpretation of what God is saying to me. In this dream it seemed like God was talking to me the whole time as though there was a running commentary.)

I was still eating and God told me that what I was eating was manna, which was the Word of God. He (God) said that the reason the woman could not see the snake which represented satan and his lies, was because she was not continually eating from the Word of God. He said that too many in the Church are blind to satan and his lies because they do not eat enough from the Word of God. He told me that if I continue to eat the manna all of the time, that I would be able to see the things that satan is doing and know his lies.

I then went down the halls of the church. They were walls almost like concrete. They were very old and they looked like something you would find in the Mediterranean parts of the world. They needed plastering, cleaning, and repair. There were many other people working on the walls of this church, but none of the people that I remember seeing were eating. As I ate the manna, it would either replenish itself or if I happened to run out I would just pretend to eat and within no time at all the manna would reappear.

I decided that I wanted to walk outside to see where the church was; like if it looked like it was in Minnesota (where I am from), or if there were palm trees, etc. I went outside and the church was beautiful, but it was very apparent that it still needed a lot of work. I could not tell where the church was. There was a makeshift parking lot and it almost looked like the church was in a forest. The trees were beautiful, thick, dense, dark, and so big.

Here is what I believe that this dream means, and what God wants the Church to hear… I believe that the church building in this dream represents the Church or Body of Christ. I believe that the Church is beautiful, but needs a lot of work. And that the Church is in a forest so to speak, a place where there is an abundance, but a place that if not tread upon properly can be very dangerous and unproducing.

First, the church walls needs plastering. In the Bible it says, “8 This is what the Lord says: ‘In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, 9 to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. 10 They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water. 11 ‘I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.’ 12 See, they will come from afar—some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan. 13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. 14 But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ 15 ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’” Isaiah 49:8-16

I believe the Church’s walls need to be plastered. If you look up the meaning of the word “plaster”, it literally means to “cover”. Speaking about us, I believe God is saying that our walls (us…who we are, and those things that we put up to protect ourselves) are ever before Him. And He wants to be our protection. He wants to cover us! Just like plaster covers and protects walls, so God wants to cover and protect us.

Last night I finished an amazing book called, “Outrageous Courage: What God Can Do With Raw Obedience and Radical Faith” by Kris and Jason Vallotton (a father and son). I really like the Epilogue where he talks about how we are all created for MORE, how we are created for adventure and how God wants to use us in great and mighty ways. And how in “each of us is this incredible need to be significant, even heroic…” But how “when the curtain begins to close on our life’s drama, many of us are left with a boring script about a monotonous journey filled with carefully planned, riskless days that we have somehow exchanged for the Great Adventure.” He then continues by saying that when we are “born again by faith” that God gives us a document to sign and that the Holy Spirit also signs the contract, but He signs it “Comforter”. And “it seldom occurs to us, however, that we are supposed to live our lives in such a way that we need” a Comforter! “Some folks are ignorant of what they got themselves into when they asked Christ into their lives. You can pick these baffled believers out of a crowd because their prayers sound something like, ‘Here kitty, kitty, kitty.’ They are stunned when the Lion of the tribe of Judah emerges out from behind the door, with a roar that would raise the dead! Then they spend most of their lives trying to domesticate and potty train the big cat, hoping to control their own destiny. But until you stick your head into the mouth of the Lion, you have not really seen the depths of the Kingdom!” 1

The point is, God wants to be our Provider, our Comforter, our Cover, and our Protection! And we as a Church need to let Him be!
Second, the church needs cleaning. For far too long, the Church has believed the lies of the Enemy! And in believing those lies we have become “unclean” so to speak. We have allowed those lies to affect every aspect of our lives, and we need our lives cleaned out from those lies.

And thirdly, we need to be repaired. Those broken things, those hurt things, those damaged areas of our lives need to be fixed, repaired, and restored. And when these things are made right; when we allow God to truly be King over our lives, when we trust Him above all else, when we get those lies of the Enemy cleaned from our midst, and when we get those hurts and damaged areas fixed and made right by our great Physician, then and only then God can truly use us and give us the MORE that He has for us. But in order for the Church to get to where it needs to be, we need to eat of His Word.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

“16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
1 Taken from “Outrageous Courage: What God Can Do With Raw Obedience and Radical Faith” by Kris and Jason Vallotton, pages 149-152.