“Indeed God speaks once, Or twice, yet no one notices it. “In a dream, a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls on people, While they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of people, …. (Job 33:14-16).
Since I was a child, I knew there was a realm of seeing beyond my understanding. Things that were not readily clear to me, but would inspire me to keep seeking for truth. As I grew older and began to study the Scriptures, I came to understand there was a dimension in the Spirit that is available to every Believer beyond the realm of sense and reason. The Bible says that sense and reason without the Holy Spirit is futile (Romans 8). One of the primary ways that God has always communicated with His people is through dreams and visions.
I was awaken this morning from a vivid dream in which a group of African Americans were on stage wearing vivid green sparkling outfits. A renown singer was leading the group singing the phrase, “Come see about me.” I was shaken to the core as I came out of the dream. Later that morning I heard in my spirit “come over here and help us.” I was reminded of Paul’s vision to go “preach the gospel” in Macedonia in Acts 16:9, “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and pleading with him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” I was also reminded that many years ago the Lord said to me, “You will preach My Word.”
I do not profess to have a strong understanding of dreams. From the beginning, I have approached dream interpretation from a biblical standpoint using both the Bible and personal experience. I have several dream interpretation books that have helped bring some clarity to my understanding dreams, Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “For the dream comes through much effort, and the voice of a fool through many words.” After doing a little research, I found out that the color green can mean several things. One interpretation that captured my attention came from Dream Encounters: Seeing Your Destiny From God’s Perspective by Barbie Breathitt. In the book she shared, “The colors that God chooses for our dreams is significant and important.” “Bright and vivid dreams that are predominantly red, green, and blue indicate that our spirit man is ruling in that specific dream and that we are walking in abundant light. Our understanding is enlightened and increased through the revelation and wisdom these dreams bring to us.”1
I sensed the Lord reminding me of the things spoken to me through the years. My calling is to preach the gospel in season and out of season to all who will hear and receive the truth. Paul commissioned Timothy to, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2).
The Seven Spirits of God are found in Revelation 1:4; 3:1; 4:5; and 5:6 and in Isaiah 11:2. Isaiah 11:2-5 says, “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make decisions by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the humble of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt around His hips, And faithfulness the belt around His waist.” The Spirit of Counsel spoken of in Isaiah 11:2 is the color green according to Ms. Breathitt’s book.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7 KJV).
With so many voices clamoring for our attention, we need wise godly counsel. Proverbs 11:14 (Voice) reveals, “Without wise guidance, a nation falls; but victory is certain when there are plenty of wise counselors.” The Bible makes very clear the benefit of godly counsel and the damage of ungodly counsel. “The thoughts of the righteous are just, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful,” (Proverbs 12:5). So many people are being deceived by ungodly counsel because they do not know the truth according to the Word of God and they have built their lives on a faulty foundation. Therefore, it is important when seeking counsel that we examine the character and values of the person from whom we receive advice. We must also consider a person’s motives and intent when evaluating the merit of their advice. Receiving advice from a person who has a vested interest or potential gain from the decisions we need to make can lead us astray. The Bible has a lot to say about our motives, the the underlying reason for any action, “All the ways of a person are clean in his own sight, But the Lord examines the motives (Proverbs 16:2).
In this tumultuous time we can’t accept what someone says as truth because it sounds good or speaks to our personal desires. The human heart can be deceitful (Jer. 17:9). We can easily fool ourselves about our own motives or the motives of others. We must be on guard. Human beings can operate from a variety of motivations, often negative. including pride, anger, revenge, a sense of entitlement, or the desire for approval as catalysts for our actions. Any motivation that originates in our sinful flesh is not pleasing to God (Romans 8:8).
Min. Dr. A. Francine Green
All Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.
- Breathitt, B. (2009). Dream Encounters: Seeing Your Destiny from God’s Perspective, Barbie Breathitt Enterprises, LLC.