Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Vivid Dream - Strong Building

I had a very vivid dream on Monday night...

Sarah and I were in a field surrounded by hills in the middle of nowhere. It was a very dull and overcast day. We were looking at an old building that was falling down and in need of serious renovation.

Two of our friends were there who were instrumental in my obedience to God in pursuing the calling to ministry that he has given me. They had a photo album on them and were showing us photo's of our past. Some of the photo's were of really happy times since we were called to ministry. Others were of the difficult times. Others were of sin in our lives that we need deal with.

Sarah and I then collect some materials to try and restore this building. The materials we are using don't seem to be good enough, yet suddenly another man joins us and begins to show us how to use these materials. He tells us they are good enough if we use them properly. We discover he is a master builder. He shows us how to build properly.

He then warns us. He says that we need to listen to him and build properly because a mighty wind is coming that night and will blow so powerfully. The wind will be so strong that it will show up everything that is lacking about the building. It will expose the weaknesses in it. We need to build properly.

Sarah and I listen and keep building. We then crawl into the building. It seems so small and low now. And we wait.

I believe this was a dream from God. I shared it with some of my mates from college and one of my tutors. They are going to pray and let me know if they have an idea about what it may mean. My tutor said he was sensing ruach/pneuma type imagery in it.

Anyone else got any thoughts?


Tim said...

It seems a bit obvious.

Album = reminder of your journey so far

master builder = Jesus

Building could be:
1. Marriage
2. Church
3. Ministry

I suggest that it is most likely to be No1 because it is just the You and Sarah in the building. Also as you go deeper into your service for God it is this building that will take the brunt of the attacks and pressures that can rip it to shreds. The dream is a warning.

Amie Spiller said...

Hi Joe

I love this dream, its like a direct message from God - how amazing!

I guess my first thoughts were this:

God was showing you the journey you have made so far, so you can observe the successes and the mistakes - learn from them

The building is your future - it needs building up, made strong, made safe. Go wants you to build your future using his ways, his tools and his strategies. I love the point that 'the master builder' said the materials are good enough if you use them properly - God has given you everything you need already, just need to ask God on how to use it all.

God was saying to you that it is very important to do it his way, otherwise everything you build on, will just blow away.

My first thought was this was to do with ministry - building up a fallen/broken church, but after reading Tims post, and reading it again, i think he couldbe right that this is to do with marriage.

Two reasons why - one is because dreaming of a building is commonly known as dreaming about yourself - so the building was a reflection of your current state and that God was there showing you how to grow and how he wants to repair you with the materials he's blessed you with
the other reason is because of the wind that will blow powerfully - i couldnt help but think that this is in relation to the condition of marriages at the moment (couples weaknesses and sin have ben exposed and they have fallen down) and that a storm may be brewing - you and Sarah need to stay strong, building your relationship together - think of the couple friends that showed you your past, i wonder if they are a good example?

but the main thing is - what does the dream mean to you?

God knows your heart and mind, and would know the things that will make sense to you - what does you heart say its about? And the other main thing is to listen to it. I agree with Tim that this is a warning, a lesson that needs to be grasped quickly and fully.

Hope that all made sense - i only write what i think

Amie xx

Joe said...

Thank you for your feedback guys. Really helpful.

The more I think and pray about it I think it is to do with ministry. I am in a pivotal time in my life in regard to this and it seems that God has got some important things to say to me at this time about ministry.

This scripture came to mind too:
1Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?
5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

16Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

18Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness"[a]; 20and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."[b] 21So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

1 Corinthians 3

Joe said...

I think the wind is the Holy Spirit testing what is built.