I feel that it’s time for another installment of: “Does God Speak? Teaching Children to Hear the Voice of God,” In part 1 & in part 2, I covered the prophetic senses, impressions, hearing God’s literal voice, and the basics to hearing God and how to teach it to children. Now, let’s go in-depth on prophetic sight: one of the most common and my favorite prophetic sense.
Prophetic Sight: If you remember from my first blog on Hearing God, I briefly explained prophetic sight, but if you missed it here’s a recap: In the Old Testament, Many times prophets were called “seers”. Because they could see things in the spirit a lot like seeing things in the natural. We can see into the spirit today too! Sometimes, we will see pictures and images, that we call visions and have dreams. This is a very common way God speaks to us. We can even see angels and demons. We may even see someone we do not know that will remind us of someone we do know. God may be telling us something about that person that is similar to the person we do know.
Now, let’s go deeper. I am going to discuss visions and dreams more in-depth. There are a few kinds of visions and dreams that God uses to speak to us. Some are very simple while others are considered high level forms of prophetic revelation. I will discuss three types of visions and dreams.
1) Glimpses into the Spirit
These are the most basic form of visions. They are internal (we see them in our minds) pictures that we receive from the Lord. They are brief and usually contain only a still picture, not a scene or a story line. These visions are often times very symbolic in nature (not literal, using symbols to express a point.) After we receive these visions, we need to pray for an interpretation. Although they are a lower form of revelation, God can speak very powerfully through these gentle visions.
2) Gentle Internal Visions and Strong Internal Visions
Although they are still seen internally, these visions are stronger than simple glimpses. As a rule, these visions are more than just still pictures. Many times they are like “mini movies” in your mind that include a “story line” of events, and they often times focus on a specific event, person, or people. Some internal visions are much stronger, clearer, or more “to the point” than others. These are Strong Internal Visions. Both of these types of visions can be interrupted by distractions, so good focus is needed to keep from missing them.
3) Open Visions
This is the highest form of vision. These visions are received when your eyes are wide open, and these visions are not stopped by distractions. These visions can start and continue even when you are focusing on a specific activity. The experience is similar to seeing a scene acted out physically like in a movie screen. Additionally, open visions may be seen by more than one person at the same time.
Now, let’s talk about dreams. We pretty much all have dreams. So this way that God communicates to us can very easily apply to all of us. Not all of our dreams are good and from God, but there are times God uses dreams to speak to us! Our thoughts and brain are out-of-the-way, so God is able to speak clearly and thoroughly to us. But don’t assume every dream you have or remember is from God…
1) Literal Dreams
Literal dreams are short dreams that often times show us a bit of the future under certain circumstances. Basically, what will happen if you do this or if you don’t? Many times these dreams are easy to understand because they are not very symbolic.
2) Symbolic Dreams
Some dreams can be highly symbolic and must be very carefully interpreted over time. With lots of prayer and focusing on God, we can discover what God has to say. Some symbolic dreams are highly personal ways God speaks to people about decisions facing them. God has designed in such a way that we understand symbolism really well. Jesus spoke in parables which are very symbolic. So God will many times use symbolic dreams to communicate to us. It is also important to note that most dreams are symbolic, so do not assume a dream is literal. Always pray and allow God to lead!
3) Dreams of Angels or the Lord
Some dreams simply consist of an angel or God speaking to us. They are not visitations; they are dreams, but they are a high level of revelation. One of the most common scriptural examples is found in first two chapters of Matthew, when an angel speaks to Joseph, Mary’s wife. God can speak to ANYONE through dreams and it is one of God’s most effective ways to speak to us. Because our minds are “off” and God can speak clearly to us.*
Alright, so why do I talk about the prophetic and even consider that kids can do it? Well, I was a kid who heard God at a young age. When I was 6 years old, we had this thing in the children’s church I grew up in called: Prophetic Prayer Night on the second Sunday night of the month. From there, I began to learn to hear God’s voice, and it was so simple! God didn’t hold back from speaking to me even though I was a little kid. I started off with learning my prophetic senses, specifically prophetic sight. I began seeing “pictures” and “mini movies” from the Lord while having dreams regularly all throughout my childhood and still today. I grew up knowing that God was always there and always speaking, and I believe all kids need to be taught this. That there is a God who is crazy about them and who loves them immensely. He wants to talk to them. Knowing this, has built such confidence in my spiritual walk and my identity, so now I want all kids to have the opportunity to learn these things. But not all credit is due to my children’s pastor, my parents were just as much a big help in teaching me about what a relationship with the Lord looks like. They would answer my questions I had about how to hear God, and they would help me understand what he was saying.
So if you’re a parent or children’s minister, you can teach your children about the Holy Spirit and of course how to hear him. It is probably the greatest thing aside from salvation to teach a child. And if you’re an adult, teenager, or child, you can hear God too! There are no limitations except the ones you put on yourself. God is speaking, and He wants to talk to you because He loves you!
That is all I have to say today. Sorry if this was a little long. I hoped you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment with stories or questions. If you were blessed or challenged by this, please share it.
Thank you & Be Blessed!
Mack Fowler, III
Destiny in Christ Fellowship
*Information on Prophetic Sight, Visions, & Dreams comes from: Thompson, Steve. You May All Prophesy. Charlotte: MorningStar Publications, Inc, 2000. Print.