One Sunday a while ago, someone from our church came up and talked about a vision they’d received and revealed it to the church body for the purpose of encouragement. After they spoke, I thought to myself, “I’ve never had a vision from God.” And I started to wonder why I hadn’t and I realized I’d never really thought about it or asked for it. So I prayed, “God, please give me a vision.” I didn’t expect a prompt response, but as I closed my eyes, praising Him with the next worship song, I received the vision I’d asked for:
There are people standing in a circle, holding hands in the middle of a meadow. They’re facing outward. In the center of the circle, there is light. Outside the circle, there is darkness. The people’s toes are the line between the light and the dark. When the people step forward, the light moves with them, growing with each small step.
I don’t know if their arms got longer or if more people joined the circle, but the people continued to hold hands as the circle expanded. I don’t know what it was – supernatural reach and/or supernatural expansion of the Kingdom. Either way is beautiful.
The meaning of the vision was immediately apparent to me and since it was my first vision ever, I sat down to record it before I forgot.
We are called to stand on the edge, stepping out in faith that God will be with us, carrying His light to the dark places.
Our enemy would like us to cower afraid, unsure if we should step forward for fear of the darkness and that God will not be with us. But God promises to light our steps (See: Why I Don’t Have a 5-year Plan), to be with us in the fight, with us in the struggle, and with us as we engage the pain and suffering of this present world (See: When You Feel Like You Can’t Fight).
We are not called to work toward the will of God alone, however. I think it’s important that the people were holding hands. They were standing together as children of God, walking together into the darkness.
I know several families who are choosing to battle darkness right now. Whether it’s mental illness, adoption, or caring for the the least of these, my friends are making a conscious decision to take ground for the Kingdom. I know this because they feel safe to be vulnerable with their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, reaching out to ask for covering in prayer, for assistance with day to day needs, and for encouragement for the steps ahead.
Don’t do battle alone.
Community doesn’t always fall into your lap. Sometimes you have to look for it, dig for it, maybe even fight for it. And when you find it, don’t let it go.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”Hebrews 10:24-25
Jesus called us to be the light of the world:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”Matthew 5:14-16
Grab hands with the believers around you. Step forward in faith with boldness. There is no need to fear because Jesus has already overcome.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
- Do you have a community of believers who can walk with you as you battle the darkness of this world? If not, how can you look for, dig up, and fight for community with other believers?
- In what ways is God calling you to step forward in faith to expand His Kingdom?
- Faith Like a Child
- Living in Truth
- 4 Lies That Keep Us From Our Divine Destiny
- Where is Your Gaze?
I’m a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.