Last month at 6:47 a.m. I had a vision of a bright white dove landing on the calendar date of October 3rd. I understood this to mean that the Holy Spirit was beginning to move in new ways starting on that date.
At Sea to See God Differently
As I saw the vision I immediately noticed the clock read 6:47 a.m. God spoke to me that Mark 6:47 was significant for October. In Mark 6:47–52, Jesus’ disciples were alone in a boat in the middle of a lake, rowing into the wind and not getting anywhere. Right before dawn, Jesus walked on the water and was about to pass by them. It was dark and they didn’t recognize Him. In fact, they thought Jesus was a ghost and freaked out. He called out to them to reassure them, and when He got in the boat the winds died down.
Even though the disciples had just seen an amazing miracle where 5000 people were fed, their hearts were hardened and later they lost hope and were afraid. It is interesting that when Jesus started moving in power that they had never seen before by walking on water, they thought He was someone bad (a ghost).
Prophetic word: It may seem like we are straining to row against the wind; we have been working hard for the Kingdom. God is moving in surprisingly powerful new ways right now and we need to have spiritual eyesight to recognize that He may come differently than we expect. It will be good to embrace God’s surprise appearance by inviting Jesus into our situation (our boat). We must be careful that our hearts are not hardened so we can recognize Him. It’s time to take courage and not be afraid because when we see God differently in our situation, the winds of adversity will calm down.
God is Calling Young Samuels
Throughout September, I was awakened three times at 3:00 a.m. and I kept hearing the Holy Spirit speak “1 Samuel 3.” This is about the calling of the young boy Samuel who later matured to become an amazing prophet of God.
1 Samuel 3:2–4 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.
It is interesting to note: Eli’s eyes were weak, but “the lamp of the Lord had not gone out…” then God calls Samuel three times. Samuel answered, “Here I am,” ready to hear.
As I spoke in September over the course of three events in a row, I had prophetic words for Sam or Samuel. At a church in Florida, an eight-year-old Samuel prayed for me, asking God to heal me. I got home and got prophetic insight into a health issue. It was a powerful surprising healing!
Prophetic word: Some people may have lost sight of what God is doing but the light and promises of God have not gone out! God is rising up new young leaders right now who will move in power later as they grow and mature. They will recognize God speaking and visiting them.
Dream of the Exotic Fish Tank
I had a prophetic dream that I had purchased a new, giant fish tank full of colorful, exotic fish. When the tank was delivered and set up, even though the tank was actually part of a business, it was so enormous it had to be moved outside. In the dream I had to get a lot of wisdom and advice on how to care for the fish and the business.
Prophetic word: New opportunities are opening right now to reach lots of different people. God is moving in businesses and will use it to connect people in the Kingdom but we need wisdom to know how to respond. Don’t be surprised if new and unusual people are suddenly drawn to you.
This is time to reestablish and regain lost ground. God is realigning many people so that you can have a greater impact. It is time to remove restraints and limited thinking. The God of surprise is at work right now!
A while back my friend Elizabeth Nixon emailed me a prophetic word to watch for God to confirm things for me on 10-4. Sure enough, I received 4 major directional words from God on October 4th. I believe this is a sign for many people who have been waiting on confirmations from God right now. 2013 will be a year of establishing ourselves for some of the greatest times of our lives.
Bringing Dreams to Reality
I released a prophetic word earlier this year that “July will be a month in which we will see things come to completion. August will mark a new beginning and by September there will be an establishment of new things. What was once a dream will be reality in October. It will require taking proactive steps and moving forward.” God is doing some amazing new things and in October things that we have dreamed will begin to come into reality.
Although it may still be somewhat unclear, like in the stories above that took place in the dark, God can reveal Himself in a new way. You may be able to more clearly understand how your dreams will become reality.
My prayer is that you will see God move differently (Mark 6:47); hear what God is saying (1 Samuel 3:4); and find wisdom to care for your new opportunities so that the things you have dreamed will increasingly become reality.
Pray: God, open my eyes to see all the new ways that You are moving in my life. I pray that the winds of adversity will die down and open my heart to recognize You in every situation.
It may seem dark (remember, in each of these stories God came at a dark time, pre-dawn or at night) but God loves to partner with us to bring His power and light.
Keep dreaming with God!
Doug Addison is a prominent international conference speaker, author, and has been a featured guest on television and radio for a number of years. His events are fun and high-energy as he uses media and stand-up comedy as a means of communicating deep insights. He is an experienced prophetic dream interpreter and a professional stand-up comedian.