I want to share this dream, because I believe that it speaks to so many of us in this particular time. I truly feel that this is a fresh word this season for many of you! I pray that this encourages you and imparts strength to you in this season! I had a dream that I was walking in Eden. I knew that it was Eden because of how peaceful it felt, filled with the glory of God. I wasn't in heaven, but it was heaven on earth. It was in this place that I felt no warfare, no distractions. I felt only rest. Then I saw others that where coming to this place to receive refreshing and strength to endure, because it was in this place that you could abide in the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
This was a place where you could rest because you were focused upon the glory of God and not upon the demonic realm. It is the enemy's strategy for us to get our minds focused on him and off of the Lord's presence. When we do this, we lose our peace and we are then overwhelmed in our minds with the problems and circumstances that we are currently facing.
"Set your affection (mind) on things above not on things on the earth" (Col 3:2)
Paul was telling us to set our minds upon the Lord and to constantly remind yourself that you are seated in heaven above the enemy, above every demonic harassment (Eph 2:5-6; Col 3:3). Paul also taught the church that what we think upon is very important. "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phil 4:8). We know that the enemy is a defeated foe. We know that he was stripped of all power at the cross (Col 2:15). It is always a wrong mindset to think we must fight the enemy to get victory. We truly have the victory because Jesus supplied it at Calvary.
I have never found it to be helpful when Christians over-emphasize on warfare or focus on power of the devil. Are there times when we must take authority over things and speak to trespassing spirits, absolutely, yet it's an unbiblical mindset to overly focus on the enemy and the demonic realm. It places our minds on the enemy and not upon Christ's victory. This is what Paul so often addressed, teaching us that the battle is in the mind. I want to encourage you to renew your mind to God's word, begin to thank the Lord for what he's doing in your life! Begin to praise the Lord and worship the Lord! As I was in this place, which I believed to be Eden, such peace and glory surrounded me. Then I saw a flowing river. I stopped to gaze upon this beautiful river and the Lord spoke to me in the dream, giving me the scripture Isaiah 43:19. I awoke from the dream and looked up the scripture. This was not a portion of scripture that I knew by heart or was overly familiar with, but as I read it, a new strength came to me.
"Behold, I do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19).
I believe that God is releasing something fresh upon us as we take Him at His word above everything else! Where there has been no provision in the past, there will be provision! Where there has been lack, God will bring abundance! It is His refreshing river coming to strengthen you, revive you, and refresh you! If God can release a river in a dry wilderness, then he can provide for your needs, no matter how impossible they may seem! Now it shall spring forth!
JESSE SHAMP, author
AMY SHAMP, author