Being Free

Being Free

I dreamed last night of a realm of the Kingdom beyond what we have known. Ironically, many messages have been brought on this realm, including ones I have written.

God’s people were gathered in one facility. They had come with a conditioned expectation of the way things always functioned there. But the presence of the Lord began to blow through the place, very subtly, very gently. His presence was not knocking anyone down; it was not that type of manifestation. The Lord’s presence was creating an atmosphere. It was an atmosphere where each and every individual had complete freedom of expression, and there was no hierarchy to restrain anyone. Whatever a person shared carried the same weight as the next person. There was no one who warranted special attention. There were leaders of a sort, directing things, but they carried no “special” authority other than to direct the people into the flow of God’s presence.

This unique manifestation of the Lord’s presence swept away both self consciousness and the need to be recognized. There was a realization that this was God’s divine order on a level that had not been walked in before. What was amazing is that no one came to these meetings with this expectation. It was business as usual until the Lord began to blow like a breeze through the facility. I remember one sister stating the obvious of what was happening. Without realizing it, she was establishing a new way of functioning before the Lord. It was a new, or higher level of order. I thought of those who were the “leaders” of this fellowship; the ones to whom everyone had always looked for leadership and guidance. They were not there. I wondered how things would flow from that time on because the need for such overt leadership had vanished.

There was a realization in my own heart, that whatever fears or insecurity I had struggled with in the past, were gone. I did not need to be “special” in order to feel wanted or a part of things. If I wanted to speak, it would be heard with the same respect and attentiveness as anyone else who spoke. It was okay to be just a face in the crowd because every “face” had merit before God. I was aware that those leading had this same consciousness. There was a humility in their spirits that understood they were just directing the flow of God to the people, nothing more. They knew in their hearts they were nothing special and did not project such an attitude. The atmosphere was so full of freedom. There was the realization that no one was thinking in terms of hierarchy or importance. To do so would have been like putting a square peg in around hole.

Many, if not all of the people in the dream, were just children. Adults, yes, but children in the sense they were devoid of the trappings of religion. As God’s presence opened this realm of functioning, you could see how many were surprised. Whatever conditioning they had was falling away, and they realized they were not just “there,” but had a responsibility in His presence. There was a sense of responsibility upon all to honor and move in the presence of the Lord. This sense of responsibility, for lack of a better term, was not in their consciousness prior to God’s presence opening this awareness. What was happening was the fulfillment of 1st Cor. 12: Each member of the body of Christ was waking up to their place in that body. There was a cognizance of being hands, feet, arms, ears, fingers, etc. All the bodily parts making up the whole were becoming aware.

It’s important to note that all the focus was upon the Lord’s presence. He was preeminent in everyone’s consciousness. As formerly stated, His presence was not being manifested in a way that everyone was just falling down in awe. His presence was being manifested in a sense of naturalness. People could come and go, do other things, but with an awareness of the atmosphere they were in. The anointing was gentle, giving such freedom to everyone. The freedom was in His presence, not apart from it.

When I was in Marine Corps boot camp years ago, the drill instructor periodically would shout, “School Circle!” This meant we were going to receive some kind of instruction. Everyone would then run as fast as they could to the center of the squad bay. The drill instructor would then yell, “Sit!” and everyone would just drop to the floor from where they were standing.

In the dream, everyone was standing together during a “service,” but it was not like a traditional service as we have known. There were no pews for one thing. School Circle was shouted. Immediately everyone rushed to the middle of the room. There was such a crowd of people rushing forward that my first thoughts were, “Man, there isn’t going to be anywhere to sit. I’ll be stuck in the back somewhere.” But immediately, I was standing in a very spread out area, up close, with no crowding at all. We then sat down.

This “school circle” is indicative of the “space” and freedom of a higher realm of the kingdom. No one is shut out and no one is relegated to a “back seat.”

I like the fact that everything in the dream happened rather suddenly. People came to the facility for meetings of one kind, but got something entirely unexpected. The Lord’s presence energized all of it.

In the dream, I was reminded of the Feasts Israel kept when they were truly serving the Lord. It was a time of festivity, of great rejoicing in the Lord. This was one of the main characteristics of the atmosphere: Joy and rejoicing, but it was all devoid of religion. It was the Lord’s celebration of Himself in His people.

 

I see this dream, and how it unfolded, as prophetic of God’s kingdom, His community, in the days now upon us. His presence will move, and some will be forgotten, while others will be brought to the forefront. It is according to the parable Jesus taught in Luke 14:

7 ¶ And He began speaking a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been picking out the places of honor at the table, saying to them,
8 “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,
9 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place.
10 “But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.
11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.
13 “But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The mindset of being little in our own sight, yet accepting ourselves for who we are in the Lord, is the order of the Kingdom. I like the expression Community. I don’t believe I have ever heard the kingdom described that way, but it fits perfectly with the vision of what is coming. The term “kingdom” has been so abused and over-used it has lost much of its meaning. We are God’s community. His presence will lead and direct us. The great and the small will hear with the same ears, all are to know and move in His presence.

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