For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man (Job 33-14-16). When God speaks to you the second time about an issue it is to warn you and give you information about what Satan is up to.The above scripture came about as a result of the fact that Job did not perceive or pick up what God was communicating to him. The same
movement occurred with Haman against the children of Israel. Esther who was in a position to bring deliverance
did not pick up the danger signal. When the bible talks about perception it means a spiritual signal and there is no indication so to speak on the outside for the unseen and the unlearned i.e. a man without spiritual understanding. Nothing on the outside will show that individual that something negative is about to happen.
Except they have eyes that see and ears that hear at a level and frequency or depth that they can understand when things happen in a particular way. This also shows there is a movement and a shift in the spirit that something has to be done about it. So Mordecia picked up the signal and sent a garment of fasting and prayer to Esther. But because Esther did not see what was about to happen she sent the items back to him. Instead she sent him garment of feasting and rejoicing. What Mordecia saw in the spirit was something that could destroy the nation of Israel and even Esther herself. And when she did not understand Mordecia told her that if she doesn’t do anything about it then the enlargement and deliverance will come from someone else.
So it is important we understand that the covenant of preservation, security and protection is tied up to receiving
instructions from God. The awakening of our spiritual faculties to pick up or perceive things in the spirit preserves us in a lot of things. The bible speaks about the fact that a man’s heart has become fat and heavy through over eating and the cares of this world and so the day has come upon them suddenly. It is important we understand that divine direction is actually the connector between heaven and the earth in terms of the release of the anointing of God in an unusual measure into the life of a person. The covenant will remain static while potentially carrying power but will only be unleashed when a person has their inner ear opened up and tuned to the spirit.
The first thing God does when he wants to communicate things to us is that he makes man fall into a deep sleep and in a dream or vision He communicates to man what His purpose is. And in doing so God withdraws the purpose of man from him and hides his pride from him. Many at times we have embarked on journeys that might not be right in the eyes of God but right in our own eyes. What really happens is that the pride of man stops him from making the proper adjustments and taking the correction he ought to take. God says you have got to withdraw from your own purpose and allow Him direct you aright. But the pride of man fights against it and the bible says, pride will always lead to a fall. But God is saying pull out, sacrifice your pride and withdraw completely from it because it is not right in His eyes. The first time God speaks people hardly pick it up because they are in the stage of deep sleep. God can communicate to you in a dream or in any way but basically what he is saying is that your physical senses at that
particular point in time goes quiet. Any form of physical activity is reduced. You are just quiet. This is the right
time for you to take up the word of God and meditate on the scriptures. And as you get quiet, your mind gets quiet and your physical activities gets quiet too. As you continue to think upon God’s word, God will begin to speak to you in a vision from His word. He starts communicating to you and you start seeing scriptures that will correct, change and tell you certain things going on in your life and where you ought to make the necessary adjustments. The scripture says any branch that is fruitful God prunes it so that it might bring forth more fruit. Whoever God loves He chastises and corrects in order to receive that person on another level of glory. Therefore, as believers we must be opened to God’s corrective measures by consistently meditating on His word and aligning our part with His.
Pastor ‘Poju Oyemade