It is imperative that we all learn to distinguish those manifestations that are to signify truth from those that are created to manipulate or confuse. Rather than creating an encyclopedia of signs, wonders and miracles that He has performed, we will focus on His character and love for us. The more time we spend with Him, the more easily we recognize His activities, and the more we experience the supernatural and begin to exercise our authority over it.
Dreams, Visions, Trances
We will also look at some practical approaches to receiving and interpreting dreams, visions and trances, but for now we want to settle for ourselves that these are among the ways God reveals Himself to us personally. They are tools in our supernatural tool belt, and the Lord wants us to become handy with everything that He’s made available. As previously stated, these can be copied by the devil and by our own soulical power. But do we stop using twenty-dollar bills because there are counterfeit twenty-dollar bills out there? NO! We simply learn to find ways to distinguish between what is real and what merely appears to be real. Likewise we approach our learning on the same principle of asking the Lord to teach us, then showing up for class. By now the phrases, “Lord, is that you?” and “Lord, what does this mean?” should jump to your mind every time you encounter something new. We can therefore move forward with confidence that God won’t get us into something that HE can’t handle (though I guarantee He’ll eventually set you down in the middle of something YOU can’t handle!).