I had a prophetic dream last night (7-14-14) that I believe provides insight and revelation into the current state of the church in Lakeland, FL. This dream releases a wake up call, a prayer initiative, and hope of victory that intercessors and church leaders need to prayerfully consider and act upon as the Holy Spirit leads.
In the dream, there was a large giant (having an appearance of a man) that stood around 12 ft tall. He came in and out of the city of Lakeland with an assignment to release deception. As I watched and observed his movements, I was very alarmed because very few people in Lakeland recognized this giant or even payed him any attention. I asked the Holy Spirit in the dream, “Why do the people not fear this giant that has come to Lakeland to bring destruction?
The Spirit replied back to me and said, “My body in Lakeland is too busy being religious to notice this giant. They make the mistake of associating busyness with spiritual growth, when in fact the church in Lakeland is fast asleep. They have been lulled to sleep like Samson. Delilah has come to seduce the church leadership in Lakeland. Though they appear spiritual running about here and there with their programs and religious services, I tell you that the body of Christ in Lakeland is sleeping.”
When I heard this, I began to tremble and launched a search in Lakeland for people that were not too busy involved in religious activities to discern and see this huge giant. The Holy Spirit made it clear that this giant must be exposed and defeated immediately. As I cried out in Lakeland, I could find no one but a young boy to come with me to kill the giant. This boy possessed child-like faith and a warring spirit upon him. He was so excited and ready for battle. I told him to follow me because I was going out to meet this giant and kill it.
The boy and I set out to the outskirts of Lakeland to wait upon the giant and ambush him. When the giant appeared, I ran out to meet him and knocked him to the ground. I grabbed his neck and began squeezing. The harder I squeezed, the more he fought me, but I eventually subdued and killed him until he breathed his last breath. There was no cheering, there was no audience. The church in Lakeland was fast asleep engaging in religious activities and being deceived by their busyness. Then I awoke.
After having some time to pray and seek the council of the the Lord, several things have been revealed to me that I would like to draw our attention to:
1. Religious activities and busyness in the church of Lakeland must not necessarily be associated with obedience to God. It is clear from this prophetic dream that there is a very high level of deception in Lakeland in regards to the giants or giant that has come to seduce the body of Christ. Jesus came to the church of Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6 and told them that they had an appearance of being alive, but really they were dead. This same message applies to us in Lakeland.
2. We need to pray for church leadership in Lakeland to not be seduced and lulled to sleep by this Delilah spirit. We must not exchange intimacy and relationship for busyness and activity. All true spiritual fruit in the kingdom of God is birthed from prayer and intimacy.
3.. I believe the young boy filled with faith and a warring spirit represents a young generation in Lakeland that is ready and excited to go to battle. They are forerunners who are alert and were born to watch and guard the city from enemy attack. These burning ones will be called on in the days ahead.
4. We need to wake up in Lakeland, FL! It should be alarming that very few people recognized this giant or heard the battle cry being released. We need to evaluate what we are doing spiritually and ask God if we are missing him. Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 15:8-9 that they honored him with their lips but their hearts were far from him. They worshipped him in vain and the teachings they delivered were mere traditions of men. Is this happening in Lakeland, FL right now and we don’t even know it?
5. This dream in no way puts me personally on a pedestal of any kind. I am not superior nor more spiritual than any other man or woman in this city. God was using me as an example of a forerunner messenger in the dream to sound the alarm and wake the church of Lakeland up to her destiny.
May God use dreams like these and many others to stir awakening and revival in the city of Lakeland. Let us have ears to hear and eyes to see what the Spirit is revealing in this hour.
Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.”
The Unknown Dreamer,