Chasing Dreams, Visions, and Healings
While I was in college, I was part of a prayer group that was highly focused on witnessing miracles. Most of these miracles circled around supernatural healing, but that was not the only thing we were chasing. There were also times of extreme laughter that accompanied our prayer times. Some people classify this as holy laughter. I now, classify this as hogwash. What was actually happening was a group of young kids were getting together and acting like children. One person would begin to laugh then the room would burst out in laughter. We also were amazed at stories of people receiving visions or dreams from God. It was like a drug that we were hooked on. When one person told us about a dream or vision we all wanted to get one that much more.
I would go to these meetings for a time of prayer, but really, I was chasing acceptance. I was also chasing the supernatural. What I wasn’t chasing was God. Chasing the manifestations of God is far different from seeking God himself. The more I went the more convicted I became. I knew this was not Christianity. I knew that this was not holy, but I kept going. Then one day, I came across a quote from Charles Spurgeon that shook me up:
Now, the only feeling I ever want to have is just this,—I want to feel that I am a sinner and that Christ is my Saviour. You may keep your visions, and ecstasies and raptures, and dancings to yourselves; the only feeling that I desire to have is deep repentance and humble faith; and if, poor sinner, you have got that, you are saved.
Why, some of you believe that before you can be saved there must be a kind of electric-shock, some very wonderful thing that is to go all through you from head to foot. Now hear this, “The word is nigh thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart. If thou dost with thy heart believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and with thy mouth dost confess, thou shalt be saved.” What do ye want with all this nonsense of dreams and supernatural thoughts? All that is wanted is, that as a guilty sinner I should come and cast myself on Christ. That done, the soul is safe, and all the visions in the universe could not make it safer. -“A Simple Sermon for Seeking Souls,“ a sermon preached Sunday morning, 12 July 1857, at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.
I read this and immediately began to repent for my childish ways. I wanted to see people healed. I wanted God to give me dreams. And I wanted to have visions that would blow me, and everyone else, away. What I didn’t realize was that these wishes were not from God…they were from me. What God wants is for his people to have contrite hearts, humble spirits, and renewed minds. Chasing dreams, visions, and healings are not godly. The realization that I am a sinner saved by grace is enough to bring me to godliness.
As Spurgeon said:
All that is wanted is, that as a guilty sinner I should come and cast myself on Christ. That done, the soul is safe, and all the visions in the universe could not make it safer.
And to that I can only say…Amen!
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