January 25, 2021 Dream-Grave Soaking

On Monday, January 25, 2021 I dreamed I was touring an exhibit. I could see DJT far ahead of me in line (though he does not immediately appear to be relevant to the dream).

Somehow I knew the exhibit was from China.

I approach a very strange scene on display. There were real dead bodies laid out. The bodies were partially encased in blocks of ice. Laying on top of each dead person was a live person, also partially encased within the same block of ice. The living person was laid out flat on top and face to face with a dead person. I asked, “What is this?” I was told (by whom I don’t recall, just a faceless person within my dream) the living person will remain that way for a week. The purpose is to soak up the remaining essence of the dead person, their talents, spirit, etc. Naturally, I was aghast.

At first I thought it was just a strange dream, but as I was recalling it to my dad, Holy Spirit reminded me of something I heard about a few years ago. It is called grave soaking. Got Questions has a good explanation of this practice. Put simply, it is when someone will lay across the grave of a famous person hoping to absorb any leftover anointing. It is practiced within some charismatic and “word of faith” Christian sects. For example, someone may lay across the grave of C.S. Lewis in hopes of absorbing his anointing.

Forgive my bluntness, but it is a ridiculous and ghastly practice. The Holy Spirit gives giftings to whom He pleases. The idea that the Holy Spirit’s work is derailed upon the death of His anointed is not only absurd, but perhaps even blasphemous. He is not “trapped” inside a dead body waiting for a new person to dwell. Yes, I know the story of Elijah and Elisha. I know the story found in 2 Kings 13 about the dead man coming to life after touching the bones of Elisha. This is not the same thing.

The Holy Spirit is free to whosoever calls upon the name of Jesus, who confesses, believes, and is born again into Christ. He gifts each believer with giftings as He sees fit. No amount of laying on a deceased brother’s grave is going to thrawt, or empower, His purpose for your life. If you want to preach like Jonathan Edwards, ask Him! If you want to write like Lewis, ask Him! Don’t go laying on people’s graves. Such practices are mysticism and akin to witchcraft.

(Note: I have no idea why I understood the exhibit to be from China, nor why I saw DJT.)

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Words of Encouragement I Shared on FB today…..

Those with discernment knew this day was coming. We are not surprised by this. Get in the Word.

Hang on tight to the Truth dear brothers and sisters. Stand firm in the power of His might. Check your armor. We do not battle against flesh and blood, nor is our faith rooted in a man.

If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. BUT IF NOT, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
Daniel 3:17‭-‬18 NKJV

Looking to 2021 with Hope

Here we are again, facing a new year. Most people are bidding “good riddance” to 2020 and looking to the new year with hope. Somehow I don’t think 12:00 am of January 1 is going to suddenly make everything better. Yet, it’s a beautiful word: HOPE.

I mean, I get it. We look at a new year and we see its potential and possibilities and we hope to finally get it right. Whatever it is.

Yet we know that hope outside of the Lord is shallow and fleeting. Our only true hope, our blessed hope, is in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this hope that will carry us through whatever the new year may bring. It is what carried many of us through 2020. Hope in the Lord is what brings the peace that surpasses all understanding. You see, this hope is not wishful thinking, rather it is the blessed assurance of to Whom we belong. For the child of God, those who are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus, we know that whatever may come- His will be done- and we rest safely within His shadow. This is not to say that we will not have difficult times, for that is the human experience, but we look to Him for help and strength and He has His hands upon us. It is then when He carries us.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
Hebrews 6:19 NKJV

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 NKJV

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NKJV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
I Peter 1:3 NKJV

There are dozens more verses offering hope.

Perhaps this is the year our blessed hope is realized and we see Him face to face. Until then, trust Him, be watchful, and occupy.