Every year Holy Spirit takes me through training to increase and improve my ability to interpret dreams. How it comes about is, I'll be doing fine, just interpreting easily without a resource and then it'll dry up so I can't see or hear anything in the dreams I'm having or looking at for others. Then I have to run to The Lord to get help and He pulls me into Holy Spirit Boot Camp™ for a season.
I'm going through this training and upgrading for the third cycle (been interpreting professionally for four years) right now (June 21, 2016) so I've been reading over my dream journals for about a week. I found a dream recorded 26 January 2016 that reads,
"Ken A. was in my dream driving us somewhere. Not sure who else was in the car."
This happened April 12, 2016. Ken and his girlfriend picked Z and I up from the airport when we returned from The 3rd Annual Grow Your Dreams Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.
I found another dream from 9 March 2016 that I just got fuller understanding of now that some events have transpired and because of increased training. Dream:
I was in a race and was late picking up my race packet. It was inside a church that had the indoor track in Gonzaga's practice gym. I ended up starting almost last and realized I'd forgotten my shoes. They were already running and I couldn't go home to get them so I ran barefoot. Where people sat in the church, they could watch the runners.
Interpretation: The race set before me is what God has called me to do. I wasn't prepared for this race held in His house, though, and had to go forward anyway.
Some background that you need to know for this dream is that I was attempting to renew my teaching certificate and was having difficulty after difficulty trying to do so. I'd also been praying for God to reveal to me what He wanted me to do for the second half of the year and going forward.
Not only is running our races mentioned in The Holy Scriptures, but I'm a runner in waking life so the scenario was tailored for me. Gonzaga University is my undergraduate college and where I began running in the fall of 1996. The combination of the church and Gonzaga's indoor running track pointed to the fact that I'd be teaching and running for God at a higher level than what I'm certified to teach in waking life, which is K-8. That was telling me to stop worrying about the Elementary teaching cert. because that's not where I was headed; I'd be teaching older people. Because I was running in a church that was reinforcing my work for The Kingdom and not natural education.
At the #GYDreams2016 conference I received a prophetic word that God was waiting for me to say, "YES," to being a prophet for Him and that I was a barefoot priest. Now, that wasn't the first time someone had told me I was a prophet. Kent Simpson told me I was in 2012, but I didn't believe him because he didn't know me. My apostle, Prince Handley, told me that a couple months after (July 2012) Mr. Simpson, and I didn't believe Prince because I was still coming out of the pit of despair. By this year, God sent Latoya Barrett and Candace Ford to the conference with words to get me running because if He hadn't gotten my attention I would've renewed my teaching cert. in July and taken a position at school district.
Another meaning for running the race barefoot - in addition to being a barefoot priest - is that He was sending me off to work seemingly unprepared. "Seemingly" because that's simply a part of spiritual growth. You get new revelation and go. It's not perfected because it can only become so through action. Lastly, I was late to the race because this commission had already been given, but until recently, I hadn't said yes to running.
I'd love to read your feedback and to know if you see anything else in the dream I didn't mention. Lie down without fear and have peaceful dreams. ❤
5 June 2016 - On April 12, 2014 I dreamed I was in a boarding school for African girls. I remember it was painted a beautiful blue inside and I had just read a story to one girl and put her to bed. Then a group of gunmen came in and opened fired, killing many. I was running all over and then grabbed a few girls and went to hide until it was over.
On April 14, 2014 the terrorist organization boko haram descended upon a Nigerian government school and kidnapped more than 250 Christian school girls. Holy Spirit was giving me a head's up to pray.
On the 2-year anniversary this year my spirit was stirred to take up this intercessory assignment again and I invited others to come alongside me. I've shared before that when you take an assignment from God there's a reward waiting for you at completion; and still only one other person has committed to praying for these young ladies with me.
SIDE NOTE: I've been encountering the spirit of jealousy toward me from at least two sources recently. I'm the least of these. I have nothing ... I am nothing, so I don't get it. All I have is a covenant with The Godhead so anything I get or do is a result of that. I'm telling you all now, and I've shared this multiple times and places before - if you want what I have, say YES to God's assignments. It's really simple. Put the energy it takes to be jealous into serving Him and you'll surpass me 'cause I don't do that much.
On tonight's prayer call Ruach haKodesh was fully present. I heard the following as recorded in my journal at 5:12 p.m.:
Your prayers are energizing the Hosts of Heaven. It's only a matter of time before you hear that I've released the key and turned the lock to free those captives.
Praise the Name of The Lord! When I heard that I loosed angelic hosts to go tap and stir intercessors and not allow them to rest until they began to cry out for those girls' deliverance. If you're an intercessor and have felt the desire to pray, don't ignore it. Stop reading this and pray as if those were your children trapped in the bondage of Egypt.
Then my prayer partner texted and said she'd continue to worship after the call (I did, too), and she had a vision of an angel leading the girls out of the camp in a line. She continued to worship and said she believed something happened today (I do, too!), that she didn't know what exactly but she felt the shift.
Hallelujah! God is shifting all things and all people in this season. If you can't recognize it or aren't being shifted I'm so sorry ... and I loose revelation of God's times and seasons into your life and household in fullness right now in Yeshua's name.
I just remembered I've been singing all day, "Lord, I want You to move me ... " I pray you know and love Him enough to allow Him to move and shift you so that you can prevail in the days ahead.
5.22.2016 — Many of you already know that I'm a runner. When I'm running Holy Spirit speaks to me very clearly. I'm always excited to finish because I always have a new product, teaching or fresh revelation to offer to The Body.
As I ran tonight Katy Perry's song Roar came on my playlist and I finally listened to the words. I've liked the song for years but often — as most folks do — sing along to a song without actually listening to the words. But this time I listened to the words and The Spirit of God came over me ... and then I heard His voice.
Here are part of the lyrics:
I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sit quietly, agree politely
I guess that I forgot I had a choice
I let you push me past the breaking point
I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything
I immediately thought to myself 1. this song's anointed! and then 2. that it was a rebellious response to her supernaturally powerful parents who raised her as a believer in Yeshua. But Dad said, "She's not rebelling against her parents, she's rebelling against me. She's rejecting me." How's that for perspective? For whatever reason, and of course, I don't know because I wasn't raised with her, Ms. Perry received God's statutes as controlling instead of as protection. And the natural (key word) response to (real or perceived) control is rebellion. She desires to control what God put in her instead of submitting it to Him to produce the fullness of destiny. It's really about her and Him, not her and her parents.
I automatically focused on natural things when I really heard the lyrics — natural parents, natural assumption by taking the parents' pov. I have to be sure to get His perspective ... which is often different than mine. Staying in my natural mind is soulful and fleshly (John 3:6). It's the vanity of the human mind that makes me think I can properly assess something without His Spirit (Ecclesiastes 1). God's Words helped me to remember that He's supernatural and when His anointing is on something or someone it's for supernatural purposes.
I'm thankful for Yeshua's sacrifice which brought me into covenant relationship with The Spirit of God so that He can speak to and teach me. I praise Him that my mind is able to be renewed to align with Him so that I can grow into the mind of Christ.
I pray that you're submitted to Ruach Elohim so that your mind is continually renewed by His supernatural power.
Baruch ha'shem Yeshua!
5.20.2016 9:21 p.m. PDT - It is the sabbath and I am resting, but Holy Spirit is also stirring in my spirit and depositing wisdom. He does this often. I'm glad He does and I like it.
What really got me hype was this: When a demon takes up residence in your life, don't just sit there and take it. That's powerful.
Sadly, people just sit and take it all the time. Instead of fighting, they just receive the harassment and accept it as another part of life. I know everyone isn't as feisty as I am, but you should be. The enemy has no problem sticking it to you right where it hurts so you should be just as willing to deliver them divine blows right from the camp of The Conquering King, Yeshua the Messiah.
Remember: When God says yes to you going into battle, you're guaranteed a victory 'cause He don't lose.
I pray this encourages you to fight for your life and that of your loved ones.
Zari Banks, M.Ed
Zari is an author, teacher, mentor, speaker and entrepreneur.