DREAMER OR VISIONERS
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
John 3: 8 says an interesting thing about the
Holy Spirit. It says, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and
thou hearest the sound thereof, but cannot tell whence it cometh,
and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit.”
It simply means that immediately you get born again and get filled
with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for the powers
of darkness to trap you. They can hear the sound of your movement,
but they will not know where you are going or where you are coming
from. So is everyone that is born of the Spirit.
The greatest detective in the world is the Holy
Spirit. No matter how clever you are, or how hidden a thing is, the
Holy Spirit will bring it to light, and before Him no man can hide.
Acts of Apostles 2: 17: “And it shall come to pass in the last days,
saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons
and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see
vision and your old men shall dream dreams.”
Here, we see two categories of people; the young
men and the old men. The young men are supposed to see visions while
the old ones are to dream. That is, visions to the young and dreams
to the old.
A dreamer has a lot of disadvantages. His
greatest disadvantage is that he has to sleep before he collects
information. For example, if a situation that requires urgent
spiritual attention is happening at his place of work, he would fail
woefully because there would not be time for him to go somewhere and
sleep to receive a revelation. Unfortunately, 90 per cent of
Christians who claim to be filled with the Holy Spirit these days
can be classified as “glorified dreamers.”
When you are moving below the level that God
wants you to move, you will not be able to withstand the storm and
waves that will come against you.
WHY VISIONERS ARE BECOMING DREAMERS
Why is it that those that God expects to be
visioners are dreamers? You may think that it is impossible for
everybody to see visions. In the Bible, we have the story of where
Moses was praying for some people and the Lord took part of the
spirit which was upon Moses and distributed it upon the elders and
they began to prophesy. But there were two men who were not in that
meeting but their spirits were there. Even though they were not
physically present at the venue of the meeting, where they were they
were following what was happening in the spirit and they caught the
overflow of the anointing. Immediately the overflow got to them,
they too began to prophesy.
Somebody ran to Moses and said, “Moses,
stop them. They are not supposed to be prophesying like the rest of
us.” Moses said, “Would to God that all of you are prophets, then
there would not be problems again.” Would to God too that
all those who claim to be filled with the Holy Spirit are visioners
instead of dreamers, there would be less problems.
Most times, dreams lack clarity. Sometimes, some
people come to me to say, “Man of God, I saw myself at the
back of a Mercedes Benz or with a brother sitting beside me. I was
wearing a white gown, that looked like a wedding gown but I was not
sure and the brother too, was wearing something that looked like a
wedding suit, I wonder if God is telling me he is my husband.”
I always tell them that they should be serious because they are not
going to get married in the dream. These are the problems with the
A lot of people have been confused by some people
who rub charms on their eyes and claim to see visions. Sometimes the
person rotates and dances under the influence of smoke, incense and
drumming, circulating all over the place. Immediately the person
begins to circulate, demons possess the person and use him as a
point of contact to release the information already decided in
witchcraft meetings about people in the congregation. They collect
these evil prophecies thinking they are the words of God to them.
The reason many people fall victim is because
they are spiritually lazy. If they can discipline themselves and
wait more on the Lord, they would find that seeing vision is not a
big deal like many people think. Many believers who are supposed to
see visions are not seeing anything.
A lot of people have lost their money, cars and
other things to so-called visionaries. How can a person build a
house for 2 million and a so-called prophet would say he should sell
it to him for 50,000.00 because he can see vision?
A man went to a church where a woman was
commanded to go into the spirit to find out what was wrong with him.
The woman danced round the place and when she finished, she said
that the man was having problems because he was being fried in the
same pot used for frying bean cakes. They tried to bring him out of
the pot but could not. The man ran to the church. I made it clear to
him that he had entered into some evil covenants by allowing a
possessed woman to prophesy upon him. So, he had additional problem
to the one that took him there.
Ignorance about the Holy Spirit causes all kinds
of riots in the spirit world. Unfortunately, the Holy Spirit is a
person most believers do not know.
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the
Godhead. He is a person and not a thing. Many people have no problem
visualising God the Father and God the Son but when we talk about
God the Holy Spirit, they get lost. Many people think of God the
Father as one old man sitting somewhere and looking at all of us.
God the Son is easy for them to identify. Many people know that He
is Jesus, the One who came to the world as the man of sorrow, man of
Galilee, man from Nazareth, etc.
The Holy Spirit is not easily identified by many.
But He is really a person, and since He is a personality, He can
speak to you, open your eyes, and open your ears. He is the
executive agent of God on earth today. When Jesus was going away, He
said to His disciples, “If I do not go, the Holy Spirit will not
come. I go but I will send you another comforter. This means that
Jesus is a comforter, but He said, “I will send another one,
that is the Holy Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit is not just speaking in tongues,
which is a manifestation that you have received His baptism. He is
more than that. He is not just an experience, a feeling or an
emotion. The kind of spirit that you cannot control cannot be said
to be the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is a
person who can give information, who can guide and direct you.
A sister prayed that God should show her the
secret behind her problem. As she was praying, she saw a man of God
who came to her and commanded that the wedding ring on her finger
should be removed. He was so aggressive and he forcefully removed
the ring from her finger, and immediately she woke up. When she woke
up, the physical wedding ring on her hand was twisted like paper.
This confirms the fact that a person who cannot see, would put on
the material of his enemy without knowing. Such a person would use
the material of his or her enemy to decorate his or her self without
When you cannot see, you will wear things
manufactured by your enemy, drink medicine prepared by your enemy
and eat his food because you cannot see beyond your nose. God does
not want us to operate like that. Some people come to counseling
crying and saying, “I don’t know why I invested in this business. I
didn’t know that the person is a dupe.” I always asked if they asked
the Holy Spirit about the investment before they went ahead. They
did not ask because they cannot even hear from Him. So, they end up
You must get close to the Holy Spirit and begin
to talk to Him like a friend and companion. This is why we pray for
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the sweet fellowship of the
Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit becomes your friend then seeing
visions would not be a big thing. Visions are just one of those
things that He shows His friends. The Holy Spirit is now the one
operating the plan of God on earth. He is the one that can reveal
the hidden treasures of the kingdom of God.
God’s Holy Spirit is the most valuable asset of
Christian living. So it is wrong to regard the Holy Spirit as just
speaking in tongues, or shaking or twisting. It is more than that.
HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BIBLE
In the book of Genesis, we find the Holy Spirit
doing the work of creation. In Exodus, we find Him empowering people
to do great things. In Judges, He gives power to fight battles. In
2nd Kings, you see the Holy Spirit giving double portion of powers.
In Jeremiah, you find Him as the Spirit of fire. In all the books of
the Bible, you find the Holy Spirit doing one thing or the other.
The question is, are you really ready to
surrender your life to the Holy Spirit to do what He wants to do
with you? If your answer is yes, may I caution you that He would be
your senior partner, He would not take second place. He would be the
one giving the instructions. If you are not ready to carry out His
instructions, then you are not ready yet to receive Him. That is,
you want to remain a dreamer.
Some people plan to fail, they plan to remain in
a particular level all their lives. Such people are not interested
in the mountain- top life, so they do not surrender to the Holy
Spirit. But immediately you open up to the Holy Spirit and say,
“Holy Spirit, I surrender myself to you. Reveal yourself to me,” and
you do it honestly, things will begin to happen. It may mean your
abstaining from certain things.
The Holy Spirit may ask you to stop doing certain
things. He might ask you to stop using your make-ups, jewelry, etc.
He may ask you to re-organize your life pattern. He may ask you to
do extensive night vigils or go to places you do not want to go. The
problem is that a lot of people are afraid of being led by the Holy
Spirit, therefore, they have become occasional vessels in His hands.
LIKE THE WIND
The witch has not been manufactured, neither the
familiar spirit that would trap a person filled with the Holy
Spirit. Just like the wind is mysterious in action, so is a person
filled with the Holy Spirit. He or she cannot be controlled by the
powers of darkness. Just like the wind is powerful in movement, the
movement of someone filled with the Holy Spirit is also powerful.
Just like the wind is invisible in action, the same thing would
happen in your life once you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Just
as the wind is penetrating in action, you too would be like that
when you are filled with the Holy Ghost.
Beloved, are you ready for the Holy Spirit? Do
you really want to leave the department of the dreamer and become a
visioner? If your answer is yes, then you must open up to the Holy
Spirit. The beauty of a life filled with the Holy Spirit is that the
powers of darkness may see you but would not be able to predict your
action. If you operate like the wind, you cannot be trapped. But
there is a very bitter word of lamentation which can be used to
describe the present- day Christian Hosea 7:8-9
We thank God for the Bible for it makes us to
understand that there is no age limit in getting filled with the
Holy Spirit. If a child is ready, God will fill him up, likewise an
adult that is ready. Whoever is ready gets filled up. God can never
PRESENT -DAY BELIEVER
Hosea 7: 8 –9: “Ephraim, he hath mixed
himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. Strangers
have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs
are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.”
Many people have mixed themselves up with the
world. Some have mixed themselves up with what we call spiritual
nonentities, while others are unturned bread, that is, they remain
in the same department every year. Anyone who looks at the spiritual
state of the present church would know that a lot is wrong. Many
people come to services yet there is no change in their life style.
Many put up a different attitude in the church and a different
attitude outside. Many come to meetings and receive miracles but
they do not come across the God of miracles. They have miracles but
do not have the miracle worker.
Many people have a lot of people around them that
would never follow them to church because their life style does not
glorify Jesus. How can a person convert his neigbour’s wife when he
is busy making passes at her? How can a person convert someone he is
drinking alcohol with? It gives me a lot of concern when I realise
that some people will not get to heaven because they do not want to,
not that heaven is not open. It is, but they just do not want to go
Some people are unserious with everything in
life, including matters of heaven. This is the reason many present-
day Christians are still afraid of demons, charms, incantations,
enchantments, etc. They cannot withstand these things because there
is sin in their lives and they know that the devil can see it. There
are also many people who attend church services but lack simple
faith in God. They bind the spirit of headache with paracetamol in
their pocket, yet they want the miracle. Many come to meetings but
they find it very difficult to conquer sin.
A man prayed in agony to God to change his life.
In fact, he cried to God to give him the power to live a holy life.
Suddenly, a voice sounded from heaven and said, “You have to
wrestle. You must fight your flesh and conquer it. Don’t expect me
to conquer your flesh for you.” You have to determine in your spirit
that your flesh shall not overcome or dominate your life. It is a
personal decision. It is so easy for a lady who allows herself to be
put in the family way to say, “It is this man that messed up my
life.” But she has forgotten that she gave him her full co-operation
without which it would not have been possible.
Many people cannot hear God’s voice. To many, God
is unreal. They just come to the church to gamble; therefore, satan
is killing many people prematurely. Many do not have independent
faith, they have become spiritually static. Many would drink
concoction, take injections, drink holy water, use anointing oil,
and also do deliverance at the same time; they have become gamblers
because the Holy Spirit has no free flow in their lives.
The Holy Spirit you receive should not be just to
speak in tongues or to pray when you are scared at night. It is to
communicate with Him as a friend. When the Holy Spirit becomes your
friend, it is then He will open your eyes and you can see things for
yourself. This is why it is very important to pray that whatever is
breaking down your communication with the Holy Spirit should be
The Bible dispensation can be divided into three:
1. The period of the tabernacle: This was the
period when the Israelites built tabernacles in the wilderness.
Then, God was inside the tabernacle and not in their lives. So, they
messed up. Anytime they wanted to see God, they entered into the
tabernacle. Nobody knew much about the devil then. That is why in
the Old Testament, you do not see much about the devil. He was able
to operate in hiding. But when you get to the New Testament, you see
the Man of Galilee who came around and began to expose the devil.
2. The dispensation of the Son, i.e. Jesus
Christ: He came physically, did His redemptive work and said,
“I am going away but I shall come back. I will send you the Holy
Spirit who will be staying with you and teaching you all things. He
shall be your friend.” As a Christian, if you are not close
to this Friend that the Lord has given us, you will have problem.
3. The dispensation of the Holy Spirit: The Holy
Spirit is the executive agent of God’s programme on earth now.
HINDRANCES TO VISION:
Demonic activities: If you are involved in
demonic activities, forget being a visioner. You will become a
Unconfessed sin: If you have unconfessed sin
in your life, forget the school of the visioners. You will
remain a dreamer until you confess all your sin.
Lack of true repentance: When you have not
truly repented, forget the school of the visioners because you
will still be a dreamer.
Unforgiveness: If there are some people that
you can never forgive, forget the school of visioners.
Fear: If fear is in your heart, you will
remain in the school of dreamers.
Unbelief and doubt.
Lack of concentration: Some people’s minds
roam around. They do not really follow anything through. Such
remain in the school of dreamers.
Refusing to release yourself totally to the
Refusal to honor your parents: This will also
land you in the school of dreamers.
The choice is yours now. Joshua said to the
Israelites, “Choose you this day whom you shall serve, whether
the idols your father were worshipping in the wilderness or the Lord
God.” He also made a confession. He said, “But as for me and
my house, we shall serve the Lord.” Personal choice.
You must depart from the school of dreamers. Your
eyes must open so that you can receive divine revelation. Remember
it is a matter of personal decision. If you decide to put an end to
blind Christian life, God will open your eyes. If you say, “Enough
of spiritual life of the valley,” God will catapult you to the
mountain-top. It is necessary to confess any hidden sin that can
hinder you to the Lord. God has promised to fill all the vessels
that are ready. So, readiness is the condition.
1. Oh, Lord, manifest your presence in my
life, in the name of Jesus.
2. Let the rain of the Holy Spirit fall upon me now, in the name
3. Oh Lord, let your mantle of power fall upon me, in Jesus’
4. Holy Ghost, fill me, in the name of Jesus.
5. Holy Spirit, open my eyes, in the name of Jesus.
6. I refuse to operate in spiritual blindness, in Jesus’ name.
7. I remove myself from every evil spiritual bus- stop, in the
name of Jesus.
8. I reject every arrow fired against my spiritual life, in the
name of Jesus.