You are your own best Prophet, you are your own best Pastor, you are your own best Seer. If only you’ll desire to know and please your Creator more than any other thing in Life, the supernatural would become your natural. Christians that have received the grace to see and hear instructions, directives, secrets, etc from God should share their experiences here to let young Christians know that Christianity is relationship with highest Divinity. I too will share my personal experience of hearing from God and vivid visions that I received and came to pass acurately. Holy Spirit speaks to God’s people in many ways, one of which is through prophetic visions, pictures and visual impressions of the mind.
In the Old Testament, prophets frequently received visions and pictures from God and saw into the spiritual realm. One of the terms used for a prophet was ‘seer’. The Hebrew word, ra’ah used by Samuel of himself means to see, look, perceive and have vision. (1 Sam 9:19, ) The noun chozeh used of many prophets in the OT means ‘a seer’ or ‘a vision.’
The gift of prophetic vision is carried through to the church today and examples appear throughout the New Testament. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted God’s word through the Prophet Joel:
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’ (Acts 2:17)
Types of Prophetic Vision.
A vision usually occurs as a simple picture (or moving picture) coming to mind—the Holy Spirit’s fleeting imprint upon our imagination.
The New Testament also records a ‘trance vision’. (Acts 10:9-17) During a trance vision, awareness of physical surroundings remains, but the vision also appears real to the senses.
A third type of vision is ‘open vision’, where a person experiences the vision as a physical reality. (Acts 10:3-4)
8 Ways to Grow In Prophetic Visions and Pictures.
Before we get into the 8 ways, you need to know that you must submit the source of your thoughts to Holy Spirit for youyou to clearly hear and see from HIM. Relentlessly pray that HOLY SPIRIT should take permanent charge and control of the source of your thoughts. Also, you must strive to prevent evil/dirty thoughts from being entertain. They’ll aways come knocking at the door of your heart, but you’ve been given power to choose. You must master to shut them out instead of letting them in an entertaining them like August visitors.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
“Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it proceed the issues of Life.”
You have to make up your mind like Job in Job 31:1 and constantly remind yourself that “I covenanted with my eyes; why then should I look upon a maid? ( I have covenanted with my eyes never to look lustfully at any girl.” It’s a training that you must undergo, always look away till your mind is list free.
Would you like to develop your ability to receive pictures, impressions and visions from God? Here are 8 ways you can grow in your gift of spiritual sight:
1. Desire to See What the Father is doing and work/walk
with HIM in it..
“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19)
Firstly ask, ‘What is my motivation for wanting to see in the spiritual realm?’
Your motivation for prophetic vision should be that of Jesus—the desire to see what your Father is doing and to know what is on God’s heart. This is not only the highest use of prophetic vision; it is also a guard against deception.
2. Yield Your Imagination to the Holy Spirit
Pray and yield your imagination to the Holy Spirit. Consider your imagination to be a canvas that the Holy Spirit can paint upon. Habakkuk says, ‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me…’ (Hab 2:1)
If you are not used to this, here are some practical exercises that can help you to activate your imagination and grow your gift of prophetic vision:
Read or listen to Scripture and picture the stories in your minds eye. Imagine them as a movie—where are you in the scene?
Picture yourself operating in in the future call and destiny of God upon your life.