COURSE: Introduction to Torah This teaching is normally included in the Introduction to Torah Course as dreams are a natural progression as a result of an increase in prayer and torah study. Expect your dreams to increase. Get into the habit of recording your dreams in writing or by voice. Whenever the revelation is not clear, ask for clarity and understanding, When GOD speaks something into your heart, ask if you should be releasing it or revealing it. Maybe the time is not yet? Consider the question. Can He share His Secrets with His Servant?
As we cover the material in this course, please keep the above question in the back of your mind, stay prayerful and stand the watch.
“The ruach hakodesh* rested upon Joeseph from his youth. He was a tzaddik, constantly thinking of Hashem.” —Rabbi Moshe Weissman
If God showed you the plans He has for you in a vision or a dream, could he trust you with the vision?
Could you allow the vision to take root in your life?, Can God share His Dreams for you in Secret….until the time He says, “this is the way, walk ye in it?”
Joseph was anointed too with prophetic dreams. We all know the error Joseph made when he received revelation from God about his destiny. He rushed to tell the vision to everyone. It wasn’t until he was trapped in a pit, that he might have had a chance to re-think his approach to handling the revelations God gave him.
On one level, it’s perfectly understandable how he responded, right? To obtain such a revelation from God is mind-blowing! Without the advantage of discipline and restraint, it’s extremely difficult to contain, isn’t it?
Keeping the Secrets of God is a principle ingredient of the anointing, as well as an essential quality of spiritual development and discernment.
Our flesh wants to tell everything… reveal everything… to everyone, as soon as the vision or the message comes to us. Did we write it down, send it out in a text? Did we call someone and wake them up to share the dream? It is definitely tempting, but our spirit needs to hold it close, to nurture the vision… and water the seeds of destiny with prayer and fasting for the breakthrough!
If GOD has a secret that He wants to share with you, can you keep it?
Most people respond with a ‘Run and go tell it on the mountain approach.’ Joseph couldn’t hold the counsel of GOD. By moving ahead of the spirit, he set the wheels in motion that delayed his destiny and endangered the vision GOD gave. In order to regain the territory that he lost through impatience, excitement and an undisciplined spirit, Joseph had to pay a price.
Spiritual immaturity is a destiny destroyer. Plain and simple. It won’t be the enemy that blindsided and blocked the believers’ destiny, or ruined their opportunities,–not at all. This is a case of spiritual self-sabotage.
The third time the word, ‘secret’ appears in the scriptures, it is in Deut 29:29, “the secret things belong to God, but those things that are [uncovered] belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this torah” (incorrectly rendered in the text as ‘law’, Strong’s 2063.Ref: The Journey begins, Part 1-3).
The scripture says it more clearly from Hebrew… “that we may do all the words of this torah”, not that, “we may do all the words of this law.” Note: The secret things belong to GOD that we may do all the words of the torah. This is about following ‘the words of instructions and teachings.’ The secrets things are given to us in order to enable us to fulfill our assignments.
In a conversation between Eliphaz and Job (Job 15:8), Eliphaz speaks of the Secrets of God. He asks,“Do you listen in on the secrets (H5475) of God?, Are God’s secrets not enough for you, words spoken gently to you? (i.e, do you limit or restrain wisdom to yourself?” Eliphaz challenges Job about his access to the secrets of God? Is he implying GOD is limiting wisdom to Job? Is he jealous that Job has the confidence of GOD to carry His secrets?
Psalms 25:14 The Secret of the Lord is with them that fear (yi’ra) him; and he will shew them his covenant. 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. —Fear does not mean ‘fear’ the way we speak/understand it in English. This word ‘fear’ is yi’ra which means to see and reverence, simultaneously. A double-edged sword, if you will. Unlike English, they go hand in hand. Reverence of GOD provides insight, and GOD will open up His covenant to us.
As we have seen above, the word, ‘secret’ is being used in connection with righteousness, reverence for GOD and His covenant. Let’s take a look at Daniel ch. 2
The prophet Daniel is working with a greater spiritual level of maturity, than Joseph was as a young man. When the dreams of Nebudchadnezzar were revealed to Daniel, he asked for time to pray. He did not advance any theories of his own as to what the dreams meant. If he had, scripture would have told us. Whenever, scripture leaves out or includes information, it is done with purpose.
Contrast the way in which Joseph handled his dreams vs. the way Daniel handled dreams. With Joseph in his early years, there was no ‘fear’, no reverence, or insight applied. In fact, Joseph’s excitement sounds like pride and kindles the resentment of his brothers.
Joseph has earned a reputation with his brothers of being a talebearer. On many occasions in his youth, he gives his father an evil report of his brother’s activities, due to his lack of understanding about what is actually happening. He reports wickedness, where there is a merely a difference of opinion, or interpretation of process. Joseph jumps to conclusions.
Whether unintentionally, or irresponsibly, his false accusations on his brothers activities, are returned with false accusations against him in Potifar’s house.
Falsely accusing someone, from the Hebrew perspective, is equivalent loshon hara*, which is like stealing their name and reputation. For these sins, Joseph will be sold into slavery, in effect being stolen away himself.
These above situations began a domino effect, simply because Joseph ran ahead of the vision of God. Daniel teaches us to pray over the vision for revelation and strategy. This is a lesson that it takes Joseph a while to learn, but he learns it. Going forward, Joseph seeks revelation on every dream. He spends 22 years in Egypt, growing up spiritually, in wisdom and understanding. Speaking the vision when the spirit releases him to, no longer moving ahead of GOD.
We do not have 22 years to get this right! Maybe there are some that have spent 20 years fighting banned battles, or locked up in Pharoah’s spiritual prison or Potifar’s house. But if you are called to be a bread provider (like Joseph), you just don’t have time for that!
- Stay in sync with the Spirit of God –do not move ahead of the vision.
- Moving ahead of GOD, is equivalent to Spiritual Self-Sabotage.
- Pray over your Dreams and Visions. Seek insight and revelation, strategy. Remember, once Joseph matured spiritually, he covered the dreams of Pharoah with prayer and sought God for understanding. God responded with a better blessing. God gave Joseph revelation + strategy, which saved Egypt and the entire known world at that time.
- Rushing to judgment – sets patterns in motion that can hinder your spiritual progress and delay destiny.
- Moving ahead of GOD, will cause us to walk one way, while the anointing walks another.
- You will only know what actions to take if you pray first, and be patient.
- The secrets things are given that we might fulfill our assignments.
- Don’t be a partner in frustrating the plans of GOD. Be Still. Be Patient. Some dreams take time for the revelations to come. You may wrestle with the vision, but do not let it go. Stay in Prayer.
- Reverence, allows GOD to open up His covenant to us.
By releasing the vision into the atmosphere ahead of God, Joseph not only has to fight to recover the vision, he has to battle the words that his brothers have spoken against his destiny.
When we are careless with our words, we give our opposition the opportunity to use our words against us. When we wait and pray, we gain the advantage of releasing our words under the protection of the anointing.
Do you release your words under the anointing, or do you release them to war with the flesh of others? Which would you prefer to do?
If you have ever felt the sting of another person using your words against you, you can easily prove to yourself, which one of the above measures is the better course of action.
Guard the vision, wait and pray vs. “Run and go tell it on the mountain.” Protect the anointing on the visions and dreams that GOD gives you, and on whatever He places in your heart to do. Guard them like the treasures of Heaven, and when it’s time to spend them on His Kingdom, you will know it.
Let us choose the more excellent way!
God Bless You,
- ruach ha’kodesh ~ Holy Spirit
- loshon ha’ra ~ wicked speech, evil tongue, gossip, evil report
Quote: Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says -The Book of Beraishis, 1980 New printing 2012, Brooklyn New York 11223
Ref: An Overview of Torah Lishma and the Secrets you can uncover from this realm of Torah Study. Click Here to go to Torah Lisha Post.