Cartoon of a group of people sitting in a living room. One is saying 'When you said that thing just now about God being a shepherd and us being his sheep, I had a picture of God as a shepherd and us as his sheep...' The caption reads 'Neil had't quite got the hang of 'getting a picture''

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Visions can occur on several levels. These range from fleeting; still pictures through to moving pictures which are both seen with the eyes of your heart. They can also include ‘open’ visions that one or more people see with their eyes open. These can seem like the real thing happening in front of you Acts 12:9.

“If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, shall make Myself known to him in a vision” Numbers 12:6.

When God provides a vision He is making himself known. In other words He is either reminding us about an aspect of His nature that we have neglected, or changing our perspective to match His.

While praying for an individual, if you are at peace and waiting on God, you can often receive a picture. This is usually stationary but can be moving – those that move are often of a higher revelatory level as they will include more detail than a still picture.

Jesus seeing Nathaneal under the fig tree was probably one of these, and may have been a still picture. John 1:47-51 “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said of him, ‘Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit.’ Nathaneal said to Him, ‘How do You know me?’ Jesus answered and said to him. ‘Before Phillip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.’ Nathanael answered Him, ‘Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.’”

Mark 11:1-7 is probably a picture/vision of the moving type. “As they approached Jerusalem, at Bethpage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples, and said to them, ‘Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you. ‘Why are you doing this?’ You say, ‘The Lord has need of it; and immediately he will send it back here.’’ They went away and found a colt tied at the door, outside in the street, and they untied it. Some of the bystanders were saying to them, ‘what are you doing untying the colt?’ They spoke to them just as Jesus had told them, and they gave them permission.”

Visions from God can easily be missed because of distractions. When you receive something like this from God, learn to concentrate your focus on it prayerfully. Do not try to interrupt it by analysing etc. as these can stop the flow.
Ask God to make clear to you what He requires of you in this situation. These pictures are often symbolic and there is often a need to ask for interpretation from God. The need for discernment is important in these situations.

If you are unsure, ask God for another picture which will bring a different angle and more light. If He does not give us greater clarity, it can still be helpful to share the picture as it is. Although the vision may be meaningless to us, it can still have great meaning for the person receiving it.

An example of a vision happened when I was praying for a retired lady I had never met before. She seemed very sad. I received a picture of a shark! Now there was nobody who was less like a shark than this gentle, frail lady. When I asked God about it, He reminded me of what a shark does. He said ‘Tell her the time of devouring is over.’ When I did so, she burst into tears, and told me about how her husband had died the year before of cancer, and how she feared that she might get it too.

1. Introduction.
2. God's nature as creator and communicator.
3. The role of the Bible.
4. Turn aside when you notice something.
5. Be careful what you worship.
6. The Holy Spirit quickens things.
7. Hide and seek using parables.
8. Ask the Holy Spirit.
9. The inner room is where we meet with God.
10. The importance of peace and stillness.
11. Don't hurry God will speak.
12. Waiting and longing takes us higher to a place where God acts.
13. What price do we have to pay?
14. Holding a word for a time and part of the whole picture.
15. How do we know it's from God/Act in faith?
16. Jesus is open to persuasion!
17. The Language God uses to communicate.
18. God communicates through our sensory organs.
19. God communicates primarily to the heart.
20. God offends our mind to change our heart.
21. Listening depends on your heart attitude.
22. Circumcision is the cure to a hard heart!
23. Listen to your heart
24. Eyes.
25. Lift up your eyes.
26. Make sure your vision is clear.
27. Ears/hearing the voice of the Lord.
28. Reach for higher levels.
29. How God communicates - impressions.
30. Seeing with the eyes of your heart.
31. Visions.
32. Open visions.
33. Trances.
34. Signs.
35. Dreams.
36. Conclusion.
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