THE NAKED MEN DREAM
Preparing our homes for end time events
Janelle Wiseman Brown
Revised July 21, 2020, 7/25/21
The year was in the late 1990s. My husband and I had gone to bed, both reading our respective books. He turned his light off around 11 p.m., and I continued to read until 3 a.m. I was engrossed in a Christian message, when suddenly Kennedy awoke and very uncharacteristically addressed me in an authoritative, grumpy tone, “Janelle Brown, it is 3 a.m. Close that book and go to sleep.”
I am not accustomed to this tone from my normally kind and easy-going husband! I was immediately aggravated, and without a word, closed the book, switched off my light and went to sleep. I became downright angry, but not a word did I utter. However, I DID mutter in my thoughts.One hour later I abruptly awoke with a disturbing dream:
I was talking on the phone with my friend and prayer partner, Pam. I was standing in our front bathroom in front of the mirror, telling her of my day when I heard a sound in the hall. I looked through the open doorway, and there stood two college-age men, casually walking down my hallway without a stitch of clothes on I wasn’t shocked, embarrassed or afraid but told Pam to wait as I attended to these “guests.”
Through the phone, she could hear me say, “Yes, what did you want?” Neither of the guys said anything, but winked knowingly at each other. Later, I understood they were smirking at my lack of discernment. I pleasantly offered, “Oh, I know what you want. You want to take a shower. Well, we have two bathrooms. Here is a towel for each of you. The other bathroom is down the hall to your right, and sir, you can use this shower here.” The guys said nothing but, unseen by me, continued to enjoy my naivete, as they each located their shower.
In the bathroom, where I was phoning, there was a clear window in the shower stall. I looked out the window and saw Kennedy playing football with some college-age guys in our front yard. He spotted me and would have had to look beyond the naked man getting situated in the shower.
However, he did nothing except smile and wave to me, obviously not being alerted to the danger of the naked man in the shower.
Suddenly the reality of my danger flooded in. These men were going to rape me. I signaled frantically to Kennedy for help, but he nonchalantly waved and went on playing football. I panicked, but I still had Pam waiting on the phone, so I called out to her to phone the police. I know she heard me because I could hear her breathing, but she did not answer. I put the phone down, as the rapist advanced toward me, this time with no pretense that he was just looking for a shower. I knew there was no help from my husband or my best friend.
What are you trying to tell me, Lord?
I awoke in a sweat. “Lord, I can’t believe I didn’t have a clue to the reality of danger. I surely wouldn’t do that in real life would I? I mean, wouldn’t You warn me, or wouldn’t just my common sense warn me?” I listened intently and heard the question, “How did you go to sleep an hour ago?” I thought, “Well, Lord, my husband told me to stop reading, and I did—immediately.” There was silence from Heaven, as God waited for me to tell the full story. I stammered, “Well, it’s true that I turned my back on my husband, and it’s true that I was angry with the way he spoke to me, as if I were a child. What do You mean by asking me this?”In HIs kind, Fatherly voice, Abba Father went on, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me. You see, when you turned your back on your husband, you also turned your heart away from him. When you did it to him, you also did it to Me.”
He let that sink in before He continued. “Where do you think your discernment comes from, Janelle? It comes from ME. You get revelation, and you think it is YOUR insight, but it comes from ME. When you make a good choice, you don’t see that it came from ME, but the knowledge of the right direction comes from ME. But If you close your heart to another, especially your husband, you shut off your source of discernment. Fortunately for you, I have covered you all these years when you have closed your heart to this one and that one, and I still let you have enough connection with Me through the Blood Covenant that you can exercise good discernment much of the time. But the time is coming that you must have KEEN and dependable discernment in order to be safe. The scenario that took place here in your bedroom tonight is My kind instruction to pull you back from the dangerous practice of closing your heart down in an effort to protect yourself from either hurt or to avoid submitting to another. THIS IS A DANGEROUS HABIT, AND IT HAPPENS AUTOMATICALLY IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, WHEN YOU ARE OFFENDED, ANGRY OR AFRAID. This has been your lifelong strategy of self-protection. When you let these negative emotions rule you and shut out another, you shut Me out instead! And to make it worse, this is an open invitation to the enemy to come into your inner sanctum, where he seeks to rape, kill and destroy.”
The goodness of God led me to repentance
By now, I am hyperventilating, begging God to forgive me. “I didn’t know. I didn’t know this, God. I mean, I knew the anger was wrong, but I had no idea how serious this is and how it works inside of me. I just thought it was one of those things that husbands and wives periodically go through, even though they love each other and are deeply committed to each other. I had no idea it had this much of an impact on my relationship with You, Father.”
Just then Kennedy stirred in his sleep, and I woke him up, telling him what had just happened. He was sobered to the core. Both of us repented to each other and to God for the practice of closing down to each other out of anger or even just irritation. I felt totally restored to Kennedy and to the Father, but we committed that night (now some 20 years ago) that we would not let the sun go down on our wrath, without specifically and determinedly opening up our heart to one another when we were offended.
Had we not made this a serious commitment, many offenses would have slipped by, hidden under the carpet, all adding up to more and more hindrances to our intimacy with each other and with our Lord. Sometimes, I admit neither of us want to make up, and embarrassing though it is. we would rather stew in our fury, self-pity, self-righteousness or just plain aggravation. And then God reminds me of the approaching rapist. It just is not worth it to enjoy feeling the power of anger at the expense of losing your connection to the great power of God, especially as the dark days ahead loom even closer.
A Word of Caution
A word of caution to you who have been in damaging relationships, where you have had to separate yourself from certain people. If this is your story, then by all means seek help in getting healed and delivered of your wounds and your contribution to the rift. Don’t imagine that you have not contributed at least some to the problem. When the other parties are so obviously at fault, you usually cannot see your part in it. However, God didn’t make a mistake when He included Matthew 5: 25-26 in the Bible:
25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny Matthew 5:25-26 (NKJV)
Why would God ask us to agree with our adversary, the devil? Especially since our adversary is called the Father of Lies and hates God’s children. The answer is connected to God’s assurance that our Heavenly Father turns all of Satan’s evil plans for our good (Romans 8:28) Satan can only attack us where he has legal access. The term “adversary” means our “opponent at law.“ This is a huge subject, essentially, Satan exploits when the ecclesia (the church or God’s called out ones.) does not study nor honor God’s law. It puts God’s representatives at a great disadvantage when they discount Jesus’ specific declaration in Matthew 5:18, “Not one jot or tittle of the Law shall pass away until all is fulfilled.”
It is beyond the scope of this article to teach the depths of its impact, but if you ask God to reveal what legal access our adversary can still use against you, you will have your prayer agenda outlined and after satisfying God with the resolution, you can remove that legal access from Satan’s arsenal of weapons against you through your repentance and using your authority of the Blood Covenant. consider this a big plus in being set apart as a holy vessel for God’s use. Many times I have experienced a happy ending when conflict in our home dissolved after either my husband or I bit the humility bullet and began to agree with our adversary, even though usually both of us had good cause to charge the other as the guilty party. An example of the miracles that appear when Matthew 5:25-26 is practiced is found in the YouTube teachings of Jackie Hanselman (God’s Foundation Builders International). The appropriate video title will soon be forthcoming, as Jackie’s true story of agreeing with her adversary quickly changed her life and destiny. Her teaching on this concept is a good read from the chapter in her book entitled “Silencing the Accuser”. Her book is on kindle.
If you have closed down your heart to protect yourself, you will want the full assurance that you have also reopened your heart to God and have the power of God’s Holy Spirit to open back emotionally to those. who have wounded you. However, this doesn’t mean that you must maintain an ongoing, close relationship with them, especially if it’s not safe. In those cases, His grace will help you open up to the person(s) without re-establishing the relationship, but it starts with your seeking help, so that opening up can be done safely when monitored by someone you trust. If you do not receive God’s empowering, healing love in your heart first, then any attempt at forgiveness or reconciliation will be more on the surface than deep in the heart.
In assessing your current conflict with another, it may not seem you have done anything wrong, but it is better to humble yourself before God’s kind assessment of the whole situation, than to assume you are totally the injured party, with no responsibility whatsoever to take in the dispute. In my forthcoming book (Chasing Strange Birds from your Family Tree), I will offer some astounding testimonies of people who have “eaten humble pie,” and at least asked God for His bigger picture of the whole event. They were shocked to learn of some serious flaws of their own and their generational line, which fed the fuel to the flames. However, God will help you take this humble position with no feeling of condemnation from God or from the one who heard their prayer of confession! It is quite an amazing example of grace.
Wrapping it up…
The Naked Men Dream taught us the danger of keeping self-pity, self righteousness, anger, fear, or any of the negative emotions.hidden and swept under the carpet. The cost of our closing down to others is just too great. And, on the other hand, there is great benefit in running to the Lord and letting Him heal our hurting heart, so that we can open back up to others and have restored fellowship with God.
1. Meditate on John 20:21 ff. This talks about remitting and retaining one’s sins. Consider the meanings of “retaining” for example: Here is just one: “getting stuck to.” Ask God to show you how you are glued to some of the people whom you charged as guilty and never released them from their judgments. How do you like spending your life remaining stuck to these people (spiritually speaking if not in actual life!)
2. Since you probably aren’t the first person in your family line who has used this self-protection strategy, take the time to ask the Lord where in your bloodline would be the most grievous seeds sown that passed down to you..
Read Leviticus 26: 40-43 and stand in (Ezekiel 22: 30) for all ancestors God shows you. If you get sketchy info about ancestors, just offer a general repentance and extend forgiveness to every person who is in your bloodline. Monitor your spirit to see what God is doing with your prayer and stay tuned how He uses it in the future.
More scriptures for meditation
Matthew 7:1-5 warns you that if you harshly judge and criticize another, you can expect to receive the same kind of treatment some time in the future. Make a list of the kind of events/people who will be showing up on your doorstep. (See Heb 12:15 and a companion scripture in Deuteronomy 29:18 for how a root of bitterness springs up and defiles many — all along the family line!)
Matthew 12:34 says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Write down some of the words you will probably hear coming from your lips that mirror your past or present heart attitude toward someone who has offended you. Now imagine posting those words in a public setting. Do you really want those words known far and wide?
John 7:24 says we are no longer to judge by mere surface appearances only, but instead to make righteous judgments. After you vent your hurt feelings and rage to God, then ask Him for His opinion on this person (righteous judgment), and see if it isn’t easier to open up your heart again when you understand the bigger picture from God’s perspective.
Janelle Wiseman Brown, October 2015, Revised July 21, 2020, Copyrights 2015 -2021
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