“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).
The particular faculties touched by the power of God when one is truly Spirit-filled are not random. There are good reasons why they are singled out. Prophecy is primarily a vocal gift of inspired utterance. It pertains to the mouth. Visions and dreams are gifts of revelation. They pertain to the mind. Dreams are equivalent to visions except that they occur during sleep, as “night visions “(see Dan 2:19; 7:2). Isn’t it awesome that when we are filled by the Spirit, both our mouths and our minds are inspired of God? Isn’t it precious that when the Spirit is upon us, the meditation of our hearts and the words of our mouths align with His purpose (Ps 19:14)? We must reject the disjuncture of our minds and mouths! Our mouths are designed to give voice to our minds. There’s supposed to be harmony between our imagination (the mental faculty the Spirit engages in dreams and visions) and our speech. That’s why the Spirit must influence and control both. Isn’t it also wonderful that both our waking hours and sleeping hours, our conscious and subconscious lives can be empowered by the Holy Spirit? What a difference we shall make in the church, family and community when we think God’s thoughts and speak God’s words!