Yesterday morning, Pam sent this picture to me from the Israel Prayer Garden. As you can see, a heavy dew had settled. This reminded me of a dream I had and the resulting revelation the Lord showed me (recorded in Possessing Your Inheritance). In this “Dew” Time, I am declaring your eyes are open to the next manifestation of His glory that is settling around us.
“For the seed shall be prosperous, the vine shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew—I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these” (Zech. 8:12).
I once had a dream in which I was walking in a thick, blue mist. I asked the Lord what the mist was. I sensed the Lord saying, “It is dew. You have entered a new season; it is ‘dew’ time.” Knowing that the color blue signifies truth in the Word of God, I realized God was trying to release a revelation of truth for today. I then began to study “dew,” and I believe the Lord revealed many correlations between the effects of dew on the earth and how He desires to move us to our next manifestation of His glory.
1. Dew renews the face of the earth. During the night when dew falls on the earth, vegetation is nourished and grows. Without dew, dryness and desolation can set in, greatly inhibiting the growth process. The same is true of renewal in the Lord. We are being renewed day by day, which suggests that an ongoing renovation, restoration and transformation is happening in our hearts and lives. Titus 3:5 says, “According to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Just as dew regenerates and renews the earth, so the Holy Spirit regenerates and renews us.
The dew of renewal also brings a complete change of heart. The dew, though only a fine mist, is often enough to soften hard and otherwise barren ground. This is the same concept as the new wineskin, softened with oil. The Holy Spirit, God’s restorative agent on this earth, can transform and renew through the quiet spiritual soaking of the dew of renewal. He needs only our cooperation, through obedient and submissive relationship with Him, to soak us afresh with the dew of renewal.
2. Heavenly dew provides strength to move forward. Dew is released when all is still. It does not gather when there is heat or wind. When the temperature falls, the air comes to a point of rest, then the dew can begin to cover the earth. Rest occurs when we enter into the perfect will of God. If we will get still before the Lord, we will receive the revelation and strategy to move forward out of the hassles, anxieties and warfare that have sapped our strength in the past season.
The opposite of stillness is haste. Haste leads to poverty and lost inheritance because we misunderstand or are not willing to wait for God’s strategy for our next step forward. “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31). Isaiah 30:15 says, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” As we get quiet and rest before the Lord, we are in a much better position to hear and understand the strategy of our next step. In the process, His dew of refreshing can fall on our lives and bring new levels of strength that will move us forward.
3. The dew of the Holy Spirit imparts overcoming power. “His heavens shall also drop dew. . . . Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places” (Deut. 33:28, 29). By appropriating the power of God through the Holy Spirit (which in this passage is likened to dew), we have the authority to dethrone the enemy’s plan to keep us from spiritual life and wholeness. High places in the Bible are often linked with places of sin and iniquity; places of idolatrous altars. We all have or have had high places in our lives filled with sin and iniquity, sometimes even passed down to us through the generations.
The dew of the Lord, used here as a picture of washing us clean, gives us the power to tread down the high places and defeat old enemies living there. This overcoming power allows God to break our conformity to the standards of this world, and renew our minds. He is able to replace old deceptions that have caused us to fail in the past with a new belief system that will bring us to success!
4. The refreshing dew of the Lord uncovers new supply and provision. “ ‘Therefore may God give you of the dew of heaven, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.’ . . . Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: ‘Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above’ ” (Gen. 27:28,39). When Isaac blessed Jacob, he equated the dew of heaven to the material prosperity that Jacob would receive.
Like the rain, dew was regarded in biblical times as God’s gift, bringing good harvest and providing food. As the Israelites wandered in the wilderness, we find that God supplied their needs each night as the dew fell. “Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil. And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it” (Num. 11:7-9). Dew, therefore, came to symbolize supply and provision, new every morning.
As we follow the Lord’s leading, His dew will also rain down new supply and provision in our lives, just as it did for the children of Israel.
5. The favor of God is “like dew on the grass” (Prov. 19:12). Favor means pleasure, desire, delight, to be pleased with or favorable toward something. When God is pleased with us, His favor rests on us. Favor is very similar to grace and to glory. When we respond to the sovereign hand of God, He begins to drop down on us His favor. His favor can cause us to accomplish things on the earth and give us access to places that we did not previously have access to.
The opposite of favor is reproach, which means to find fault with, blame, criticize, disapprove of or discredit. As God’s favor comes upon us, He removes condemnation, judgmentalism, failure, mistakes from the past—places where the enemy has brought reproaches into our lives. We exchange disapproval for favor.
God is raising up an obedient people who are responding to His heart. As we obey Him in faith (for without faith it is impossible to please God or allow His favor to come on us), we will begin to feel His favor dropping like dew from heaven.
6. Dew is not permanent. Dew falls during the night season when all is quiet and calm. As soon as the new morning breaks, however, the dew begins to evaporate. Our seasons, like the dew, are a process of moving from glory to glory. We cannot settle into all that the dew brings and expect it to last beyond the time God would allow.
The children of Israel received just enough manna for one day. The earth receives just enough dew to be refreshed for a short season. In the same way, we cannot allow ourselves to settle into our current state of glory. If we do, we will find that God is moving in a new way, or interrupting us with a circumstance, problem or even a vision that we can’t control or engineer with our present understanding.
We need to move to our next place of glory. For that we must receive new revelation from God. If you are in a place of confusion, listen for God’s voice to receive the necessary instructions that will bring new order to your life and circumstances. Don’t fear changes! His glory falls like dew.