Man Denies Jesus Is Used To Change World In A Trance


Jesus is clear that Peter’s revelation, that He (Jesus) is the Son of God, is a solid foundation to build the Church.  Peter’s denial of Jesus doesn’t seem to match up to this call.  However, you see in Peter the redemptive qualities of Christ. Jesus, in resurrection, brings Peter to the forefront.

Upon the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, God ushers Peter into the role of proclaiming the gospel unto the world.  He preaches his first sermon and thousands come into the revelation of Christ Jesus and full salvation.  Not a bad way to start.

Peter also gives us a solid foundation for entering the Kingdom reality through trances. What?  Right now, some of you are saying, “no way, that’s new age.”

Simply look to the word of God here… Acts 10:9-23

“On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground…”

In this trance, Peter simply gets the revelation to bring the gospel to the gentiles.  In other words, “Take the gospel to the non-Jew”.  More than likely this is you.  If Peter does not get this revelation through a trance, you may have never heard the gospel.  Well, not until someone else would have got the word to “go” unto the gentiles.

Acts 11:4-18

“But Peter began speaking and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from the sky; and it came right down to me, and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air.  “I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’ “This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into the sky.”


I believe that God used “THREE” as a symbol to Peter to remind him of the grace extended to him even though he denied Jesus three times.  You’ll notice this pattern in Peter’s life.

Trances are like visions, except you completely lose consciousness of your surroundings. Trances take us of our natural mind as we are overcome by the Spirit of God. They are like a dream-like state while we are awake. Trances are a vehicle that the Lord uses to take us into an encounter, such as a doctor will put you “under” before the operation.

The Greek word for trance is ekstasis which means a displacement of the mind, i.e. bewilderment, or “ecstasy“. Trances can last any length of time, from a few seconds to several hours.

Trances seem to happen to underscore the importance of the message the Lord is communicating. The Lord took Peter into a trance for the purpose of changing the doctrine of the early church that the Gospel should be preached to the Gentiles.   Pretty important, right?

PRAYER:  Lord, I’m open to your ways.  They are higher than my ways. I’m open to you using a trance to communicate anything you want Jesus.  Protect my mind and spirit to hear and see clearly from you alone. I say, “Use me Lord.  Here I am.”


Brent Engelman


If You’re Having Dreams, Discover 3 Simple Steps to Interpret Them.

Daniel, Esther, Joseph, and Deborah were godly people who possessed the Spirit of Revelation and who altered destinies and changed history through the revelation that was bestowed on them. They trusted the Lord for wisdom and insight and served His purposes in their generation. Today the Spirit of God is looking for like-minded and like-hearted individuals who will be the Daniels, the Esthers, the Josephs, and the Deborahs for their day.

Like the Biblical heroes before them, these modern-day trailblazers will study to show themselves approved as workmen for God, rightly dividing the word of truth (revelation) that is given to them (see 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). And, like their Old Testament counterparts, they will learn to speak the language of that revelation in a manner that is relevant to their contemporaries.

What Language Do You Speak?

Before you can interpret your dreams and visions properly or intercede effectively from the posture of revelation, you must understand the language of that revelation.

DreamWhat language do you speak? Have you learned your spiritual alphabet? Your spiritual alphabet will be unique to you. God will speak revelation to you according to the language you speak.

Doctors, nurses, and other medical and health professionals have a language all their own, a technical vocabulary that untrained lay people cannot understand. Music has a written language that is incomprehensible to anyone who has never been taught to read the symbols. Pastors have their own language, too. This can cause problems when their language does not match that of their congregations!

What language do you speak? Whatever your language is, the Holy Spirit will speak to you in that language. Of course, I am not talking so much about languages like English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, as I am the “language” with which we interpret life. Because each of us have different life experiences, the language by which we receive and impart revelation will be distinct to each of us. We each have a personal walk and, in a sense, a personal talk. Our spiritual alphabet, though similar, is unique to each individual.

Regardless of how our individual spiritual alphabets differ, our basic approach to interpretation should be the same. Proper interpretation can occur on many different levels. Here are three simple steps for interpreting your dream revelation:

1. Study the interpretation of words and symbols by researching their meanings as recorded in Scripture and other historical literature. Find out how Biblical characters and other figures from the past interpreted these words and symbols in a dream context. This is an excellent (and probably the easiest) way to begin.

2. Develop the habit of journaling. Effective interpretation is a skill that is learned over time and with experience. Your spiritual alphabet is unique to you. Journaling will help you capture your distinct pictures, grant understanding over time, and give wisdom for your journey.

3. Welcome the anointing, gifting, and presence of the Holy Spirit. He will guide you into truth, keeping things safe yet adventurous and pure yet unreligious.

In your eagerness to reach step three, don’t bypass steps one and two. Always begin with the Scriptures. Let the Bible be its own best commentary. God will never contradict His Word. Let His written Word give you insight into the meaning of His visionary revelation. Study it thoroughly. Pray over it. Lay a solid foundation of the Word in your life to give the Holy Spirit something to breathe upon.

DreamInterpreting dreams is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle with thousands of tiny pieces that must be fitted together in exactly the right order. The quickest way to complete a jigsaw puzzle is to start with the border—the framework—and the same is true with dream interpretation.

Once you have the framework in place it becomes easier to see where the rest of the pieces go. Before long, the big picture begins to take shape. At least, that’s the way it usually works for me. I ask the Holy Spirit to give me a thought or a word. He sheds His light on one thing, which leads me to another, and another, and then everything just starts to click.

Interpretations Belong to God

The cardinal rule to keep in mind when properly interpreting dreams and visions is that “interpretations belong to God.” He who gives you the Spirit of Revelation is also the One who gives you the capacity to interpret that revelation. Here are some Biblical examples:

From the life of Joseph:

Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please” (Genesis 40:8).

Imagine being in the place where you are so sure that interpretations belong to God and so absolutely confident in His anointing that, like Joseph, you could say to someone, “Tell it [your dream] to me,” and know that God would give you the interpretation!

From the life of Daniel:

As for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of visions and dreams. …As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm (Daniel 1:17, 20).

Daniel was even given the ability to interpret the handwriting on the wall that King Belshazzar saw, which foretold the king’s death under God’s judgment (see Daniel 5:1-31).

Journal your dreamsAlthough it may not come out in Aramaic or Hebrew or Greek or English or Spanish, God writes in signs to His people and He wants to give us the capacity to interpret the signs of the times.

We need to pray for the Lord to release in our own day godly people of wisdom who can interpret the handwriting on the wall for our generation.

From the life of Issachar:

Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command (1 Chronicles 12:32).

Two hundred chiefs “who understood the times” held an entire tribe under their command. How? People will follow a person who has revelation. People will be drawn to anyone who walks with integrity in the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation.

The more you learn how to listen and recognize the voice of the Spirit of God, the more He will enable you to operate on multiple levels of insight. God is the master multi-tasker and He can enable you to be a multi-tasker as well.

You can listen on more than one level. You can listen to the heart of a person, you can listen to the realm of the soul, and you can listen to the Holy Spirit. It requires a fair measure of grace and the ability to block out the noise of friction, static, and distractions, but all things are possible.

What God did before, He wants to do again! Right here, right now!

(For more on this subject, see my book Exploring Your Dreams and Visions – Your Personal Revelatory Journal and the book Dream Language. They will help you in your journey!)



Dr. James W. Goll
Encounters Network • Prayer Storm • Compassion Acts Team




Living Life With Purpose

Dear family & friends,

I have to share the most intimate parts of my life with you…

Being a forerunner is a costly venture.  You must “count the cost” before you set off on the journey.  My mother, Mary, knew the costs well and set out to change the destiny of her family. On that journey, she lost a husband, a grandaughter and many friends.  Yet her resolve and the grace of God created a multiplication effect that will be felt for generations to come.

What does it look like to change the direction of your family.  Perhaps my mother’s story is yours.  She, in death, will produce even more fruit.

We thank you, as a family, for your support and sowing into her legacy.


The proceeds from the Mary Engelman Memorial Fund will best be used to advance the gospel in power.  Everything you give will be used to send me, my family and ministries Mary sowed into.

If you know me, you know my mother.  She was a mother to many. Mary Engelman, like mother Mary, answered the call years ago by saying,

Your will be done Lord” 

and because of that, He moved through her life mightily.

September 3rd at 2:10pm, she went home to a heavenly kingdom.

When I got the call from Bryan, that mom was in the emergency room, I began to pray.  In prayer, I heard The Lord say,

“let her go. She’s always been mine”.

Without thinking, I said, “Let her go”, and she soon went home to be with The Lord, my father and many who’ve gone on before her.

Mary was a trailblazer for Christ.  In the early ’80’s she helped establish an Assembly of God church in Apply Valley Minnesota.  Despite local and regional pressures, she persaveered as did the church.  Mary later went on to be ordained as a minister and help establish a ministry in Minneapolis/St.Paul (Twin Cities).  There, she helped minister to the broken, addicts and street people.  Soup and sandwiches go a long way to minister the gospel of true love.

Her intimate relationship with Christ helped her through difficult times.  On June 15th, of 1992 she lost her husband, Earland Stanely Engelman.  He was only 50 years old.  She was 43 with three teens.

She is survived by her two sons, Bryan and his bride, Kim, have three amazing childen, Lexie, Logan and Maya.  Brent and his bride, Natalie, have two children Lance and Elliana.  Becky and her husband, Nathan, have four children, Nevaeh, Marrisah, Justice and Isaac.

Brent’s wedding June 2, 2006.  Pictured:  L to R:  Bryan, Mary, Becky, Brent and Nevaeh (below)

She is survived by her sister, Debbie Hannasch, David Thorsness and Larry Thorsness.

Ministry was not a side item for Mary.  She gave her life for Christ.  She had a purpose.  She had direction and she had instruction.  Her purpose was to give everything into the  kingdom of God.  This included us as her children.

After her husband’s death in 1992 the Lord guided her to relocate to Lee’s Summit Missouri, just outside Kansas City.  There she picked a home equadistant from IHOP (International House of Prayer) and World Revival Church (WRC).  She quickly immersed herself in ministry.  She volunteered at WRC’s healing house for several years.

A trailblazer, a mother and eternally a daughter of the Most High God.  She is seated in a heavely place next to Christ Jesus.

So here’s the question…
Do you have a purpose, direction and instruction from the Lord?  If not, why not?

Mary’s purpose is all of our purpose, she simply knew it and was obedient to it.

“But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten.”  (Jerimiah 20:11)

With love and compassion,

The Engelman Family; Bryan & Kim, Brent & Natalie, Becky & Nathan.

Click below to sow into the Mary Engelman Memorial Fund.

Coaching Your Spirit


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