It started on the night of Wednesday, January 6, at roughly 10 p.m. I felt God urging me to make a post promoting the Bible, and so it started with a simple Instagram post I made. I asked the people who follow me to start the new year off right by trying to read their Bible every night, and that I was giving away three copies of the Bible pictured below on my Snapchat. Now, one interesting side note: This is no regular Bible—I happen to be IN the Bible as a Christian author contributor, so it’s a huge honor, because the Christian book publishing company Zondervan chose to use excerpts from my book titled Project Inspired in this Bible. So this alone was a special Bible and a God-incidence by itself. Also, a page from my book happens to be across from my favorite scripture, which is Matthew 7:7, “Ask, Seek, Knock.”

 

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In this post I am going to be completely honest and bold, no holding back, and showing you that I am imperfect, a sinner, and in need of God’s grace every day- (as is everyone.) I am sharing my dream to wake people up, and to show that the path to hell is a real place. I am a living witness to the power and miracles of God. God knew that I wasn’t reading my Bible every day, so this was a new challenge for me as well. He knew that He needed to get my attention.
And so this night, only 20 minutes after I made this Instagram post, I was cleaning up my closet and there was a leftover present from Christmas that I hadn’t opened yet, because we were on vacation in Cancun, Mexico, for a week and we left on Christmas Day. I opened it up, and to my surprise, inside it was a note from a wonderful missionary couple asking me to speak at one of their conferences, along with their DVDs and a brand-new New Testament Bible with Pastor Kenneth Copeland’s personal notes. It was very interesting and not what I was expecting at all.

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This alone was pretty interesting timing. God was clearly getting my attention, thinking, “Nicole, you just made this post on Instagram about reading your Bible every day—now here is a NEW Bible for YOU to read with personal notes from a pastor.” But the story doesn’t stop there.
The next night, I had a powerful dream and the Lord and one of His angels appeared to me. In the first part, I was sitting in a classroom. There were many people around me, and those around me were not good. Jesus was on my right, and I didn’t know the significance of that, but in my spirit during the dream I knew it wasn’t a good thing that Jesus was on my right side. He didn’t look at me—He kept facing forward, and I also didn’t understand what that meant. On the other side of Jesus, the people who saw Jesus on their left side, those people were at peace and happy, and their souls were saved and with God. Jesus turned to His right side and smiled at those people and communicated with them. Trust me, in Heaven you want to be on his right side.
It’s also interesting because I wondered for so long what Jesus looked like. When I saw Him, I thought he looked like someone I had seen in the world before, but in my dream I couldn’t remember where—I thought it was in a magazine—but now I know exactly where I saw it: It’s in this woman’s painting below. In my dream, from the side he looks exactly like this. I also wondered in my dream why he had light eyes.

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In the next part of the dream, I was going up in the sky into Heaven. I was going up a large, wide staircase, but I wasn’t walking—I was floating and it was effortless, with many people in Heaven looking down at me as I was going up, sitting there on the wide staircase, old and young, male and female, all races and ethnicities, looking down at me. I was smiling at them, as if I were trying to gain access to Heaven like they did, and smiling for approval. But they were shunning me and giving me looks of disapproval and basically letting me know that I wasn’t allowed in. They weren’t speaking to me, and I wasn’t speaking to them—but it was clear in my spirit that my soul wasn’t connected to God like theirs was.

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In the next part of the dream (I was still asleep), I was visited by one of the Lord’s angels, and He was my guide. He was holding my hand, and we were walking in the opposite direction of a lot of loud and obnoxious people going down a large and wide path. It was dark out, but I could see their clothes and faces. The angel told me that these people were on their way to hell because they were condemned, and they rejected God’s grace and Jesus’ mercy. Their “gifts” were worldly and were hanging above their heads in loud ways and were meaningless. I saw large cell phones above their heads, loud music, torn clothing, empty vacant eyes and people who looked like drugs had ruined their lives. Now I know what it was: the path of destruction, the way to Hell. These people looked destroyed, drunk, loud, oblivious to where they were headed, as if they were still having a loud party on their way to hell

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but it was more than their appearance; it was their souls that were lost and gone. I didn’t want to be with them and go down where they were going, and the angel told me that if I were to use my gifts for my own glory like they were, I would be going down that wide path of destruction.
There was a quiet and peaceful elderly man who was walking slowly, but not going down that path…like He was just put there so the angel could show me an example of his God-given gifts and his quiet soul for God.

 

He didn’t make obscenities to draw attention to himself, unlike a lot of the destructive people by him that were obnoxious and in your face. He was dressed plainly, his clothes were gray and he was wearing an old suit. He had gray hair and a gentle and sweet face. He paid no attention to the loud people walking and running by him, like he had a gold aura protecting him. He sat down at a bench while the angel talked to me. His soul was at peace and he was approved by God for his life and on his way to heaven. The angel told me in order to be like the older man, I needed to use my gifts again to glorify God. He told me that God put me in a position of leadership, and not to waste it on the enemy, in material possessions and fleeting things that rot away with time.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow path. The path to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (Matthew 7:13)

The next day, this dream was confirmed to me by God speaking to my heart, and I wrote the dream down and I texted my best friend Christina at 12:45, and I shared with her that one major way God wanted me to use my gifts was to volunteer at the Dream Center in Downtown L.A., which is a large Christian homeless shelter that takes care of people and ministers the gospel to them.

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Only three hours later, I got an email from the head of the Zondervan children’s publishing division, and she asked me if I wanted to connect with an influential woman who is the leader of the women’s department at the Dream Center to see how we can work together to minister there! Not to mention she’s a Christian actress who was in the movie October Baby, a public speaker AND an author—all things that I aspire to be one day. Only God can make connections like that, AND in a matter of only a day, all in His timing.
That same night, I was reading my Bible again and this passage came to me, and it explained the significance of Jesus being on my right, and why that is a bad thing (see below, starts at verse 32):

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All of this writing above is Kenneth Copeland’s notes, not my own. He wrote in this Bible that God’s faithful are on Jesus’ right, and the fearful are on Jesus’ left, like in my dream.

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. (Matthew 25:31-46)

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In the usual context of most cultures, including the Jewish one, the right seat is always reserved for the guest of honor, while the left side is always of lower status than the host or honored guest, and sometimes even indicating a position of rejection.
There is a marked difference between sheep and goats. Sheep are docile and obedient most of the time to their shepherd; goats always wants to fight. Sheep know how to stay within the protection of the shepherd, while goats always want to wander far off. Sheep feed on what the shepherd gives them, while goats eat almost everything, including garbage. The Lord knows the hearts of each of us, deeds do count and time will tell where each of us will end up.
Also noted in this scripture, which is key, is that God is referencing what you give or don’t give to the poor and needy is what you give or don’t give to God.

He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45)

This may sound harsh, but the Bible makes it very clear that God hates lukewarmness (Revelations 3:16), and James 4:17 states that if anyone knows the good that they should do and does not do it, it is accounted as sin for them.
There are two different types of sin: the sin of commission where evil deeds are actively done, and the sins of omission where the good that should be done was ignored, and very often the Bible tells us that God reserves the harsher judgement for the latter type of sin. Christians are called to a sacrificing and selfless life (Matthew 16:24), and in the same way that Jesus was constantly moved by compassion, Christians have a calling to compassion.
When we fully commit to and give our lives to Jesus the Holy Spirit will dwell within us prompting us to a life of servanthood. We have so many opportunities every day and all around us to be His ministers to the world, and we should always remember that everything we have, including our salvation, comes from His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, if we are truly His genuine followers, we must care for the things He cares for, and nothing is more central to Him than a concern for the people in the world, especially the poor and helpless.

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If you want to read the full passage, and I suggest you do, please read Matthew 25:1-46.

On Tuesday, January 12, as I was driving to pick up my son, Elijah, from school, Jesus told me the relevance of me being in the classroom. He told me the reason I was in the classroom is because I am still learning, and that I am in my faith journey, but that’s okay. He told me that it is imperative I read His Word every day, and that it’s critical I listen to Him. And if I do so, I will remain blessed and prosperous.
I want to share this revelation dream with you, because God is urging you to give your soul to Jesus and to let Him in. You need to learn what your God-given gift is, and to use it for HIS glory, and not for the world—because the world is fading away, but God’s kingdom lasts forever. In this revelation dream, He also showed me how imperative it is that we give to our fellow brothers and sisters in need, the poor, the helpless and the people who are suffering. Because when we do so, we are giving directly to Jesus Himself. But to do so in private, so only our Heavenly Father sees.
While writing this, I looked in the Bible to see if there are any mentions of stairways in Heaven, and this verse is what God wanted me to write down:

I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth. (John 1:51)

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Satan has paved the road to hell (in my dream, it was a visual concrete road) with fleshly temptations, worldly attractions and moral compromises. Most people allow their passions and desires to dictate the course of their lives. They choose temporary, earthly pleasure over the self-sacrifice required in following Jesus.

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow path. The path to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (Matthew 7:13)

God offers salvation to anyone who accepts it. The narrow door is narrow only because it offers one way into Heaven—and that is faith and acceptance through Jesus Christ. Christ offers us a way into Heaven, but that is one of opening our hearts and admitting that we are sinners and in need of Jesus’ blood to cover our sins.
I asked God why this dream happened to me, because I was afraid. I told God that I didn’t want to share this with anyone, and that I would be embarrassed. I also asked Him why He gave me that dream, and why it was a warning when I thought I was a good enough person and I truly thought I served Him, and that I tried hard to live my life for Jesus. I thought of other people I knew who didn’t even know God, and He told me to not compare myself to others, and that one of the reasons he gave me this revelation dream was because I had the boldness to share it with other people—and that he put me in a position of leadership so He required me to do much for Him. He knew I would share it with everyone I know to warn them, but also as a wake-up call for myself to start using my gifts to glorify Him and His Kingdom, NOT the enemy. He also explained to me that because He has given me so much, much is required from me to Him.

Much will be required from everyone to whom much has been given. But even more will be demanded, from the one to whom much has been entrusted. (Luke 12:48)

Wow—last God-incidence that just happened as I wrote this—God wanted me to take a picture of the inside of the teen Bible that I posted on my Instagram to end this article, and look what other passage is across from the page they printed with my name on it in this Bible: the scripture about “the narrow and wide gates.”

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Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

 

Are you a sheep or a goat?
If we truly want the Holy spirit to dwell within us, and if we want to be on His chosen right side in Heaven- we must have a servant- mentality, not a serve-me mentality.
1. Are you using your God given gifts to glorify God, or yourself?
2. Are you regularly giving to others in need? It doesn’t have to be with money. It can be with prayer, hugs, thoughtful notes, anything that serves another.
3. Are you spending time each day reading God’s Word? Be honest with yourself. I needed to spend more time in God’s Word myself, and that’s why He gave me that dream!
4. Are you dedicating time to pray? Not when it’s most comfortable for you. But when you feel God calling you to reach out to Him?
5. Do you live trying to copy other’s actions, such as listening to music that you know is wrong, or posting inappropriate things online?
6. Are you regularly repenting for your sins? Just accepting Christ one time isn’t enough. We need to be His sheep, and rely on Him daily for forgiveness.
7. Are you listening to the Holy Spirit within you, urging you to do what is right?

If you answer “yes” to the above questions, you are God’s sheep. Remember, this takes time, and that is why we need Jesus’ grace and mercy, and our acceptance of His death on the cross. When I was a teenager, I didn’t even know God. So the fact that you’re reading this now means God is tugging at your heart! But this dream was meant for a wake up call for myself, and for everyone that reads this and everyone I share this with. Please reshare!

God loves you and wants a relationship with you. My greatest hope for you if you are reading this is that I will see you in Heaven! xoxo Nicole

By Christi Given

In a world where everyone is comparing one another’s highlight reels on social media, life can seem competitive and sometimes you can feel robbed of joy. The Bible tells us clearly to not compare ourselves with one another, as it is not good for us to do because it is unwise.
We all have different talents, and characteristics which God designed on purpose for His purpose. When we veer off our calling, and look to others in jealousy- we are breaking God’s design and we could be hindering our own progress for God’s will for our lives.
We must be willing to celebrate people without becoming bitter or jealous- and also we must not look to other people as a standard of living, but rather look to God’s Word for His will for our life.
True treasure is in saving souls, not in our status, our salary or our earthly positions. Our status or our jobs can help further God’s Kingdom, but we must not compete with one another- for we all have different callings on our lives! We must stay in the lane God has paved for us. He knows the best path for us!
Nicole and I are living witnesses of God’s faithfulness! We both wanted to be in entertainment and in a way, we get to both live out our dreams just for God and His glory, and we are doing so today. Which is even better than we could have asked or even imagined!

4 Verses on Not Comparing Yourself but Staying Focused on Your Calling:

1.) 2 Corinthians 10:12- “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves- they are not wise.”
2.) James 3:14- “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast in it or deny the truth.”
3.) Proverbs 3:5- Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.”

4.) Philippians 1:6- “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus…”

Remember, you can look up to people and admire them but don’t compare yourself if you are in the beginning stage of your call- because someone could be in the middle of their story. We all have our own lives and relationships with Christ. Walk out your own calling and faith, and God will bless you!