Friday, 9 March 2018

Godly Dreams

Scripture: Genesis 41 v 38 - 39:  "And Pharoah said unto his servants, can we find such a one a this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharoah said unto Joseph, foreasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art." 

Daniel 2 v 47: "And the king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou could reveal this secret."

Jacob's beloved son, Joseph, was sold by his jealous brothers to Potiphar the Egyptian, whose wife had Joseph thrown into prison because he refused her affections. Joseph correctly interpreted the dreams of Pharoah's butler and baker while they were all in jail.

Years later Pharoah has two dreams that no-one can interpret until his butler remembers Joseph in the prison. Joseph is fetched and correctly interprets Pharoah's dreams that 7 good years will be followed by 7 years of famine.

He recommends that an honest man be set in charge of the corn stores to have enough for the 7 lean years. Pharoah appoints Joseph to oversee this project and when the famine hits, his father, Jacob, sends his sons, the brothers of Joseph, to Egypt to buy corn. They find Joseph and bring their father to Egypt to be reunited with the son he thought was long dead.  

Our God never has problems, He has plans and no matter how long it takes, His plans will be fulfilled in ways we could never conceive.

Daniel, a captive in Babylon for 70 years, also won acclaim by being able to interpret dreams by the power of the Holy Spirit. He was able to recall a dream Nebuchadnezzar the king had forgotten and give him the interpretation.  In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was only sent upon prophets for the time of their prophesying.

Just like Joseph, Daniel was made the second highest in the land, and able to watch over his fellow captives, and when Cyrus the Mede became king, Cyrus showed him the decree that released them to go back to Israel.  Both those rulers recognised that the Holy Spirit was upon those men and that they were 100% accurate in their dream interpretation.

In Joel 2 v 28 comes the prophecy of the Lord pouring out His Spirit on all flesh ......your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. This is happening now with many people having dreams of judgment, hell, Heaven and the closing days of this age. It is one of God's ways of revealing the future to us.

Our Father sees far into the future and arranges many weird and wonderful experiences to bring us to our true life's calling. We just have to be ready to seize the moment when God puts us in the place of opportunity and authority.  Be sure that the Lord will carry it through to fulfilment and bless us abundantly.

In these last days our God is going to pour out the Holy Spirit on everyone in one last hope that none should perish. He needs us to be mature in the gifts before that day comes so we can help those who are suddenly revived to understand what is happening. 

Let us not despise those who dream dreams sent by God to enlighten us.  Nor let us ignore them.  Let us listen and pray for more Godly wisdom to help us when the time of trouble comes.  He said He will always be with us so it will be necessary for us to know how to understand Him and put into action the things He says.  
Hosea 4 v 6: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."

The Lord always responds to the way we behave towards Him.  If we reject what He reveals then we will have to scratch around for the next morsel of information.  If we accept it with joy and obey what He says, then He will send much more. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father You initiate our opportunities; You arrange the circumstances; You prompt others into action; You fulfil Your plans for us; You give us dreams and visions. Help us to interpret these events correctly and let us not try to do it in our own strength for we will surely err. We want to be a blessing to You always. In Jesus' name. Amen.