Friday, April 2, 2021

Book of the Week: Dreams and Visions: A Biblical Perspective to Understanding Dreams and Visions

When Jesus made us citizens of the Kingdom, it came with advantages. As members of the kingdom of God, we are eligible to partake of the outpouring of the Spirit. The books of Joel and Acts declare that the direct result of the outpouring of the Spirit of God would be revelation. Men and women could receive and communicate by the Spirit of God; two ways this is done is through dreams and visions. In this book, we will discuss the various aspects of dreams and visions. We will examine the different types of dreams and visions; how to interpret dreams, and how to apply them to our lives. 



Excerpt:

Throughout the ages, discovering the interpretations of dreams and visions have troubled many and excited others. We have discussed the types of dreams and visions and reasons for their occurrence.

Now, we will discuss the actual interpretation of dreams and visions. As we discuss dream/vision interpretation, keep one truth in mind:

*ALL INTERPRETATIONS COME FROM GOD*

Though we will offer some guides and clues to dream interpretation, we must remember that if God sends or gives a dream or vision, He has a particular purpose in mind.

Hence, your confidence to find interpretation will not rest upon your ability or intellect, but upon God who is able to reveal all things.

We make this initial statement of truth from the biblical account of Joseph in Egypt. While in the Egyptian prison and before Pharaoh, he made the following two declarations.

And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you. Gen 40:8 (KJV)

And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Gen 41:16 (KJV)

When you approach the interpretation of dreams and visions understand that:

1. It is not in you, but in God – you can trust that He will give proper understanding.

2. The interpretation rests with God – He knows the reason and purpose behind the dream or vision.

These two facts should provoke a sense of peace in those who are faced with discovering interpretations. We also know that sometimes God will reserve the interpretation of a dream or vision to be shared by someone other than ourselves. This is to promote unity and interdependence in the body of Christ.

We began this chapter by stating that interpretation belongs to God. The burden of interpretation does not rest upon us, but God. However, there are things we must know to be in a proper place to receive the correct interpretation.

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