Joel 2:28 Dreams, Prophecies And Visions

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joes 2:28

As the destruction of Israel was coming, there was also good news. The good news was what would occur after the destruction of the nation. God would draw all His people back and show His mercy upon them. At that time, God will pour out His Spirit upon everyone who follows Him.

For the most part, in the Old Testament times, the only people who received God’s Spirit to have prophecies, dreams or visions, were prophets and priests. If a person wanted to find out what God had in store for him, he would have to go to a prophet. It is the prophet who would inquire of God for him. God would reveal His ways and things to come through the prophets by giving them prophecies to speak, visions and dreams.

When Jesus was getting ready to leave the earth, He told the disciples to wait for the Spirit to be poured out upon them. This was to fulfil the promise Joel had vision of happening. Not only the old men have these visions and dreams, but so could young men and women, it would be for every person who follows God.

Even to this day, God still pours out His Holy Spirit upon believers. He gives His people visions of what He is doing or going to do. He gives His people dreams to follow in order to build His kingdom larger. He gives prophecies to His people to direct His people on the path that they should be walking.

God is always at work in this world. With your physical eyes, you may not always see it or realize what God is doing. With God’s Holy Spirit in you, you will be able to see with spiritual eyes what God is doing.

God is waiting right now to reveal to you His plans for your life. Those plans are revealed in dreams and visions.

Open up your spiritual eyes to see what God is saying and doing. Allow God to reveal these things to you.

Then, with His strength and power, run hard after those dreams and visions He has given you. See what God can do in and through you.

I pray today that you know God’s Holy Spirit in you; that God will give you prophecies, visions and dreams; that God will help you to understand what He is showing you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom greater.

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Daniel 2:27-28 Give God The Credit

Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that pass through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: Daniel 2:27-28

The king had a dream that disturbed him greatly and he wanted to know what it meant. He also refused to tell any what the dream was. When his people could not tell him what the dream meant, he set out to kill of his workers. Daniel stepped in and said that there is a God who can reveal what King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was about. He then proceeds to tell the king about his dream.

There are a lot of dream “experts” in the world today who claim that they can tell a person what their dreams mean. Alongside of them, are also astrologists, palm-readers, fortune tellers, who claim that they can reveal what a person’s future will hold. In some colleges there are even courses that people can take to be trained for doing these types of works. All these people claim that they can help a person know what is future is.

People all over the world want to know what there is in their future and so they go to these types of people for guidance.

In the church there are also some people who claim to be able to know the future or can see the future of individuals.

The reality is that without God, no person really knows the future. Only God can reveal the future and do the impossible.

As a believer, God may do some great things through you for others. These things could be healings, other miracles, and telling of some future event. When God does this, it is easy to take credit and say that you did it, however, it is God who did it.

When God does some work through you, pull yourself out of the picture and give Him the credit. He is the one who did the work through you, not yourself. In yourself, you really have no power or abilities, only God does.

Are you taking credit for God’s work?

Or, like Daniel, are you giving God all the credit?

I pray today that God will do many things through you; that you will know that God is the one doing all the work through you; that you will be a witness of God’s great power; and that the world will see God through you.

Ezekiel 13:3 Woe To False Visions

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! Ezekiel 13:3

There were many prophets during the time of Ezekiel that were going around and prophesying. They were saying that God was saying there would be peace and that God was on  their side. While this was happening, God was having His prophets stating that there would be no peace and that there would be destruction. God was watching this and promised that there would be problems and punishment for this to occur.

Although there are not very many people who claim to be prophets today, there are many who claim to have visions from God and know what God wants. The claims are usually mixed with truth and falsehood. There is truth that God does love people and accepts all who come to Him. The falsehood is seen in stating that God accepts people purposely living in sin and refusing to follow His ways.

Visions of God honoring nations that claim to know God are common, however, many in those nations are not really choosing to know God. Cities are not truly following God. They are accepting sin to be openly practiced and promoted.

In the world, these things are to be expected, but not in the church. People in the church turn a blind eye to the sins inside the church. Inside the church are people who are living outside of wedlock and yet are leaders in the church. There are people who are living in alternate lifestyles in the church and it is accepted by the church. There are people who live to gossip and spread rumors in the church, and yet are not confronted about the sin.

Living like this does not show a person who is really seeing or hearing from God. They are living to themselves, following their own ways of thinking.

As you go through your days consider what you are hearing and seeing from God. Where is God leading you? What is He showing you to do?

Do not be like the foolish prophets and claim things that God has never stated. God will have His day of judgment upon those people. Seek to know and claim God and His Word.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your heart; that God will show you visions of what He wants; that you will only speak the truth of God’s word; and that you will follow all of God’s ways.

Ezekiel 11:13 Weeping For Others

Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?” Ezekiel 11:13

God was giving Ezekiel visions of what was coming to the nation of Israel. There was going to be judgment upon the people for the sins that they had committed against God. As he was seeing these visions, some started dying. Ezekiel then saw that the nation would go through extreme punishment and he wondered if God would completely destroy everyone. He cries out to God for mercy upon the people.

There are times when one can look at some of the destruction that is occurring in the world because of sin. People are being killed on a regular basis. Families are being pulled apart. Nations are being split up. The destruction is real.

In the middle of watching all of the world going through destruction, one can also see the destruction of churches. There are people in churches that are being destroyed by sin. This is not just persecution, but destruction because of personal sins in their lives.

Various churches are following the ways of the world and claiming to know God. In the process of doing this, they are bringing down people who want to know God and serve God. There are many who are in these churches that are striving hard to live for God, but are feeling the punishment upon the church because of the sins of others.

Many in the church see these things and just state that they had it coming because of sin. There is no sorrow for what is happening, only judgment.

Ezekiel cried out to God for those few who still believed in God and served Him. Rather than call down judgment upon the people, you must cry out as Ezekiel did for God’s mercy. Pray that God will spare the remnant who are striving to serve Him from the judgment against others.

As a believer, you must be a part of the remnant who will serve God with all of their hearts. Seek to know and understand God’s heart for His people. Call upon God to preserve the remnant and not destroy everyone. As you do this, be the light to others as to how God wants all to live.

I pray today that the remnant of God’s people will be spared of destruction; that all those who claim to believe in Jesus will live for Him; that you will have the heart of God for others; and that you will be a shining light of Jesus to those who are mislead. 

 

Jeremiah 14:14 False Visions And Delusions

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” Jeremiah 14:14

As the people of Israel were being cast into captivity, there were many prophets who were proclaiming that God would come in and rescue them. They would say that God would bring them peace and give them back their land. Many were telling the people that they needed to fight against the invading nations and that God was on their side. All these things were being said because they believed that they were the nation of God.

God did not tell any of these prophets any of those words. The only prophet God was speaking to was Jeremiah and the words given him were much different.

Words like this are still spoken to this day. Speakers, preachers, teachers, and prophets all proclaim many things. There may be peace in America, or whatever nation you live in, but that is not the problem with a lot of the teachings that are occurring.

Many of the current prophesies or teachings are saying that God is accepting of sin. “Christian” leaders are now saying that various sins are acceptable in God’s sight and that God will not punish anyone for these sins. Words are said that if a believer accepts people in these sins, then God will love them and help them prosper.

God does not, now, nor ever has He, accepted sin or a sinful lifestyle as acceptable behavior. God is against all sin, regardless of political correctness or popularity.

These are the false visions and delusions that many people have. As a believer in Jesus, you must keep yourself focused on what God’s Word said from beginning to end. Do not allow yourself to deluded into believing that sin is acceptable.

God does love everyone who is living in sin, but He hates the sin. If one does not repent of the sin, there will be destruction in the end. If a nation lives in sin as a whole, there will be destruction in the end.

Who are you believing today?

God’s word?

Or the false prophets of today?

I pray today that you will know what God’s word says; that you will speak the true words of God; that you will walk in the truth of God; and that God will reveal the truth in the words people speak. 

Colossians 2:18 Don’t Be Disqualified

“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.” Colossians 2:18

Being a spiritual person is an acceptable thing in the world. People do not mind a spiritual person. Go through the stores and nearly every store will have some stuff with angels. There will also be books on being spiritual and getting in touch with spiritual forces. While there is nothing wrong with angels or being spiritual there is a missing factor in all of it…Jesus.

Even in the church there are many people who appear to be spiritual. They know the Bible and can quote it very well and they are always there when the church doors are open. They speak of visions they have or of past experiences with God from twenty years ago. However, they are living a deception. They have no real relationship with Jesus. There is no fruit in their lives. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are missing. The fruit of their labor for God is missing.

People like this appear to be godly, but in reality are just living a false lie. They don’t know how to talk about Jesus to someone. They are not doing any service for the kingdom of any value.

Paul is telling you to be careful around people like this. Do not become like them. It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of a vision or talk of angels, but what is God doing today?

It is easy to discuss to great detail about doctrinal beliefs, but what does Jesus want today?

There is a saying that talk is cheap. This shows true in this type of person. In the Bible God uses angels and visions, but neither are the focus. The focus is always on God and on Jesus.

What is your life focused on today? Are you being deceived? Are you deceiving yourself and others?

Find your reality and life in Jesus. Focus on Jesus and what He wants for you and for others. Don’t be disqualified chasing after dreams and spiritual things.

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a closer way; that you will not be led astray following false worship; that you will not live a false spirituality; that God would show you what He wants of you; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.