January 5, 2019
Dreams and Discernment
Bishop Ronald K. Powell
Job 33:14-19 (NKJV)14 For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,When deep sleep falls upon men,While slumbering on their beds,16 Then He opens the ears of men,And seals their instruction.17 In order to turn man from his deed,And conceal pride from man,18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,And his life from perishing by the sword.19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with strong pain in many of his bones,
Numbers 12:6 (NKJV)6 Then He said,“Hear now My words:If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;I speak to him in a dream.
- Does God Make Himself Known Only To Prophets? Answer: NO
Joel 2:28-29 (NKJV)God’s Spirit Poured Out28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,Your old men shall dream dreams,Your young men shall see visions.29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
Daniel 7:1-2 (NKJV)Vision of the Four Beasts1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.2 Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.
- Is there a difference in a dream or vision?
•Yes and No, but the end result is the same.
•God communicating His will
•Or telling us of things to come.
Write down what should NOT be forgotten.
“Date, Time, Significant People, Emotions, Weather” / Helpful when Interpreting true meaning
Are Dreams and Visions for Today?
- Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV)
8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
- Malachi 3:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6“For I am the LORD, I do not change;Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Who will God speak to?
God spoke to the Butcher and the Baker. A Picture of the righteous and unrighteous.
God Spoke To Abimelech about Sarah And Abraham
•God’s Purpose for Dreams
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths.
Warnings ,Corrections, Prophetic Promises, Direction, Future, Revelation, Prophetic Words, Confirmation and Encouragement.
•Psalm 16:7 (NKJV)
7I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
Can Satan Give us Dreams?
•Nowhere in scripture does it say Satan can directly give you dreams!
•Satan Can influence our heart and soul areas.
False Prophets and Empty Oracles
9My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets;All my bones shake.I am like a drunken man,And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the LORD,And because of His holy words.10For the land is full of adulterers;For because of a curse the land mourns.The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, and their might isnot right.
11“For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the LORD.
13 “And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria:
They prophesied by Baal
And caused My people Israel to err.
14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem:
They commit adultery and walk in lies;
They also strengthen the hands of evildoers,
So that no one turns back from his wickedness.
All of them are like Sodom to Me,
16 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.
17 They continually say to those who despise Me,
‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’;
And to everyone who walks according to the [a]dictates of his own heart, they say,
‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”
21“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran.I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22But if they had stood in My counsel,And had caused My people to hear My words,Then they would have turned them from their evil way
And from the evil of their doings.
25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’
26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,
27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
Ezekiel 33:1-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
•The Watchman’s Duty
•1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people [who are exiled in Babylon] and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword on a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman,
3 and he sees the sword coming on the land, and he blows the trumpet and warns the people,