CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 33

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

Once again Paul was assayed to go to Mysia but the Holy Spirit did not allow him to go. The work of evangelism is, keep going wherever you find people to share the word with. The Holy Spirit is the chief executive of the work. As we go, he tells us where not to go and, in some cases, would tell us where to go. In the meanwhile, without any specific word from Him keep going.

Paul had a vision according to Acts 16:8 where a man from Macedonia was calling on him to come and help them.

In Acts 16:9 the Bible said he had the vision in the night. This was apparently through his dream at night.

 God can speak to his children through dreams. Dreams come in various forms. The dream from the Spirit of God may come as a symbolic dream or a direct dream. A symbolic dream through the Spirit may come being represented by certain symbols. An example is king Pharaoh’s dream of the seven fat cows being swallowed by the seven lean cows. (Gen 41:2&3)

These are the kind of dreams that one needs the Holy Spirit to interpret the meaning to him or her.

There are certain individuals, with the gift of interpretation of dreams like Joseph or Daniel who can help you decode such a dream. There are also direct dreams like Paul received in which a man from Macedonia was asking him to come there and help him. Such a dream needs no interpretation.

Beside all that have been discussed above the Bible says one’s activities that fills his mind can play back as a dream. Such dreams do not come from the Spirit of God or even from the devil in any way. Eccl. 5:3 “For a dream cometh through the multitudes of business, and a fool’s voice is known by the multitude of words”. Before you start worrying about or over your dream ask yourself what has been occupying my mind and my attention?

Thirdly, demons can also communicate their intention to you. Every demonic message always carries a bad message. They always convey failure, death, destruction and all forms of Satanic attacks. Reacting to such dreams depends on the depth of knowledge of God’s word in you, which has built up a strong confidence in God. Such a person may ignore these things and nothing would happen to him. But if your knowledge of the word is shallow and your faith is weak, then you must pray to resist the demonic activities. Make sure you refute every evil intention of the wicked one. (Isaiah 54:17)

Some people have allowed their dreams to control their moods and therefore have destroyed their lives as a whole. You have power in Jesus name over every devil. Don’t allow anything to torment your life.

CONFESSION

I am given to the word of God. My mind dwells constantly on the word. Demons cannot manipulate my life through whatever means in anyway, for it is only what God says that moves me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Daniel 1:17 “As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”

Acts 2:17 ” And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s