What Do We Understand About Prophetic Dreams?

By Pr Ay Nee Ng

If someone spoke into your life, you would think he or she is mad, especially if you don’t know the person. You would not let just anyone speak into your life, and you may not receive what they have to say. You may wonder what right does that person has. There are people lauding and overpowering us in an intimidating way. Do we take them seriously? If yes, those words can have a hold on us like if we are spell bound. How can we avoid any curse word or condemnation spoken over us? People see psychics, channelers, mediums, fortune tellers, tarot card readers, or people who get in touch with the spiritual realm to find out things about the future. Yet, God tells us that He holds the present, the past, and the future. He speaks into our lives through His people, circumstances, His Word, His Holy Spirit, and biblical dreams and visions.

The Power of Words and Curses
Words can bind or uplift our spirits; thus, we need to be careful what we say. Whatever will confess will affect us. We also need to know the source of those words. A word of knowledge or prophecy comes from God, but curses can come from a person full of hatred, anger, and dislike that is bridging to bitterness over us or from evil spirits and Satan himself. Words can hurt or bring forth life.

“The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice. The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives” (Prov. 18:4-7)

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Prov. 18:21)

“For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:37)

“The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense. From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced” (Prov. 10:20-21, 31)

“From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin” (Prov. 13:2-3)

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness” (Jas. 3:6-9).

Too much flattery is also not good as Peter says: “For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error” (2 Pet. 2:18).

Thus, it is very important to identify the word(s) spoken into your life. Was it a word of knowledge or prophecy? Were they curses or hurting words that you have kept all these years? Our human spirit can be wounded by words or curses, bringing bring condemnation, guilt, pain, and diseases into our soul and causing emotional instability or breakdowns. These hurts run so deep that, when not checked and left unforgiven, they can cause pain in our body and plague our mind, leading us to depression. These hurting words, curses, hoaxes, spell, and demonic utterances can be broken in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. You need to:

1. Chuck those words out for it is garbage to your soul.
2. Tell someone about it so they can pray over you until you can move out of it. Don’t keep it to yourself.
3. Confess, forgive, and renounce the hurting words, pain, sin, guilt, and bitterness.
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to refresh your soul and to fill you with His love and power.

God’s Word clearly says that “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication…” (Isa. 54:17).

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:19-20)

The Importance of Our Confession
As Don Gossett and E.W. Kenyon wrote in their book The Power of Your Words, “Faith gives courage to confession, and confession gives boldness to faith. Your confession lines you up, gives you your place, and establishes your position. The fearless confessions of men down through the ages have given us our martyrs. We know what you are. If you are silent, we cannot place you”.

Confession heals you or keeps you sick. By your confession, you are saved or lost. By your confession, you have plenty or lack. By your confession, you are strong or weak. You are what you confess with your lips and what you believe in your heart. Your confession of failure keeps you in the realm of failure, but your confession of God’s ability in you puts you over it.

“You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth” (Prov. 6:2). We can be snared or be set free by our own confession, so let our confession align with God’s Word. God has done all that can be done for us—His redemption is complete. Now, our part is to ask God for forgiveness, to renounce to all lies spoken over us, and to confess God’s Word in faith, thanking Jesus for following through with His Word. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1).

Prophecy—God’s Message for Us
Logos is the written Word of God that speaks to us, whereas rhema  is  the  God’s  Word  revealed  to  us  spoken  by  God’s  people  or  by  God  Himself  to encourage obedience, to build our trust, and to give us trust in Him for the things to come. It is also known as prophecy.

Prophecy (from Greek propheteia) is the gift of interpreting the will of God. “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:20-21). It can also be defined as:

1. An inspired utterance of a prophet
2. The function or vocation of a prophet, specifically the inspired declaration of God’s divine will and purpose
3. A prediction of something to come

In the Old Testament, prophecy was binding as a direct Word of God, and the prophet needed to be tested to see if he was a prophet of God. The prophet was raised by God, and his utterances were to be implemented as the Word of God (Deut. 18:18-19). The prophet had to be tested with a short-time prophecy, and if that did not come true, he was to be put to death for it was presumed he spoke for the Lord, but he was a liar (Deut. 18:20-22).

In the New Testament, all prophecies have to be tested and subjected to other prophets (1 Cor. 14:31-33). Since the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is poured on every believer as Peter testifies: “‘And it shall come to pass in the last days’, said God, ‘I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy’” (Acts 2:16-18). Paul confirms this and strongly encourages the saints that, besides exercising love, we are also to seek the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially that of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1). In the New Testament, every believer can prophesy, and because every other believer has the Holy Spirit, they are to judge if the prophecy is uttered correctly. “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Cor. 14:29). The New Testament prophet is not put to death if what he says does not come true, but his prophecy is declared false and not acted upon.

The purpose of prophecy in the New Testament is to edify (1 Cor. 14:3) and to perfect God’s people to do the work that the Lord has prepared for them before the time began (Eph. 2:10). It can also reveal problems that are happening in and out of the Church or tell ways to readdress those things. It can also bring more godliness to God’s people, reminding them of what they are to do and of their good standing and faith. Nevertheless, the final purpose of prophecy is always positive, not negative. Sometimes negative words have to be given; however, the principle in regarding all spiritual gifts and use of leadership is for building up the Church (2 Cor. 10:8). So, although negative words may be said, the whole motivation behind those words is to ways build up the work in the Lord.

The ability to speak God’s words is a very special gift. However, prophecy can be misused; thus, Paul tells us to judge it (1 Cor. 14:29). In no circumstance, the gift of prophecy is to be used to get money for it is God’s gift. As Jesus said: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8). The Spirit of God will tell those that have ears to hear if the words are good or bad and not from God, and the people of God will not listen to any false prophet, act upon it, or be deceived. At the same time, we must consider that, at times, we may take a good prophecy for a false one, depending on the bias of our minds. Therefore, we must give good attention to walk straight as God commands without swaying to the left or to the right. Moreover, Christians that prophesy must be careful to live always in accordance with God’s Word and to stay good and true to God no matter what.

Prophecy is intended to show us or tell us about future events, but is that all there is to it? There are many palm readers, tarot card readers, horoscopes readers, crystal ball gazers, and the like who claim to be able to tell future events, but we certainly wouldn’t call that prophecy. Besides revealing things to come, prophecy can encourage obedience, foster in us trust in God, and give us hope for the future.

To receive a prophecy of God, we need to receive it, believe it for it will come to pass, and be obedient. Sometimes it could be a warning, so we must humble ourselves, repent, and submit to God. Other times we may not understand it, but we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us the interpretation and to bring it to pass when the time comes.

Prophecy is not made so that we can sit around and guess when it is going to be fulfilled. It is so that we can be aware of what will happen when it is fulfilled. By knowing what is going to take place in the future, we can know better how to live in the present. By knowing what has been prophesied about the coming times, we won’t be surprised by current events, but we will begin to recognize them as fulfilment of prophecy, like the signs that Christ will come back, just like He promised.

As we look back at the recorded history of mankind, there is not one instance when God has not been faithful to His promises. God can be trusted fully, for HE IS the almighty God. “For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God by us” (2 Cor. 1:20). No matter how bad the world may seem, we always have the hope that Christ is going to complete all promised things and to take us with Him, just as He said he would. Our hope is built on the assurance of Christ’s return. We can be sure that Jesus is coming back because he said he would in Revelation 22:12, 20: “Behold, I am coming soon… Yes, I am coming soon”. Christ has not forgotten those who belong to Him and that Almighty God will fulfil His promises to His people as He has always done in the past. Praise God to the highest.

Conclusion
Prophecy is a message from God Almighty intended to encourage obedience, to foster our trust in God, and to give us hope. In a nutshell, prophecy in the New Testament is “the proclamation of the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose of God to His elect people, as revealed by the Holy Spirit, suited to their specific needs of the moment and comprehensible to them”.

We have a greater assurance and hope because our heavenly Father watches over us and speaks to us through His prophets and through His Son, Jesus Christ as Hebrews 1:1-4 says: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.”

Let us hold unto the Word of God, the principles of our lives for the Word of God is Spirit and life (Heb. 4:12) without adding or subtracting from it (Deut. 4:2; Rev. 22:18-19). Finally, let us continue to grow our love for God and to keep His principles alive in us for He will carry us through the ages.

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