Prophetic Dreams and Visions, purpose of them.

Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. Genesis 37:5.

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In our text God showed Joseph His plan for Joseph’s life. A dream confirms God’s divine guidance to Joseph. God is acting through Joseph.

The Hebrew word for “had a dream” means “to bind firmly” (Strong’s #2492). The dream became a root to Joseph which sustained him. Dreams that are from God are spiritual experiences that that root deep within our hearts, never to be forgotten.

“Joseph had a dream,” a more accurate understanding might be that the dream had Joseph! Joseph would experience God’s plan in which he was restrained from sin, redeemed from sorrow, and restored to honor in the dreams from God. These particular dreams were prophetic in nature.

Dreams from God like true prophecy come to edify, exhort, comfort. Dreams reveal God’s plan plans and purpose for a person’s life. Visions as we will see later reveal God’s nature. The difference is important.

The dream sustained him through all that happened to him over the years (37:12-36; 39:1-23). Like Moses, he “endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27).

When your dreams are God given – they may seem impossible – improbable and out of this world. But a dream can become a reality when God is in it. So how does your dream become a reality in your life? Come to a place of realization that your dream is going to bring you closer to Him.

God given dreams always have a powerful impact on the dreamer. The dreamer will discover new things about themselves and their world through the eyes of God. As they seek God’s help to fulfill the dream – they are going to change. The dream is going to change how they think, act and behave.  The question is – are you willing to change?

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 19:47:22

    Another great example of how God uses dreams to bless His followers and to direct history.

    Sometimes one has a dream that one knows was caused by the pizza eaten before bed.

    And then there are dream like Joseph’s…

    Recently, I had a dream which I believe I had years ago. This time the dream was much more vivid and understandable. It was a dream of a story with a Godly theme. I immediately thought of writing a book. I have told God that, if the dream recurs a third time, I will write.a book.

    The first paragraph is written, but I will go no further until it recurs once more.

    God’s blessings to you and your family…

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