Thursday, March 30, 2023

The right use of visions and dreams

Broadcast 3620

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Genesis 30:37-39,43 (KJV) “And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. [38] And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. [39] And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted. [43] And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses".

George had the gift of sight. Through dreams, he saw every major event of his life many months before they happened. He chronicled the dreams in his diaries. Regrettably, he never took advantage of his gift. In one such dream, he saw that he sold a plot of land and became exceedingly wealthy. Two weeks later, he had a financial need that promised to bring him shame and disgrace. In an effort to avoid this, he sold the only piece of land he owned, and the crisis was resolved.

Seven years after he had sold the plot of land, gold was discovered in that area. Just before mining began, everyone who owned a piece of land in that locality received a huge cash compensation, new land allocations, and a certain percentage of the product mined as long as the mining continued, thus becoming extremely wealthy.

George saw his dream come to pass but never partook of it because he had sold his own piece of land seven years earlier. He had enjoyed the gift of revelation but lacked wisdom.

In today's text, Jacob became wealthy because he had a dream and knew what to do with the dream:

Genesis 31:10 (KJV) “And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked, speckled, and grisled".

Go into today asking the Lord for the spirit of wisdom, so you can know how to interpret and use what God is showing you.
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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