Joseph had a dream... He said to them, 'Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.' Then his brothers said to him, 'Are you actually going to reign over us?'
For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My Name; I have not sent them,' says the Lord.
Two sources of power are available to us on Earth: 1) God: 'You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you' (Acts 1:8). 2) Satan: 'I will give you all the power and glory of these kingdoms. All of it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please' (Luke 4:6).*
If you are tempted to believe you were born with power--or by hard work you can receive it, reconsider: In the form of a Man, Jesus said: 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30).
In parallel, I believe two sources of dreams exist: 1) God-given dreams, like those of Joseph, Daniel or any Spirit-filled believer. 2) Satan-inspired dreams: 'Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, who try to make My people forget My Name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor' (Jeremiah 23:26-27).
'As long as there was a market for dreams, so long there would be plenty of impostors to supply them' (Barnes' Notes on the Bible).
Can believers have false dreams? AMTC talent scouts would say yes. 'For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear' (2 Timothy 4:3).
What teachers? Ads, shows and stars.
Media has magnified the lure of fame to enormous proportions. Millions dream of being an American Idol or America's Next Top Model: to win on the X-Factor or The Voice while Dancing with the Stars. Or just to be The Survivor of any TV elimination show.
So how can a follower of Jesus know if his dream is from God? 1) Follow Him closely. Stay in fellowship with Jesus by His Word, His Spirit and His people. God is kind and patient to confirm both your dream and His path to make it come true.
2) 'Test all things; hold fast what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21); 'Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world' (1 John 4:1).
Do not believe the world, nor worldly people--to confirm a dream in your heart.
To Be Continued...
* GOD'S WORD translation of Luke 4:6: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%204:6&version=GW
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Field of Dreams series.