THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Sunday, October 25, 2020|
Cameron, Texas, USA
e all claimed to be God's children but not all human beings are His children although we all are His creation. But He is the Father of us all and it is His duty to speak to us even though many may not "perceive" it. Why does God talk to us in dreams? What are His objectives when He speaks to us via dreams?
*TO WARN US: "For God does speak to man ... In a dream, in a vision of the night. When deep sleep falls on men .As they slumber in their beds. He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,” (Job 33: 4-6). As fallen humans, we are constantly vulnerable to the malevolent activities of Satan and his gangsters. The disobedience of our First parents opened the demonic doorway for Satan and his minions to harass, oppress, torment and assail us with all sorts of calamities. Even for the "born-again,” Holy Spirit -filled regenerated Christians; we are not immune to the ceaseless attacks of the hosts of darkness. Our Lord Jesus Christ told us emphatically in John 16:33 that those of us who are His disciples would have tribulations in this world. But God Almighty is still the Sovereign Lord of both the heavens and the earth. He is totally in control and absolutely in charge. At every point in time, He knows what Satan and his evil cohorts arc planning. As C.S. Lewis aptly remarked, "the devil cannot operate beyond the end of his chain.” As a loving Father, it is incumbent on God to warn us of an impending evil and calamity. Ever before Cain opened his heart to Satan with the murderous thought of killing his younger brother, Abel; God Almighty had warned him. "Then the Lord said to Cain: 'Why are you angry? Why is your face down cast? If you do what is right will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right sin is crouching at your door, desires to have you but you must master it,” (Genesis 4:6-7). In spite of God's warning, Cain still allowed the devil to master him. The likes of Cain are many in the world today.
During the sojourn of Abraham and his wife in the land of Gerar, the king of the land; Abimelech decided to have sexual intercourse with Sarah, Abraham's wife. Abraham himself had told half a lie that Sarah was his sister albeit Sarah was his wife and half-sister, the daughter of his father Terah. (Such marital relationships were permissible in those days before the Mosaic Law). Abimelech was completely oblivious of the truth. To him he had seen a beautiful lady whom he fancied. But what happened? "But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him! You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken, she is a married woman,” (Genesis 20:3). " ... Then God said to him in the dream "Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man s wife, for he is a prophet and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all yours will die,” (Genesis 20:6-7).
Abimelech was a pagan. He did not know, neither did he serve nor worship the Living God. Nevertheless, God spoke to him in a dream and gave him the enablement to know and understand Him. After all, He is the Creator of us all. Hallelujah! But it should be emphasized that while God takes the responsibility to warn us of evil or imminent danger, it is our responsibility to either heed or rebuff him. He would never compel us; the ultimate decision is ours and ours only. *FOR REVELATION: "Then Joseph said to Pharaoh: 'The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do,” (Genesis 41:25). Revelations are future occurrences made known to us now before they eventually take place. As the Omnipotent and Omniscient God, He is the only One who knows the future. He is a program-scheduled God who declares what is right and true. Hundreds of years before Isaac, Jacob and the Patriarchs were born; God had already foretold it. He told Abraham the sufferings his children would go through in the hands of the Egyptians and how, He, God Almighty, after four hundred years of thralldom, would rescue and deliver them from their Egyptian slave masters. When God Almighty revealed to Pharaoh in two separate dreams His plans in the next fourteen years, no seer, magician, psychic, sorcerer or enchanter, could interpret it. God says the future belongs to Him and rightly so. Friends, psychics only deceive the unwary, they can only tell you what has taken place in your life or what you are passing through now. No psychic can accurately tell what will take place in the future; no demon holds anybody's future. Your future is in the Hands of God Almighty, your Maker, draw near to Him, He may reveal it to you in your dreams.
We also read about God's revelation to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. A very wicked tyrant, nevertheless God warned him in two separate dreams what He would do to him if he did not live straight. "In the second year of his reign Nebuchadnezzar had dreams, his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.”---Daniel 2: 1. Unfortunately the wicked King didn't make amends. He persisted in his wickedness, arrogance and foolish pride until God's judgment came. No one born of woman, no demon or Satan can say exactly what the future holds except God Almighty, the controller of all things, people, spirits, demons, situations and circumstances. "…remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago, I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come,” (Isaiah 46:8-10). And one of the many ways God reveals to us; “what is still to come" is through dreams.
*TO GUARD AND GUIDE US: “Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haram. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth with its top reaching to heaven and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Then above it stood the Lord and He said: 'I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north, and to the south. All people on the earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go,” (Genesis 28: 10-15).
Here, the Sovereign Lord was telling Jacob He would guard and guide him on the path to follow in life. How marvelous for God to guard and guide us, watch over us and direct our footsteps! You see, we are natural beings, as such we do not know how to conduct our lives in this fragile world that is full of uncertainties and risks. We do not know what is best for us, because there is a road that seems good to man but it leads to destruction. As fallen creatures, sin-soaked and naturally evil minded with hearts steeped in wickedness, pride, evil and rebellion, if we rely on our understanding, we will meet with utter failure, defeat and ultimately destruction. Try as we may, we cannot manage our lives independent of the Shepherding Hands of the Most High. All those who have attempted to manage their lives independent of God have ended up mismanaging their lives. All those who thought they were wise and could run their lives outside God's Divine Guardian and Guidance would eventually ruin it. The truth of the matter is; our lives do not belong to us, it belongs to God Almighty, the Creator Who will ask for us to account after our temporary sojourn on this planet earth. I have heard people say, "I can live my life the way I want; it is my life" Friend, since we don't know the day we shall die, our lives do not belong to us anymore. No wonder the Teacher admonishes us to acknowledge God always. To submit to Him in all we think, do and say so that He can direct our ways to the right path (Proverbs 3:5-7).There are many instances when we have all got everything figured out; through our limited understanding and knowledge, we believed so, and so are right and good and these are the ways to accomplish our selfish ends. But God who knows all things may tell you: "My Son or Daughter, I have better alternative, listen to me “(Jeremiah 10:23). One of the ways He speaks to us toward directing our footsteps to meaningful and rewarding end is through dreams.
*FOR CONFIRMATION: "During that night the Lord said to Gideon" "Get up, go down against the camp because I am going to give it into your hands ... Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream, 'I had a dream ' he was saying.’ A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling down into the Midianites camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed. ‘His friend responded "This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon Son of Joash, the Israelite. God had given the Midianites, and the whole camp into his hands. "When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation he worshiped God ....” (Judges 7:9, 13-15). Numerous times when we pray to God for something, we want confirmation that God has answered us. God can arrange a situation where another believer will come to share a dream with you and that will confirm an answer to your prayer.
A couple that had been waiting on the Lord for the fruit of the womb paid a visit to a man of God one day. As they entered, the Holy Spirit brought to the pastor's memory a dream he had two days earlier in which he saw the sister holding a baby. As the dream passed across the man's mind, it was so vivid that he felt a burden sharing the dream with the visiting couple. No sooner had the man of God told of his dream than the husband gleefully remarked "Thank God. Pastor, since you have said so, it means God has confirmed through you what He has shown us concerning this Samuel that is on the way.” You see, the husband had dreamt a week earlier holding a baby for christening. That very month, the sister took in and gave birth to a bouncing baby boy that year. And the sister had been barren for ten years and the couple decided to name their new born child Samuel. Praise the Lord!
However, it should be noted that Satan too is capable of originating and "confirming" his wicked and devilish plans for human beings, via satanic dreams in like manner. But there is a spiritual step to take if you are a regenerated soul to nip in the bud Satan's plan for you. We shall elucidate on this in subsequent series in this column.
*TO INSTRUCT US: “After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said: 'Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead,” (Mathew 2: I 9-20). The Savior of the world had been born. Satan was afraid and jittery which was understandable. The Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ automatically put paid to the illegal authority of Satan on planet earth occasioned by Adam's disobedience. The Light was shining and darkness must recede. Hallelujah! So Satan had to fight back. He moved Herod to conceive murderous plans against the baby boy Jesus by enacting a decree which led to the slaughter of innocent baby boys. However, God Almighty was in control.
On the five occasions He passed instructions to Joseph on how to save His son, God spoke to Joseph in dreams. While our Lord Jesus Christ was still in the womb of the Virgin Mary, Joseph who was Mary's fiancé was annoyed thinking his betrothal had played the harlot. The punishment for an Israeli girl pregnant outside wedlock, according to the Mosaic Law was death-by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:3-21). For his love for Mary, Joseph saved her from public disgrace but made up his mind to divorce her discreetly. But Joseph did not know Mary had not involved herself in any flirtatious act but it was the Holy Spirit that had conceived the Savior. God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to unravel this spiritual mystery of Mary's pregnancy and instruct Joseph on what next to do. "But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said "Joseph, Son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:20-2). "When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream "Get up" he said "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you,” (Matthew 2: 13).
Today, God also uses dreams to instruct us on what to do. Divine messages are passed unto men and women who God has chosen for His purpose on how to spread the message of the Good News. "During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him "Come over to Macedonia and helps us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them,” (Acts 16:9-10). Every spiritual project ever embarked upon by men and women of God all have divine revelation. No person working for God ever took it upon himself/herself to initiate worthwhile God-glorified spiritual works without first being called by God. Even in these days of religious racketeering when people of shady characters proclaimed themselves harbingers of the Living God, their deceptions are always exposed sooner than later. You are either called by God Almighty in a dream, vision and or by revelation. When you are called and anointed by God to work for Him, it does not depend on how any human being sees you or the opinions of neighbors, friends or acquaintances. He is the One calling you and that is it. "One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place-and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord ... Then the Lord called Samuel,” (I Samuel 3:2-4). When God called a person to work in His vineyard, He reveals Himself through many ways among which are visions and dreams.
*TO MINISTER TO OUR NEEDS: "At Gibeon, the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and God said "Ask whatever you want me to give you,” (I Kings 3:5). There are sundry demands we make from God as His children. We wish him to proper and enrich us, to keep us from trouble, give us success and breakthrough, give us rest and peace of mind, prolong our days, victory over our enemies, triumph over Satan and his demons and so forth. If our demands are legitimate, not selfish and are in accordance with His will for His Glory to show in our lives, He would oblige us. If we are spiritually-attuned to His Spirit, we shall hear the Lord first before seeing Him ministering to our needs. He uses dreams to talk to-us in most cases in this regard. Gideon wanted victory. God gave him through dream. Jacob needed guidance and protection from his enemies, God granted him through dream, Solomon wanted wisdom so as to be able to govern the people of God and God obliged him and more. God still does that today because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hallelujah!
*TO CALL HIS CHILDREN INTO MINISTRY: “At once the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam ... when a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions. I speak to him in dreams,” (Numbers 12:4-6). Every worker/servant of God who matters in the work of the Lord and are doing damage to the Kingdom of Satan today would readily tell you he or she heard a message, a call, a dream or revelation from God into ministry. It is in tandem with God's Word and character. In the account above, Aaron and Miriam had conspired against Moses the true servant of God. It was Moses, the youngest of the three children of Jochebed that God had called. But his two elderly sister and brother resented some actions of Moses and challenged his authority. Perhaps for his age, resentment for his leadership or sheer envy or a combination of these, they confronted him. But it was God's authority they were invariably challenging, because Moses did not call himself but God. The Almighty God had to appear in the cloud at the Tent of meeting to lecture Aaron and Miriam on Divine leadership. The latter paid dearly for that insubordination and rebellious act.
A minister of God once narrated his call to ministry this way: “I slept on New Year's Eve about twenty years ago and I had a dream. In my dream, I saw a tall being wearing white apparel whom I believed to be an angel of the Most High. In his hands was a copy of the Holy Bible. He called me by my first name and handed the Holy Bible to me with the following instructions: "Go and preach the gospel wherever your feet may touch and I will be with you." Then I awoke. That was how I became a Pastor." You see, the world thought it can substitute its own standards for God's but it is wrong. They say you must attend a Bible School, earn a degree in Theology, parade a Doctor of Philosophy degree before you can work for God. Those are men’s invented ways to know God. That is religion. Ultimately, it is God Himself calling people to work for Him and He would prepare you for His work accordingly. While there is nothing bad in earning Theology degrees, the Greatest Teacher is still the Holy Spirit. In the words of President, Theodore Roosevelt of the United States: "A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” The columnist of these series was commissioned by the Holy Spirit to write on dreams and every word contained in this column was dictated by the Holy Spirit.
*TO TEACH OR COUNSEL US: "Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them: Listen to this dream 1 had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it. His brothers said to him; do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us? -Then he had another dream and he told it to his brothers,” (Genesis 37:5-10). The urge to want to know our tomorrow and what the future holds in stock is inherent in all of us. When we embark on anything, we want to know its outcome, how it will end. You want to know who your future partner will be if you are single; the best job or occupation; the type of business God approves for you; how your ministry will fare if you are called into ministry and so on. As previously noted, it is God's will to guide, guard, and shepherd and direct us. He also wants us to know how our future will be and it is to give us a happy and successful end.
But it's God's prerogative whether to reveal our future to us or not. In other words, we are not to fret unnecessarily over this because, by faith we already know, as children of the Most High Living God, that our future shall be alright. Hallelujah! Joseph did not deliberately go about seeking to know his future. The Sovereign God, in His judgment showed Joseph how his tomorrow would be at the age of seventeen years. Unbelievers who do not accept our Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are naturally afraid of life, hence their penchant to visit homes of demon agents like fortune-tellers, astrologers, necromancers, witches, sorcerers, charlatans, herbalists, warlocks, voodoo practitioners and psychics seeking to know their future. King Saul did it in Israel and ended up in the pit of Hell (I Samuel 28:1-15).
*TO REVEAL HIS THOUGHTS AND PLANS: “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets,” (Amos 3: 7). “He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man…” (Amos 4: 13). As the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that are in them, the Lord God Almighty is totally in control and absolutely in charge. As the First Cause and a program-scheduled God, He reveals His thoughts and plans to those who have found favor in Him. There are many channels He uses to do this and one of the channels is through dreams. In a foreign land where Daniel was in captive as a foreigner, God showed him series of visions in Babylon concerning the future of his people, the Israelites and major countries of the world, and end times prophecy. "In the first year of Belshazzar, King of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed-He wrote down the substance of his dream,” (Daniel 7:1). TO BE CONTINUED
NIGERIA’S SHORT-TERM FUTURE
Do you remember what we prophesied in this column on Wednesday February 17, 2019 and Monday September 25, 2019 about the Second Coming of Muhammadu Buhari before and after the 2019 Presidential Election and what is happening right now in Nigeria? I know the minds and memories of most Nigerians are very short. Check this out in these links:
FROM MY MAIL BAG THIS WEEK
Daddy good morning sir. Your prophecies on massive protests and complete breakdown of law and order is happening everywhere in Nigeria. The country is boiling. What's the solution now? You know you also disclosed in your 2020 prophecies too that there would be shortage of foodstuffs and people would be breaking into people's homes looting food items and farms to harvest. These things are already happening in our nation. God have mercy. What is the way out? —-From Pastor Eugene Ohams, Pastor, Assemblies of God Church, Abakaliki Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
Dear Sir, Good morning Sir, please do you remember the prophecy you gave on crisis, lawlessness, anarchy etc., that will be happening in Nigeria? Sir, they are coming to pass already Sir. There is a rising tension in Nigeria especially on this ENDSARS movement. God bless your ministry Sir. The Lord Jesus be with you. Amen——From Brother Moyosore Adegbeye, Department of Animal Science, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ipo Arakeji, Ilesa State of Osun, Nigeria.
Dear man of God, Good evening and Calvary greetings to you this blessed Sunday of our Lord. This is Mr. A from The Netherlands. I just want to acknowledge and say to you more anointing, on your perfect prophecy of the outcome of Ondo State Governorship election. Your prediction has come to pass as ussual. Akeredolu won, nice one from your spiritual house. Congratulations. I will give you a call at a later date on my issue, however, I am on course and back in the process with the immgration. Thank you. God bless—-From Mr. F.A, The Netherlands
Dear Dr Fayemiwo, May the joy of the Lord be your strength. Thanks for your last article ,”HOW DOES GOD ALMIGHTY SPEAK TO HUMAN BEINGS”, people are suffering for lack of knowledge ,I have tried to convince them that God speaks to all human beings, but I am shocked that most Christians are ignorant of this gift and they call or run to their Pastors to pray for them all the time.Pastors have limited resources but God Almighty has unlimited resources to solve all our problems.I look forward to reading the second part.—From Harold Ndukwe, via email.