Visions, dreams and prophets. Are they messages from God?
Can we put our faith in a vision or dream? Can we trust a “Prophet” to give good advise about the future?
What and whom can we believe? What and whom can we trust?
Is it possible for someone to get vision or dream interpretation?
How can we tell if a message is from God or the evil one?
From the spirit of truth or the spirit of error?
Someone or something gave you that message and before it is accepted and believed you should always try and understand who it was that delivered it. The one thing we can count on is that it was either from God or His adversary—-Satan. There are no other senders.
Whom would you rather trust? Making a decision to trust the messenger or not is very important and could have drastic consequences if it isn’t understood correctly.
So, I thought it might be good for everyone if we spend some time learning about vision and dream interpretation and the spirits that bring them to us. We all need to be careful and understand that there are many spirits that try to deceive us. Satan is the author of all lies and He can speak directly to us or through other people.
We need learn how to “Test the Spirits”!
When trying to figure out if the spiritual message you are dealing with, it is important to first understand that there are four possible sources. Four possible spiritual entities that we may be dealing with. There are actually many smaller divisions in the spirit world. But understanding these four is a good beginning. More information will be posted on this subject later.
1. Jesus Christ Himself
2. An Angel, whom would be a messenger from God. Or an Angelic being that has a specific mission. ie. to protect you from danger or intercede in a situation.
3. The Holy Spirit
4. A demon. Yes, Christians can be influenced by demons. The devil wants us off course. He wants us dead. He wants to ruin our testimony and our walk with the Lord. He will attack us any way He can. There are many different types of demons. Generally they can be put into two categories. Familiar and un-familiar demons. Think of them as Satans little helpers. They are always to be avoided or cast away. (discarded like any other garbage in life)
Here is a bible verse that establishes some of the game rules. One of the truth detectors. Satan is the great deceiver. He wants you to believe his lies and he can use your dreams and other people.
1Cor 11:14 Did not even Satan marvelously transform himself into an angel of light?
2Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers (demons) also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.
Satan is the great deceiver and he will use anything and anyone to try and deceive us. A common theme of this ministry is that I ask you to “test” all statements and representations to make sure they are true. Including mine.
Satan can and does use demons or demonic spirits to tell us lies and try and influence our thinking. Always, ALWAYS remember. The spirit world can come into our mind. Not just another persons. Our spirit centers in our mind and that is where the battle is.
The demonic or the evil one can use other people also. He can and does on a regular basis directly affect the thinking of great leaders, some Pastors and even our neighbors . He even loves to capture the thinking of people within the church. The church is so watered down today that the devil is having a field day. BE CAREFUL of some PASTORS. Test their spirit for truth. Just because he or she is giving a sermon, doesn’t mean they are speaking for God. Many Christian churches and denominations, unfortunately, are in big trouble that way and are leading their congregations away from biblical teachings into “new age” type philosophies. A tip off can be when the speaker or pastor speaks more about the “ways of the world” than the truths of the gospel. Or He encourages you to participate in activities like “centering prayer” or “Contemplative Prayer”. They both have demonic roots and can be very harmful. We recommend you read the An Enduring Faith pages and posts for more information. Centering prayer and Contemplative Prayer are both covered in different posts. There is more going up each week.
This next verse tells us to not believe all spirits. Whether from the mouth of man or in a vision or dream. Even in our own thinking.
1John 4: 1-4
1John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try (test) the spirits to see if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God;
1John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the antichrist you heard is coming, and even now is already in the world.
1John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and you have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Test the spirits to see if they are from God. This is especially true when they are talking to you. As in a dream or vision.
A spirit MUST be able to confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and there message MUST conform to the bible. Either through the mouth of the person you are talking to or the voice you are hearing. A message from an Angel or through the Holy Spirit will never contradict the Word. “The Word” came to earth in the form of a man. That one is Jesus Christ.
So, please always try to test the spirit.
If you can, ask them who their Lord and Master is. They must be able to tell you that it is Jesus Christ. If the spirit cannot conform to God, confess that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Master, then he is not an angel or messenger from God. But demonically moved or influenced, at the least.
Then ask the spirit to confess that Jesus Christ has come to our earth in the flesh. If this spirit cannot make this specific confession, then the spirit is definitely not from God!
If you are dealing with a memory of a dream or vision, you can still test the spirit. Ask the Lord for the truth. In Jesus Christ name put that thought or memory under the covering of the Blood. Under the power of the Blood, under the authority of Jesus Christ, all evil MUST flee. We serve the most powerful one. Believe and walk in true faith, that HE WILL do for us, what we cannot do for ourselves.
Let the truth shine!
I hope this helps everyone. If you have questions—ask. e-mail us at thejosephplan (at) aol.com. We’ll try to get an answer.
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My friend, Are you confident where you are going to spend eternity when this all ends? There is an end for all of us some day. Some of us today.
There is only one way to know and be assured– Ask our Father in heaven in Jesus Christs’ name, in prayer today!
Are You Saved from the eternal fate of so many? Are you sure? Ask Him. Find out and be assured.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.
When we ask the Lord, in Jesus Christ’s name, He assures us with His peace and understanding. If for any reason you question your salvation, go to a quiet place, alone, and talk to Jesus. Repent of your sins and commit your life to Him. Then go to a bible believing church and get baptized.
He is faithful! He always listens and always responds!
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May God Bless You and keep you safe from the evil one!
Pastor Thomas Holm
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