MATTHEW 1-2: GOD STILL SPEAKS THROUGH DREAMS

Throughout The Bible, God spoke to His people in dreams. The amazing thing is, He still does it today!


To show this, let's examine Matthew 1 and 2. This is where God spoke to Joseph in multiple dreams about the life of Jesus Christ. This scripture reveals how important it is to surrender to and acknowledge the power of God-given dreams!


So let's examine what God's revealing about dreams through His communication with Joseph in Matthew 1 and 2!


The first thing that God reveals is that He DOES speak through dreams!


We can see clearly throughout scripture that God used dreams as the method of communication for one of the most important parental assignments in the entire history of mankind. THE assignment that would protect the bearer of Good News for all eternity. THE assignment that would give life freely. THE assignment that would exude resurrection power over sin and death!


*runs around the living room*


Whew!! Okay, back to the post.


If God trusted dreams as the method of communications for something THIS major, then why wouldn't we believe that He still does it today?


Let's look at how He speaks through dreams and what we can do, as believers, when we believe we've received a dream from the Lord.


How God Speaks Through Dreams


1.He confirms through dreams


The first example of how God speaks through dreams (in these chapters,) is God's confirmation. In Matthew 1:20, God tells Joseph to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, because the child she is carrying is indeed of the Holy Spirit.


Matthew 1:20

Matthew 1:20 - But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.


2. Matthew 2:12-13 - He warns through dreams


The second example of how God speaks through dreams (in these chapters,) is God's warning. In Matthew 2:12-13, God warns Joseph of Herod's plot to kill Jesus in His infancy. Joseph's reverence to this warning from God is a good example for us. We too should take heed to God's warnings and obey and avoid what He advises us to.

Matthew 2:12-13

12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.


13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”


3. Matthew 2:19 - He commands us to go forth in dreams


The third example of how God speaks through dreams (in these chapters,) is God's mandate. In this dream in Matthew 2:19, God told Joseph to go forth with taking his family to Israel because it was safe. When God gives us a direct command in a dream and/or directly through His word, we should immediately move in obedience and trust that He knows what is best and that He alone is sovereign.


Matthew 2:19-21

19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.


So, What Should We Do?


1. Know the word to examine if the dream is in order with His word.


God will never go against His word.

Isaiah 55:11

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.


Ask the Holy Spirit if this dream is God-sent. “Lead me to confirmation in your word."

Pray for discernment on how to move forward.

God will guide you.

Ask Him what He’s saying to you from the dream and what He wants you to do next.


James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


2. Do not be afraid.


2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.


3. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.


Conclusion


It’s an amazing thing that God STILL talks to His people like the examples we see in The Bible. Praise God for His grace, mercy, and love for us.


I pray that God will give you the answers you’re seeking.

Let's Pray

Father, in Jesus’ name, I pray that every person who is reading this would understand your love for them. That you would cover them in the precious blood of Jesus Christ. That they would grow closer to you & be able to better discern your Holy Spirit’s nudges. God, help us to seek deeper intimacy with you, not just for what you can do, reveal, or give us, but because of who you are and your love for us. God, help us to learn your love for us and for us to grow more in love with you as we study your word and draw near to you in prayer. God continue to transform our hearts and give us a better understanding of the dreams you’ve given us. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.


Invitation to Salvation


God desires so much more for us than to merely just give us dreams. God desires for us to be restored back to His original design for mankind. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before about Adam & Eve and the fall of humanity (see more here.)


God designed us to display His glory. Unfortunately, we chose to follow our own idea of evil and good, and sin was introduced to the world. For a better understanding and in-depth analysis of why we need salvation please visit these resources!

The Gospel


1 Corinthians 15:3

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time


Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


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The gospel is God’s good news of reconciliation of Him & mankind. God is not looking for robots to aimlessly follow a leader who will smite them for doing the wrong thing. The truth of the gospel is that God loves us and invites us to dwell with Him in eternity. That is life. God’s overall plan is so much more than we could ever understand, but the beauty is that we don’t have to fully comprehend to believe in Him. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). As a result of human nature, we are all destined to die. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So instead of us having to die eternally and suffer the full sentence of death that came about as a result of sin, God took on that punishment for us. Through Jesus Christ, He justified us through His own blood and made life available to all who would choose to believe.

The gospel is so much more than a story about an angry God who wants to control your life and just send you to hell if you don’t do what He wants. I implore you to study the scriptures and God’s creation and redemption story. He will give you the answers you seek. The gospel is God’s plan to restore us into relationship with Him. Sin keeps us from God.

If you believe, or you feel that God is trying to get you to invite Him into your life, the first step is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believe that He died for the atonement of your sins (1 John 2:2), that He was buried, and resurrected on the third day, defeating sin and death (Revelation 1:18), and that He invites us to partake in this victory too (Romans 6:5-10.)


So What Must I Do To Be Saved?


Believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and repent (turn away) from a life of sin. (Acts 3:19)


It is by grace, through faith! (Ephesians 2:8-9).




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