Guidance In The New Testament – Rhapsody Of Realities TeeVo Devotional March 12th

(Dreams Are For Old Testament Folks)

TO THE BIBLE: Acts 20:32
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

“I’m afraid I’m going to have an accident…” Simone began to express herself on the phone to Samantha.
“Hey Simone, don’t speak like that! Why would you say such a thing?” she responded.
“I had a dream where an angel of God told me so,” Simone explained.
“No, forget that dream. God guides us by His Word and Spirit,” she asserted.

In the New Testament, God doesn’t lead us through dreams; He guides us through the Word and Holy Spirit. You might be quick to ask, “How about Acts 2:17?

Doesn’t it indicate that God still leads through dreams?” No, He doesn’t. Dreams were for the sense-knowledge generation in the Old Testament.

Since the Holy Spirit came, you don’t find the apostles or anyone in the New Testament being ministered to in a dream.

The Holy Spirit, nonetheless, does lead through visions and other revelations such as prophecy, the inward witness, and other gifts of the Spirit. However, any vision, prophecy, or revelation that doesn’t align with the Word is not from God.

A certain sick man, a long-time Christian, had a vision where someone appeared in sandals and a white robe, covered with a cloud and said to him, “It’s not my will to heal you,” and then disappeared. He immediately believed it was Jesus because he said he “felt” the presence of God.
From then on, he believed it wasn’t God’s will to heal him. What made him think it was Jesus who appeared to him?

Was it because the person was in a white robe? Was it because the person was covered in a cloud?

Those aren’t enough reasons to assume it was Jesus. If, in a vision, you heard a voice that told you something that’s inconsistent with the Scriptures, then it’s questionable.

The question to ask is, does God want people well? Emphatically yes! Read 3 John 1:2. He’ll never come to you in a dream or vision to tell you anything contrary. He never contradicts Himself.
Every revelation must be subjected to the Word of God! This is the reason you must study the Word and know it for yourself.

Go Deeper
Hebrews 1:1-2; Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 30:21 TLB

Dear Father, thank you for the immeasurable blessing of your Word and the Holy Spirit, who guides me in your perfect will always. Your Word is my light, and I’m blessed always to receive the accurate guidance I need to deal wisely, enjoying my blessed life of righteousness in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Daily Bible Reading
Mark 15:1-20, Numbers 32-33
Matthew 22:15-22, Exodus 21

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