Monday, June 8th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Kings 3:3-4:34
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:
At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” – 1 Kings 3:5
We should never discount the importance of dreams. Too often, we brush dreams off as meaningless. We wake up, either shaken or encouraged by a dream, and then we forget about it by the time we finish our morning cup of coffee.
God communicates often to His people through dreams. God spoke to Solomon in a dream. That experience would turn out to be the most significant encounter in Solomon’s life. We also see the New Testament start with a flurry of dream activity. God spoke to Joseph five times through dreams before and after the birth of Jesus (Matt 1:20, 2:12, 2:13, 2:19, and 2:22). I believe that sets the precedent that, under the New Covenant, we are meant to hear from God in dreams all the time!
So, how do you know if a dream is from God? Gauge its significance. If your dream means nothing to you, you probably just ate a bad slice of pizza before you went to bed. But if your dream communicates a clear message, do not discount the chance that it might be a message from God.
If it’s a good dream, be encouraged! Set out with full confidence that God is confirming what He wants you to do. If it’s a bad dream, be encouraged! A bad dream is a reminder to pray, pray, and then pray some more. I have had dreams where bad things happen to good people who are close to me. I always take it as a reminder: this is what could happen if you don’t pray.
Write down your dreams! God is speaking to you, even when you sleep. Are you listening?
Father, thank You for the power of dreams! I invite You to speak to me during the night hours. You spoke to Solomon through dreams, and You spoke to Joseph through dreams. Now I ask that You would speak to me through dreams, in the name of Jesus!
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