Dream Prophets Vs Word Prophets (I)

It is written, “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:28-29). This scripture teaches us three basic truths. The first truth is that there are, basically, two kinds of prophets: those whose prophetic source is in dreams (which I call, Dream Prophets) and those who draw their prophetic substance from God’s Word (the Word Prophets).
Second: we understand that a prophet is free to prophesy from whatever source he or she prefers: whether from dreams or from God’s Word. Third, we understand that dreams (and their accompanying prophecies) are chaff when compared to the provisions of God’s Word. In other words, God is saying that dreams are chaff while His Word is the substance. Which one would you rather go for? I don’t know about you but I want the substance; the Word of God is the substance! Halleleujah! No matter what you see in a dream, no matter the prophet that gives you a prophecy from a dream; God’s Word is more reliable; it is a more reliable source of prophecy.
The Word is more reliable in authenticity and potency. Don’t bother to restrain prophets who prophecy from dreams; rather, understand that whatever is seen in dreams cannot be equated to what is written in God’s Word. Emphatically, God’s Word is ultimate prophecy; it supersedes any dream, the dreamer notwithstanding! This is not to make light of dreams as possible avenues of revelation neither is it to denigrate the ministry of prophets whose source of prophecy or revelations is in dreams. Rather, it is to show the supremacy of God’s Word over and above any dream you may have dreamed, or any prophet might have dreamed about you.
Again, the scriptural position on prophets and prophecies is that Word-based prophets are superior to dream-motivated prophets!
Their prophecies are more reliable and authentic than those who rely on dreams. God expects us to believe Word-based prophets as against dream-based prophets. A prophet whose prophetic ministry is dream-motivated is of a lower prophetic and spiritual value to one whose prophecies are Word-based. This is because God’s Word is “a more sure word of prophecy” as it is written, “We have a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:19-21). No dream has the efficacy and assurance which God’s Word offers us. Don’t let the sights and sounds of any dream rule your life. Build your life, faith and convictions on what God says about you in His Word, instead. Those who run their lives on the shadowy provisions of dreams risk ending their lives as mere dreamers, with no substance. But those who build their lives, families, health and businesses on God’s Word are “as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever” (see Psalms 125:1).
This is God’s key secrets for dealing with prophets and prophesies in such a way that guarantees peace and stability in our spiritual experience. Prophesies are avenues through which God speaks to His people, and prophets are channels of prophesies, we don’t make light of that. In addition, at certain levels of spiritual experience, dreams could be avenues of revelations.
These notwithstanding, dreams must not be overrated above God’s Word. We are witnesses to the pervasive abuses of dreams and prophecies both by prophets, and those who receive such prophecies. We know of situations where people live restless lives just because of a dream they dreamed, or a dream-based prophecy they received; many others have been subjected to a life without peace while others live in perpetual fear. So many relationships have broken down, businesses destroyed and families torn apart by dreams, dream-based prophets and their dream-driven prophecies!
But this ought not to be! Dreams are not supposed to be the pillars upon which we hang our lives. Our lives are to draw strength from every Word that “proceeds from the mouth of the LORD”. We are to employ God’s Word to decimate unpleasant dreams, not to be tormented by them.
Never forget this: a dream-based prophet is of low quality, low both in standard and significance compared to a Word-based prophet because dream-based revelations are chaff compared to the efficacy of God’s Word. This should guide our dealings with dream-prophets as well as our conducts in reception and application of dreams and dream-based prophecies.
It demands us to always subject the content of any dream or dream-based prophecies to the scrutiny of God’s Word before taking decisions on them. Any prophet whose dream or prophecies counteract the provisions of the scriptures is not of God and must be treated as such. I don’t care what dream you dreamed, I don’t care who the prophet that dreamed the dream is, what I know is that God’s Word is most authentic and reliable. It has the capacity to bring about positive turn-around in a person’s life than any dream, irrespective of who dreamed the dream. At this point, we must have known that dreams are not to regulate our lives. What should control our actions and decisions is what God says in His Word. This requires wisdom; wisdom because some dreams could be so real to extents that fear takes over the heart once they are remembered. If you dreamed about your death, for example, you don’t need to fret and cry. All you need to silence the enemy is to locate relevant scriptures from God’s Word and apply them appropriately. Psalms 118:17 says, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.” Dream said you will die but God’s Word assures you of life.
What you do is to enforce God’s Word over the dream and superimpose it on whatever you saw in the dream. As you continue to demand that God’s Word be established, you gradually neutralize the chaff of the evil dream you had. If you desire wisdom to appropriately apply God’s Word, pray this prayer with me now: My Heavenly Father, I come to you asking for mercy. Forgive me my sins and wash me with the blood of Jesus. Grant me the wisdom to learn and know your Word and how to apply it appropriately particularly against evil dreams, in Jesus name, Amen!
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