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The Correct Interpretation

                          The Correct Interpretation                                 

Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream (Genesis 41:12).

Scripture: Genesis 41:1-13
Song: “The Solid Rock”

I had trouble sleeping that Saturday night. My spirit was troubled—something at the church maybe—I couldn’t put my finger on it. Finally, the tiredness overtook me, and I fell into a deep sleep. I usually don’t remember my dreams, but this night the dream came alive in vivid detail.

Three lions paced back and forth in the backyard of our parsonage. As they drew closer, I could hear them roaring underneath the bedroom windowsill. Then, I saw three sets of paws tearing at the screen. They were forcing their way into our house, intending to harm my family. I could not let that happen. I jarred myself awake and rushed to the window to face them down. When I got there, I saw nothing.

Unnerved, I sat down and prayed for wisdom. In reply, God gave me a sermon about three problems stalking our church. That Sunday morning, three sin issues were uncovered and dealt with. My dream and its warning proved all too real.

Most dreams are triggered by something we’ve read, seen on TV, or eaten the night before. Some dreams, however, are God-sent and inspired. I can personally attest to it.

Lord, when I read my Bible, hear a sermon, or study a daily devotional guide, I hear Your gentle voice talking to me, leading me. Praise to You, through Christ. Amen.

“The Correct Interpretation” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Sometimes, God uses dreams to speak to His people. But not all dreams are from Him—most are not. If you think you’ve had a spiritual one, you should first pray for discernment and then seek God’s wisdom in the matter.

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DO YOU THINK IT’S EVER OK TO JUDGE?

Good question. Great answer. This post by Beth is revealing and enlightening.

Beth L. Olson

When you hear the phrase, “You are different than everyone else,” what tone do you hear it in? Is it a positive thing or a negative one?

If we never compare ourselves to each other, how will we recognize and honor the unique gift mix that each person carries?

I would like to propose the idea that comparison is not bad at all. Where we get into trouble is when we… continue reading 

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Depend on Christ

philosophy-1Depend on Christ

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ (Colossians 2:8).

Scripture: Colossians 2:1–10
Song: “Do Not Worry”

Philosophy comes from the Greek word philosophia, which means the “love of wisdom.” Therefore, philosophers were those who studied and debated the finer aspects of wisdom as they searched for the meaning of life. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul noted that the Jews sought after signs while Greeks looked for wisdom. No wonder Greece gave birth to three of the greatest philosophers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

There’s nothing wrong with searching for wisdom; even the Bible tells us to ask for it when we lack understanding. But philosophy based on purely human ideals, apart from divine revelation, can lead us astray. Such philosophy can leave us empty and hollow, like a hole dug for no purpose.

So let us pursue Christ today—His wisdom, His righteousness, and the theology of the cross that the apostle Paul so masterfully proclaimed. This school of thought always leads to eternal life.

Father, You gave me the greatest textbook in the world. My Bible has everything I need: wisdom, hope, and the words of truth. By reading it daily, I feel prepared for every situation. Thank You, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

“Depend on Christ” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Purchase current printed issue of Devotions or 365 Devotions.