Steven Furtick — The Power of Interpretation
Let's go in our Bibles now, to Genesis chapter 40, for the final week of our series Triggered. At least, I think it's the final week, but we'll preach it, and see what happens. I have been preaching about taking back your mind in the age of anxiety, but looking at you, you seem to be completely now free of stress, and it seems, as if you have gotten the message. And we can call it quits after today, but this last message that I want to bring to you, I hope will be as profound to you, hearing it as it was to me, as I studied for it, and ask that you consider it prayerfully, because it's one of those messages, where, if you try to understand it with your mind, you won't get the most out of it, but if you listen at a different level, and see what God wants to speak to you today, I believe that he will.
Welcome to every single location, I pray that you would lean into this word wherever you are, and receive something from the Lord. Genesis chapter 40:5, let's jump right into the middle of it, "And one night they both dreamed — the cupbearer and the baker in the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison — each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation. When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, 'Why are your faces downcast today?'. And they said to him, 'We have had dreams, and there's no one to interpret them.' And Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God?'".
That was the question, that got me started on this quest to preach this message today: do not interpretations belong to God? "Please tell them to me". Now I'm going to do something kind of weird ,I'm gonna go to a New Testament scripture, one verse of scripture, that doesn't seem to go together on the surface with the one. I just read, but it does, seem like you know peanut butter and mayonnaise, but it's really jelly.
So go to 1 Corinthians 14:3, and here Paul is given some instructions to the Corinthian church about orderly worship. And he says, "Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret". Again, there for one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. I want to lift that phrase from my message title today, and talk to you about the power of interpretation. Very good stuff coming your way today from the Word of God, not from me but from God. And that's really the starting point for me. I realized that you come to church not to hear my opinion, but to hear a correct interpretation of the Word of God for your life. And an application, so that it is not only a historical document, but so that it becomes flesh, and so that the Spirit of God would breathe into your situation understanding this.