Sometimes the meaning of a dream is very apparent. Other times, not so much. To find the meaning of dream takes time of reflection. Ask the Holy Spirit for His help. He is vital to the process of determining if the dream is indeed a message from God, a message from the enemy or your soul becoming aware of a hidden truth. The first thing Daniel did when he received a troubling dream was to set his heart for prayer and understanding. (Daniel 9)
Dreams that come from God are meant to inspire, encourage and motivate us to reach the objective of the dream. Even though the dream may be a correction or a warning, messages from God always reveal His everlasting love for us.
Soulish dreams are personal and will reveal emotional or human desires. These are not necessarily bad, but identifying our soul as the source is very important. This is true especially when it is involving other people.
Demonic dreams are sent to deceive. It is important to identify what is counterfeit and that which is the truth.
Dreams are not given to make you look good or give you control over anyone or any group. Often the Lord shares with us things that are meant to teach us how to develop a deeper relationship with Him or how we should pray for someone we are concerned about. Or perhaps their name is symbolic and it is not about that person at all.
One of my favorite example of this one was we were part of a team of several unmarried young adults. The ladies of the group kept having dreams that the worship minister was supposed to be their husband. His name meant “favored of the Lord”. Was perhaps the message from God that they were favored of the Lord? Or was it their soulish desire for him to be their husband?
Surrendering all your soulish insight and choosing to wait on God while praying and meditating on His word, will bring you into His presence and together you will decode the mystery in His message.
When decoding your dream, take note of the important elements in the dream.
- If I were to title this dream, what would it be? By tilting your dream you identify the focus or the theme of the dream.
- Am I in the dream or just watching it? Being in the dream makes the dream about you. The Lord is calling your attention to something about yourself or your circumstances. Not being in the dream means God is calling your attention to a situation usually as an invitation to pray.
- Where is the dream happening? The setting of the dream often gives the context of the dream.
- Is the dream in color? Bright vibrant colors are usually an indication of a God dream. Muted or black and white could be soulish dreams. If a particular color seems to stand out like a blue shirt or greenstone those are important to note.
#4 in Dream Speak Series. To learn more about dreams, go to #5 in Dream Speak, “Basic Principles of Biblical Dreaming.”