How do you know if a dream is a God dream or just the result of a bad meal?
While it is true, some dreams may be the result of undigested food, or the side effect of a pharmaceutical, or even the abundance of stress, nevertheless, those that are not from God are allowed by him for a reason. Seeking meaning concerning the message will often reveal God’s guidance. He may be using your thoughts or emotional experiences during sleep to reveal a mystery in parabolic language to bring healing, offer protection, give direction or unlock a spiritual truth concerning the past, present or future.
He uses the experiences of our day to communicate to us in our night.
A dream’s effect on our lives, and those around us, can be profound. Nations have been conquered, inventions have been discovered, solutions to life’s problems have been found, and lives have been affected because of these night messages from God called dreams.
Mark and Patty Virkler of Communion With God Ministries, outlines the Seven Reasons We Should Listen to Our Dreams http://www.cwgministries.org/Principles-of-Christian-Dream-Interpretation
- God declared that He WOULD speak through dreams and visions in the Old Testament.
And He said, “Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream” (Num. 12:6).
- God declared that He DID speak through dreams and visions in the Old Testament.
“I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets” (Hos. 12:10).
- God declares that He WILL communicate through dreams and visions in the New Testament.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).
- God declares that He WILL COUNSEL us at night through our dreams.
I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind (inner man) instructs me in the night (Ps. 16:7 NASB).
- Rather than our dreams being fatalistic, dreams are calling us to change SO WE WILL NOT PERISH.
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then He openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That He may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword (Job 33:14-18, emphasis mine).
- God does very significant things WITHIN dreams. For example, He established the Abrahamic Covenant in a dream.
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him….And God said to Abram….In the same day, the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying… (Gen. 15:12,13,18, emphasis mine).
- God grants supernatural gifts THROUGH dreams.
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, “Ask what I shall give thee….”
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people?”
“…Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee….” And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream (I Kings 3:5,9,12,15).
Time and again I have witnessed that valuing these nighttime messages, not only increases the frequency of the messages, has given me insight into what is going on in my life.
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. To learn more about dreams, go to #4 in Dream Speak, “Decoding the Mystery.”