I'm a dreamer. I've always been one since I can remember. Twelve years ago, I learned to pay attention to my dreams. Some dreams are God's way of speaking to me at a time when I'm ready to listen. Did you know, you are more willing to listen to God when you are asleep, oppose to being awake? When you are going about your daily schedule, you can be distracted from hearing God's voice. Distractions cause us to lose focus on hearing the Holy Spirit. God is always speaking to us, however are we listening?
Looking back at my dreams I had when I was a child, teenager or as a young adult, I can see how the Lord was either warning me or giving me direction. God can speak to anyone in dreams, whether you believe in Him or not. Whether you are a Christian or not. I can attest to this, because I was not a believer in Jesus when I received dreams from heaven.
What about Joseph?
The Bible tells us that Joseph was a dreamer. God also connected him with people who were not believers, yet they were dreamers. Genesis chapters 40-41 tells us about:
Cup Bearer, Baker, and Pharaoh.
All dreamers who had been given a dream from God.
Cup Bearer was given direction.
Baker was given a warning.
Pharaoh was given a warning and strategy for the future.
However, they did not understand what theses dreams meant. What good is a dream from God if you dismiss it, or can't interpret it? As God's plan for Joseph's life unfolds, we see the importance of a dream's message. For, it changed his life.
I've been learning how to interpret dreams for ten years now. The Bible says in Acts 2:17, "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Dreaming is just the beginning. Understanding the dream is another challenge. I don't know why God speaks to us in metaphors or symbols. I mean, why doesn't He just come out with it? I believe it's because He wants us to dive deeper. As deep calls to deep the Bible says in Psalm 42: 7, "Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me".
God desires for us to:
Isn't He a good God! How Great is our God?
- ask Him for interpretation of the dream.
- draw close to Him for an answer in prayer.
- talk back to Him- a two way conversation.
- bless others as we share our dreams.
- give us the opportunity to figure it out for ourselves.
Great enough and loving enough to show us insight and a plan for our lives. As Jeremiah 29:11- 13 says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart".
But I Don't Dream.
Are you one of those people who never dreams? Do you want to dream? My husband Ruben never dreamed before, or if he did, he couldn't remember them. Then, Ruben asked God to help Him in this area. Within a few months of studying God's Word on dreams and desiring more of God, Ruben began to dream. Soon, he began to interpret my dreams and his own dreams. Doing this together as a married couple, has also helped us make wise decisions for our future and avoid disaster. It also showed us how to pray for situations and intercede for people. It's simple my friend, ask the Lord to speak to you. Most of all, ask Him for ears to hear and eyes to see that you shall remember upon waking.
But I dream, I just don't know what they mean?
Do you want to find out what they mean? I suggest, once upon waking, write your dream down or record it. I keep a dream journal (composition notebook) set aside for my dreams. I start a new one every year. It's great because you can use these journals to interpret or refer back to past dreams. Sometimes God gives us a few puzzle pieces that we need to connect into a bigger picture by referring back to past dreams. Also, Ask Holy Spirit to show you what your dreams mean to you. Remember, dreams from God are personal. So you can't compare another dream to yours, or interpret your dream according to another. Get a good biblically based dream Book to help you learn more and guide you with symbolic meanings. I suggest my two favorite books:
Understand Your Dreams Now: Spiritual Dream Interpretation by Doug Addison
Seeing the Voice of God by Laura Harris Smith
The Lord says, "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3). It's time to go to the next level! We are living in a day when we need to hear the voice of God for every direction and new decision in our lives. Don't discredit your dreams!
God is speaking to you, take time to listen.
Blessings and Shalom,
Do you dream? Has a dream from God changed your life? Please share by commenting below.
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