Thursday, 24 October 2019



Job 33:14-18 (MSG)
14 “God always answers, one way or another,
    even when people don’t recognize his presence.
15-18 “In a dream, for instance, a vision at night,
    when men and women are deep in sleep,
    fast asleep in their beds—
God opens their ears
    and impresses them with warnings
To turn them back from something bad they’re planning,
    from some reckless choice,
And keep them from an early grave,
    from the river of no return.

Scriptures: Genesis 37:1-11, Genesis 40, Judges 7:12-15, Daniel 2, 4
You’ve probably spent at least some time wondering about your dreams. Do you have vivid dreams? Maybe you feel like you don’t dream at all or you may not remember them? You might ask yourself: “What exactly are dreams and do they mean anything”?
Dreams have been studied so many times and it’s easy to see why. We spend a huge amount of our lives sleeping, and the things we dream can be everything from down casting to heart-warming, and everything in between those. According to some psychologists, getting a better handle on the nature of dreams can boost self-knowledge and aid personal growth. However, the experiences we have in our dreams can be mysterious.
This book will look at a range of interesting spiritual, scientific and psychological details about dreams and what they mean, as well as scriptures and prayers to handle all manner of dreams.

God continues to use dreams as a means of communication in the New Testament age. But, "Are all dreams from God?"  The answer is no. Some of our dreams are just the result of natural everyday human activity.

Isaiah 29:8-10 (TLB), Says:

As a hungry man dreams of eating but is still hungry, and as a thirsty man dreams of drinking but is still faint from thirst when he wakes up, so your enemies will dream of victorious conquest, but all to no avail.
When to know a dream is from God, i.e. a "spiritual dream," and when it's just a natural dream can sometimes be hard to discern. No doubt it's a very subjective experience but most of us have had the feeling that some dreams are not like the rest. The images linger, the emotions are strongly affected, and we get this feeling that what we just experienced is a message from above; a message that needs explanation.
When we do receive a spiritual dream they are usually one of three types.

1. Warning Dream - This type is meant to warn us about some future attack from the enemy or some difficult time ahead. This could be a warning about a friend, spouse, or child. These are given so that we might pray and intercede for the individual. Often times the calamity is not decreed from above and through prayer the hardship can be avoided. Example from Scripture:  Abimelech warned not to sleep with Abraham's wife. (Gen. 20:3-7)
But that night God came to him in a dream and told him, “You are a dead man, for that woman you took is married.”
But Abimelech hadn’t slept with her yet, so he said, “Lord, will you slay an innocent man? He told me, ‘She is my sister,’ and she herself said, ‘Yes, he is my brother.’ I hadn’t the slightest intention of doing anything wrong.”
“Yes, I know,” the Lord replied. “That is why I held you back from sinning against me; that is why I didn’t let you touch her. Now restore her to her husband, and he will pray for you (for he is a prophet) and you shall live. But if you don’t return her to him, you are doomed to death along with all your household.” –
Gen 20:3-7 (TLB)

2. Confirmation Dream - This dream simply confirms that what you believe to be true about a person or situation is in fact true. This type of dream is used to give you the emotional impetus to act on what you already know to be true but have thus far been unresponsive towards. Example from Scripture: Pilate's wife's dream confirming that her husband should release Jesus from custody. (Matt. 27:17-19)
17 and as the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning he asked them, “Which shall I release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus your Messiah?”[a] 18 For he knew very well that the Jewish leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy because of his popularity with the people.
19 Just then, as he was presiding over the court, Pilate’s wife sent him this message: “Leave that good man alone; for I had a terrible nightmare concerning him last night.” – Matt 27:17-19 (TLB)

3. Prophetic Dream - A dream which reveals the future concerning yourself, another individual, a nation, etc. Example from Scripture: As a 17-year-old, Joseph dreamt about his future place of honour and high governmental service. (Gen. 37: 5-8)
One night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing even deeper hatred.
“Listen to this,” he proudly announced. “We were out in the field binding sheaves, and my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves all gathered around it and bowed low before it!”
“So you want to be our king, do you?” his brothers derided. And they hated him both for the dream and for his cocky attitude.

-     Gen 37:5-8 (TLB)

Spiritual dreams are God's sole prerogative, so we must always be ready. When they do come we need to quickly record them and then begin to pray for the interpretation. Spiritual dreams when heeded keep us in the will of God and remind us that we do indeed serve a God who knows us intimately and who takes the time to speak to His children individually for our own safety and care.

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