Dreams and Visions- God’s Voice In The Night.
I believe knowing God’s voice from all other voices around us will bring us into a more intimate relationship with Him. Just as we know the voices of our family members, friends, co-workers, and so on, as Christians we should also aspire to recognize His voice from the voice of others.
Being able to identify His voice has been of tremendous help to me in the interpretation of my dreams and visions. Anyone can interpret their dreams/visions. The scriptures tell us in Job 33:14-18 “For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people, as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings. He makes them turn from doing wrong; he keeps them from pride. He protects them from the grave, from crossing over the river of death.” NLT.
Not knowing the meaning or the message of our dreams can get us confused, discouraged, or frustrated. What I have learned over the years in dream interpretation is to first acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is the one that can give us the interpretation of our dreams. After all, God is the giver of our dreams. I do know that some dreams may come from the enemy, but I will not go into that in this blog. I want to focus on God’s power and His unfailing love for us. This love moves Him to give us information and reveal secrets to us at night that are hidden from us in the natural.
In learning how to interpret our dreams/visions, we must learn how to carve out time from our busy schedules specifically for this. If we do not have time and we are expecting someone else or a Christian Coach to help us to interpret our dreams each time, we will not grow or excel in the knowledge of dream interpretation. God wants us to grow spiritually and to come to Him first to ask for wisdom to interpret our dreams. God may still lead us to someone else to help us with the dream. We have to first give God the sacrifice of being number one in our lives by first talking to Him about our dreams. This is precious in His sight. Don’t run to people all the time whenever you first have a dream, talk to God about it first, then let Him guide you to those that He wants you to discuss it with. If you have a coach, counselor, friend, spouse, or family member that can help you with this, then seek their guidance. I have also found out that as I pray over my dream and ponder on it. The Holy Spirit can lead me to share it with a trusted friend or my family. As we discuss it, I get further revelation, and eventually, my heart leaps up and shouts “Aha, that is the meaning of my dream.”
I have learned to ask the Holy Spirit for help when interpreting my dreams/visions. We must practice to first be still when we wake up and not rush out of the bed. While being still, think about the dream/vision. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine His light on the symbols in the dream. If the revelation or meaning does not come to you, it is ok. Record the dream or write it down in your journal. As you go about your day, ponder on it. Pray in your heart to God over the dream. Earlier on when I started learning about the meaning of my dreams, I used to get frustrated and confused because I was using my mind to interpret the dream. At the same time, I could not figure out or understood what the people, things, animals, childhood homes, roads, etc in my dreams represented. As I began to practice, the Holy Spirit started guiding me and showing me the art of dream interpretation as He taught Joseph in scriptures all those years when he was held bound in Egypt. We must not fall into the temptation of interpreting our dreams literally, this will lead to errors. Our mind has its place and our spirit also has its place and authority in our lives. Dream interpretation is the work of the Holy Spirit and must not be controlled by the mind.
The first thing to know about the language of dreams/visions is that they are symbolic. I have to mention here that this is not absolute. I know someone that has literal dreams more than symbolic dreams. There are also prophetic dreams, which reveal events of the future. We must not put God in a box when it comes to Dream interpretation. All revelations, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding belong to God
There are a few reasons why God gives us dreams and visions instead of giving us hidden information in the natural realm. From my personal experience with God; there are some situations or generational past events that he cannot show me in real life because it could be terrifying. Another reason why He gives me dreams is that my rational mind may not be able to comprehend the message He is trying to pass across to me. For example, a lion wearing a crown of gold knocks on my door. I opened the door for Him to come into the house. He sits at my dining table and then asked me to cook so we could eat together. I rushed off quickly to prepare the meal and we sat down eating, laughing, and just enjoying ourselves. “Oh, my goodness this can never happen in real life, only in dreams and visions!” Or maybe fiction books. One of the languages that God speaks is dreams/visions. This is the reality of the spirit realm and we must not underestimate the power of God to give us the revelation that will bring clarity, freedom, and deliverance to some situations in our lives or the lives of others.
For God to pass some messages across to us, He drops the letter into our spiritual mailbox of dreams and visions. This is not to make us afraid. He is not the author of fear and confusion. His goal is to give us guidance, encouragement, bring correction, show His love, bring revelation, expose the enemy, reveal generational sins or iniquities that we need to cleanse off our bloodline and our lives, and warn us about a situation or the future, to bless us, and finally to let us know that even in our sleeping state, He is still in control of our Spirit. He can still reveal His heart to us in the night season.
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