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Have you ever had a dream that you thought could be from God? Have you ever heard someone else retell a dream and found yourself thinking, ‘I know what that might mean?’ If so, you are not alone.
Prophetic dreams and dream interpretation is not only a subject of huge fascination in popular Christian culture today, but is also a rich part of the Biblical story about a God who loves to speak to His people in various and creative ways. When we learn to pay attention to what he says in the night hours it can unlock extraordinary breakthrough and advance.
For many years the new age movement has stolen the prototype of dreaming from the church and has created a cheap counterfeit model. But the original dreaming patent still belongs to God and the Bible has much to say about dreams and dreaming.
For example, from Genesis right through to the events that surround the birth of Jesus, God uses dreams to communicate with His servants. Whether it was warnings given to Abimelech about Abrahams wife ( Genesis 20:3), Daniels interpretations of Kings Belteshazzar’ dreams ( Daniel 5:12) or Joseph receiving marital advice about the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:20), dreams are a vital part of the Biblical narrative. Solomon, David, Joseph, Job, Jeremiah, the apostle Paul and many others, all encountered God in the night hours.
Dreams serve many purposes in the Bible. Dreams can bring warnings, strength, guidance, impartation of gifting, wisdom, revelation and strategic insight. Joseph not only interprets the meaning of Pharaohs dream, but also receives the wisdom to know what to do with it. The whole nation of Egypt was literally saved from famine through this encounter. Dreams bring an immediacy of Gods counsel in a way we would do well not to dismiss lightly.
Far from being just part of biblical history, we should also expect and anticipate that God still wants to speak through our dreams. As Peter stood on the day of Pentecost, he retells Joel’s prophecy about the last days, and says to the on looking Jerusalem crowd:
“No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘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. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will prophesy.” Acts 2: 16-18
Dreaming with God is one of the evidences that we are now in the age of the outpouring of Gods spirit. Hearing Him is no longer for an elite few, but for all who call God their Father and Jesus their saviour.
Jesus death and resurrection have begun the new creation narrative where sons and daughters prophesy and hear His voice. This is the new norm.
If you have a dream or hear a dream that think may be from God, do not dismiss it. Ask God what it means. Look in Scripture to find biblical language to interpret what you have seen. Ask others to help you understand. Remember not everything is from God, but many things are! Honour the Bible and use your discernment. Walk with Jesus, listen to Him and your dreams could literally change the world around you.