Howdy friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post. I am currently studying about how God speaks to us in dreams and I thought maybe some of you would like to learn along with me. I’m studying several books but the one I like the most is by Mark & Patti Virkler called, “Hear God Through Your Dreams.” My husband gave me this book out of the blue at Christmas and I love it!
“Hear my Words; If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream.” (Num 12:6)
“I will bless the Lord who counsels me; He gives me wisdom in the night. He tells me what to do.” (Ps 16:7).
Those who understood the dreams that God had given them, such as Abraham and Solomon, became great and wise.
The Bible declares over and over that it is God who speaks to us through the dream (Numbers 12:6 and Acts 2:17) and it is God who counsels us at night through our dreams. (Ps. 16:7).
You would think we would all jump at the opportunity to receive God’s counsel free of charge every night, but most Christians have never had any kind of training in how to interpret dreams! Maybe we should take the time to learn a few principles.
The Lord has been speaking to me in my dreams lately. I even woke one morning recently with an audible voice that spoke wisdom and an answer I had been looking for regarding a business decision. This is a new arena for me and I have learned to recognize that it is Him who is speaking. I plan to do a blog series here on how we can all learn to recognize and interpret our dreams correctly.
Did you know that sleep laboratories have proven that everyone dreams for a total of 1-2 hours a night? Alpha sleep is where one has what is called Rapid Eye Movement (REM). REM is where the eyes of the dreamer start moving rapidly. He is actually watching the scenes in the dream and his eyes are moving back and forth, observing the action. The sleep labs have discovered that if they awaken a person every time REM begins, preventing him from dreaming, after about three nights the person will begin to show stress and exhibit signs of a nervous breakdown. So dreams are an inner release mechanism which helps us balance our emotions and keep our sanity.
God declares in the Old Testament and the New Testament that He will speak to us through dreams. Acts 2:17 says, “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.”
So it appears that God has chosen dreams as one form of communication with mankind. I believe He guides and counsels us through our dreams. He establishes covenants with us through our dreams. (Gen 15:12, 13, 18). If God has chosen to speak to us in dreams, we should learn how to interpret what He is saying!
The next few blog posts are going to discuss some of the foundational principles for interpreting dreams. Come along with me and let’s learn together another one of the ways God is speaking to mankind!
Here is the first principle for interpreting dreams….
- Realizing that dreams are mostly symbolic. View them in the way you would a political cartoon. Put on your “symbolism” glasses and view the dream through those lenses. The symbols usually come from your life, so ask yourself what the symbol means to you. Joseph was a shepherd and dreamed of the sun, moon and stars bowing down. These are images of a shepherd boy who lives in the fields. King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of statues of gold. He’s a king. Statues surround kings who live in palaces.
Stay tuned for more principles for interpreting dreams. I encourage you to get Mark Virkler’s book! It is SO good!