Joel 2:28 (NKJV)
28: And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams. Your young men shall see visions.
Read the story of the life of Joseph starting at Genesis 37 through Genesis 50. This is an awesome story about a great man whose dreams were fulfilled. Not only was he a dreamer, but he was a dream interpreter.
Genesis 41:25 (NKJV)
25: Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do":
Dreams are something I feel like I can speak about because all my life I have been a dreamer. I remember from a very young age God speaking to me through dreams and visions. By the way there is a difference between dreams and visions. But for this discussion I am simply talking about dreams not necessarily visions. Both dreams and visions are from God. The simplest difference between a dream and vision is that dreams are symbolic in nature. Meaning as you dream you see symbols, colors and pictures that represent meaning. Visions are simply literal snap shots of the future. They are not necessarily symbolic. God is simply showing you what is or what will be. Both are from God. Yes, the devil can also give you a dream or vision.
God uses dreams and visions first to reveal His divine will to us. He uses them to release prophetic mantles. He also uses them to reveal something hidden from the nature eye. Whether it be sin or righteousness. God will reveal to you His hidden intent and others hidden agenda, sin and true purpose. Dreams and visions are also used to release you into your ministry. They allow you to see into the spirit. They reveal to you His plan. They reveal the what. I was given the business that God has for me in a vision. I literally saw it. Many Christians have dreams and visions. But we need to pray for discernment into asking whether or not this dream is from God. Because like I said the devil has a divine purpose for your life that is opposite from God's plan for your life. Because the devil comes as an angel of light he will imitate God and reveal what appears to be dreams from God but they are only ploys from the devil.
For example have you ever heard of someone say, "I had a dream that so and so was my husband". The truth of the matter is that person has issues, they are not really saved, or they have a lot of confusion with them. Well that is an example of a dream that is not from God. By the way you have to be careful about dreaming about a husband or wife. Many times you dream the intentions of your heart. Just because you dreamed it does not mean that it is God's will or He gave it to you.
So when you pray and ask God to give you dreams make sure you have true motives. You can't manipulate God.
The point is dreams are simply another way in which God uses to communicate Himself to His people. Some people for whatever reason are more dreamers than others. So here are some key points about dreams that you should know.
-Dream are prophetic pictures sent by God, to His people. Dreams from God have a specific purpose, and reason for being given to you.
-Remember just as God has a prophetic future for you, so does the devil. Dreams are not the end all be all. You still have to develop and cultivate a relationship with God so that your dreams become manifest.
-The devil's dreams for you are for your ultimate demise. They are meant to take you away from God, His people and His will for your life.
-Dreams are used by God to release blessings. Dreams are used by the devil to release curses.
-Anything that you possess that Jesus has not been apart of is demonic. So when you hear of people who are not saved and they have spirituality or supposedly interpret dreams. This is demonic. This is very important because now a days there is this huge push toward new age theology, meditation and causing things to shift in your mind. All this foolishness is demonic. The book The Secret is demonic.
-You can manipulate your mind into having dreams that are not from God. For example if you listen to certain music or expose yourself to certain television shows prior to going to bed you will often dream of whatever you just finished looking at.
-If you desire something or someone you can dream about that person even though that is not God's will for your life. For example: I know of people who say that they dreamed so and so was theirr husband. But the relationship was full of strife and confusion. This is an example of a dream that is not from God. You still have make sure your motives are poor. Make sure you know the voice of God enough to know when this is God and when this is not God.
-Every dream just like every word spoken, must discerned as to whether or not it is from God by the scriptures. For example if you dreamed that you were committing some kind of sin. It could be a warning from God. But it is definitely not God telling you to go ahead and do this thing because that is contrary to the word of God. God will never lead you to sin. Never.
-If you are caught up in any sin, like hearing the voice of God, you will not be able to rightfully discern whether the dream is from God. Just like when you are in sin it is hard to hear the voice of God, so it is with dreaming.
-Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV) You have authority over every imagination and high thing.
-Often times our imaginations exist in high places. We are taught that the demonic exist in low places but not so. Scripture says that; For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV) Where are principalities? In high places. Where are powers? In high places, meaning places of authority. Where do rulers exist? In high places. The good news is that we have spiritual authority over every high place that the demonic exist. That includes in our own dreams and imaginations. We don't have to be subject to the devil or his imps. They must be subject to the authority vested in us by our Father. But the real question lies in asking who do you really belong to? You can't have authority over a kingdom that you belong to. If you are apart of the devils kingdom you can't have authority over it at the same time.
-Dreams can come as warnings to you or for someone else close to you.
-It is perfectly okay to ask God to give you a dream. He may not answer you in the time or the way you expect but He will answer.
-Dreams give us direction, encouragement, warning, and simply show us the love of God.
-Just because you have a dream does not mean that it will manifest immediately. Remember the example given of Joseph. Yes he had dreams but I am certain he never thought he'd be betrayed by his brothers, thrown into slavery, falsely accused of rape before his dreams were manifestation.
-Like everything else there is always a process before our dreams become reality.
-Another lesson from Joseph is to be careful who you reveal your dreams to.Yes it is the ones closest to you that will hurt you the most. Everyone who smiles in your face and gives you a word of encouragement is not supporting your dreams. I most confess as another dreamer I have learned this lesson the hard way myself. It is not that Joseph was being braggadocios or pretentious. He was probably just so excited that God showed him such a dream. For me I was just completely shocked and humbled by God choosing me. But honestly the same people that I shared my dreams with have been the same people who have hurt and betrayed me the most. I am not angry at all. But the point is I learned my lesson, regardless of who the person is sometimes you simply need to hold your dreams close to you. Just because God showed you a dream does not mean He is talking to the people around you. If God wanted them to know He would have showed them the same dream He showed you.
-Just because God showed you a dream doesn't mean you have to release it. Sometimes you simply have to still ask God for His wisdom as to how to move forward.
-Dreams can also reveal things in us that God needs to be take out of our lives. Once I prayed and asked God what is holding up my destiny from being fulfilled. He showed me a dream, in which He was telling someone else, "she has many fears". At the time I thought I had been delivered from the spirit of fear. So that dream revealed to me something in my life that needed to be taken out and gave me direction as to what to pray. In the dream I remember I was wearing purple. I know purple means something in the spirit. Maybe purple meant royalty as Queen Esther or repentance. I don't honestly know but you see the coloring that often accompanies dreams. By the way purple is my favorite color.
-Colors in dreams that are from God represent meanings. Colors in dreams from God are very bright and clean. I once had a dream with very pure blue in the dream. It had to be the brightest blue I had ever seen. Blue is representative of the spirit of wisdom. I do carry and continue to increase in the spirit of wisdom. As stated I don't know what all the colors mean in the spirit but I know they represent something, always. Demonic dreams are often represented by darkness or brown like dirt in them. Have you ever been in a dirty house that was poorly lit? This is similar to what demonic dreams often look like.
-As stated in my other post. Get rid of your stinking thinking. They are like plugs that stop your dreams from being revealed to you, they stop them from manifesting and they also contribute to you having dreams that are demonic. For example if you are constantly down on yourself and think you will fail you will have dreams and visions that you will fail. When you think positive you don't limit God in revealing His purpose and plans for your life through dreams and visions.
-Be careful what you feed your spirit. If you have a problem with lust, what are you watching on television? What music are you listening to? This all contributes to dreams that are filled with lust.
-Ask God about interpreting the dream or what they mean. You can also consult you pastor or spiritual mentor. Anyone who has a gift of dream interpretation can lead you in the right direction.
-Remember it perfectly okay to have dreams from God. Allow Him to release Himself to you in this way. Remember the difference between dreams and their manifestation is the process. You still have to ask God for wisdom, follow His way and make the appropriate choices for your dreams to manifest. You still have to go through the process, remember Joseph.
It is your walking with God, obedience to His will and His word that make His dreams for your life a reality. Never limit God. Your dreams from Him will always be bigger than yourself, but it is He who has the responsibility to get you there.
Samaria Colbert 2010 ©