Hearing God Through Dreams And Visions

Hearing God Through Dreams And Visions

Welcome to Part 26 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you're ready to make some progress toward fulfilling it, this blog series is for you. For Part 25, "Initiating Conversations With God" click here. Today, we will focus on Point 3 of 7 listed in "Developing The Art Of Hearing From God"

Pay attention to certain dreams and visions especially if they are intense or repeated.

Numbers 12:6(KJV) - And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

There was a season of my life when I was constantly dreaming. I remember having such vivid dreams that I had to write them down. Now I keep a daily appointment book right next to my bed for that purpose. I also ask The Lord for an interpretation just in case there is an important message I need to get. Do not despise dreams and visions. They were used throughout the scriptures by The Lord to convey to people some very important information. If He did it before, He can do it again because He does not change (Malachi 3:6).

Ecclesiastes 5:2-3(KJV) - Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

Before I go too far I do need to bring some balance. I don't want anyone to get carried away with this. Some dreams mean nothing and are just a result of your own thoughts. Those dreams can be ignored. However, there are other dreams which leave a great impact on your heart when you wake up. Pay close attention to those. God does communicate using dreams and could actually be trying to tell you something that you can't hear during the hustle and bustle of your day. Therefore, you don't want to go to either extreme.

In Genesis 20:1:7, God warned Abimelech in a dream not to touch Abraham's wife Sarah. In Genesis 31:9-13, God showed Jacob in a dream how to become rich off his scheming father-in-law Laban. In Genesis 37 God showed Joseph his future in dreams. However, in Genesis 41, it was Joseph's ability to interpret the dreams of others which caused his own dream to come to pass. In Matthew 1, God spoke to Joseph (Mary's husband) in a dream about the birth of Jesus. God also warned him in Matthew 2:19-21 through a dream to leave Egypt.

Acts 2:16-17(KJV) - But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 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:

These are the last days which means that the time of dreams and visions is here. Whether you believe it or not, that's what happens when God's Spirit is poured out. Dreams and visions are direct avenues into the spirit realm which make them excellent conduits for messages from God. Anybody can dream or see a vision. However, everyone cannot interpret what they see. Dreams or visions aren't always easy to understand using natural intelligence. The ability to interpret dreams comes only from The Lord. It was that ability which made Joseph a very powerful man in Genesis 41 and saved Daniel and his three friends' lives in Daniel 2.

I know there are books out there which claim to help people interpret dreams. They do so by attaching particular meanings to certain common images that people see during reoccurring dreams. I won't put my trust in them. Am I saying they are complete nonsense? I don't know. I do know that if I rely on one of those books I should also check my horoscope, fortune cookies and call a psychic while I'm at it. I like to avoid anything that's "spiritual" that doesn't come from The Holy Spirit. Nonetheless, let's dig deeper into dream and vision interpretation.

Hearing God Through Dreams And Visions

Daniel 1:17(NKJV) - As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 5:11-12(NLT) - There is a man in your kingdom who has within him the spirit of the holy gods. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, this man was found to have insight, understanding, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, the king—your predecessor King Nebuchadnezzar—made him chief over all the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and fortune-tellers of Babylon. 12 This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”

God has chosen to speak through dreams and visions in these last days so the ability to interpret them is priceless. God placed the gift within Daniel after he proved himself to be a man of integrity in Daniel 1. Do you know that God wants to give the same gift to you? In James 1:5-8, The Bible says that if you ask God in faith for wisdom He will give it to you. He promises to respond to every legitimate request so go ahead and make one.

In Daniel's case God placed the gift in Daniel in order to propel him to prominence in Babylon. He chose to speak to the heathen kings through dreams but only allowed the interpretation through His servant Daniel. In addition to his high level of integrity, Daniel's wisdom was a valuable asset to the kingdom. When a man walks in that type of wisdom, powerful people take notice.

Deuteronomy 13:1-6(NKJV) - “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.

1 John 4:1(NKJV) - Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Hearing God Through Dreams And Visions

Be very careful of opportunists who conveniently interpret dreams using their human understanding for selfish reasons. If you pay some of them the right amount of money they will tell you exactly what you want to hear. That's one reason why all prophecy, dream and vision interpretation must be tested by The Holy Spirit living inside of you as well as the written Word of God. The Bible is your anchor so that you never drift outside of God's truth.

It's important to only rely on The Holy Ghost to interpret dreams because you don't want to be led astray. I'll give you an example. A few years ago a young lady submitted an "Ask Donnell" question asking me to interpret a dream she had concerning her friend. I asked The Lord for the answer and responded after probably a week. It took that long for me to understand what God was saying. If I chose to make an educated guess I would have completely screwed it up.

The interpretation from The Lord looked nothing like the dream because everything in the dream was deeply symbolic. I had no idea who the person was but a few years later I ran into the person at a church in NY. She thanked me for the accurate interpretation because it addressed a very specific situation her friend was dealing with at the time. She was blown away that God could speak to her so clearly in a dream and allow someone else with no knowledge of the situation to interpret it.

Jeremiah 23:28(KJV) - The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.

Amos 3:7(KJV) - Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Now let's address something of vital importance. Sometimes, The Lord gives you a dream that contains a message to be broadcast but not all the time. The wisdom of God will help you to know when to tell a dream and when to keep it quiet. If Joseph had known how much his brothers hated him he probably would have kept his dreams to himself in Genesis 37. Regardless, all things worked together for his good because he loved The Lord and was called according to God's purpose (Romans 8:28). Therefore, interpreting dreams and visions is not the only important ability you need to develop. You also need wisdom to know what to do after.

Genesis 18:16-20(NLT) - Then the men got up from their meal and looked out toward Sodom. As they left, Abraham went with them to send them on their way. 17 “Should I hide my plan from Abraham?” the Lord asked. 18 “For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. 19 I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” 20 So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. 21 I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”

You might not know how to respond to dreams especially ones that warn you of impending disaster but I'll tell you right now. Pray! When God tells you something bad is going to happen, do something about it. Don't get scared and wait around to see if it actually happens. Get on your face before God and pray that it doesn't happen. God won't show you something before it takes place unless He wants you to get involved.

That's what God did with Abraham. He told Abraham what was going to happen to Sodom and Gomorrah but Abraham interceded on behalf of his family who lived there. Read Genesis 18:16-33 for the full story. Abraham's intercession may have been the only reason why Lot and his household were given an opportunity to escape the destruction. If God shows you something, He expects you to intercede. It's really that simple.

I've seen many disasters happen to people I love in dreams but I ensured that by faith they never happened in reality. There is no time or space in the spirit so any glimpse into the spirit is a glimpse into eternity. Everything is clear and current in that type of dream even though what you see has not yet appeared in time. Hence, if you don't want to see it happen some kind of response is required the moment you see it.

Welcome to the last days. It's time for you to learn how to hear God through dreams and visions. Your first response to a dream or vision should always be prayer! God will tell you what to do next. See you tomorrow for Point 4.

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