All of us have dreams. The question is whether or not any of these dreams are the type of dreams that are sent to us by God to communicate with us. In the book of Joel it says,
“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.
So what we need to know is if we are receiving what I like to call "God dreams" or if they are the result of eating too much pepperoni pizza with anchovies or the result of just being upset about a situation that is going on in our life. How do you tell if your dream is a dream from God?
This may seem as a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people have asked me about dreams of trading in their current wife for a new model. This dream was not from God.
The Bible warns us about being deceived by different forms or spiritism, sorcery, and the occult including psychics. As much as believers are supposed to receive dreams and visions from God, those dreams and visions have to line up with God's word the Bible.
So ask yourself the question. Did this dream encourage me to do things that are contrary to the word of God? If it did, then this dream definitely didn’t come from God.
The reason that God sends dreams is that He is trying to communicate with you and can’t get through to you by normal means. This does not mean you are bad, it just means that you are not listening well enough. It happens to all of us because we are distracted or not even thinking along the lines that God wants us to think.
In the Bible, dreams always revealed something. With the Apostle Paul a dream revealed that He was to go to Macedonia instead of another direction.
In the case of Jacob’s dream of the stairway to heaven, it revealed an aspect of God that Jacob had never understood before.
So a dream from God reveals something. Now there are times when we can sense that there is a meaning or revelation in the dream that we as of yet do not understand, but a dream from God always reveals something to us.
Most dreams fade from our conscious almost immediately. Dreams from God are remembered. They stay vivid.
They also trouble our spirits.
Now I don’t mean trouble as in a bad thing but I mean that our spirit rumbles with the knowledge that there is something there that is different than normal.
King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. The prophet Daniel interpreted this dream for this ungodly king. The King made this statement.
he said, “I have had a dream that deeply troubles me, and I must know what it means.”
A dream from God is different from normal dreams. You remember it. It bugs you. It is more vivid than other dreams.
If this is the first time that you have had a dream you think might be of God then you will not be able to benefit as of yet from this way of knowing if your dream is from God because it is yet to be seen if the dream comes to pass.
However if you are more familiar with dreams from God, then think about the other dreams you have had that have come to pass. What similarities does this dream have with others that you have been given by God?
You see, the final proof if a dream is from God is the results. Did it come to pass.
There are two vivid accounts of this at work in Acts chapter 9 and 10. One is with a man named Ananias who God told to pray for Saul of Tarsus for a healing and the other was with Peter being told to go and preach to the gentiles.
If you will follow these 4 simple steps, you will be able to determine if your dream is from God. If it is, God is more than able to help you understand what your dream means.
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Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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