Dreaming has always been a means by which the unseen lends itself to the natural. Are you a dreamer? Do you wake up trying to remember the details of your dreams or are you someone who remembers each and every detail of it? I personally am not a dreamer. I can have one or two at a time or perhaps none that I recall, but when the Lord is getting a message to me I remember every single details clearly. I’ve thought to myself, now why is that Lord? Why are you permitting me to remember these details but no others? The answer was simply given just as simply as it was asked, “The details you remember are the messages God is delivering to you for pondering and action.” Dreams have always been a mode of transportation for communication. Now before you get spooked and think I’m writing on behalf of the Illuminate or the New Age Movement, please go to your nearest Bible pick it up and open it. You will find countless of “Dreamers” mentioned in the Bible. In fact, dreams are nothing more than visions of the night. So when one is mentioned biblically as having entered into a vision and it was daytime this would be considered a dream had it been at night. So if dreams are modes of transportation for communication that leads to my next question, who is it that is doing the communication?
Most scholars will tell you, in order to understand what is ahead one must take a stroll down history first. I personally do not thinks so, in fact as a prophetic person when the Lord gives me words or visions He does not typically consult my past to give me direction or understanding for my future. Prophecy typically speaks of the now and the future. Hence why a prophetic person will not consult 10-year-old sermons to teach from when stepping onto a pulpit or to deliver a word. History is recorded as evidence of something either to be expounded upon or learned from. Dreaming is a concept most human beings do not completely understand. How can we, after all we are supernatural beings but not all-knowing beings.
So I wrote this post with the intent to spark some interest in who it is that is doing the communicating when a dream is permitted to be remembered. What are your steps of action when remembering the details of a dream? Immediately upon waking up, if I remember the details of a dreams:
- I begin to write them down
- I consult the Holy Spirit (Spirit of Wisdom) to inquire further
Habakkuk 2 tells us one way to process our dreams: to write the dream and make it plain for the dream is for an appointed time and to wait for it. Verses 1-3 say, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, ‘And what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the LORD answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
So what happens if you do not have a relationship with God? Who do you consult? Most people perhaps because they are creatures of habit consult a close confidant or friend in hopes they somehow will become an oracle of light full of wisdom. (joking here) No one is above the infinite wisdom of the Holy Spirit therefore if He is not consulted, anyone else whether they are gifted in the area of dreams or not would be nothing short of witchcraft. Unfortunately, many will not agree but let’s look at one of many scriptures that was written involving this very topic. In the book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar was struggling to understand the interpretation of his dreams. He did not have a relationship with Jehovah God and immediately consulted his magicians, sorcerers and enchanters. His lack of interpretation had become torment to him and he had called upon these false prophets to inquire further. Daniel chapter 2, verses 27-28 says, “Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these.”
God is the only one who can reveal the mysteries given through visions of the night my friends. The Bible mentions people who become “mediums” because of who they consult for spiritual revelation. After all, isn’t that what most people simply want to know? What does my dream mean? He may very well send one of his messengers with Revelatory Gifts to answer your questions, but only after he has been consulted. We must rely totally on the Holy Spirit as our source of revelation, understanding our dreams and visions to gain wisdom, and proper application. The Spirit of Wisdom is the Comforter and when the Spirit of Wisdom enters our heart, he brings knowledge that is agreeable with our soul. God reveals His intimate secrets to us. The plans, wisdom, and strategies we see and the conversations we hear while sleeping must be expressed back to God through prayer upon waking. Prayer will cause good dreams to come true and bad dreams to be destroyed. Dreams in which we dialogue with God enable us to gain wisdom. We are shown the actions to take and the words to pray to deliver us from destruction. Dreams reveal God’s plans so we can cooperate with His purposes for our lives.
So let this be an encouraging word for you. The God-of-the-Angel-Armies, is the One who sits high and looks low and certainly is the One who can interpret your dream for you. Dreaming is not demonic although some have the ability to influence our moments of rest. Take heed to put on the whole Armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-18 prior to resting at night in order to keep night terrors from influencing how you sleep. God is the God who never sleeps, therefore he is always “awake” when you need to talk to him. Take time today, to ask God what you were not certain you could in 2016. Your new year is full of opportunities to include permitting God to share with you what he is showing you while you sleep.
Scripture references to review:
Daniel 2:27-28, Deuteronomy 18:9-12, Leviticus 19:31, Micah 5:12, Daniel 2:2, Jeremiah 27:9, Isaiah 8:9, Leviticus 20:6, Habakkuk 2, Ephesians 6:10-18