There are some people that God loves to speak to through dreams. My sister in-law is one of those people. She often gets dreams and usually they are straight from heaven. Dreams usually come with a lot of symbolism and when they are from the Lord they are usually vivid. I have had dreams too; some from the Lord and some from bad Chinese food (the Chinese always get a bad rap for food). But seriously, how do you know if a dream is of the Lord? And what should you do if you receive a dream from the Lord?
In Genesis 41 we learn of a disturbing dream Pharaoh has. He actually has two similar dreams back to back. He is left confused and afraid due to him not understanding the meaning of the dreams. Joseph, a prisoner, is called in to help interpret the dream and he is spot on. It leads to Joseph being released from prison and put into power as 2nd in command of all Egypt. But how did Joseph know the dream that Pharaoh had was from the Lord? He actually tells him in verse 32. He says, “And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.”
How do I know if God gave me a dream?
Just like Pharaoh experienced the same dream multiple times, many times when God is relaying a message over to you the dream will either repeat itself in one sleep cycle or you will dream the same dream twice at different times. Whenever that happens that should be a sign that this dream may be of the Lord. Another key to look out for is how vivid of a dream it is. Usually when the Lord is giving you a dream it isn’t hazy. Usually, just like Pharaoh, you are able to distinctly remember the dream and the details. Oftentimes one or two elements stand out. It could be a person’s face, an emotion, a color, or a place. But when the Lord is giving you a dream you usually wake up from it remembering it.
What should I do if I think God has given me a dream?
Two rules of thumb; if it’s a good dream, something positive and beneficial, you should thank God for it and believe Him to bring it to pass. Also take time to pray and seek His wisdom if there is anything you need to do as a result of the dream. If it is a bad dream, something negative or harmful, pray against it. Many times negative dreams aren’t given to you as a final ‘this is going to happen’ message but instead as a warning for you to pray and prevent it. So if you dream of something that disturbs your spirit take some time to pray against it. Also, ask the Lord for more revelation as to what, if anything, should be done.
As I mentioned in “Still Small Voice”, the last thing you want to do is shrug it off and do nothing. That is a sure way of missing God. Even if you aren’t sure if it’s of the Lord or if it has any significance, showing reverence by at least inquiring of the Lord is a way to keep your ears sensitive to His voice. Many dreams won’t be the Lord. You’ll know because they carry no weight or significance in your heart. You probably won’t even remember the details of those types of dreams. But if the dream is vivid, leaves a strong emotion with you when you awake, and has very distinct pronounced details, I would then assume it is a spiritual dream and one that should be prayed out for more understanding, if necessary.
Share with me your thoughts and experiences with God speaking to you through dreams. I’d love to hear it.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17