Job 33: 14-16 NKJV
For God may speak in one way, or in another,
Yet man does not perceive it.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
16 Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
As Christians, we know that just as God communicated to believers (and even non-believers: think about Pharoah dreaming of the seven fat cows and seven thin cows), in the Old and New Testaments. He still uses this communication medium to speak with us, to show us things, to give us warnings or even answer our prayer requests today. In fact there have been reports of Muslims who have converted to Christianity after seeing Jesus in their dreams. But my post today is not about dreams from God.
Many of us have had dreams where you wake up feeling like the dream wasn’t just a dream because everything felt so real. You wake up feeling like you were actually there and actively participating in this dream. Try write these dreams down when you wake up, pray over them and ask God to reveal to you through the Holy Spirit, what the messages of the dream are. Understanding the Dreams You Dream by Ira Milligan is a great resource and place to start because he has a really good introduction into biblical keys of understanding your dreams, especially if you do not have contact with a seer or a prophet, or anybody with insight into understanding dreams. I want to stress though, that it is by having a personal relationship with Jesus, walking with him closely that you will hear and know his voice when he speaks to you. It is also by being obedient to the Holy Spirit in your waking life, that you develop trust and a relationship with him, so that you can recognise when he speaks to your heart, or gives you words of knowledge and wisdom about your life.
This is a dream I had in December 2015 whilst visiting family in South Africa.
I was in a house, the sofas had been pushed against the walls in the living room, and there were carpets and cushions on the floor. There was a mix of young and older adults in the room. The atmosphere was that of a Friday night youth meeting from a local church. Somebody was playing the guitar and it was I remember that we started singing songs and worshiping. At the time I had the dream I was already 30, but the scene felt really familiar to when I was younger in highschool or university at a youth group meeting, it felt welcoming and safe. I cannot remember though if we were singing songs about God or Jesus, it only felt like it.
Then they lined up all the youth in two rows, one row of young men and one row of young women facing each other. Each person had a person of the opposite sex sitting in front of them. I looked up and I saw one of the youth leaders walking past the rows, smiling at everyone. Her face looked sooo familiar, as if I knew her from a youth camp, or maybe she was in a higher grade in my highschool. I have no idea. I don’t even remember her face but it was that feeling of familiarity…once again, someone I “knew”, it made me feel safe.
Alarm bells starting ringing in my head when I saw them beginning to do a strange ritual starting on the far end of the row. They had a piece of string which they used to tie the hands of the young man and woman sitting opposite each other. I didn’t understand what they were doing, but it did not seem right. It was as if they were making some kind of a bond, a soul tie between the two young people. When I realised this fear just came over me. I realised I was NOT in a safe place, and that whatever was happening here was not good. I stood up and ran out of that room. I ran to the entrance of the house, and just as I was leaving the house, I saw by the door a strange sign. I didn’t understand the sign because it was written in symbols. There were moons, stars and other symbols of the occult.
I am SO glad I dodged that bullet. If I was not sensitive to the Holy Spirit, he wouldn’t have been able to open my eyes and warn me. Walk closely with God, the devil our enemy is here to steal, kill and destroy and we must be wary. Many people have gotten themselves into some kind of bondage with darkness in dreams. As a rule I try not to eat anything offered to me in a dream, you have no idea what curse is in that food.
The Bible tells us to always test the spirits,
1 John 4:1-6 (NKJV)
4 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. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2 Corinthians 11: 13-15 (NKJV)
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
We really cannot rely on our own wisdom on understanding. We need the Holy Spirit to shine those areas of our lives that are still not submitted to God, to reveal the hidden sin in our lives and to keep us from being deceived. Although I felt safe in my dream, it was a mask and a complete lie.
I pray for myself, and for everybody reading this right now, that God would shine a light in the places in our lives where we are currently being deceived and open our eyes. I pray that we would always be truth seekers, that we would not rely on our own wisdom and understanding, but that we would acknowledge You Lord Jesus in all your ways, so that You may guide our paths. Amen
Matthew 24: 24 (NKJV)
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
How do you keep yourself from being deceived? Walk closely with Jesus in obedience and love. Allow him to grow you and work in you, to purify and renew you. Pray for discernment and wisdom, read your Bible, pray continuously.