Understanding dreams through the language of God
Daniel 4:5 - I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
Bible tells us God talks to us through dreams and most of the Prophets God communicated with was through dreams. Bible uses both the words dreams and also uses the words visions. People would think one is about seeing when one is asleep and the other when one is awake, but that is wrongs.
If we read Joel 2:28 the Lord says the old (spiritual elders) will dream dreams and the young (spiritually immature) will see visions. Both are different, both are dreams but the kind of dreams they are varies.
The dreams (visions) the young see are dreams that give some amount of information and it is like seeing something in a smoke, where some things are clear and the remaining hazy. Here the prime event remains embedded in the mind of the person but the remaining gets forgotten or is of no importance.
The dreams (dreams) the elders see are like seeing a movie, or being present at the event. Here everything is of utmost importance. Small things like colour, position, texture, material, shape, expressions also are of great importance. Here everything gets embedded in the mind of the one who sees it. It is not necessary the view is from your eyes, it mostly may be from the eyes of God and we could be one of the elements of the dream.
One can see dreams and visions when asleep or even when the person is awake, when the person goes in a trance, a level of the mind / as in asleep.
Firstly not all dreams are from God. Bible states one can get dreams when one eats a lot and when under spiritual bondage. The eating refers to both physical and mental eating. One's physical state affects one's mental state and one's mental state affects one's physical state for both interconnect with each other. Science states man sees normal dreams at a specific level of sleep. One may think it would be at the deepest level but that is not right. We see normal dreams occur at an intermediate level of sleep. At the first and at the deepest levels one does not see dreams, something which the Bible explains to us why.
To understand dreams that are from God one needs to understand the language of God. If we see all the people whom the Lord spoke to in the Bible wherein the person explains the dream which he saw, one would see a pattern between them. One can pray to God to give them wisdom to understand them like God gives us understanding or revelation of His Word. But the wisdom to do this is given by default to people with the calling of a Teacher like in the case of Daniel, Joseph son of Jacob, John the author of Revelation and even Job. We also have Teachers like Luke and Mark who wrote the Gospels but they did not have this gifting since there are 2 types of Teachers like there are 2 types of Evangelist (Word and music) or Healers (healing and deliverance).
We read in today's message Daniel who had the calling of a Teacher (God helped him understand prophecies through dreams) had the ability to interpret dreams and this gave him favour with the king.
Today God is tell all He has already enabled you with the requirement according to your calling and placed you in a place where if you use the gifting given by God, it will get you to have favour not only with God but also with man. Bible says God will make us sit at the banquet table spread by our enemies. It is not that they would love us but even though they hate us they will not be able to harm us, in fact they will also be unwilling sources of blessing.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord You are God and when we walk in righteousness in You, we have favour not only with You but also with man. Even our enemies who hate us will bless us unwillingly for You are our God. Lord, we pray You speak to your people in dreams and visions more and more today. For when You speak to your people things happen and when You do not nothing good does...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Job 7:14 - Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, will speak unto him in a dream.
1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
2 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.
7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words divers vanities: but fear thou God.
Daniel 1:17 - As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Joel 2:28 - And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
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