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What about dreams?

There are a variety of ways through which God speaks to us or relay His plans to us. We often have to listen to God in these different ways or discern by them. For example; the Scripture (the Word of God) is a very common way through which God speaks to us. So how does this work?
  • We invite the Holy Spirit to speak to us while we study
  • We listen while we study a passage
  • By listening we begin to discern how it applies to us – what God is saying, and sometimes questions are raised:
  • Does it apply to me at that point in time?
  • Or is it in fact for someone else (maybe a friend)?
  • And then we pray into the scriptures and our thoughts to get more guided answers (which might sometimes include going through the loop again or prophecy or some signs…)
Same applies when we receive a prophetic word from God (from/for a friend or for ourselves): we think about it, is it relevant or applicable to me? As a prophetic word, does it have scriptural savour?...

Now the question is: what about dreams? Do we often do the same for dreams?
As well as through scriptures, prophecy and so on… God does speak through dreams - we see this also in the promise of Joel 2:28. So we ought to be listening to God through dreams as well, and expecting His revelation through dreams. We see God, several times, revealing His plans in the Old Testament through dreams (to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph…) and in the New Testament God chooses to kick off with dreams again – as seen in the first two chapters of Matthew’s gospel. In fact, the only occasions God guided outside dreams, in these chapters, are seen in verse 2 and 9 of chapter 2 – through a sign – the star. With that exception from verse 20 of chapter 1 through chapter 2 we see dream, dream, dream… (1:20, 2:12, 2:13, 2:19, 2:22)

The point is: God does speak through dreams – even in present times. While we listen to God in our everyday Bible study life, we could do likewise with dreams also. Inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to us through dreams is a good way to open up to his revelation through dreams, and expect Him to do so.

While we dream, as with the scripture example mentioned earlier, we also need to pray into the dreams whatever it may be. Through prayer; reject or accept as led. And be thankful for the clear guidance and confirmations to questions, as some could be confirmations (like 2:15).

And I pray that God guide us as we listen to His promptings and revelations through dreams, in Jesus name, amen.

Remain forever blessed.

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