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    Q&A – Are Dreams God’s Way of Sending Us Messages?

    Question:

    Are dreams God’s way of sending us messages?

    Answer:

    This is an excellent question! The answer is both yes and no.

    When we go to sleep, our minds don’t completely shut down. Think of your mind in two layers: conscious and subconscious. The conscious layer is the top layer and it processes things that we hear, see, smell, say, etc. It works immediately to help us process all the information we receive while we’re awake and this layer speaks our language.

    The subconscious part of our mind is the bottom layer and it processes harder things. If you have an important project due for school and you’re worried about your grades, you might dream of giving a big presentation in class and having everyone laugh at you. That kind of dream would be your subconscious helping you process your stress and anxiety while you sleep. Our subconscious usually speaks in symbols and can be difficult to understand, even when the message seems obvious.

    Dreams, like everything in our bodies and minds, are God’s creation and He can use them to give us messages if He chooses to. I’ll give you a couple of examples of times in my life when God could’ve been using my dreams to speak to me.

    When I was about 6, I started having a dream that my family was all home and our house was on fire. Every time I had this dream, my family all survived the fire and got out of the house just fine, but it still scared me. I had that dream about once a month until I was 12 years old. The dream stopped after our house caught fire that year. Just like in my dream, everyone made it out just fine and most of our possessions were okay, but no one else in my family ever had the same or even a similar dream.

    The second time was before I met my husband. The guy I was dating went on a vacation with a couple of friends to the Bahamas. While he was gone, I had a dream that he kissed another girl. I thought the dream was ridiculous and when he returned, I told him about it. He got really quiet, then told me he’d done exactly what my dream showed me and we broke up.

    I can’t say for sure that these dreams were God trying to protect or warn me, but it seems like they were because they weren’t things I could’ve known otherwise.

    In the Bible, God uses dreams to give people messages. In the Old Testament, God gave dreams to Joseph in Genesis 37 to show Joseph that he would rise to a position of power greater than the positions of his brothers or even his father Jacob. In Daniel 2, God gave a dream to King Nebuchadnezzar that Daniel interpreted for him. In the New Testament, God gave a dream to Joseph, the father of Jesus, in Matthew 2 to warn him to take his family and flee to Egypt because Herod was going to search for Jesus to kill him.

    Yes, God can and does use dreams to speak to us, but not every dream is a message from God. Some dreams are just helping us process stress or worry. Because dreams tend to use symbols as their language, they don’t always mean what they seem to at first.

    If you’re having disturbing dreams, I suggest three things: Pray, ask if your pastor knows anyone with the gift of interpreting dreams, and if the dream has to do with health issues, see a doctor in order to put your mind at ease.

    Has God ever spoken to you through your dreams?

    It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions (Joel 2:28).

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    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    49 COMMENTS

    1. I really loved this article, but I don’t think dream interpreters exist anymore (kinda like how the gift of prophecy and knowledge died out in Paul’s time) Does anybody have any information on that?

        • (on to my earliest comment) I just don’t think God needs to have prophets anymore because everything we need to know about the future is in the Bible. and a prophecy has not been recorded in hundreds of years.(a true one that is)

        • There are more fake prophets now than real ones.the bible warned us of this.its just that in the O.T the holy spirit was not present so people used prophecy via prophets to communicate with God.it still exists.its just that in the N.testament jesus brought the H.S.and if u have the H.S u dont need a prophet to speak into ur life.when u have the H.S God can speak directly to u.then he may send a prophet to CONFIRM what u ALREADY know (the key words are confirm and already) 🙂

      • The gift of prophecy and knowledge definitely did not die out. They still exist. Where in the Bible does it say that after Paul died gifts would too? Spiritual gifts are given by God who is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Let scripture guide us, not our assumptions.

        • alright thanks guys, but seriously I most definitely rely on scripture in every thing I do, I just miss understood my paster is all. @CladiaVerenisse Im sorry if I upset you, but I didn’t say Spiritual Gifts died when Paul did I just thought the gift of knowledge and prophecy died out around that time. <3

        • for all you who are wondering… “Love never fails; but if there are girts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the parcial will go away” 1CORINTHIANS14:8-10

      • If you read the articles on spiritual gifts, you’ll see that prophecy is one of them and it is the gifts that I am fortunate to posses. I have learned to interpret these dreams and the dreams of others according to what God has said, so no, dream interpreters are not extinct 🙂

      • There are still prophecies:) I know for sure because I have listened to many prophecies in my church that come from God loving and God fearing people, I have even received a prophesy in which God spoke through someone in order to talk to me, because it was meant for me, I was able to tell that it wasn’t false.

      • Hi there,
        don’t panic! Sometimes dreams really don’t mean anything and sometimes even if they do they don’t always mean something crazy like what your dreams sounds like to you.

        For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. -1 Corinthians 14:33

        God isn’t going to confuse you! Confusion is not from God, ever. Read this verse aloud and trust that He is going to give you clarity :).

        Praying for ya :D. Hope you have a great week ^_^.

    2. God used to speak to me when i was little… after my grandma died i went up to heaven to seeher! she was beautiful and happy.. she was radiant and glowing … it was soo surreal.. it kinda felt real!

    3. I’ve always had difficulty “hearing” God, because most of the time you don’t audibly hear him. I always pray for God to speak to me through dreams, because it’s the best way I can hear him, and do I ever want to!

      • I feel the same way about “hearing” God’s voice sometimes i can’t tell if its just me talking to myself. I think the dream thing would definitely help with deciding what to do in my future(graduating soon).

    4. God has spoken to me through dreams. I’ve had recurring dreams where the impossible happens, and then it does happen and the dreams stop. (This sounds really silly, but I really wanted to go to the Hannah Montana concert a long time ago, but we couldn’t get tickets. I knew I wouldn’t be able to go, but I kept constantly having dreams that I was able to go to the concert. I mean like every night. Then, on the day of the concert my mom and I decided to go to the little pre show Miley club thing. We wouldn’t get to see the show, but we could maybe see Miley (we didn’t by the way). Well, the pre show was over and I still hadn’t won tickets. We were about to leave when a lady out of the blue came up to me and asked if I had tickets. I said no, and she handed my mom and I two free tickets. We saw the show, and the dreams stopped.) I’ve also had dreams predicting break ups and they happen.

    5. I’m not sure if there is one already on here, but I would really love an article about first going in high school!

      I would love it if you especially talked about these sort of things:
      How to make new friends and keep old ones (especially if you don’t have classes with them),
      How to deal with peer pressure,
      Maybe some study tips and how to maintain good grades,
      And, finally, how to just keep your faith in God and Jesus throughout the years (I know I sort of struggled with this one in middle school, and though I got over it, I feel like it will be harder in high school).

      Also,, just any advice you’d give to a freshman.

      Thank you so much, it would mean so much if you did an article about this!

    6. Most of my dreams are weird, but not visionary. For example, before I learned how to drive, I used to dream that I was driving a car–and then when I learned, it felt the way it did in my dreams! I believe God still uses dreams to speak to us. I haven’t experienced it firsthand but I know others who have.

    7. I think God has spoken to me in dreams. I have had this dream about Jesus coming back. The first dream was in January 2011 and in the dream I was so excited because I knew Jesus was coming back. Then I had a dream that was based on the coming of Christ in January 2012, but it was a little different. In the dream I knew Jesus was coming that night, and I needed to tell everyone. So I got on facebook, and I was going to tell everyone that was online, but then suddenly everyone one by one, got offline. There was one perosn left, so I clicked on his name, but then he got off. I was so sad that I couldn’t tell anyone that He was coming. So in the first dream I think God was telling me that the end times are near, and in the 2nd one He was telling me that I should tell people before Jesus comes back.

    8. I read a book by kenneth e.hagin and it said that u should NEVER EVER pray to see or hear from God or jesus.because it is up 2 God.if he see’s fit,he will communicate to u in what ever way he pleases.be it a vision,a voice,dream or u may randomely come across a bible verse.and also never pray to see or hear an angel because the bible says the devil disguises(wrong spelling i think) himself as an angel of light and my decieve even the strongest of believers.just be glad that angels are always with u(every1 of God’s children has an angel.i read that in the same book.) and God is always with you joshua 1:8.and he answers your prayer when u pray. 😀

      • Hi Cheya!
        Let me tell you, the Lord wants you to seek him! God wont be the one reaching out to you, it has to be you because he gave all of us free will, the choice of whether to believe him or not. he wont force you to believe in him, because he loves us soo much!! Never be afraid to ask God for anything especially if you need him in desperate times, when you are weak. That is when the Lord will give you strength! Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it will be open to you. God Bless:)

      • Cheya,

        I personally think that sisterlove2 is right. God wants us to seek his face earnestly. He wants us to open our hearts and listen to what He says. God is all knowing, but He still wants to hear from YOU that you need help. You are right, God does answer your prayers, that’s why you need to tell Him that you need His insight on whatever the situation may be.

    9. I believe that He does! About three days ago, I was extremely tired and I got in bed and when I closed my eyes, I saw a wall of fire. I opened my eyes thinking, “That’s not good.” I’m not sure what it means, but I feel like God is telling me I need to be more aware of my actions, that I should be an influence on those around me and not vice versa.

    10. Growing up, I have always believe in God, as much as my little child mind could understanding about having faith, and then when I was in my pre-teens I had these dreams. They really scared me because they were based on the end of the world, and in them, I was being considered if I should go into Heaven or not. I also had other scary dreams, and for some reason, I turned to reading the Bible for comfort. After reading the Bible, and learning for about Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, I finally understood what it’s like to be more faithful and now I considered myself to have more understanding as a Christian. =]

      Thanks for this article. I really liked it, because I’ve always wondered if dreams were sign from God and this answers it. =]

    11. I have alot of strange dreams. Sometimes they come true. I have alot of dreams that i get over and over. sometimes they mean something, sometimes not. some i havent figured out but I know if they are from God he will reveal their meaning in his own time.

    12. ya I think he has I had this dream and I was sitting with these two people and the called themselves the blond blue eyes witches lol and they were stirring this pot and they tried to make me join them then I started yelling Jesus and singing to God and they screamed and left and the water in the pot slowly stopped until it was stopped and I think God was telling me the only thing to fight against evil is with Him name!

    13. Last year, I had a lot of dreams about reuniting with people who either died or just aren’t my friends anymore. I’m not sure exactly what they meant other than I really miss them. Recently, however, for three nights in a row, I had dreams about marriage. At that point, I’d decided that I wanted to stay single forever, and when I talked to my friend about it, he said that our fears and desires tend to manifest themselves in our dreams. Not sure if it was fear, desire, or both, but it drove me insane, so I started watching TV before I went to bed to stop dreaming about it. (I have changed my mind about marriage, but it was still weird, especially because I had this dream in which one of my friends proposed to me. He actually found out about it, so it got pretty awkward…)

    14. I usually forget my dreams after I wake up. 🙁 But, I had this really weird one that could have been a message or could have been just my brain putting random thoughts together, but I once dreamed that my FAVORITE teddy bear, named Rainbow spoke to me. I said,” Who are you?” and Rainbow said,”I am Jesus” and then the rest of the dream involved me holding my teddy bear in my arms and going wherever it’s paw pointed for me to go. That one I can remember almost perfectly.

    15. I think that God can communicate to us through dreams, but He can also give us signs. One day I was really depressed, and the next day I watched a movie and it had the exact problem as mine, and it helped me to realize I was wrong. Then that night I read the Bible (I have a daily Bible that I read every night) and it also talked about my problem, now my problem doesn’t exist.

    16. I had a very weird dream, it wasnt reoccuring or anything but i cant help but feel there was a message. Heres how it went, i was in the parking lot of my school. I was the last one there, except for 2 men. I thought nothing of them. I saw my mom’s car and walked towards it, when one of the men yelled “hey, you forgot your books” I looked back to see him holding them. Everything in the dream was blurry, except that man. He had red wrinkly skin and peircings on his face. I’m not one to judge based on appearances, so i continued to walk towards him, when i noticed a shining object in his hand, a knife. He ran at me and swung it, when the second man, one who i couldnt make out because he was glowing, grabbed my arm and pulled me behind him. it was clear my savior would be killed with the knife, but it just bounced of when it hit his skin. THe man with the knife freaked out, ran away, and exploded. At the time that i had this dream i was very afraid of demons, and i think that the devil saw that as a weakness in order to get into my dreams, but Jesus saw it and decided he’d swoop in and stop the nightmare and use it to show me that He is all powerful and i have no reason to be irrationally afraid of demons as long as i know Him. Ever since then i havent been afraid of demons on a obsessive level like i was. I’m not positive, i dont know if the devil can get into your dreams. Anyone else have an experience like that? anyone? probably not…

      • Oh and here is a goofy little dream i had as a five year old that had no message whatsoever but scarred me for life. I was at my gmas house (not in real life, in the dream) and couldnt fing my mom anywhere. I was walking around, and finally decided to check the bathroom. There i see my mothers legs protruding out of the toilet, spinning around. I scream and say DADDY MOM IS GETTING FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET! my dad came in and tried to pull her out by the legs, but she just got flushed. And then we went to dairy queen and forgot it ever happened. The end. for like three years after that whenever i couldnt find my mom in the house i always freaked out and thought that she had gotten flushed down the toilet. Oh, what a disturbing dream. Gotta love my childhood hahahahahahahhahaha

    17. Thank you for posting this article! I’ve been looking for different ways God speaks to us. I only thought he spoke to us through the Bible, but I guess not! This sounds stupid, but i remember something: I dance. I was getting really frustrated because I couldn’t get a split. Then I started having dreams about getting a perfect split. That pushed me to stretch more so I could get one. And I did! I finally learned how to do one. Wow. Now I’m thinking through every dream I can remember and I’m figuring out the meanings for them…except I still don’t know the meaning for the one where I met one direction at Starbucks and got their numbers..lol!

    18. I had a dream last night about a fire threatening my hometown. The fact is there IS a fire getting close to my hometown. The problem is I don’t know if the situation is going to end well. I don’t know whether my town is going to remain threatened or it’s going to be destroyed. Trusting God with the ending is becoming a difficult task right now.

    19. I have been reading up on dreams since being saved. Dreams are important, they are warnings, messages and at times a spiritual warfare against Satan. I do agree that at times dreams are a way to deal with your life. It’s also important to write down as much details of your dreams as possible. I have been writing my dreams down almost every single day. I have met lots of Christians who have been blessed with the gift of Tongues, those who can see beyond the flesh and those who are so in tuned with Our Father that they can interpret dreams that are based on the Bible.

      This is my testimony on one of my dreams that came true:

      In my dream, I was at a family dinner at my brother’s house along with the family. When dinner was upon us, robbers entered into our home and they were about to stab my sister (my younger sister who has received the Holy Spirit). I raced across the room and put myself in front of my sister where I was stabbed in the heart. I died. I saw myself getting up in a ghostly form in a white outfit hovering over my dead body as I watched my sister crying. I was then transferred into a different room all in white where I met a man, I couldn’t see his face, but I felt comforted with joy and love. He told me that it wasn’t my time, so I was transferred back to the room where I died. There, from the inside of my heart I saw myself heal in the most brilliant of bright light imaginable. I saw myself glow, I got up and saw who the robbers for who they really were. They were demons trying to kill my sister, so I banished them in the name of Our Father, Jesus Christ. Amen, Hallelujah.

      When I woke up from my dream I thought to myself, how weird. You are probably thinking about the same thing as well aren’t you? As I was discussing this with my pastor’s wife, she told me that it was transformation of being reborn and a child of God. My older sister said the same thing and that I prophesied about my spiritual transformation. I didn’t know what it was then, but I know now. It was an incredible feeling, for I cried, prayed and was filled with so much love and joy.

      I hope I have the chance to read most of your testimony too. 🙂

    20. So I had this dream two nights back where Jesus descended from the sky in His white robe….people were scattered and all…and I was walking with Him and I asked if my whole family will make it to heaven and He said the question is “how many members are in your family”…I didn’t really get that!*confused much!* :s

    21. I’ve been having really disturbing dreams lately, (5 of them) where either me or someone in my family is killed in a car accident, murdered, and one where my grandmother killed my grandfather!!! I don’t know why I’ve been having these.

    22. I love this article! Because I almost always dream. My dreams are always very vivid and I remember 95% of my dreams. Usually it’s just my subconscious. But recently I had 2 dreams, and the next day 3 things from my dreams happened.

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