Does God Speak to Us in Dreams?
What dreams are? Does God speak to us in dreams or speaks through dreams? According to many psychologists, dreams are the thought which comes to mind according to our daily routine events means that what we do whole the day these events are repeated when we are asleep.
Our whole day may be good or we may experience a bad day. Whatever we faced, though, or did whole the day it will then come to our mind.
Dreams are a part of our sleep, every person dreams about 1-2 hours during sleep time if he/she takes sleep which is the required time of sleep. Speaking of God through dreams is the way of communication with his people to guide them.
God not only speaks through dreams but he can convey his message when people are not asleep. He can speak to them even when they are doing some work at their workplace, he can speak to them on their journey, and he can speak to them even in caves. Does God speak to us in dreams, Let us check in this article.
There are some possible components for speaking of God through dreams:
- A specific person to whom God will speak for example his chosen people like Prophets, different ministers to whom God gave them a ministry like Pastors, evangelists.
- A specific condition is when there is a need to speak through the chosen person to aware people of deeds which they are doing, to prohibit them from their bad works, to rejoice with the righteous people, and to convey some important message for the future. This condition is compulsory if God told about that condition then it is confirmed that it will happen to people that they ignore or accept. The thing to notice is that these bad conditions would be due to the bad deeds of people if they repent from their sins they will face God’s grace but if they don’t repent they will face God’s wrath.
- Recognition that dream belongs to God.
- Confirmation of dreams is the most important component.
- Specific sign: There are specific signs when God speaks the need is to understand these signs.
- Supernatural: It is a supernatural experience when God speaks through dreams.
- God himself the main focus: God himself is the main focus he speaks through dreams.
How do Recognize that a Dream Belongs to God?
It is a very important factor to differentiate a normal dream from a vision. For instance, if a person is God-loving and attached to his Word and desires to be taught by God, but God doesn’t talk to him then it will be hard to differentiate his dream from his vision.
There are the following steps to recognize that a dream belongs to God.
Pray to God:
If God spoke with you in a dream then you must stay in prayer and seek his help to understand his will that what he wants, and how he will utilize you for this purpose.
Consult from God’s word:
If a person felt that God spoke to him in a dream then he must consult it from God’s Word. He should understand the message which God gave him in a dream and read the Word of God to understand that the message belongs to God and that God spoke with him in real.
Talk to another believer to whom God has already spoken:
If a person felt that God spoke to him, he should talk to a believer who has already experienced the voice of God. Then he should tell others about his expertise and the message that God gave him. Maybe another person who believes with whom Deity already spoke will appropriately guide and act on his behalf.
Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ (1 Samuel 3:4 -14, NIV)
Understand the signs:
Communication with God through a dream is an experience of the supernatural. If God Spoke with you through a dream but you are confused was it God or my intuition? If God spoke to you then he will show similar signs to you according to your vision which he gave.
These signs may be such as you listening to the pastor preaching the same sermon as God gave you in your dream, it may include such events that will happen in your surroundings from which you can understand that it was God.
God will be the main focus of your vision:
To understand this, that how God himself is the focus person of the point of his vision, then just think about the king who is deriving his kingdom, because God the Lord is our King and all the creatures in the universe is his kingdom so we will be the main focus to revel himself on his creation.
It is important to note that satan is the biggest liar. He can alter his appearance and can become an angel, “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians – 11:14, ESV).
Bible Verses about Visions and Dreams
Dreams are the main source of revelation. Through dreams, God revealed himself to his chosen one to interpret his Word or too aware of his people. This way of communication between God and his believer started from and we find it till revelation.
Here is the list of bible verses about visions and dreams.
1. God spoke with Abraham:
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward” (Gen – 15:1, NIV)
2. God spoke with Abimelek:
“Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.” (Gen 20:6-7, NIV)
3. God spoke to Jacob in a dream:
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.
Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and the east, to the north and the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Gen 28:12-15, NIV)
4. Ezekiel’s Vision
In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.
On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the Lord was on him. (Ezekiel 1:1 – 3, NIV)
5. In the book of Joel, we are told;
“And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel – 2:28, KJV)
6. How God speaks through vision:
“And he said hear my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream.” (Numbers – 12:6, KJV)
7. God speaks to Paul in the night by a vision
God speaks to the Paul in the night in a vision, God speaks the Paul “Don’t be afraid but speak and don’t be silent; for I am with you and no one will attack you to tease you, for I have numerous peoples in this city region. This is an amazing time for us when God speaks to us in vision or in a dream, thank God for his Grace that he until now speaking with us in a dream or in vision. (Acts -18:9, KJV)
8. In Gibeon, Yahweh came to Solomon in a dream
In Gibeon, Yahweh came to Solomon in the dream of the night
God speaks to Solomon in the dream “Ask for what I should give you” This was a wonderful time for Solomon “wow” everyone will wish for this time. But now through Jesus Christ, we are blessed and children of God. (1Kings – 3:5 KJV)
When God speaks to you through Dreams?
The basic need is to prohibit people from their bad deeds so that they should repent from their sins and be aware of them to be saved from his wrath. Therefore God then needs a specific person to whom he can speak.
If God wants to speak with a specific region he will choose the person of that region. It is an important factor because a person living in that region better understands his people, he knows how to tackle them or how they will listen to him.
Why does God need to speak through dreams?
- To reveal himself in creation
Due to an incomplete understanding of God, God needed to reveal himself to his creature. Why does his revelation be necessary? It was necessary because if he kept himself hidden from humans then they got scattered and make their gods and worship him, as many nations did.
- To interpret his word to the chosen person
The second reason God speaks through dreams is to interpret his own words to his people. Interpretation of his word is necessary because other than the Author (as God is the author of the bible) no other person can interpret the Author’s words. Like William, Martin Luthor, and John Calvin.
God speaks to us through dreams because he loves us unconditionally and in True love, God chose his first step for us to speak with us.
He speaks with us to build an eternal relationship in Love and God purposed to us that he could love, God speaks to us. (1 John – 4:19, KJV).