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Dreams: A way God speaks

For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. — Job 33:14-15

 God speaks in many ways. However, people often do not recognize His voice when He speaks. Therefore, it is imperative that we learn to recognize how He speaks so that we will know when He speaks.

 “Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him. Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine.” — John 12:28-30

 In the above instance, God the Father spoke and Jesus heard and recognized the voice as the voice of His Father. However, there were many others present when the voice of God spoke who did not recognize it as His voice. Some thought it thundered, while others thought an angel may have spoken. How many times has God spoken and some think it’s just a coincidence, a stray thought, a pizza induced dream, their imagination, etc. If God speaks and we do not recognize His voice, it’s possible we will not benefit from it.

Learning to recognize the voice of the Lord is not a formula. It is all about relationship. A married couple who love and honor each other desire to understand the communication style of one another. Therefore, they will value and prioritize spending time communicating. As they do, they will grow in their ability to recognize when, and understand what, their spouse is trying to convey. So it is in our relationship with the Lord. As we grow in our love for Him, we will desire to grow in our ability to hear and understand His heart.

 One of the ways God has chosen to communicate with people is through dreams. The Bible contains approximately 200 stories of or references to dreams. People had dreams, interpreted them, and even made life decisions based on their dreams. Through out history until now, dreams have continued to play an important role in the lives of people. One of the signs of the last days is an increase in dreams.

 In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” — Acts 2;17

 Not all dreams are from God but many are. We would be wise to pay more attention to our dreams and be open to the possibility that God may be speaking to us through these night time parables. Unfortunately, many modern approaches to dream interpretation operate from the premise that we are the source of our dreams and do not allow for the possibility of an external source, namely God. However, Scripture reveals that God speaks in dreams and people often do not recognize it.

 For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. — Job 33:14-15

 Isn’t it amazing God so loves people, that He desires to communicate with them in very personal ways? One of the ways He has chosen to speak to them is through dreams.

 The next time you awake from a deep sleep and remember a vivid dream, you may want to pray a simple prayer, “God, is this a dream from You, and if so, what does it mean?” You may be surprised to discover God has been speaking to you in a very personal way.

 Sweet dreams.

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