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Hearing from God through dreams. Biblical basis, Why God would use dreams, The process ...

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Dream Interpretation Workshop

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Men of God. Catholic. Husband, father of 2 children.

Hearing from God through dreams.

Outline

  1. Biblical basis
  2. Why God would use dreams
  3. The process (How to do it – first receive the gift)
  4. Common symbols and their common meanings
  5. Types of dream
  6. Take general questions about dreams
  7. Do some interpretations for people
  8. Pray for impartation of gift

1. Biblical basis

The evidence that God uses dreams to communicate important information and revelation is found throughout scrip.

  • 24 specific dreams mentioned in scrips
  • 16 in the OT are described
  • 6 in NT (4 of these to Joseph, 1 to magi - see Matt chaps1-2, other to Pilate’s wife).

And there are many more references to dreams than just the dreams recorded themselves. For example the Lord Himself says in Num 12/6:

“If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make My-self known to him in a vision and speak to him in a dream”
As He does to Jacob in his ladder dream Gen 28/12 or to Solomon 1 Kings 3/5 in his wisdom request dream

Some dream revelation is:

  • personal (eg Pharoah’s baker and butler Gen 40/8 or Jacob’s sheep dream Gen 31/10)
  • some to do with the nation (eg Pharoah’s 7 fat cows and ears dreams, Gen 41/1),
  • some to do with world history and most of the planet (eg Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue, Dan 2/31.
  • some to do with all three eg Jacob’s ladder dream Gen 28/12 where he is promised a land and a people by whom the whole world will be blessed
  • Some, in fact most, of the dreams recorded in the NT are to do with ensuring that Jesus is born safely and looked after well, so God takes dreams very seriously and uses them to speak important things to His people.
  • God assures us through the prophet Joel (2/28) that He will do so still in our days too as Peter quotes in Acts 2/16-18 that now the Spirit will be poured out on everyone “all mankind” (not just God’s servants) and “…your old men shall dream dreams”
  • (the bibles idea of an old man was clearly different from our modern understanding!!)

So why does God use dreams to speak to us?

Sometimes because that is the only time He can get a word in edgeways, cos it is the only time we are quiet and still. Job 33/14-16 says He uses dreams to speak to us even though we don’t listen to Him, with sealed instructions. They are sealed because the dream comes as a whole to us as God intends with no interference from us, and remains sealed up until we can find someone to interpret it to us. Job goes on to say though that man hears God’s voice thru dreams but disregards it and as a result becomes sick, but if an interpreter of dreams comes to show the dreamer what God is saying to him then he is restored to health and prays to God and is made righteous! Wow! So the interpreter of dreams is used to evangelise and restore the dreamer to health. If we had any doubt about the value of dream interpretation this scrip alone should convince us.

As I said earlier He uses mysterious symbolic dreams to speak to us for the same reason also that Jesus would say nothing to the people except in mysterious symbolic parables!

Only those interested enough in the truth will take the time to dig it out and therefore only these individuals will bear the responsibility to act on the knowledge they gain. The more we know the more we are responsible to act on that knowledge-scary thought! See Prov 25/2

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

And I’m sure you know that you are all kings, don’t you?

Another reason God uses mysterious dreams is because, for us limited beings, mystery is part of who He is so they expresses something of Him. You are being mysterious again aren’t You?...dialogue

Lastly it is because they are very powerful ways of communicating with us, especially us living now in the west, in Europe. We are so cerebral, mental and images/symbols get right past the walls we have built to keep out the words and ideas we are bombarded with daily by advertisers etc. The emotional effect of the two versions of “The Snowman” for example or the power of mime.

3. The process

Intro.

Of course if there is nobody to interpret our dreams then they will stay a complete mystery so clearly if God is going to give us the gift of dreams He will also give us the gift of interpretation.

Like any spiritual gift we need “to earnestly desire it” (as Paul says twice 1 Cor 12/31 and 1 Cor 14/1) and part of the reason I am here is to help you come into the place of doing just that. Most Christians don’t even know it is available and so never ask for it.

At the end of this session I will pray a prayer of impartation of the gift for those who would like it.

Like any spiritual gift it is what it says on the tin i.e. a gift, it is not earned, by goodness or holiness or a masters in psychology, in other words anyone can ask for it, and if it won’t hurt you then I believe God will give it to you.

So to begin interpreting dreams ask God for the gift. (Took Joseph years in slavery and prison before he learnt to say to pharaoh about the interpretation:

“it is not in me – God will give an answer” (Gen 41/16)

Then begin practicing on your own dreams until you are confident enough to try on someone else. Helping people hear from God is a precious and wonderful thing and is wonderful for evangelism and discipleship. Anyway here is a process of interpreting someone’s dreams that has worked for me.

The Process of Interpreting Dreams (handout)

  1. When someone tells you their dream show them it is important by the attention you give them.
  2. Ask them to tell it from the beginning with as much detail as possible.
  3. Tell it back to them as you have understood it, allowing them to correct your understanding as you go.
  4. Pray out loud: “The interpretation of dreams belongs to You Lord so please give us the meaning of this dream” – this witnesses to the person that this is of God and keeps the focus of you so they don’t think you are some kind of magician. (Joseph’s earthly father gave him a coat of many colours, a thing of pride and his heavenly Father spent the next 20 years or so trying to get it off him again: until he admitted that dream interpretation is all of God he stayed in prison!)
  5. Think about the elements of the dream as a string of symbols and ask yourself, if this element is a symbol what might it represent? Start with the bit that seems most obvious to you. Then work on the other bits always trying to see each symbol in relationship to the other symbols in the dream (see the symbol list for help).
  6. Internally ask God for wisdom re what to say about what you understand
  7. Share the interpretation of the bits you are most sure of and you feel God wants you to speak out (“two funnelled listening” ie to God and to the person is very important throughout).
  8. Get feedback on what you have said and explore the symbols you are less sure about with the person. Often meaning comes out of your dialogue with them.
  9. If they are open to it pray for them a simple blessing with regards to the meaning God has revealed. This may involve “cutting away” things that are holding them back spiritually but again only with their permission.
  10. If there are still elements unresolved but central to the meaning of the dream advise them to “ask for another dream” to clarify this one just before they sleep. This may be their first prayer even if an ambiguous one!

Common symbols and their common meanings

Here are some common symbols that tend to occur in dreams and the meaning they often have. Be aware that we always need to ask the Holy Spirit about the actual meaning, for example someone’s father may be just that and not a symbol at all!

Also symbols are individual, eg a dog may be a companion/a source of unconditional love to one person and a source of fear for another. (I’ll give these out as a handout afterwards so don’t feel you need to record them now).

Common symbols in dreams (use bible as research source)

Buildings Your House = life/soul, upstairs=higher nature/spiritual, downstairs=lower/carnal/or subconscious
School/university = place or time of learning
Workplace = relating to your work-life
Doors opportunities for you to move through (opening or closed off)
Windows through which influences come, sometimes a barrier
Glass an invisible spiritual barrier
Ticket/passport the thing you need to move forward
Vehicles your work/ministry. Size reveals scale, Eg unicycle = solo work, train = a movement.
Airplane = ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit
Sailing boat = ministry properly dependent on the Spirit
Powered boat = ministry moving under own steam
Ship = the Church
Hot-air balloon =something lifted/moved by the Spirit
Inflatable = something filled by the Spirit
Driver of a vehicle = the leader/one in charge of the ministry
People often symbolic of their role rather than that the actual person, especially if you don’t know them personally. Eg Your father/minister/ or some wise old person could represent God speaking to you.
Baby/toddler = a new project/project that is a few years old.
Faceless person = Holy Spirit, never quite see their face
Black-robed hooded person (sometimes floating) = physical death
Dead people = if dressed in white and filled with joy, sometimes actually them (you’ll know) otherwise dependent on circumstance either actual dead in need of prayer or representing the afterlife.
Shepherd = pastor
Giant = large-scale co-ordinated opposition to your work/ministry
Up growth (usually spiritual)
Down decline (usually spiritual)
Size importance (bigger something is the more important it is in the dream)
Colours Black = bad (though sometimes hidden/unknown to the dreamer)
White = good/purity
Grey = often of the enemy as he can’t do colour well as hates it.
Silver = purification
Gold = precious
Amber = God’s glory, Presence
Green = life/health/growth
Blue = spiritual (especially sky blue)
Red = passion sometimes anger/lust
Crimson = blood/sacrifice
Flying freedom and moving into higher plane, spiritually or creatively
Birth new thing being brought into being, eg a new project, phase of life
Death not death but things coming to end
Blood often expressing inner pain
Money (given lots of it) means receiving favour from God/blessings/graces
Tree the Church
Animals (the character of the animal will indicate it’s meaning)
Dog = if friendly often represents a person giving unconditional love
Horses = physical power/natural strength of man
Bull = physical power of nature
Dove = Holy Spirit
Sheep = Christian
Fish = nearly or newly evangelised person
Snake = the enemy/liar especially with occult reference (size is important)
Lion if aggressive = enemy but if majestic and noble = Jesus (Lion of Judah)
Spider = witch (spiders web = witchcraft)
Insects = demonic spirits
Crocodile/alligator = source of malicious gossip
Dolphin = the beauty and goodness of nature
Eagle = a prophetic general
Teeth old certainties, so losing teeth = losing certainties. Sign of need for counsel.
Mirror self-revelation, eg new mirror = new perspective Fog/darkness = confusion, lack of spiritual vision
Phone/walkie talkie communication
Water context very important here.
River/clean washing water = Holy Spirit’s directing/cleansing nature
If polluted = the morally polluting action of the world upon us
Sea if turbulent/chaotic = power of the world (politics etc)
Sea if regular powerful waves = outpouring of Holy Spirit
Storms Spiritual power (good or evil depending on colour)
Whirlwind power of prayer with the Holy Spirit
Weapons Sword = the word of God as a weapon, size/strength of weapon is important
Gun = harmful speech (it acts at a distance on someone)
Arrow = spiritual demonic attack (see enemy’s flaming arrows Ephes 6)
Armour spiritual armour (see Ephes 6!)
Clothes your character
Nakedness openness/honesty/transparency
Food spiritual nourishment (or lack of it)
Torch/candle revelation
Scroll prophetic word from God
Key the solution to the problem highlighted in the dream
Trumpet sign of prophet or evangelist
Architectural plans (apostle’s) blueprints for God’s future projects
Road the way forward, its type will reveal the type eg motorway = fast way
Quicksand sin especially addictive behaviour
Cage a trap for you sprung by sin

Types of dream

Here are some types of dreams, there may be many more, but these are a useful set of distinctions.
(I’ll give these out as a handout afterwards)

Give egs of a few of these, 3, 10, 12

  1. Future revelation dream
  2. Satan’s plan (often muted or grey-scale)
  3. God’s plan within satan’s – one bit shows up in vivid colour often as the key to escape/victory.
  4. Chemical caused (including drug-induced)
  5. Condition of self before God
  6. Courage building dreams
  7. Intercession points/issues God wishes you to act on.
  8. Correctional
  9. Flushing (world slime)
  10. Warning (not necessarily about the enemy’s plans)
  11. Vocation revealing
  12. Direction/status revealing
  13. Body-induced (sick or pregnant)
  14. Healing dreams (where you get healed in real life through your dream)
  15. False dreams where the enemy tries to intimidate or belittle you
  16. Spiritual warfare dreams (where you are in life-threatening situations)

Take general questions about dreams

... including how I got into it i.e. “you must learn Spanish” and Phil’s birdcage and Dove dream.

Do some interpretations for people

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Pray for impartation of gift

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