Does God communicate with Christians through dreams today? Do my dreams have spiritual significance?

Many people attach spiritual significance to disturbing dreams, but that's not the normal means by which God communicates with us.


Answer:

It's true that God spoke through dreams to some people in the past, but even then, it was a rare occurrence. Hebrews:1:1-2 indicates that the principal way in which God communicates with people today is through Christ via the written Word that God inspired, not through visions or dreams. Additionally, the Scripture advises Christians to be on guard against spirits (fallen angels or demons) that attempt to mislead (1 John:4:1). One of the ways that they deceive people is through paranormal activities.

The Bible talks of some dreams that are deceptive (Jeremiah:23:25-27). Most dreams are a natural part of the sleeping state. The Bible talks about the fleeting and unreal nature of dreams (Psalm:126:1; Isaiah:29:8).

Ecclesiastes:5:3 says, "A dream comes through much activity," implying that normal dreams are natural outgrowths of the stimuli we receive in our waking hours. Dreams could come as a result of our own thoughts, what we hear others say, as well as from material we read or watch (movies or videos).

As Christians, we must guard the information that comes into our minds. If we expose our minds to violence or sexually oriented material, for example, these stimuli can cause unwanted dreams. Paul gives us excellent guidelines on how to orient our thinking in Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Having done all that we can to ensure that we have a healthy environment and that we think positive thoughts, we can also ask God to bless us with peaceful and restful sleep. Psalm:127:2 says, "He gives His beloved sleep."

Joel did prophesy of a future time, before Jesus Christ's return, when there would be heavenly signs and "your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions" (Joel:2:28-31). The apostle Peter used this prophecy to help explain the special miracles that accompanied the giving of God's Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2: 15-17). But it is clear from the New Testament example that Christians are to seek God's Word from the inspired Scriptures and sound biblical teaching, not private interpretations (2 Timothy:3:15-17; 4:2-4; 2 Peter:1:20-21).


meshawna

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God does use dreams as ways of comunication. For had he not done this for me, i would never have come to know just how real and awsome our great God is. I would never have exepted his forgiveness. Mercy or grace. The fullness of his word. Everthing God has planed for mankind. See I knew what i wanted to know. But thru my dreams God showed me what he knew i Needed to know. And i thank him for awnsered silent prayers. and for making dreams come true




Skip

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Hello meshawna,

Absolutely! God does use dreams to communicate (Job 33: 14 -- 17)
to certain people, at certain times for certain reasons.
We know God can & occasionally does speak to humans through dreams.
There are several records of these special occasions in the Bible.
Dreams also come about from other causes. (hard work,indigestion,etc.)
And unhappily, occasionally, as God's Word, also in the book of Job previously stated, (Job 4: 12 -- 21) bothersome communication happens.

We ordinarily seek God's instruction from the Bible.
And when we pray aloud or talk to God silently throughout the day
God hears and will answer us in God's own way.

Do not require the Father or the Son to do so only in dreams.




KARS

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I can somewhat agree with both of you. My experience was through a prayer as why? Then given the answer just before I fell asleep. The answer the addiction that was keeping me sick. Once I woke up I began to apply the vision instructions I was given and am better for it. All thankgiving goes to Our Father in heaven for His outpouring love, mercies, and forgiveness.




margaret vidal

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I just want to add a couple of things. God says in the last days we will see visions and dream dreams. For us to receive a dream from God we must acknowledge His power. His dreams are parables that show His love when times are tough. Many times in my life just before a crisis He gave me a dream. I didn't fully know the meaning until everything unfolded. I was left with an awesome feeing of being loved no matter what was happening. A year or two ago I dreamed I was walking toward the ocean with the sun shining on my face and I heard Gods voice. "He said " Margie, I love you." Margie was what they called me when I was a little girl. Him calling me that and saying that meant so much to me because I had just lost my 31 year old son. It was like Him saying everything will be ok. So please open yourself to listen to Gods voice. He wants you to hear Him in many way. Never stop believing How powerful He is and the power of His love for you.



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