Tutorial 24 (Tutorials Page)
Dreams and visions and the interpretation of dreams and visions are very important aspects of our faith-walk in Christ. God gave us this powerful language to help us to grow spiritually. He gave it to us to equip us, to develop us and to form us. This is what Job says about it:
14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumbering upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.
So God uses dreams and visions to “keep us from the pit” and our lives from “perishing from the sword”. He also “chastened us with pain upon our beds” and the “multitude of our bones with strong pain” so that we can repent.
According to this Scripture, people did not listen to these dreams and visions, so He “opened our ears and He sealed our instruction” so that He can “withdraw us from our purpose” and “hide pride from us.”
God gave us dreams and visions and the interpretation of dreams and visions to help us and to keep us in his will.
However, we should not forget that this Scripture was written in the Old Testament. It was not written for or to Christians. And although still true, there is a big difference between Old testament people and New Testament people. We are living in the Kingdom of God under a new covenant. The kingdom of God was established after the crucifixion of Christ. The covenant of grace was sealed by the Spirit of God. We are born of the Spirit and we have the Spirit of God to lead us. This is something that Old Testament people did not have.
As from this time (the crucifixion of Christ) we have the Holy Spirit to lead us. He leads us through the word of God. We have the word of God. So the primary method that God uses to lead his children is through his word and through the Holy Spirit. God is capable of leading us solely through his word and the Holy Spirit. He does not need dreams and visions and the interpretation of dreams and visions at all.
However, God did give us dreams and visions too to help us and to make things a bit easier for us. After all, He is a living God and He wants to have a two-way dialogue with us. However, Christians should primarily be led by the word of God and by the Spirit of God. Not by dreams and visions! Whenever a person relies too much on dreams and visions, he or she will suffer bad consequences. We need to have the proper balance here. The proper balance is that the leading of Christians through the word of God and by the Holy Spirit should be way more, much heavier, and far more important than dreams and visions.
Do not go overboard by only pursuing dreams and visions. It will be a grave mistake. We should pray for wisdom and we should pray for guidance. God might give it through a dream but He might give it by one of many other methods, ways, and means.
Do not be emotionally attached to your dreams. You are in Christ and you live and move and have your being in Christ. He is your joy and strength. Rejoice in him and be glad. Do not be influenced by your dreams. Do not allow negative dreams to make you sad. Dreams should not have a negative impact on your life. Keep your eyes on Jesus and stand on his word. Live above your emotions. Do not allow your emotions to dictate your life. Learn to enter into the rest of God. Find peace in his love and He will keep you and guide you and bless you always.
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