Monday, April 2, 2018

Was That Dream From God?

Robin's heart: I recently watched a small portion of a video that troubled me. In this video a man was teaching on the topic of "Dreams from God." As I began watching the video,  he went on to say that you can know a dream is from God because it is filled with light. I turned off the video right there. Scripture clearly says that satan can appear as an angel of light. Using light as a basis for determining if a dream is from the Lord is dangerous. A dream filled with light may be from God, but light should not be your determining factor. The only way to tell if a dream is from God is through the inward witness of the Holy Spirit which comes by prayer and fellowshiping with Him. After turning off the video, a doubt devil started to question me in regards to the God dreams I believe I have had. Up to this point, I have not had any dreams filled with light or any heavenly encounters. Most of the dreams I receive are relatively short and have an equally short clear message. However, some of them are very dark with dark topics. My point here is that doubt sure can sneak in unexpectedly. Therefore, let us be careful to protect our ear gates and eye gates. After this experience, I felt led to compile a short list of examples of dreams that are not filled with light, but are in the bible so are unquestionable from God. I did this in order to dispute the statement on that video about dreams from God containing light. Dreams from God come in all shapes and colors! God knows how to get His point across to and through each of us as He chooses. People love putting Him in a box! Foolishness I say! Thank you Lord!

Genesis 15:12  Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him....

Genesis 20:7 God said to Abimelech about Sarai in a dream: "Now therefore, restore the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, and all who are yours.

Genesis 40:19 Joseph interprets the baker's dream: Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.

Genesis 41:4 dream of famine...And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows, so Pharaoh awoke.

Judges 7:13 dream of losing a battle ...i have had a dream, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian: it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed..

Daniel 7:15 after a dream about the four beasts...I Daniel was grieved in my spirit within my body and the visions of my head troubled me

Daniel 8:27 after a vision of end time kingdoms and rulers...And I Daniel fainted and was sick for days..

While on this topic I am lead to share a recent dream/vision that I hope encourages you. A couple of years ago, I dreamed about a yacht. Not a giant one, but one very similar to the attached picture. It was a quick dream. In the dream was a man with white clothes, a white beard, and white hair. He was sitting in the drivers seat, but he was turned towards me smiling. I was standing outside the boat on a wharf or wooden dock of some sort. He was beckoning me to step aboard, but did not speak. His body language said "come aboard!" End of dream...well I had kind of forgotten about this dream until Saturday. To set the scene please allow me to explain. I have decided to start fasting and praying on Saturdays and to just spend quality time with the Lord in order to clean out my mind from the work week. Well around the ending time of the fast that day I had a mini vision in my spirit. I saw this same white headed man from two years ago sitting in the same boat. He was smiling really big this time. The difference this time was that I removed the rope that was around a pier post that was holding the boat to the dock. I then threw the rope on the boat deck and stepped into the boat. I walked over to where he was sitting and placed my hand onto the back of his seat. As i did this he turned towards the front of the boat and He pushed down the throttle full force, and we took off! We were both very ecstatic. I could feel the wind blowing in my hair, and saw his hair blowing in the wind. Then I looked ahead, and in the distance i could see we were headed for a storm. I could see much darkness ahead. The thing is as I looked back at this man he seemed very determined to head straight for the storm, and had no fear or hesitation. It was as if it was our predetermined course. I understood that he was to be trusted, and he knew what he was doing. End of vision. So my sense about this drean/vision is that the Holy Spirit is taking us for a ride into a storm, so we need to buckle up, hold on and trust Him! It's gonna be a bumpy ride! Amen! One more thing! Let's hope He's not just talking to me! Ha!