The Value of Dreams

Even in our modern scientific world, where everything needs to be proved before people believe it, God still communicates by means of dream & vision.One of the reasons for this is that a mental picture (still or moving) can communicate what may take a thousand words to describe. A second, and perhaps more important reason, is that God communicates with us Spirit (Him) to spirit (us), not Mind to mind. We are not used to this in our mind dominated culture, which mostly operates on logic, whereas God is interested in the thoughts of our hearts. Remember, He chose David as king of Israel, because he was a man after God’s own heart.

I am not much of a dreamer, but my wife, Susan, is. She doesn’t remember a lot of her dreams, only the significant ones. For example, several years ago, when I was seriously ill in hospital with pancreatitis, she had a vision (this is like a dream, but you are awake). She saw me standing in the hospital ward. Then a serpent-like creature came out of my abdomen and slithered away along the floor. The next day a Christian Minister with a healing and deliverance gift, visited me in hospital and prayed for my deliverance from a “spirit of death”. From that day forward I began to recover from an illness that had persisted for 2 1/2 months (all spent in hospital) and had not responded to treatment. It took only days after that for me to be discharged from hospital. I was back to normal within a week. No medical explanation was ever given for my sudden recovery. Susan’s vision, however, indicated what was going to happen in order for me to be healed.

In another example, a friend of ours had a dream about a married couple of 25 years, who were friends of hers. The dream indicated that the man was having an extra marital affair. She was shocked, but this proved to be the case, and the knowledge was extremely helpful to our friend in her dealings with the couple. The affair was terminated and they are still together.

I while ago, Susan and I were thinking about moving house to another area of the town, to be nearer to other members of the church. She had a dream in which she saw a road that she recognised in this new area. In a house in that road there were rounded wooden alcoves. A few days later we viewed a house in that very location. It was the house she had seen in the dream. She didn’t like the road nor the fact that the house was terraced, but the dream give her confidence that the move was the right one to make, which it turned out to be.

So, you see, present day dreams and visions can be very significant in our everyday lives. We should not be so quick to dismiss them. If we don’t understand there meaning we should seek help from someone with the gift of interpretation (a prophetic gift).

 


Being powerful is like being a lady, if you have to tell people you are, then you aren't. Margaret Thatcher
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but God will make us good because he loves us. C S Lewis
Fear is misplaced faith. Kris Vallotton
God has already seen every mistake, every failure and every weakness, and the good news is he's already forgiven you. He is not holding it against you. Joel Osteen
God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you. Joyce Meyer
Pray, and let God worry Martin Luther
Those who never change their mind never change anything. Winston Churchill
What you do (for a living) is not who you are.  Celia Apeagyei-Collins 
 People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail. Lance Wallnau 
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He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot
You never know how much you really believe anything until it's truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to you. C S Lewis
If you know you are loved, faith is easy. It's easy to trust someone you know loves you. David Forster
Every moment that you spend upset, despaired, anguished, angry, afraid or hurt, because of the behaviour of someone else in your life, is a moment in which you have given up control of your life. Unknown
Remember, you do not have to live today by how you feel, nor by what you think about yourself, nor by what someone else thinks about you. The person who created you thinks you are wonderful, and he waits with open arms for you to agree with him. David Forster
Shift gears from doing something in God's presence to simply being in God's presence. Lance Wallnau
Your future doesn't depend on what is in front of you, it depends on who is in you. Lance Wallnau
Did you know that you are utterly and completely loved by God, without doing a single thing, good or bad. David Forster
no one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good.. C S Lewis
If we are living daily by faith, we will be constantly over our head; Beyond our ability to do this our that. We should all be in that place in some area of our life. If we are not, we will be like an old wineskin; too rigid and inflexible to receive the Lord's new wine. Rick Joyner
For a believer intimacy with God is not an option, it's a necessity. Guidance and direction depend on this intimacy and sensitivity to Holy Spirit. There is no substitute for the latter. Graham Cooke
Jesus reveals the Father to us. He gives us peace and rest. He is not a hard taskmaster. David Forster
The God who creates everything, pursues you. Don't let anyone tell you you're are worth less than that. Louie Giglio
In the kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release. Bill Johnson
Don't be surprised if you pray for nearness to God and he sends a trial. Nearness always requires dependence. Desiringgod.org
Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God, it meets a need in us. Sam Storms
How you feel is not who you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters. Kris Vallotton
There is a lot that is good in your life. Don't take it for granted. Don't get so focused on the struggle that you mis the gift of today. Joel Osteen
The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives. Alison Brown
If you agree with your creator and receive what he freely gives, you will have serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance. David Forster
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. David Forster
A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church..  Graham Cooke
Satan cannot impose his will on anyone, he has to have our agreement.  Graham Cooke
Every day adjust yourself to where God is taking you, that is, toward the prophetic vision he has given you. Lance Wallnau
Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular situation or circumstance), it's faith in a person. David Forster
Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life. David Forster
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because there is simply no such thing. C S Lewis
Wealth, women and status; these are the major temptations that can draw a man away from God. Each is morally neutral; yet given the appropriate significance, each can control us. David Forster
The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist. Anon
Fear is the enemy of love. The two cannot exist together. We have to choose daily: Fear or Love. David Forster
You are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith; The Redeemer! Tim Keller
Revival goes from the bottom up; Reformation goes from the top down. Therefore reformation is institutional and revival is personal. Lance Wallnau
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. Albert Einstein
Inner peace is key to experiencing God's presence. Rest is a weapon against the enemy Graham Cooke
Fairy tales don't tell children that dragons exist. Children know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. G K Chesterton
When you are at peace with God, you will be at peace with yourself and with other people. David Forster
You can believe in Christianity in the same way you believe that the sun has risen; Firstly, because you see it and secondly because by it you see everything else. C S Lewis
A little while ago I became old enough to start believing in fairy tales again. This means there are far better things ahead of me then what I have left behind. C S Lewis
Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death. Graham Cooke
I am not focused on what I am not, I am focused on what he is for me. David Forster
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