Dream Workshop

I do not consider myself an expert on the subject of spiritual dreams. But I am thankful that God has spoken to me through dreams of the night on numerous occasions. I confess that these experiences have been some of the most exciting of my walk with God. It’s pretty cool to wake up in the morning with the sense of God’s love and presence, realizing you were visited by God by a dream of the night.

I do realize that not everyone hears from God through dreams. I do think that everyone can hear from God through dreams, but for some it is more common than others. I think that some are called to be “dreamers” – they have the gift of dreams. For many others, it may be only an occasional thing or non-existent. I think that those who are dreamers usually, if not always, walk in a prophetic calling.

There are a number of Bible examples of people who heard from the Lord through and interpreted dreams (Joseph, Daniel and Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph, being prominent examples). I know there are books on the subject of dreams, most of which I have not read, but perhaps I will someday. One book that I have read is entitled, “Dream: Discover personal strength in one word” by Dr. Mark Rutland. I highly recommend this concise and excellent resource.

The Bible says,

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).

Hearing from God through dreams is certainly biblical, but certainly not every dream is from God. I’ve missed it on occasion. I have had dreams that have profoundly impacted my life. I’ve had dreams that have perplexed me. I’ve had dreams that I think were from the Lord, but there still exists a feeling of uncertainty about the dream. And I’ve had dreams where I have absolutely no doubt were from God.

Numbers 12:6-8,

“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the Lord.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

Dreams and visions are wonderful things, but the ultimate goal and prize is to walk with God in face-to-face relationship. I don’t seek dreams, I seek the Lord. Yes, sometimes I hope God will speak to me when I lay my head down at night. But my desire is to walk with God in intimate relationship. How He speaks is His prerogative.

I’d like to consider this blog page a dream workshop of sorts. Here, I will post dreams God has given me and share the spiritual insights I believe God has given me through the dreams. Also, as I continue to study God’s word, I’ll share insights regarding spiritual dreams in general.

More to come!

Dreams

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Dreams from God

Several years ago, the Lord spoke to me through a dream. The year was 2000 and I was living in my home state of Michigan. I was 21 years old and seeking God’s direction for my life. This dream is one of the first “God” dreams I received in my life.

While I was in high school I was profoundly impacted by an inner-city ministry called Metro Ministries based out of Brooklyn, New York (now called Metro World Child). I am from a small town in Michigan, population approximately 2,500. Nonetheless, I thought God had called me to be an inner-city pastor. One night while praying at the church altar, I asked the Lord, “Lord, if you’ve called me to the city, give me a city.” It wasn’t a prayer I anticipated God would answer, at least not in the way He did.

That next Saturday night, during our worship team practice, my pastor prayed, “Lord, speak to us in our dreams tonight.” That night I went home and dreamed a dream.

In the dream I was driving around a city with my best friend. I asked a couple of people what city we were in, but they would not tell me. Then, a voice from the sky said clearly, “Dallas, Texas.”

I woke up the next morning with an sense of excitement. I got my Road Atlas and found Dallas on the map. I had never been to Texas before. In fact, the farthest south I’d been was Washington D.C., when I was 8 years old. I tested the dream and it became clear that God was speaking to me.

I drove to Dallas with a friend to check out a Bible college in the Dallas area. While in Texas, I had a sense of peace about moving there. During the trip, we so happened to drive by a different Bible school called Christ for the Nations Institute. We didn’t stop, but upon my return to Michigan, I called them. I spoke with a school adviser for about two hours. The door was open for me to attend CFNI. A few months after my dream, I was living in Texas.

I’ve now lived in Texas for the last 18 years, which includes a 3-year hiatus in Virginia to attend law school. Being in Texas has led to many blessings in my life, including meeting my wife. God connected me with a wonderful church where I’ve been able to grow in many different ways, both in developing my character and the gifts God has given me. Moving to Texas was one of the best decisions I ever made. It started with a dream of the night. Today, most of my immediate family has migrated south. My parents and youngest sister live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and another sister lives in Oklahoma.

Dreams have played a vital role in my life. Yet, like Joseph in the Bible, my dreams have also tested me (see Psalm 105:19). My “Dallas, Texas” dream was a dream of almost immediate fulfillment, but God has given me other dreams that have yet to be fulfilled. I have one dream in particular that I’ve been waiting on now for almost 17 years. Of course, not every decision in my life has been led by a dream. Also, not all dreams are for the purpose of decision-making. Some are to impart truth, give revelation, provide affirmation, minister encouragement, or even speak correction.

The focus of this blog page will be to share dreams that God has given me and the truth I believe God has revealed to me through them. Of course, every dream must align with the truth of the Bible. I hope these truths will be instructive to you as well, and an encouragement to you in your spiritual walk. The broader purpose of this blog page will be to understand how God leads, to discern His purpose for our lives and to inspire you to reach higher as you seek to hear God’s voice and walk in His calling on your life. In other words, although “dreams” is the theme of this page, I realize that God speaks to us in a variety of different ways. I want to impart to you lessons I have learned in hearing God’s voice and help you hear God and fulfill your calling.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” -Romans 8:14