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