1. Most dreams are representative (including biblical dreams), so view them the same way you would view a political cartoon. Throw the switch in your brain that says, “Look at this symbolically.”

You can larn the art of communicating symbolically by playing the game “Pictionary” or “Bible Pictionary.”

2. The symbols will come from the dreamer’s life, so inquire, “What does this symbol intend to me?” or, if working on another’s dream, inquire, “What does this symbol intend to you?”

For example, Joseph was a shepherd, and he daydreamed of sheaves and sun, moon and stars bowing down down (Gen. 37:1-11). These images environ a shepherd boy who lives in the fields. Nebuchadnezzar, a king, dreamed of statues of gold (Dan 2:31ff), which surround kings who dwell in palaces.

3. The dream generally speaks of the concerns which your heart is currently confronting So inquire, “What issues was I processing the day before I had the dream?”

For example, Paul was inquiring where to go next on his missionary journey and had a dream of a Macedonian man gesticulating for him to come on over (Acts 16:6-11). Nebuchadnezzar was thinking his kingdom would go on forever (Dan. 4:28-33) and he had a dream of a tree being chopped up off at the roots (Dan. 4:9-27). Once you cognize the thoughts that were on the dreamer’s heart when he fell asleep, it is much easier to draw out the meaning of the dream

4. The meaning of the dream must be drawn from the dreamer Realize you know nothing about the dream, but through dependence upon the Holy Spirit and the skillful use of questions, you can draw the meaning of the dream out from the heart of the dreamer

As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams (Dan. 1:17)

Counsel in the heart of man is like thick water; but a man of understanding will draw it out (Prov. 20:5)

5. The dreamer’s heart will jump off and “witness” and state, “Aha!” when it hears the proper interpretation, so never accept an interpretation that does not bear witness in the dreamer’s heart

6. Dreams reveal but do not condemn Their goal is to preserve life, not to destroy it (Job 33:13-18)

7. Never make a better decision in your life established only on a dream without having additive confirmation from the other ways that God speaks to us and guides us (peace in our hearts, the counsel of others, illumed Scriptures, God’s still little voice, prophecy, anointed reasoning, etc.)

As I discourse in the classes of the Christian University and Online Bible College where I instruct, dreams can assist us to understand sure aspects of our lives, gain direction and guidance for decisions, and incorporate messages from God. So, it is acceptable to take the time to retrieve and construe our dreams.

Mark Virkler is with Christian Leadership University. CLU is a Christian University and Online Bible College proffering Christian education including Christian reding and Christian theology seminaries and offers certificates, undergrad, Masters, and Doctorates in the various Christian colleges of CLU

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