How do we know if a dream is from God or not?

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In seeking to understand dreams and their interpretations, please consider the following:

1-God promised that at the end of time, He will certainly give dreams to His children to help them in their spiritual walk as seen in the prophecy of the prophet Joel “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28). This prophecy was also quoted by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:17.

2-Study some of the Bible examples of dreams that were given for: Joseph, son of Jacob (Genesis 37:5-10); Joseph, the husband of Mary (Matthew 2:12-22); Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15); and several others (Daniel 2:1, 7:1; Matthew 27:19). These stories will help educate God’s children to the purpose, revelation, and interpretation of dreams.

3-All dreams, visions and revelations must agree 100% with what was already been revealed in the scriptures. This should be the test for all dreams: “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Dreams cannot be put into a place of authority over the Scriptures.

4-To understand and interpret what you see in your sleep, ask for wisdom and the Lord promised to give it “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). You may also need to seek the counsel of Godly people in the church (Proverbs 11:14).

5-In Scripture, whenever anyone experienced a dream from God, God always made the meaning of the dream clear, whether directly to the person, through an angel, or through a messenger (Genesis 40:5-11; Daniel 2:45, 4:19). When God speaks to us, He makes sure His message is clearly understood. So, if you are in doubt about a dream (after asking God), then the dream is likely not from God.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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