Ever since Freud's Interpretation of Dreams was published, there has been recognition of the importance of dreams. But even before that there were dream. therapeutic application of psycho-analysis, and interpret dreams by my and then it was always the interpretation of dreams that restored my self-confidence. 10 Most Common Dreams and Their Meanings. May 25, By Miranda Ashley . Dreams are your companion when you sleep. They say, if you do not dream.
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UNIT – BIBLICAL TERMINOLOGY: DREAMS AND VISIONS .. B. Study, define and contrast dreams and visions as documented in the Old and New. grossmaterialism of the day laughed at dreams, as it about dreams he wouldhave listened to the warning .. prophecy,though the true meaning is hidden in. Practical Interpretation of Dreams. G. W. Dillingham company, NY () NUC# NM 2) Dreams,. Their Scientific and Practical Interpretations.
International Universities Press. Hopkins, J. Jerome Neu Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Lacan, J. The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious. Fink Trans. New York: W. Ricoeur, P. New Haven: Yale University Press. Cite This Introduction Murray, B. One biblical example of false revelation is found in Acts where Paul casts out a python spirit of divination from a slave girl; with this spirit she had brought her masters much profit through fortune telling.
It is important, therefore, that we develop and exercise discernment in properly identifying the sources of our various dreams. Dream Language, however, is not something to fear. It is something to cherish! Purpose and Invitation Why does God sometimes speak in dream language? What is His purpose? He wants to stir within us our natural inclination to search out answers.
In other words, God has given us an open invitation into kingship. I believe that seeking to understand dreams is part of the impact of the Reformation of the Church that originated in the —s.
The Great Reformation restored to the Church the concept of the priesthood of every believer, the power and authority of every believer to relate to 29 Dream Language God directly without going through a priest or any other designated authority figure. Jesus Christ is our only Mediator. Through Him we are all ministers and we all have equal access to God the Father. Yet there is another dimension to this. The Old Testament identified the three basic offices: prophet, priest, and king.
In Christ we are all three. We are each priests who petition and prophets who receive. Receiving and understanding dream language in turn moves us into the realm of kings whose glory is to search out a matter. He wants to give us the keys of revelation so that we can unlock the meanings behind our dreams. It is the glory of a king to search out a matter!
Be a king, and go search it out! This is your inheritance!
This is not a slave mind-set. Slaves have no rights and no access to the King. Understanding revelation is all about being a son or a daughter. It is about kingship. It is about approachability and access to the throne. As you begin to move in the realm of dream language, God will begin to unfold mysteries for you.
He will give you insights to share with others, insights about your city or your family. He will give you things to pray about to block the way of the demonic entrance. He wants to not only spur us on to search for His message but also put us in intimate touch with the Messenger— Himself. That is His purpose—and His invitation. God has an awesome plan for your life and He wants to use dream language to speak to you. He wants to place the spirit of revelation upon your life and use you to bless and build up other believers.
God wants to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. Our goal as believers is to live in Christ and to release the fragrance of His presence wherever we go. There is a dreamer. If so, then come along with me. Jesus spoke in parables. How does this relate to dream language? State an example of dreams given to believers and to unbelievers alike as recorded in the Bible.
Do you expect God to speak to you in the realm of dreams? Has He spoken to you in this manner in the past? If so, recite an example.
Jim W. It was different with me. My personal dream journey had some dark beginnings. I was very young when I first started having supernatural dreams, and they were usually dark in source, content, and even color. One of the keys to interpreting dreams is to consider the quality of the colors that appear in them.
Dreams characterized by dark, subdued, or muted colors typically do not originate from the Holy Spirit. More often the Holy Spirit sends dreams that are full of lively, bright, vivid colors.
After all, God is alive and vibrant! The Bible speaks of a rainbow surrounding His throne and an emerald sea before Him. God is full of color! His is a kingdom of light! The kingdom of the enemy, however, is full of darkness. As a child I had one recurring dream in which everything was very gray and dark. A man would appear in the shadows at the foot of my bed and begin taunting me.
Then the being would raise a large butcher knife over me. Just as he was ready to plunge the knife down into my body, I 33 Dream Language would wake up in fear and trembling. As if this gruesome image was not frightening enough for me as a young boy, I remember even more strongly the overall atmosphere of absolute terror that permeated the dream experience.
It would be easy to write off a dream like this as a simple childhood nightmare. But with dreams, often there is more to them than meets the eye. Discernment is critical in this matter. I do believe in praying with parents and their children to silence their nightmares; I have successfully done so with many. At the same time, it is important to understand that even nightmares can signify, if interpreted correctly, a forerunner understanding of what God wants to do in the life of this child.
Always remember, the enemy is only threatened by what challenges him! In my recurring nightmare, the downward plunge of that butcher knife sometimes catapulted me into an open vision.
At the time, of course, I did not even know or understand what an open vision was, let alone how to interpret such events. This did not come till much later! As I eventually learned, the motivating force behind this activity was actually a spirit of death. The year before I was born, my mother was expecting a little baby boy, but suffered a miscarriage. However, when I was in the process of being born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck cutting off my breath. Although that is not a highly unusual occurrence in itself, in my case it was a sign of spiritual warfare as the enemy sought even then to literally choke me off from the call that was on my life.
Warfare seemed to surround my conception, my birth, and later my childhood; but perhaps there is another side to this as the enemy perceived in part that I had a call to the prophetic and to spiritual warfare. Remember, he is only threatened by what challenges him. What the enemy meant for evil, God turned around for good. If you are like me and feel you have had a bad or a difficult beginning, I have good news for you. What satan intended as a curse on your life can be changed into a blessing instead!
Remember, God always holds the winning hand! As a child I began praying three specific prayers that I continue to pray regularly today. It had to be supernaturally inspired. I could never come up with such a prayer on my own! In my college years and later I became a behind-the-scenes personal intercessor for a man who was first a U. The Lord used to show me in dreams and visions how the hand of God rested upon this righteous man and how he would have the spirit of Joseph upon his life.
God called me as a young man to pray that John Ashcroft would be raised with the spirit of wisdom as a Joseph counselor to those in authority. My second prayer in my youth was for wisdom.
Natural training and knowledge are not enough for any of us. To be effective in reaching the world with the gospel of the Kingdom, we need the wisdom of God to enhance our natural abilities, training, and knowledge to take us beyond where we could ever go by ourselves. The temptations to abandon purity have never been stronger or more numerous than in our materialistic, pleasure-driven culture.
What God did in the past He will do again. Pray for the spirit of counsel, the spirit of wisdom, and a heart of purity. This enormous gathering was hosted by Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Evangelist Billy Graham spoke on the last night and absolutely scorched my life for Jesus Christ. As a result of his message, I dedicated my life to full-time Christian service. Jesus is all I have ever known. A little over a year ago, a lady drove up several hours from Alabama to our ministry center in Franklin, Tennessee, just to give me a gift: a shirt that she had picked up at a garage sale in southern California. She, of course, did not know any of my personal history. It was a yellow summer shirt that had been worn and owned by Dr.
Bill Bright. It even had his name printed in the collar.
Campus Crusade for Christ is the largest student campus ministry in the history of Christianity. I did not know for some time what to do with this gift. I actually only put the shirt on once—I slept in it.
Yes, there are dreams, visions, and also prophetic acts. Perhaps God has a dream in His heart: for millions of young people to come to Christ and spread His Kingdom wherever they go! I have since passed that shirt on to two sold-out young men who are now leaders of a vibrant campus ministry in Nashville,Tennessee, where we live. And the beat goes on. Basically, they were hippies who had found Jesus. They witnessed to me about things like speaking in tongues, deliverance, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
I was willing to accept the idea that God gave those strange things to those who needed them, but I did not need them. Eventually, however, the Holy Spirit twisted my arm hard enough to get me to the knowledge that I needed anything He had! And so I became filled with the Holy Spirit with the release of His gifts, including praying and worshiping in the gift of tongues and visions. These gifts became an absolute lifeline for my personal life and eventually my ministry.
Up to that time, I tended to relate to God on what seemed like a little black-and-white TV set. Now I was receiving detailed dreams and visions in full, vivid color. Nevertheless, I started approaching these people and sharing with them what God had shown me. Somehow, it worked. Wow, did it work!
And it has never stopped. Immersed in the Spirit Once I became immersed in the Spirit, my life began to change in significant and drastic ways. I literally began to have dreams in which I was standing before thousands preaching the gospel. At the time, the thought of getting up in front of even three people scared me, much less to stand before thousands!
So that dream, at least, seemed far-fetched. After all, I was a math and science guy. My sights were set on working for NASA as a biologist in research and development.
God radically shifted my paradigm though. He totally upended my life goals. He called me to share His love, and later to share, teach, and preach the Good News.
He gave me a heart to reach the nations for Christ. And now I could not dream of doing anything else. If you are eager to walk in the deeper things of the Spirit, prepare yourself! He will take your life in directions you have never dreamed. As I stood in that coliseum where tens of thousands of people were looking back at me, I suddenly felt so inadequate!
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Do something! I experienced a sudden mental paradigm shift and started to see things differently.
It was the same coliseum and the same people; yet I had changed. The father of this house has invited me here. I am in another living room, larger than any other I have ever seen, but still a living room. When I did, the Holy Spirit empowered me and He really scorched the place!
When I got up to that podium, I knew I was born for this! Dreams had imparted courage to me for my assignment. Yes, dreams and visions are amazing. They will unlock the purposes of God.
They will open up new dimensions of life and change the mundane and make it extraordinary. If God can do it with me, He can surely do it for you! One night I stayed in the home of an American family who worked with the military. In my earlier years, they had been a part of the campus ministry and church that a friend and I had pastored. During the night I received an amazing calling or destiny dream from the Lord in which a seer prophet named John Paul Jackson stood before me. He is a forerunner in the ministry and language of dreams with a long history of excellent teaching on the subject.
In my dream his image was two or three times bigger than life-size. When I woke up, I felt the riveting presence of God all over me and I was catapulted into an open vision where I saw a man bent over in a 38 my personal dream journey field, hoeing.
At the time, I knew of no righteous generational history. Where are the Josephs? Where are the Esthers? Where are the Daniels?
The Holy Spirit kept persisting and dealing with me. After the conference was over in Bavaria, I flew from Munich, Germany, to Zagreb to meet my friend Mahesh Chavda where I was to accompany him on miracle crusades in Croatia, which was still part of Yugoslavia at that time. Part of the time I was his personal intercessor and part of the time the daytime minister. From Zagreb we went to Sarajevo, which today is Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Yugoslavia had just come out from under communism, and the ugly civil war and horrific ethnic cleansing in that region of the world had not begun yet. We were there six months before the unrest broke out. So I gave it everything I had. At that time my whole approach toward spirit language was to take it all literally.
I did not yet understand that dreams usually are more like mysteries or parables rather than literal messages.
They prayed with me and blessed me for what God was leading me to do. And yet I 39 Dream Language felt undone—at a loss—all at the same time. After all, had I not answered the call of God to preach the gospel? Now it appeared that the Lord was changing the direction of my life. I was asked by the leadership of the prominent Kansas City Fellowship to teach on the subject of Prophetic Intercession at one of the big Passion for Jesus conferences.
I had never heard anyone teach on the subject, though I had lived in this arena for years. I was definitely leaning hard on the Holy Spirit to be my guide. Four thousand people attended my workshop that day. I looked out at that group and postured myself that this might be my last public hurrah—my last public ministry.
You see, I had been up seeking the Lord in the middle of the night in preparation, when I had an angelic visitation with words clearly spoken to me.
I put my whole heart into it. By the end of that day I had taught things I had never been taught and had spoken things I had never previously heard. At the close of the session I asked for the burden of the Lord to be released. I did not teach about travail, but in a sudden swoosh the Spirit of God fell on the room like a blanket and 4, people were instantly released into a birthing form of prayer that included moaning, groaning travail.
It was an absolutely amazing event! He came! His presence was released in four consecutive overwhelming waves. What a way to go out! Now I will be going on to something else. I am still in passionate pursuit of the spirit of revelation but also of the grace that was upon Daniel and Joseph, who had the ability to interpret dreams and speak the meaning of mysteries.
Sigmund Freud, Interpretation of Dreams (pdf) (Ch. VI, The Dream-Work)
Because faithful is He who called me and you and He will bring it to pass! Word Grafting One indispensable aspect of walking wisely and effectively in the realm of dreams and visions is grafting the Word of God into your mind and spirit.
Five Scriptures in particular have provided the foundational principles that have guided my personal dream pilgrimage. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.
And so it should be with all of us. We should ask our Father to show us what He is doing so that we can model it in the earth. And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are 41 Dream Language slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? Present every member of your being to be mastered by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then graft His Word into your spirit and soul. Let it become, in a sense, incarnate in you. Obedience then happens by being empowered by His marvelous grace! I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling,what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might….
This is critical for walking successfully in the revelatory realms. Want to know His will and fulfill your destiny? Then pray these and other similar Scriptures over yourself. It will be impossible to live a boring, passive existence. In the beginning I was a hearer, not a seer. I could feel but rarely did I see. Dreams were not my first revelatory language. But I kept persisting—and so can you!
Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams
Pray that the Lord will open your eyes to this realm also. Tell it to me, please. Joseph understood that not only did dreams come from the Lord, but their interpretations did also. Pray also for the ability to interpret your dreams and the dreams of others. The same God who gives you the dreams can also enable you to interpret them.
God answers prayers based on His very Word! A Wife Who Soars In the fall of an enormous change occurred in our family when Michal Ann, my sweet, compliant wife, received a divine visitation that transformed her life—and mine. It was October 4, the Day of Atonement. Michal Ann and I were sound asleep when lightning struck near the back of our house, flashing brightly through our bedroom window.
I woke up suddenly and glanced at the clock: Immediately, I was intensely aware of a divine presence in the room. A man stood in the bedroom looking at me. I looked back at him.
A full minute passed in complete silence: I am about to speak to her. Then, somehow, supernaturally, I fell asleep again. Michal Ann was alone with God, and He began rearranging her whole life. Caught up into the spirit realm, she felt as though a board was placed on her back. Pressure was brought to bear, so forcefully that it felt as though the very breath were being pushed out of her.
This pressure caused moans and groans to come from deep inside her. This went on for several minutes. As soon as it was over, I woke up again. This encounter put our lives into a whole new orbit because for the next nine weeks the dreams, visions, and spirit of revelation did not center around me. I was busy traveling and speaking at different places and I would have to phone home to find out what 43 Dream Language God was saying.
Roles had changed because He was speaking to Michal Ann rather than primarily to me. Early in my ministry I had barely believed in women in ministry, much less women in leadership. Through the years God had rearranged my thinking on that score. But now God was changing my wife into someone I hardly recognized. Late one night, about halfway through this period, we were standing in our kitchen together. We both were struggling with attention and strange feelings that these changes had produced.
During those nine weeks our lives changed dramatically. I was now married to a wife who soared. She had supernatural visitations almost every night. Why at night? Well, Ann had long yearned for personal intimate encounters with God. I just want to spend time with You. I just want to hear You. I will speak to you in dreams. These dream experiences were foundation stones being laid in preparation for the coming visitation, which began on the Day of Atonement, God fulfilled His promise to Michal Ann.
We believe that our experience is also a parable for the Body of Christ. Christ is coming to awaken His Bride. He is going to release 44 my personal dream journey dreams and visions, angelic visitations, and signs and wonders, and the ones who have been timid will be changed by His presence. The Father uses them to communicate with us, to reveal His will, to encourage and comfort us, and to inform us of how we should intercede for particular people, situations, and events.
Generally, spiritual dreams fall into any one of three basic categories: 1. God speaking to our spirit; 2. Our spirit crying out to God; 3. I love all three of these dimensions. I love it when God speaks directly to my spirit through a dream.
I love it when He awakens me in the night and my spirit cries out to Him. And I love it when His Spirit, in union with mine, intercedes and even enters a spiritual warfare arena through a dream or other God Encounter. Like Michal Ann, I have had many experiences of being guided by dreams in the night. I have received dreams of a personal nature, dreams about the church, dreams about cities, dreams about nations, dreams about wars, and dreams calling me to intercede so that wars will stop.
One dream that had great significance for me personally occurred in August I saw a great army coming up to me. Huge in number, the closer they got the more formidable they seemed to me. I began to fear that they were going to overwhelm me completely. Then, suddenly, the whole perspective of my dream changed. I was standing on a horizontal plain, on the same level as they, and as they approached I began to grow, rising up until I was two or three times my normal stature.
Now I was looking down on my enemies. That huge army, once so formidable in appearance, now seemed to be nothing more than little stick figures only a few inches tall, lined up in neat little rows. That will really preach good! However, about three weeks later I found a suspicious lump under my skin, which quickly grew to the size of a cluster of grapes.The economic, religious, political, and social upheaval of this period are well known; and Brown's exegesis on the liminal nature of dreaming and the altered perceptions occasioned by the dream state is well developed and provocative.
Spearing Medieval Dream Poetry , the scholar who introduced many to the whole subject of dreaming in medieval literature. Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna and a man who was a contemporary of the apostles and was ordained by them, was martyred for his 55 Dream Language faith in A. Lynch examines how in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare, relying particularly on Chaucer's Legend of Good Women, treats the whole notion of the guide, the interpreter, and the quest for understanding with an ambivalence that reveals an essential difference: There would be six more in Freud's lifetime, the last in It is time for us as followers of Christ to return to our Hebraic roots and expect to receive even in our sleep.
Dreams characterized by dark, subdued, or muted colors typically do not originate from the Holy Spirit. Receiving and understanding dream language in turn moves us into the realm of kings whose glory is to search out a matter. What the enemy meant for evil, God turned around for good.
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