As I work on changes with this blog one thing I realized I had to change related to the very first series I created on my blog. Dream Experience.
Issues With Sharing Dreams On My Blog
A few things came out of this…
1). Even though I was not asking people to interpret the dreams it became something people wanted to do. To be honest, it bothered me. However, looking back, it’s kinda hard when I ask people for their thoughts for them not to share. We like helping each other out in the blogging community if we can. I admit, anything shared publicly is open for discussion.
2). I had people tell me God gave me this gift and praised me for sharing the dreams. I had people MAKE ASSUMPTIONS and ask about personal things in my life that weren’t true. Nothing was malicious, people had good intentions, but can you see the problems with this? It became about me, the dream… and not God.
The third problem… I’ll get to later.
The Scripture That Changed It All
As someone who really did put a lot of thought into dreams for the last 30 years of my life.
I tried to show, in the dream interpretation series that defended dreams, how God could speak to us through dreams because that’s what He did in the Old Testament. I tried to help people know when they should or shouldn’t interpret dreams.
There was a HUGE scripture I missed, however, when it came to dreams… and this one scripture, honestly, would have ripped my series to shreds.
(NKJ) Hebrews 1:01, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.”
Where does God speak now?
Not in dreams, because He isn’t speaking through other human intercessors like before, but through the Son of God, Jesus Christ. How do we hear what Christ says? SCRIPTURE!
OUR EYES MUST BE ON SCRIPTURE
DISCLAIMER: I say this later in the post, but I want to say it here as well. In our private time, dreams might be something that encourages us to look up scripture. Maybe dreams have helped us learn new things. I’m not against this. I firmly believe Romans 8:28 that God can use all things for our benefit. The bottom of the post touches on the spiritual gift of prophecy, and how I plan to address it. Today’s post is focused on our experiences, what are we seeking in dreams? Do we choose to proclaim these experiences to the public and should we? As a Christian, we need to be VERY careful.
The issue is we often tape scripture to the framework of our dream, in that, we look at scripture and try to make it fit. We wonder if the Lord is “speaking” to us through the dream or sending us a sign. I know I did, and that’s why I shared the dream.
Jesus is how God speaks today. Jesus is the sign we received.
That’s why we turn to the Bible and seek Him in prayer. We have no reason to seek Him in dreams because we do not have solid truth to prove it’s Him. Just because something sounds like scripture and sounds like Christ doesn’t mean it is Him. Satan appears like an angel of light and his messengers do likewise. Don’t trust something just because it sounds like scripture and looks Christian.
(NIV) 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”
NO WONDER false prophets of today are so vague with their wording and say the same thing over and over. It’s a cover and itching just enough to our ears! We desire more of it, it’s never filling. I always desired MORE dreams with scriptural themes.
(NIV) John 6:35, “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”
Jesus tells us to go to Him. He fills us. We need to read God’s word that’s how we hear Him! (If you really want to hear God out loud, read scripture out loud ~ Justin Peters)
This culture is so focused on individual purposes and signs and wonders. Our eyes easily stray from the truth and go to something they should not because we seek it so desperately! We put credit and merit in something that holds no such authority. I am learning the dangers of being too symbolic and seeking symbols in so many things. Trying to interpret things that I don’t need to!
I recant (cancel, withdraw) my dream posts. I am sorry for using a method to point to scripture that was unclear, confusing, vague, encouraged curiosity away from Jesus, and overly symbolic. Jesus is all we need. His word is truth. He needs to be the focus.
What I have learned about dreams:
- Symbols are hard to figure out, and what one symbol means to someone could mean something completely different to someone else. People FIGHT over interpretations and symbols, it’s a major waste of time. I’ve wasted my time and others getting upset because people didn’t see what a dream “meant” to me.
- In the Bible, there are no scriptures that tell Christians of today to interpret our dreams to point to Jesus. The scriptures of the New Testament are multiple accounts of witnesses of Jesus Christ. Scripture is enough to point someone to Jesus!
- Using Biblical symbols out of the context of scripture and applying it to our dreams to warn others is not instructed for Christians in the New Testament. All we need to do is look at what scripture says to warn others, we do not need other sources like our dreams.
- There is no promise or guarantee something we EXPERIENCE is of God and we MUST not rely on our emotions and experiences over the truth of scripture.
- Dreams are not needed to point to Jesus Christ or discuss the end times. Scripture is enough. Dreams do not add anything and because they do not add anything, we do not need them as main sources of information! *Again, SOOOOO guilty! I thought because my dreams had similar themes it was okay, but again, it profits no one nothing. I can say the same thing with scripture and the dream isn’t needed.
- It’s still okay to discuss dreams with people for regular discussion. It’s okay for dreams to inspire. It’s definitely okay to go to scripture to look up things we dreamed and see what scripture says (not to interpret). But it’s not okay to put merit in our dreams and then try to draw others to our dreams and (possibly) claim that God gave us this.
3). Remember I said I’d get back to problem 3… We are to be discerning and wise with a public platform, no matter how large or small the following. If we want people to be drawn to scripture, we do not need our dreams to distract them! Dreams often can be itching to the ears, even if it’s about repenting, the end times, etc. It’s like the accounts of Heaven and Hell. It’s an extra source of a supernatural curiousness we do not need to focus on that adds to scriptures.
Symbols and descriptions are things that people eat up more than scripture.
I thought I was helping, but instead, I turned eyes away from the point of scripture to something else because that was more “interesting.” For many years, I tried to defend dreams related to spiritual topics, but again, we don’t need anything else except the truth of Jesus and that’s found in the word of God. Dreams add nothing, and if they add to scripture (and we claim it to others), then we are in danger of hellfire. (Revelation 22:18-19)
I think God can use all things Romans 8:28, including dreams (see point 6) for us to learn, and He gave me a sister in Christ out of a discussion dealing with dreams. But it was not the dreams that edified or encouraged. It was the truth of scripture that edified and encouraged us both.
Issues People Might Have With What I’m Saying
I’m not unaware that one of the spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament is prophecy, or that many people today claim they have dreams, visions, words from the Lord, etc.
To clarify in case it gets brought up- In Acts chapter 2 I think Peter quoting Joel 2:28-32 related partly to what was happening at Pentecost. We need to be careful about trying to claim what is fulfilled of scripture and what isn’t when it relates to the end times. If we truly KNEW, then so many people would not be arguing with each other on different views on what has and hasn’t happened.
I am so guilty of focusing on those scriptures and taking them out of context and applying them in ways I shouldn’t. Again, I recant and seek your forgiveness!
Having a different view on these scriptures and dreams is expected. The Lord has shown me so much in the past few months, and I don’t expect this one post to fully persuade most if not all of my readers. The purpose of this post, aside from my recanting, is to warn everyone to be very careful with their words and what they claim is from God. Do not treat dreams as a direct phone line to God, that’s as bad as Christian mysticism. There are severe consequences for putting words in the mouth of God. It’s best to stick to the scriptures themselves.
Since the gift of prophecy often connects to leaders (apostles of today), I am working on a post about being wary of false teachers and those claiming to be “apostles” with the same authority as the 12 apostles and/or as God’s “anointed.” But that post will take some time, I have a lot written already, but now focusing on gathering scriptures and working on making sure I cover it thoroughly. It will be a follow up to this post.
Thank you for your patience as I continue to work on covering topics and changes in my blog. Thank you for hearing what I had to say on this topic. I hope you understand where I am coming from. I tried to speak this in love best as I could.
How has the Lord ministered to you through scripture?
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