Do you ever have spiritual dreams that stay on your mind throughout the day or week? Do you ever not know what to do about the dream or how to interpret it? Every dream you receive from God is a blessing and should draw you closer to Him. Dream interpretation is a great adventure between you and Him, and should be approached with wonder, awe and love.
On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples of Jesus were baptized with the Holy Spirit. Peter quoted the prophet Joel in Acts 2:17-18, saying, “‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even on My menservants and maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy.'” This means that the outpouring and gifts of the Holy Spirit are for everyone who “calls on the name of the Lord” (Acts 2:21). Spiritual dreams are included in the great outpouring of the Spirit we are living in today since Pentecost.
God gave dreams throughout scripture. One of the most notable stories we can learn much from concerning dreams in the Old Testament is that of Joseph. His story is recorded in Genesis 37 and 39-50. In Genesis 37:5-8 he shared his first dream with his brothers. This dream was highly symbolic, but its interpretation was easily discernible. They quickly understood the meaning and “hated him even more” (Gen. 37:5b).
From this passage of Scripture in Genesis, we learn that sometimes we make dream interpretation more difficult than it is. The meaning may be understood quickly. We also learn that we must be sensitive to who, when, where and how we tell the dream. James 1:5 says we are to ask God for wisdom even when we face trials and tribulations. Wisdom is necessary to knowing and understanding spiritual dreams even if our faith is being tested.
We should realize that dream interpretation can be easy as we rely on the Spirit and scripture. You can also develop your own dream language dictionary for the dreams He gives you. This can help aid you in their interpretation.
According to Psalm 119:105 Scripture is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Being mindful of this, here are several ways for interpreting dreams:
Waking from a spiritual dream, I will write it down in my journal. If I don’t immediately know a Scripture reference related to it, then I will look in a Bible concordance for verses referencing the symbols or topic. After this I’ll look in a Bible dictionary for the topic or theme’s definition. Being prayerful I’ll ask the Holy Spirit to highlight what He is wanting to communicate.
I will also take into consideration that some symbols do not appear in Scripture. For example, a car or microwave is not in the Bible. And the car may represent ministry or your career. Or it implies you are going to a destination or that you are in motion, en route or driving in God’s will. But the Holy Spirit will give the interpretation in time as you search for the meanings from Him, celebrating His revelation.
Becoming more acquainted with the Spirit and Scripture you can develop your own dream language. You should not rely on someone else’s interpretation or revelation. The symbols, signs and metaphors the Spirit shows you may mean something different to someone else. However, there are also multiple scriptural meanings depending on context.
Also, the symbols, metaphors and analogies God showed you in one dream may have a different meaning and interpretation in another. Each dream is unique and special. God wants to have friendship with you, giving you dreams and their interpretation. Below are four keys on how to develop your dream language:
1. Relying on the Holy Spirit. Out of your communion and fellowship with Him He will give you more insight on dreams and their interpretation. And talk to the Holy Spirit about it because the interpretation can be immediate or take a few days or weeks. But you are to remain faithful in dialoguing with Him.
2. Referring to Scripture. The more you know the Scriptures, the easier it is for you to receive the interpretations. You are to be faithful in the reading and study of Scripture. And your spiritual growth will increase immensely as you develop this great spiritual habit.
3. Recording each dream and interpretation. Writing down your dreams, you can also build your personal dream dictionary (along with Bible references) for future use. And be open and available to personal revelation for each dream from Him.
4. Reviewing every dream. On occasion, go back to your journals, looking over your dreams and interpretations and always thanking God for talking to you.
Keeping these four keys in mind as you continue to grow and set your affections on Him, your dream language will grow as He rewards your faithfulness (Proverbs 3:3-4).
This article was written by Jared Laskey of Fireborn Ministries. Jarred leads Destiny Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia and lives to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of the Holy Spirit. He is also the co-author of Veronica’s Hero.