Are All Dreams From God?
In 32 years of walking with Jesus, I have seen fads come and go many times. One of the fads that is currently making it’s rounds across the church is Christian dream interpretation. As with most fads, Christian dream interpretation takes a biblical principle or teaching and runs with it and stretches it way beyond what the Bible or God intended. Because it is my job as a pastor to lead people to a place of maturity in their Christian walk, I feel I must address this issue.
A Bible Verse About Dreams and Visions
“ 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.
A Balanced Approach to Christian Dream Interpretation
Let me first off state, that I am the type of person that does his best to be balanced and only speak where the Bible speaks and be silent or at least be honest enough to tell people it is an opinion, when the Bible is silent or not clear on a subject. That being said, the Bible is clear that God has and does use dreams to communicate with people. From the Patriarchs to the Prophets, to the Apostles and early church God has used dreams to communicate to His people. As the scripture clearly states in the scripture from Joel, dreams will be given in the last days, and we are definitely in the last days.
Is Christian Dream Interpretation from God?
So the question is not if dreams are a valid way that God communicates with people, but the method used to interpret dreams. Is there such a thing as Christian dream interpreters or a “ministry” of interpreting dreams for people? Honestly I have grave concerns about this. The thought that people have a specialized ability to interpret dreams is a common practice in the New Age movement. Anytime something comes from this movement, I screen it heavily before I will allow it even close to me or those God has entrusted me with. It is a movement that masquerades as spirituality, but is filled with deception and darkness.
Is there a biblical mandate for a ministry of dream interpretation?
There is unfortunately no mandate. There are a couple of instances where God gave the interpretation to someone but there is no ministry of dream interpretation. Joseph, when he was in prison was given the interpretation to some peoples dreams, but there is no record he became the official dream interpreter. Instead he became the Pharaoh’s second in command. Daniel was given the interpretation to a dream but he never was considered a dream interpreter, but instead he was a prophet, and Paul was given a dream to go to Macedonia but he was never an official dream interpreter. In fact he went to his ministry team and shared with them the dream, and together they interpreted the dream as God telling them to go to Macedonia.
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