It is interesting that dreams are so controversial. I had a person say to me the other day that dreams were nothing but mere nonsense. I was taken aback for a moment because throughout my life I had always found dreams fascinating. Even before I became a Christian I was enamored by these night time enigmas. How could anyone think dreams were nonsense? As I began to pray and seek the LORD on why so many people look down upon the interpretation of dreams I discovered something interesting. I found that the church often shuns things they don’t understand. Dreams are often difficult and uncertain. These mysterious enigmas confound many, and because they are so illusive many just cast them aside as nonsense instead of trying to decipher them.
Are we missing something by doing this?
Of course! Throughout Biblical history the Lord used many means to speak to His children. Dreams and visions are only a small part in the large scope of things; however, that does not lessen their significance. Why did the Lord say in Joel and in Acts that in the last days young men will see visions and old men will dream dreams if it wasn’t important? Every word in the Bible is significant and powerful. If the LORD says it then we can lay hold of that promise and know that it has meaning and purpose for our life.
So can dreams really be cast off as nonsense?
As anyone who has ever studied dreams knows they are certainly not all from God; however, it is important to discern and pray before casting it off as nonsense. Think about Joseph in the New Testament. What if he had cast off his dream from the angel telling him to take Mary as his wife? I mean, she was pregnant (by the power of the Holy Spirit), but even then the people had a hard time believing in the supernatural, right? Joseph wanted to secretly put her away (Matthew 1:19). The Lord intervened through a dream. Verse 20 says, “But while he thought about these things, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.'” Wow!! Talk about waking up with a supernatural moment of awe! The dream was a direct revelation of destiny. He could have cast it off as nonsense, but look what he would have missed!
Dreams of Destiny!
Dreams of Destiny are unique and powerful and tend to reveal inspiring and progressive guidance on your calling, individual aspects of your life, and even your vocation. Most of these dreams are personal and revolve around God’s plan for your life. These dreams can come on a larger scale for a city, region, or nation; however, in my experience they mainly revolve around one’s own personal sphere. Destiny dreams can be present tense or set in a more futuristic time frame. Joseph (NT) found that his dreams were set to be accomplished at a later time and also through a progressive amount of time. The wise men were warned in a dream to return a different way. This is se in a more presentin order that their lives might be preserved.
I am a firm believer in searching out a dream, studying it, praying over it, and seeing if it lines up with the Word of God, and then I decide if it is something the Lord is wanting to speak into my life. I am not led by dreams, and I do not account them for my every waking move or direction. That is what the WORD of God is for. He is my eternal director and provider, but God is multifaceted. He doesn’t just speak in one way. The Word shows us that He speaks in multiple ways if only we will listen (look at Numbers 12). So, I keep the ears of my heart open to any and all revelation the Lord chooses to speak to me. Joseph was willing to listen, and the word says that he was aroused from sleep and did as the Lord commanded him. Did anything spectacular happen right away? No, we all know pregnancy takes at least nine months, but I’m positive that Joseph kept that dream in the back of his mind. He remembered the word, the promise, and it was enough to sustain him until the fulfillment. Sometimes we need that. It’s just like a prophetic word that you receive. Sometimes we need that tangible evidence to hold on to because things are not moving as quickly as we want them to in this fast paced microwave society.
How To React to Your Dream of Destiny
In 2005, something wonderful happened to me. I had been in a spiritual non-denomination church for about three years, and I loved it, but I also felt restless. I knew without a doubt that there was something more that the Lord wanted to do with my life. Serving in various areas is wonderful, and it is great training ground, but our spirit man knows when there is something more that the LORD is requiring. So I began to pray and seek the Father, and then one night I had a dream. I was in large congregation in an outdoor meeting. The main speaker was Creflo Dollar, but my pastor was sitting on the stage with him. In the middle of Creflo’s message I hear him call out my name. In the dream I am thinking why is he calling me to the stage? I felt fearful because I had never really dealt with being in front of large crowd very well. I was more of the low-key gal that worked behind the scenes. As I walked up the side steps leading to the platform I remember feeling my legs shaking, and then I noticed this massive keyboard. It was beyond the scope of an ordinary keyboard (think musical instrument for giants), and I was amazed that it fit on the stage. As I get nearer, Creflo looks at me and says “Play a song.” At this point I begin to panic because I have never played the keyboard in my life. I’m wondering what can I do? I don’t want to disappoint the speakers, but most of all I don’t want to disappoint God. So I stepped over to the massive keyboard, and as I looked at the sparkling gold keys something churned within my spirit man. I placed my hands upon the keys lightly, and they immediately began to move and a beautiful song came forth. As I am waking up from the dream I suddenly see a memory of myself walking to my mother’s old piano and running my fingers over the white ivory keys, and wishing that I could magically play (because I didn’t have the patience to take real lessons). I immediately got up and wrote the dream down because I knew that it was significant.
The next day I couldn’t get the dream out of my head. I took out my sister’s small, cheap keyboard (which she had left at my house a few weeks earlier) and set it in front of me. I said, “Lord, I have always loved music, and if you want me to play then you will have to teach me.” You see, I felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit, and I also felt that the dream was speaking to my inner fear of moving out of my comfort zone into something which would elevate me in the natural and in the spiritual realm. I heard the Lord say to get the song “Take Me In.” When I looked it up online (things were not as easy to find back then as they are now) I found it with guitar chords listed at the top. I then began to play those chords until I knew them, their placement, their sound, by heart. I didn’t learn to play the keyboard over night. I didn’t even take lessons to learn how to play “real” piano. I just simply followed the prompting of the Lord song by song because of one dream, and it led me to a greater understanding of music and worship and prophetic songs that has amazed and astounded me ever since. The Lord grew my talent because I was faithful and diligent to practice and learn. I played for Him and only Him for years. I wrote songs and sang them in the privacy of my home for the Lord, and just like those golden keys within my dream He anointed my hands for worship and warfare. I began to sing with the worship team, and then progressed to leader, but I still did not share my instrumental gift with the body. It wasn’t until many years later (around 2013) that I stepped into the position as keyboard/worship leader at my church. Like Joseph from the Old Testament, it took a long time to reach fulfillment. When he received his dream he was only 17, but the Bible shows that he was much older by the time he actually ascended to greatness. He faithfully served in between and trusted that the same Lord who sent the Word would fulfill it. The Bible tells us that His word will not return void. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
What Happens If The Season Changes
It was a wonderful time and season in my life, and although that part of the journey is complete – for now – I know that the Lord has so much in store for my life. Just because one season closes doesn’t mean that it’s the end. I believe he elevates and promotes those who seek Him – those who hunger and thirst after HIM. Joseph (OT) didn’t just get called to greatness, and then it was over. No, he had to move into a different position once he reached the goal. He went from interpreting Pharaoh’s dream to being his second hand man, to working on saving a nation from hunger through diligence and a business sense, etc. It was from each position that he was able to do mighty works. So many times we get one thing fulfilled, and then we bog ourselves down into routine and complacency and never want to move. It is time to start seeking Him and asking: what does He desire for me to do. Okay, you may say, I did the . . . . (place your ministry or service here) for six years, and I gave it my all, I was dedicated, excited to take this ministry further, but now I feel like it’s time to move on. How dobyou make the next move? Stepping out of that comfort zone isn’t easy. Believe me, I know all about it 🙂 , but for other doors to open we must be receptive to change. Seek His face, and listen to His voice. Maybe He will speak to you one on one. Maybe He will give you a dream of direction to guide you on your next journey for Him. Perhaps, he will send a prophetic voice to speak into your life. Whatever or whichever way He chooses to speak: listen. Pray. Let the Holy Spirit lead, guide, and direct you, and step out of that comfort zone today into your great destiny of tomorrow.