The tornado was huge. A white/grey, massive storm that whirled through town with intent and purpose. I remember running into a bank because it was the closest building nearby. Once inside I was shocked to find my friend, Renae in there. Together we huddled down as the storm began to tear the bricks from the wall with such force that the building shook like a bomb had exploded. I looked above me and saw the swirling storm hovering, and within a moments time I felt the LORD touch my leg, and with one large hand He wrote something (lengthwise) down the thigh of my right leg.
All of my life I have been a dreamer. Even before I understood what dreams really meant, I would have crazy, accurate, dreams that I would see come to pass (sometimes quickly and sometimes after many years). It wasn’t until I began researching, studying, and praying over the purpose and meaning of dreams that I finally began to understand the importance and significance of why we dream.
Why Do We Dream?
Most of us know the technical reason why we dream, but do we understand the spiritual aspect? Dreams are an avenue in which the LORD can choose to speak to us. I’m not suggesting that all dreams are spiritual; however, I am suggesting that you pray over the messages (once interpreted) in order to find out what the LORD is speaking into your life. Much like my tornado dream, there could be a significant purpose to your dream. Had I ignored the dream, I would have missed out on some great revelations during those transitional years of ministry. Did it make me feel a little afraid? Of course! I spent many hours, days, and months in prayer while waiting on the revelations, and to be honest the fullness of the meaning has yet to be revealed to me, but I know that God is still working on my behalf. He marked my leg in the dream with His own hand and in his own language. He marked me as His, and I receive the promise with great jubilation! His ways are always better and higher than my own, and I hold to the promise that He is working all things together for my good. So, with all that said, let’s look at the top seven most common dreams that everyone has. I tried to narrow the list down because I have written blogs on a few of these already (teeth, school, house, snakes, and vehicles)
1. Dreaming of Storms?
Storm dreams falls in the category of the twenty most common dreams. Storms often indicate intercessory, spiritual warfare type of dreams. Most of the time these dreams speak of foreshadowing or hint at things that are to come (can be both negative and positive). These dreams can often instill a sense of fear or trepidation, but that does not mean that it isn’t from God. Some people feel that if a dream is emotionally disturbing or scary then it must be from the enemy. This is not true. Even in scripture you will find that when God spoke to His people they often felt great fear. John, in Revelations, fell down like a dead man. Also what about the reactions of the children of Israel (they shook in fear at the presence of God on the mountain), and what about Moses reaction on Mount Sinai? We are told in Hebrews 12:21: “And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake.” What about Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, etc? God’s Word, His Majesty, is powerful. His presence is unexplainable.
2. Dreams of Dying
These dreams can be a little more disturbing especially if the person that dies is you or someone you care deeply for. However, I once heard a teaching by John Paul Jackson that states that if you dream someone is dying it is normally a spiritual dream about the passing away or dying of the old man and a resurrection of the new. It can also indicate that an issue, era, or career could be coming to an end. The only time that dying in a dream is concerning, or even related to a literal meaning, is when the dreamer sees actual bright, red, blood. This would call for greater intercession and prayer on behalf of whoever it is that is dying. Now, this has never occurred in one of my dreams, but I have dreamed of deaths, and each time the significance has been revealed with great clarity. Whatever the reason, it is essential that we wage war with the prophetic insight we are given. Hold fast to the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and stand on His Word as you fight against any plots and plans of the enemy.
3. Dreams of Falling
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been almost asleep and then jerk away because you saw yourself trip or fall in a dream? This is extremely common as well as the dreams where we find ourselves falling from great heights. Often this type of dream reveals an overwhelming fear of losing control in your daily life. Very rarely do you ever dream of hitting the bottom, right? My grandmother (and her old wives tales) used to say that if you hit the ground you would die in real life); however, I don’t hold to those old sayings because God is much greater than any of those things. The most important aspect of the dream to remember is where you’re falling from, and what are you falling into (water, trampoline, etc). These will indicate what your are depending on to catch you, and how you are dealing with situations in the natural.
4. Dreams of Being Chased
Wow! Who hasn’t had a dream of being chased? When I was a little girl I constantly dreamed that someone was breaking in my home and chasing me around. I would want to scream out to my parents to help, but my voice would be completely gone. It wasn’t until later that I discovered that being chased often represents a feeling of being overwhelmed, out of control (with no control over your own life), and being pursued by the enemy who desperately wants to come against your life and purpose. So why would this dream come through if its the enemy coming against you? Because God wants you to be aware of the plots and plans of the enemy so that you can prepare, pray, come against with the Word, fight the good fight, and intercede. Pay attention to what emotions you experience. Mine was always fear and loss of my voice. AS I grew I understood that I felt like I didn’t have a voice when I was a child. I felt like I had little control over my own life and emotions, and these feelings transferred into the enemy making me feel fear, shame, depression, and unworthiness. What about dreams where you are chasing someone? Who is it? Why are you running after them? Pay attention to the little details in order to find out what the LORD is trying to say through the dream.
5. Dreams of Past Relationships
Often these dreams indicate a temptation to return to old patterns of behavior, old ways of thinking, the life that you lived during that time period, and/or a desire to go back to the past where things might/might not have been resolved. One important reminder: Just because you dream of an old relationship does not mean that you will automatically go back and restore that relationship, or even that God is telling you that you should. It more than likely refers to what that particular person represented in your life during that time-frame. For example: a person who was not a good influence in your life, or who treated you poorly would represent a warning from God to not return or relapse into that mindset or habit anymore. It was unprofitable to you then, and it can and will probably be detrimental to you (and possibly any new relationship) now.
6. Dreams of Flying
I love these dreams, but they can also be so frustrating. Have you ever dreamed that you were trying to fly, but you couldn’t seem to get off the ground? This could indicate that there are situations or issues that are keeping you from reaching your full spiritual capacity. Also, they show that you are not used to operating in the things of the spirit, but you are determined to succeed so you keep persevering. Flying dreams mean a spiritual capacity to rise above problems or difficulties in order that we may soar to the heavenlies, and/or explore revelatory gifts of some nature.
7. Dreams of Being Naked or Exposed
Yes, these dreams are embarrassing and a bit freaky, but they do truly lend a meaning that speaks volumes. Often when we have this type of dream it is to indicate that we are becoming transparent, exposed, vulnerable. Most often these dreams arrive when we are in great times of transition in our lives, or times when we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and out of control within our own lives.
Hopefully, this will give you a better idea of why we consistently have the same types of dreams. If you are having one that is the same over and over it is often because the LORD is trying to get a message across to you. Once you get the message and make moves to readjust then the dreams will often stop. There is great healing and restoration in understanding our dreams. The LORD is so faithful and good to reveal to us what direction we need to move, things that need to be restored, areas that need to be healed or delivered. What are some recurring symbols you have had that isn’t listed above? Do you have a dream that keeps repeating, but you aren’t sure what it means? Share with us some of your thoughts about symbols. Be blessed and keep dreaming.