The Dream State

The intermediate state between consciousness and unconsciousness is the dream state. Augustine wrote of his mother: For she could, she said, through a certain feeling, which in words she could not express, discern betwixt Thy revelations, and the dreams of her own soul.

In these last days we know that the Lord will reveal His will to us in dreams and visions like no other time in history. We are to be attentive to His voice in our dreams and be ready to discern what is really of God and what is just our imagination. Many of us are receiving dreams and visions according to last day harvest ministries. Embrace them and pray that God will give you understanding to what He has called you to do.

The dream state has certain advantages. In rest or sleep a person is free from the distractions and activities that occupy him while awake. But part of his mind remains conscious, and it will accept without deliberation or examination whatever is placed before it. Thus God can clearly instruct a person while he is sleeping, for the Lord has supreme power over all the faculties of the human mind. The will of God is often revealed in dreams.

It is essential that we make this point very clear: not all dreams and visions are from God, in fact few dreams are from God. "For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by a multitude of words." "For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also diverse vanities: but fear God." Hobbes says it best, "To say that God has spoken to him in a dream, is no more than to say that he dreamed that God spoke to him. So although God can speak to a man by dreams, visions, voice, and inspiration; yet he obliges no man to believe he has done so to him that pretends it; who (being a man) may err, and (which is more) may lie." We can see time and time again, those prophets that see God's visions in dreams when they are no more than an over active imagination. To be undiscerning in your dreams is to be under delusions. When you have dreams that come from God, they are vivid and profound and you need not wonder, nor do you need to ask the interpretation. Nor do you need to try to remember the dream; if it was from God, the dream will be perfectly clear and He will bring all things to remembrance.

When the Lord gives you a dream, it should be perfectly clear. To ask the Lord for interpretations for every dream is to think more highly of yourself than you ought. The most vivid dreams are those between waking and sleeping. The best way to know if is from God is if it is confirmed by another source. Test all things and do what you can to prove a divine origin. That is not lack of faith, it is just making your faith sure. It is not always enough to relate a dream and ask for an interpretation from someone. The best way is to get an interpretation from someone that does not know what the dream is and still confirms it.

Henry David Thoreau wrote that "If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to live the life that you have imagined... you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

Your dreams are projections of the contents of your subconscious mind, and in many instances, they answer your problems and warn you. Remember that your future is your present thinking made manifest, because your subconscious mind faithfully reproduces your habitual thinking 24 hours a day. Freud: "Dreams likewise were a product of the subconscious breaking through the repression of conscious control." Jung: "In some respects dreams are like conscious fantasies in that they have an undirected, irrational character... most obvious results of unconscious psychic processes obtruding themselves upon consciousness."

That dreams might have meaning was known to Joseph. The scriptures seem to hold the person responsible, if not for dreaming, at least for the character of the dream. They might become the means of a direct and spiritual intercourse of God with man. For those who follow their dreams, there is no such thing as failure. "And he said, Hear now my words: if there be a prophet among you, the Lord will make himself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream." Supernatural dreams are distinguished from visions, in that the former occurred during sleep, and the latter when the person was awake.
[34, 91, Ecclesiastes, 141, 148, 244, 279, Numbers 12, BD, 380]

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