Though not all dreams are from God, God is speaking through dreams. Once you understand them, you can benefit from any dream—even a nightmare, which reveals the plans of the enemy.
I had a reoccurring nightmare for 7 years. When I was 19 years old, I faced my fears in the dream and woke up rededicating my life to Jesus. This is why I devote my life to helping people understand how God speaks through dreams.
God speaks to us in many different ways. He also speaks through dreams in many different ways. Here are a few types of dreams God will use to speak to you.
There may be something in your life or someone you know who needs a breakthrough. You can very well receive the answer you need in a dream!
In breakthrough dreams, we may confront or face something we haven’t been able to overcome in our daily lives. While we sleep, we can have a supernatural encounter with our fears and overcome something that is trying to hold us back from our destiny. After this kind of dream, our lives can take a dramatic turn for the good because God gave us a breakthrough while we were sleeping!
My favorite example of this in the Bible is Genesis 31, when Jacob had a dream. God revealed a business strategy on how to make money and get repaid for all the times his father-in-law, Laban, had ripped him off.
If you do not remember a dream or you only remember part of it with some details, God designed it that way. In these dreams, God imparts something to your spirit that you need—and He will tell you when you need it!
God sometimes sends us a dream we remember, but He seals away the meaning of it. These dreams often feel important, even though we do not understand the interpretation or how it applies to our life.
An example of this in the Old Testament is in Genesis 37, when Joseph received two powerful dreams about his destiny that he didn’t fully understand.
He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” Genesis 37:6–7 NIV
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Genesis 37:9 NIV
After this dream, Joseph went through many trials before becoming second-in-command over all of Egypt during a time of great famine. In Genesis 42, the meaning of the dream becomes clear:
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. Genesis 42:6 NIV
In this type of dream, God may be sealing away essential instructions and guidance for our purpose and our destiny—in the future. By sealing it in a dream, God can bypass our natural mind and keep us from being prideful and doing things in our own strength and timing instead of His.
If you have not been dreaming lately, there’s no need to worry! You can ask God to give you dreams. I am hosting my brand-new online training workshop, Dreams and Angelic Encounters: Understanding the Language of Heaven, on September 22 from 10 a.m. to Noon Pacific Time. If you want to learn more and be activated in dreams and angelic encounters, I encourage you to reserve your spot for this training!
Get ready to receive greater clarity for your destiny through the dreams you dream!
Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.