Recently, a pastor referred a man to me who had a dream that he believed was from the Lord, and he was seeking someone who could interpret his dream or teach him how to interpret his dream. He said he had spoken with someone who helped “put his dream into readable format.” That gives me pause.
Here’s my reply. This may help you if you have the same question:
I love and respect your pastor. I’ll be glad to help, if I can. However, I’ll need specific details about your dream. We can’t generalize. Most dreams are normal neurological functions that occur, often – every night, really. They are not spiritual, and therefore require no interpretation. However, we do have the occasional, rare, spiritual dream. Most of the time, they require no interpretation, as the meaning of the dream is obvious.
It’s my belief, if someone has a dream, and they don’t readily know the meaning of the dream, they shouldn’t be concerned about it. God is intelligent and we are intelligent. He can speak to us intelligently.
I have an agreement with God. The onus is upon Him to speak to me clearly, as I refuse to guess. Also, God understands that if He doesn’t make things plain to me, then I am not going to take any action, other than to dismiss the dream, or take a wait and see attitude.
A word of caution, most advice I’ve heard others give concerning the interpretation of dreams is extra-biblical. That is to say, there is no scriptural basis for rules concerning the interpretation of dreams. Much of the popular information concerning the interpretation of dreams Is derived from the occult, paganism, and New Age teachings. That’s not for us, right? If you hear people say a certain number means something, or a certain color means another thing, or a certain image means something, forget that advice. It’s bogus. It has no scriptural basis.
I have been in full-time, international, miracle ministry for more than 46 years, and I occupy the Office of the Prophet, yet I can count on my two hands the times that God has spoken to me through a dream. It just doesn’t happen that much. Furthermore, I don’t see a real need for God to talk to me in a dream, which may not have an obvious meaning, when He can speak to me plainly, any time, anywhere, one on one.
Every time I’ve had a prophetic dream, it required no interpretation. The meaning was clear. For example, once I dreamed of a large fruit tree. In the forks of the branches, where fruit should have been, there we’re living, seeing eyes. Suddenly, my mentor, Dr. T.L. Osborn appeared in my dream. He said, “Larry, Ideas from God are the seeds from which miracles grow.” I woke up, wrote down the dream, and I drew a picture of the tree. That document is yet in my archives and I reflect upon it, often.
Having said that, [Brother], God does occasionally reveal things through dreams. In the case when a real dream comes from God, and we don’t know the meaning, we should pray and ask God for clarification. If you feel the dream is important, I recommend you write it down and put it in your prayer journal. If it’s important, then it will persist in your memory. There is always the possibility that a respected, proven prophet can shed light on it. However, be careful whom you ask for the interpretation, as they can take things by the wrong handle and send you down a rabbit hole.
I hope this helps.
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