Dreams are produced in a spiritual dimension, so in order to understand them, we need spiritual insight and intelligence. The best place to find this is in the Bible.
A dream may come from God:
He may speak to our hearts in a dream, or we may hear his audible voice. Always when God talks, we know in our heart that is him, and he makes us feel his peace. Most of the times, God talks to us in order to warn us from danger, to give us instructions regarding a particular matter, to correct us, to comfort us, to bring answer to a question or prayer, to reveal our purpose or calling, to reveal us the future, the cause of an issue and its solution, and to convict us of sin.
“For God speaks once,
And even twice, yet no one notices it [including you, Job].“In a dream, a vision of the night [one may hear God’s voice], When deep sleep falls on men. While slumbering upon the bed, Then He opens the ears of men
And seals their instruction, That He may turn man aside from his conduct, And keep him from pride;
He holds back his soul from the pit [of destruction],And his life from passing over into Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead).” Job 33:14-18.
A dream may come as a result of something not doing well in our bodies:
What we eat, our health levels, and the state in which our intestines are, influences our emotions, therefore affects what we think and dream. Having a very high or very low blood glucose level, having a very high or very low blood pressure, or any other abnormality, will influence what we dream. An inflammation in the body, due to an imbalance in the intestinal flora, alters the way we think. This inflammation comes as a result of the person not ingesting enough fiber, not being hydrated, not sunbathing, being exposed to radiation from electronic devices, not consuming foods that promote the production of good bacteria, having taken antibiotics for a while prolonged, and the effect of fatigue on the body from normal use, stress, and eating late at night.
A dream may come from our soul:
A human person is a spirit that lives in a physical body, and has a soul. The soul serves as an interpreter between the body and the spirit. Our soul is composed by our emotions, will and mind. Our emotions are influenced by what we think, and by hormones that our body produces. Our will is the part that have to deal with everything we like and don’t like, what we long for, and our decisions. Our mind is the part that can reason, think, evaluate, memorize, and remember. The mind has a conscious part, a subconscious part, and an unconscious part. The conscious part, is the one that allows you to read this message, keep you in the present time and aware of your surroundings. The subconscious part is recording everything you read and hear and it’s classifying and saving what it may serve you later. In that area you have everything that you experienced yesterday, that your conscious mind cannot remember without a little effort today. The unconscious part has been saving information since before you were born, that part have saved painful memories, your ability to read, talk, and understand English and any other language and skills you may have.
In both the unconscious and subconscious parts, all the traumatic experiences that we have lived are recorded, and the feelings and emotions that these traumas aroused. There are fragrances, words, sounds, temperatures, names, or actions that can trigger the memory of some traumas and cause us to feel the same sensations that we felt, when that event occurred in our lives. The enemy takes that part of our soul that suffered trauma and was broken or separated from us and imprisoned it in a spiritual jail, freezes it in time. And from there, evil spirits begin to manipulate that part of our soul and we feel that internal pain without being able to identify where it comes from,sadness, or sudden depression without known causes, insomnia, or a desire to run away, without knowing where, and panic attacks. That is what they call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many people suffer from it, and although science treats it with drugs, the effective solution is spiritual and not physical, because the soul is made of spiritual matter. If our soul has been fragmented by trauma, in our dreams, we can see ourselves locked in a place trying to get out, or in an unknown place, or in a vehicle that someone else is driving and we do not know where it taking us. Jesus Christ came to bring freedom to the captives, and he can free and heal every part of our soul and make it whole if we seek him and believe in him. Later, I will write about the steps to heal and restore the soul.
When we over think of something, or we have feelings about something or someone in particular, or if we are having a deep desire for something in our hearts, it is totally normal that we may dream about it.
“For in a multitude of dreams and in a flood of words there is worthlessness. Rather [reverently] fear God [and worship Him with awe-filled respect, knowing who He is.” Ecclesiastes 5:7. AMP
“If you keep thinking about something, you will dream about it. If you talk too much, you will say the wrong thing.” Ecclesiastes 5:3. CEV
“Bad dreams come from too many worries, and too many words come from the mouth of a fool.”
Ecclesiastes 5:3. ERV
“The more you worry, the more likely you are to have bad dreams, and the more you talk, the more likely you are to say something foolish.” Ecclesiastes 5:3. GNT
“Too many worries lead to nightmares, and a fool is known from talking too much.” Ecclesiastes 5: 3.ISV
A dream may come from Satan:
Let’s see some Bible passages from the book of Job in different English versions:
“If I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,” NASV
“…then you frighten me with dreams, and terrify me with visions.” Job 7:14 CSV
“…but you torture me with terrible dreams.” Job 7:14 CEV
“Terrors frighten him on every side,
and chase him at his heels.” Job 18:11 ESV
Job was a righteous man, but for some reason God allowed Satan to touch and destroy everything Job had, including his family, finances, and health, and Job was also being tormented in his dreams by this evil enemy. So, whenever we have a bad dream, or a night terror, its obvious that Satan is the source. But what gives him a legal right to enter our dreams? I will mention just a few of the reasons why our enemy comes in our dreams.
“For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, and that of which I am afraid has come upon me.” Job 3:25.
Fear open the door for the enemy to enter into people’s lives, that’s is why the Bible says at least 365 times fear not. Faith open the door to God into our lives, we believe that He is with us and for us, his love cast out fear. Fear also produces shame, insecurities, worrying and anxiety. Many children are tormented in their dreams at a very young age, because the enemy knows that if he can put fear into children’s heart it will be easier to control them and to enter them. Parents are responsible to watch over little children and avoid them to come in contact with scary movies and cartoon. Parents shall also pray for their children before they go to bed, and to stay away from the occult so the enemy will not find an open door to attack their children. Have you ever had night terrors when you were a child? Someone in your family or the house you were in opened the door to the enemy. We need to pray and cast fear out, for God has not given us a spirit of fear , but power, and love, and self-control (a sound mind).
2-Sin: “If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7. As you can see there is a spirit longing for you to sin, so he can overpower you, but you have the choice to say no, so you will not open the door of your life to a spirit that has not body, and wants to use yours to supplant your identity and torment your dreams. Have you ever dreamed about seeing yourself doing something so bad, that you would never do in your right mind? Well, then you understand the concept. That’s a just a picture of what can happen to us if we give in to temptation, we lose control of ourselves and became the puppet of an evil spirit. “If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]. “1 John 1:9.
3- Known or unknown covenants with the darkness: Consulting physics, Halloween parties, Buddhism mantras, Hinduism, horoscopes, yoga and new age, acupuncture, reflexology, palm reading, tarot cards, Ouija boards, mediums consultations, lighting candles for the saints, or dad people. And any attempt to know the past, present or future other than through God and his word, is of the occult, and opens the door to evil spirits that will come in people’s lives and dreams.
To be continued…Please, read Identifying the sources of our dreams part II)
Please, share and let us know if you ever had a dream and can identify the source. Thank you for reading. Many blessings!