“Nancy, dreams were God’s way of speaking to His people under the Old Covenant, but not for today. These days, God speaks to us through the Scriptures and by the Spirit.”
Those words came to me years ago from a well-meaning Christian Pastor.
Hmmmm… Really? You know, I checked with Peter in the book of Acts, and that does not seem to be his view.
When the New Covenant was established on the Day of Pentecost, he preached, “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).
Therefore, I can conclude that dreams ARE for our age – for you – for me. In fact, according to this promise, I feel certain that we can expect Dreams to be more frequent in our time. Dreams belong to the last days – – the days in which we live.
Just in case it appears that dreams belong only to old men, I read something that explained things to me a bit better. As it turns out, Peter quotes a type of Psalm called Hebrew Parallelism. This is a special type of Psalm. It is actually a song that repeats itself in different words; Painting ideas with a broad brush.
This song included sons and daughters, young and old, visions and dreams. It is not meant to convey that only young men have visions and only old men have dreams. It is saying that visions and dreams belong to everyone—young and old alike.
Don’t stop now – keep reading!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~DREAMS
Awakening with a start, I lay in my bed contemplating. My connection to the dark stillness of a new day hadn’t fully established itself. Vivid pictures and words swirled around my thoughts. Just a dream fading away . . .
Mulling things over, I could find no clear message per se. I determined that it must have been related to the prayers I had been praying regarding the salvation of a couple we knew.
As the morning got underway, certain parts of the dream sprang up again. I was curious! In a moment, I found myself at my computer, tapping out an email to this Dentist’s wife.
“Say, Is there something you’re not telling me? “ I wrote followed by some winking emoticons.
“You know, I had such an intense dream last night. Your husband, was intensely busy bundling up a bunch of things. He was trying to do it without anyone noticing. When certain others came around, he went into stealth mode. It seems I was observing from a distance. When I came closer, I could see that he was carefully cleaning, boxing and putting things into labeled packages. It wasn’t at the office.
As I watched, our eyes met and suddenly I was involved too. He told me that he had a very long walk ahead of him and invited me along to talk and help somehow. The walk took us from one type of rural property to another. He said he wanted to make sure he was ready, but he still had a lot of questions to be resolved. . For some reason, I was helping to carry some very heavy stuff. I was amazed that I could do it without any problem.
When we stopped, he put his arm around me and gave me what seemed to be a good-bye kiss. When we returned to the other house, many others had gathered and were just milling around. About that time, he told everyone that he was taking a trip, but that he still had a lot of questions to settle before his trip.
After that…..he went to everyone and was careful to hug and kiss all who were helping.”
Wouldn’t you know it!
I received an immediate reply! The doctor’s wife expressed surprise at my communication.
“Well, you are very intuitive. We are really working on making a transition up to Oregon; we just got back from there. We are seriously considering making the move – but of course this is privileged information! We will most likely be here another year at least; we need to get all our ducks in a row first.”
Unreal! She went on to express that if they could leave sooner, they would like to do so. I had been asking God about continuing in my arrangement with them to lease this dental office for my small dental assisting school. I guess I had my answer. There would not BE an office for me to continue with very soon. I had at least 9 months, but what should I do now? Start looking for another office and make the costly, laborious transition yet again? This would be the third move in 8 years.
Several days later, as I was awakening, a very strong thought presented itself. It was partly thought and partly insight where I saw myself packing up my dental supplies. I guess the Holy Spirit was preparing my heart because I received an ominous email that afternoon. The company through which I operate my Dental Assisting School was exiting California. It had become too expensive for them to continue to operate a franchise here. My contract was not being renewed.
I must admit, it was much like a gut-punch! I hadn’t expected things to end quite this abruptly – or in this manner! Yet, if I were to be honest, I knew in my spirit that something was about to change. I thanked God for His EWS – early warning system. It has been on alert for several months. Even though things are out of my control, I wasn’t totally taken off guard.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ VISIONS
On another occasion I had been before the Lord worshipping, singing and talking to Him about something major. The answer just wasn’t coming. There were no dreams or visions for me this time. Instead someone else had a vision …. about me.
“Nancy….. this started Saturday night. I was interceding at the throne of God and I was at Jesus feet and all of the sudden I see you, in heaven. You didn’t know you were there.
All of the praying of the other saints got quite and your singing in the spirit was the only voice. You were on earth and I could see you there too.
This was the first time I have ever seen anyone I knew and I was surprised. I looked at Jesus and he said, go tell Nancy that her prayers have reached the throne of God. For the last couple of nights I have seen you every time I have been interceding and it is the same thing over and over. That is the message Nancy.”
Again, I was inspired to continue standing in faith and keeping my hopes up.
Yes, I believe dreams and visions are for right here, right now! Some people thrive on supernatural manifestations almost as if they were meant for their entertainment. That is almost sacrilege – disrespectful, if you will.
These things operate as God intends. He’s provided them to His kids to help other people or themselves. While not all dreams can be directly connected to God speaking, it is my firm conviction that we should trust that God can speak to us this way. Guidance is available to us mainly through His precious Word, but don’t trivialize dreams and visions! God is not limited.