Guest post by Ps. Helen Gwyn
My husband and I got offered a job a number of years ago to become associate pastors at a church in a different city from the one we were currently living and working in. I said no to the job for several reasons. My husband challenged me to be open to the idea and I continued to dig in my toes and remained immovable on the idea. My reasons were valid and I wasn’t budging.
Until I had a dream…
In my dream I was at the church that was offering us the position. It was a rehearsal for a youth service coming up. I was sitting in the back row watching when one of the young guys came up to me and asked if I would sign his autograph book. I took it and instead of signing my name I wrote, “We are ready to serve.” I wondered why I had written that. I was about to write something else when the dream ended.
I woke that morning and began packing the house to move.
My husband asked what I was doing. I told him about the dream and said, “We are going to get the job so I might as well get ahead with packing to move.” He replied, “We haven’t even had an interview yet! There is a process and we need to officially receive a job offer.”
“I know, but God has spoken, so everything else will fall into place.” I responded.
Dreams have been a way that God has spoken to me many times over the years. Sometimes it’s been for direction for my life, sometimes for encouragement, sometimes as a warning or a prophecy of what is to come. Throughout scripture both old and New Testament dreams were a common way for God to communicate.
'When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, "Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat."
His friend replied, "This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand."
When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, "Arise, for the Lord has given the camp of Midian into your hands." - Judges 7:13-15
If God uses dreams to speak to our spirit while our bodies are asleep, then we need to pay attention and determine to ask; “What is it that the spirit of God is saying to us?” - Helen Gwyn
Everyone seems to dream to varying degrees. Some dreams can seem like too much pizza consumption the night before but many have meanings hidden behind the crazy symbols you are seeing in the night. I have learned over the years to search out the meaning and message of the dream God has given me.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out. Proverbs 25:2
I have been so impacted by many dreams that have given me wisdom, insight and hope for my past, present or future that I went and trained as a dream interpreter a couple of years ago. This has been such a blessing to discover an understanding of one of the ways God speaks. It has helped encourage and empower many others to not only start paying attention to their dreams but also develop a desire to interpret their own dreams. It has also been an incredible way to connect with non-believers who are not sure what their dreams mean. Like Joseph, who interpreted his boss’ dream, God can use us in our workplace and communities to connect people to God through dreams.
Beginning the journey of dream interpretation.
I would encourage you to buy a journal that is for your dreams only.
Put a date and a title at the top of your page. It’s helpful if your title is similar to a movie title or a newspaper headline.
Write out your dream in full with as much detail as possible.
Then begin to condense it down to pull out the main points. You may want to bullet point it.
For the visual people out there, draw your dream into scenes with simple sketches, like a comic strip.
Start to unpack each key thing and put the meaning next to it.
Look for anything from your dream that appears in scripture
Summarise in a sentence what you feel God is trying to communicate to you
Look for where in the dream there is a promise from God or a sense of hope
What is your next step in response to the dream?
Blessings and sweet dreams!
* Helen is a pastor at The Light Church in Devonport, Auckland, with her husband Steve. She has been in ministry for 23 years, and is currently serving as a Chaplain with the Royal New Zealand Navy. Her preaching and prophetic gift has encouraged thousands of people as they encounter God through a word from the Holy Spirit.
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