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כיצד לפרש חלום מסובך

.חלומות הינם דבר משונה. ישנם חלומות בהם אנו מרגישים כאילו שהם נמשכים ימים, ואילו אחרים קצרים כרגע. חלקם יכולים להיכתב בפסקה ואילו אחרים בדפים שלמים

חלומות מסוימים משאירים אותך עם רגש מתמשך, בתחושה ש”חלמת משהו”, גם אם אין לך זיכרון של החלום עצמו. חלומות אחרים יכולים להיות כל כך אמיתיים עד ששעות חולפות לפני שאתה מבין

.שזה היה “רק חלום” ולא משהו אמיתי שהתרחש אתמול

חלומות נמצאים מחוץ לתחום המוכר לנו וגורמים לנו לסקרנות כאשר אנו מנסים להבין אותם. יש פעמים שבהם החלום הוא קצר ופשוט, והמשמעות נראית קלה להבנה. אולם ישנם פעמים שבהם החלום

?הוא מסובך וממושך, ולמרות שחלקים מסוימים בו עשויים ליצור מידה מסוימת של הבנה – מה המשמעות של החלום באמת

 

הסתכל על התמונה הגדולה

?כאשר אתה מנסה לפרש חלום, במיוחד חלום מסובך, קח צעד אחד אחורה והסתכל על התמונה הגדולה. מהו קו העלילה הבסיסי של החלו

אם תחפש בגוגל “קו עלילה קלאסי”, תמצא אתרים המציעים שקיימות רק בין 7-9 עלילות. הם מתמצתים סיפורים מורכבים כמו “רומיאו ויוליה” לסיפור טרגדיה או “שר הטבעות” לסיפור מסע. אם

?תחשוב על החלום שלך כסיפור, מה תהיה העלילה

 

תמצת את החלום שלך

?במילים אחרות, נסה ככל יכולתך לספר את החלום שלך במילים ספורות בלבד. מהו קו הסיפור (העלילה) ללא כל האלמנטים

:לפניכם דוגמא

.”נכנסתי למקום חדש וראיתי משהו שלא מצא חן בעיני. מנעתי את הדבר שלא אהבתי מלהתרחש, ופתאום הייתי במקום אחר”

אם תוכל לצמצם את החלום לסיכום קצר, אתה קרוב מאוד לפענח אותו. ישנם מקרים שבהם ידיעת העלילה הינה חיונית יותר לפירוש החלום, מאשר הבנת כל המשמעויות של האלמנטים הבודדים. אך

.כאשר אתה יודע את העלילה ומשמעותו של כל אלמנט, הפרשנות נושאת משקל רב ומביאה הבנה עמוקה יותר

 

חבר את החלקים יחדיו

.על מנת לפרש חלום מתומצת, כל שעליך לעשות זה לקחת את העלילה ולהוסיף לה את האלמנטים עם המשמעות שלהם

:נטליין גילברט כתבה לנו את החלום הזה בפייסבוק

:”אתמול בלילה חלמתי שאני עובדת בארה”ב בתחום התאגיד עם מישהו שאני מכירה. הוא היה בעל תפקיד גבוה וסמכותי ואני הייתי העוזרת שלו. נרדפתי בשל קריאת התנ”ך, אבל אני זוכרת ששאלתי אותו”

.”כיצד אוכל לעזור לך”?  כשזרועי סביבו, בעוד שסבתי, שעודה בחיים, מסתכלת מהצד

.העלילה: את נתקלת בקושי בעת הצעת עזרה למישהו, וסבתך צופה במתרחש

הפרשנות: את תסייעי למישהו במקום העבודה (אמריקה התאגדית) שבו לא מקובל להפגין את האמונה שלך (נרדפת על קריאת התנ”ך), אבל את תלמדי כיצד לשרת ממקום של מערכת יחסים (זרוע

.(סביב המנהל). האמונה והשירות שאת מפגינה בחלום הינם תכונות אופי תורשתיות הנמצאות במשפחה שלך ועוברות מדור לדור (סבתא

 

הפוך חלום מסובך לפשוט

האם כעת הבנת כיצד הבנת העלילה של החלום יכולה לעזור לך לחשוף את פרשנות החלום? עיקרון זה הופך להיות מועיל עוד יותר כאשר החלום הוא חלום ארוך! ג’ון פול קרא לזה “צמצום החלום לצורתו הפשוטה ביותר”. זהו כלי נהדר להפוך חלומות מסובכים לפשוטים יותר.

עוד על נושא זה ועל שיטות חלופיות אחרות לפירוש חלומות ניתן למצוא בקורס “הבנת חלומות וחזיונות” ובקורס נוסף בשם “פרשנות חלומות אינטנסיבי”

 .Streams Online Classroom אותם ניתן למצוא באתר האינטרנט שלנו תחת

(Understanding Dreams and Visions)

(Dream Interpretation Intensive)

 לחץ כאן למידע נוסף.

 

 

ג’ון אי. תומס

 “Streams Ministries”ג’ון אי. תומס הוא נשיא 

“The Art Of Praying the Scriptures” ושותף לג’ון פול ג’קסון בכתיבת הספר 

השופכת אור חדש על נושא קריאת הכתובים, תפילה והגות. ג’ון תומס הינו דובר בינלאומי המתמקד בעיקר בלימוד על המתנה הנבואית, השרות במתנה זו, הבנה ופירוש חלומות ומלכות האלוהים. רצונו של ג’ון תומס הוא לחדש ולהחזיר לעולם את יראת כבוד אלוהים אשר אבדה לו במרוצת השנים. ג’ון תומס ואשתו דונה מתגוררים באזור דאלאס טקסס, ארה”ב.

Prophetic Trap

Being prophetic can be tricky. When someone grows up with a prophetic gift they will often be feeling and seeing things that others around them don’t. Without good guidance this can end up leaving the prophetic person feeling like they are weird and don’t fit in. When they share what they are sensing others often don’t understand and can choose to judge them or avoid them. This can lead to isolation and feelings of rejection.

Suppose someone that lived this dynamic—not feeling accepted, people telling them they are weird, often left out of social interactions—then comes into a church or group that values the prophetic. They finally find the courage to share what they are feeling or seeing, talk about their dreams and visions, or communicate what they know is coming. The people around them are excited, encourage them, and tell them how gifted they are.

If the community they find themselves in is not mature there may even be a tendency to lift that person up, only talk to them about their experiences, even idolize the gift. In the worst cases, the prophetic person has a fear of rejection and has been wounded by rejection their whole lives. Now they are feeling accepted because of their gift. They perceive the praise of people as the love they have always sought and share more and more of their experiences. They receive more and more praise.

Eventually, the tendency will be for them to make sure everyone is impressed by their gift and experiences because that is what makes them feel loved. When they meet someone they try to get a word for them or tell them about their latest dream or visitation. Without realizing it their heart is crying out, “Notice me! Love me! I need your approval to feel okay about myself.”

This is a trap!

Once someone get caught up in this pattern, a little or a lot, they have set themselves up to be rejected. It is very hard to receive someone else’s discernment of your revelation when you need them to believe that revelation to feel loved. If a leader questions their conclusions or their experiences it becomes easy to label that leader as spiritual dull, resistant to the things of the Spirit, or afraid of the prophetic.

What is the solution?

I have seen this narrative play out too often. How do we avoid it? There are two parts to this story that we can have a hand in, the role of the prophetic person and the role of the spiritual community.

The role of the spiritual community.

Value people not gifts.

Spiritual gifts come and go, people are eternal. There will come a time when spiritual gifting ceases (1 Corinthians 13) and all that remains will be faith, hope, and love. Celebrate those things! Make room for people to use their spiritual gifts and mature in them but don’t allow that to become the definition of maturity. The fruit of the spirit defines a spiritually mature person! (Galatians 5:22–23)

Get to know the person, not just their experiences. Avoid the trap of overlooking issues because “God is using them”. God used a donkey—that says nothing about the value of the person being used, it speaks of the character of God. Be more concerned with the persons heart than their usefulness to your community.

Create a culture of feedback.

Make it normal to question people’s experiences, not out of criticism but out of honor for the real thing. (1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:22–23) How did that come to you? This part of what you said is accurate, this part is not. This should be a conversation between the one ministering and the one being ministered to, not a sentence being passed down by a judge. It is a normal part of relationships in the kingdom to discuss these things.

The role of the prophetic person.

Know the Father’s love.

Would you question God’s love for you if you never had another dream or vision, knew what was going to happen before it happened, or felt a spiritual atmosphere? I hope you said no! God has forever declared His love for you by coming as the Son in the power of the Spirit by the will of the Father to redeem you from sin! (John 3:16) You can be confident in that love no matter what happens—good things, bad things, or indifferent.

Forgive those that rejected you.

As long as the pain of the rejection you experienced has not been processed it has the potential to control you in the future. Forgive them. Some didn’t know better but maybe some did. Perhaps they really were malicious. You still must forgive! (Colossians 3:13) As you forgive those that hurt you the ability that others have to hurt you more lessons. It heals the bruise so that the next time someone touches the same spot it is not as sensitive.

Be a human being, not a human doing.

You are not defined by what you do. Your righteousness or wickedness. Your gifting or your lack of ability. Your job, social status, education, or any other activity. You are defined by God. Period! He has formed you, knit you together in secret places (Psalm 139), planned good things for you (Philippians 2:10), and chose you before the world began (Ephesians 1:3–5). You are one that is loved by God because of who He made you to be, not because of what you do!

Honoring John Sandford

Heartfelt Salute to John Sandford

Many people spend their lifetime not knowing a father’s love or presence.  Even more live without a spiritual father’s blessing or stamp of approval.  My husband, John Paul Jackson, was blessed with several spiritual fathers throughout his lifetime.  John Sandford was the first!  A faithful example of true spiritual fatherhood.  Just as John Paul honored him in life, I continue to honor John Sandford (and former wife, Paula) with a special place in my heart as extended spiritual family members.

How well I remember John Paul eagerly clutching John and Paula Sandford’s book, The Elijah Task, in our Garland, Texas living room over 35 years ago.  The Sandfords didn’t know us, but we were introduced to them through the pages of their book.  John Paul gleaned from their writings during his early quest to become better acquainted with God, and discover his own personal, prophetic destiny.

As John Paul passionately pursued God’s call during his unique, spiritual journey, John Sandford continued to make his mark on our family history.  He was both strong and supportive, caring and protective.  In our earlier ministry days, he displayed courage and authority by going out of his way to prevent misguided leaders from resisting John Paul.  I watched him exude the tender love of our heavenly Father while praying for our adopted son, Micah, in our Fort Worth home.  The onset of Tourette syndrome symptoms pummeled Micah’s body daily.  How endearing to watch a spirit of peace bring some relief that day as John Sandford shared a warm grandpa-like moment with our young Micah.

It’s now been over three years since John Sandford reached out to take my hand at John Paul’s memorial service.  He fully expected John Paul would have been the one to bury him!  How honored I was by his presence with us.  I am truly grateful for John Sandford and Elijah House Ministries, a much-needed ministry that lives on.

John Paul flourished in the things of God and finished strong.  His gift wasn’t buried or thwarted.  It lives on through his spiritual children, perhaps in part because a spirit-led man, John Loren Sandford, fulfilled his fatherly role.  He is remembered as a godly servant, who sacrificed time beyond his own to share of himself with others.  John Sandford’s spiritual son, John Paul Jackson, was just one of many he influenced.

On behalf of past and present Streams family, we are thankful for John Sandford’s life.  John Paul would proudly join me in personally honoring John Sandford for a life fully lived and invested in others.  To all the Sandford family, we thank you as well.  Accept our offering of gratitude and prayers.  Hopefully you will find some comfort by sharing in our memories and adding them to yours.

I can’t help but imagine the welcome-home celebration that awaited John Sandford.  And I can see John Paul as one of the first in line to give him a genuine and heartfelt Texas-size hug!

Diane Jackson
Wife of John Paul Jackson, founder of Streams Ministries

A Tribute to John Sandford

It’s funny. The people that have shaped my thinking the most have been John’s. John Wimber, John Paul Jackson, and John Sandford. From Wimber I learned friendship with Holy Spirit and how to be myself, naturally supernatural, while expecting God to move powerfully. From John Paul I learned about the power of God, the reality of the supernatural, and sensitivity to the voice of God. From John Sandford I learned about the intersection of the heart of man and the heart of God.

John and Paula Sandford pioneered what we commonly call “inner healing”, ministry to the heart of people to restore them to full relationship with God. Not only has my life been changed because of what they taught and imparted, but I have used the principles they championed to help countless others. I can’t tell you how many times I have suggested that someone read The Elijah Task!

John Paul, my mentor, considered John Sandford a spiritual father. He looked up to him and learned from him. More than once the Lord would send John Sandford to protect John Paul at critical junctures. I can remember talking to John after John Paul had passed. John wept as he lamented not being able to change what happened. My heart was touched to see someone that took their role as a prophet and intercessor so seriously and I wanted to be more like that.

John Sandford came to the Convergence Council, a roundtable of prophetic and apostolic leaders from around the world that John Paul Jackson chaired. It was humbling to see how the room got quiet and everyone paid attention each time John Sandford shared.

I got to eat a meal with him at that meeting and asked him about burden bearing. I was thinking I wanted more understanding so I could teach but he saw something else. He reached over, patted my hand, and said, “You haven’t learned how to let go of all those burdens you are carrying, have you?” That simple question pulled years of pain I had hidden to the surface and as I wept out a “no” his simple prayer released me from a heaviness I hadn’t even been aware of.

On Good Friday, March 30th 2018, John Sandford went home to his eternal reward. I find it appropriate that this burden bearer would pass on the very rare occasion of a Good Friday matching the first day of Passover, exactly as it was when Jesus died.

Having heard many stories I know the loss John’s passing is to the body of Christ around the world. Not just for those that have been touched by his ministry but the many more that have been covered by his intercession and spared from difficult situations because he saw something and intervened.

The prophet Samuel at his retirement said that it would be a sin against the Lord if he stopped praying for those he was sent to (1 Samuel 12:23). I believe John fulfilled his assignment, prayed to the end, and taught the body of Christ the “good and right way”!

If you are not familiar with John & Paula Sandford’s ministry and legacy I would highly suggest visiting www.elijahhouse.org. Elijah House (the ministry they founded) carries the Elijah mandate—to restore the hearts of children to the fathers and the hearts of fathers to the children (Malachi 4:5–6). You can find John & Paula’s books and teachings as well as other teachings from their natural and spiritual family that are continuing this mandate.

如何知道我的夢是否從神而來?

我一直在研究夢,並教導解夢近20年,以下是我最常被問到的問題:「如何知道我的夢是否從神而來?」 

我將盡我所能在這篇文章和下一篇文章中回答這個問題。要完整地談論這個主題需要一整本書,所以我們在這裡只能觸及表面。我們先來看看夢的可能來源。 

夢的三個不同來源 

特土良(Tertullian)(公元160-225年)教導說,夢有三個來源。有些夢是來自惡魔的啟發;有些來自我們的魂(魂使人發夢);有些夢來自神。他將這個理念跟使徒行傳2章的應許聯繫在一起,即異夢,異象和預言的經驗應是教會的常態。 

無論你有否親身認識耶穌,你的夢都源於三個來源之一:仇敵、你的魂或神。如何知道夢來自哪個源頭? 

來自仇敵的夢 

來自仇敵的夢往往是噩夢。仇敵渴望帶給我們恐懼,以致不能行在信心中。他經常針對幼童作出這種攻擊,而當這種情況發生時,解決方法並不是叫他們忽略夢,說它們「不是真的」,而是教導他們在基督裡的權柄。幫助你的孩子相信神,而不是在恐懼中逃跑。 

有時來自仇敵的夢實際上是惡魔的攪擾。例如,「睡眠癱瘓」是教會內外的人都會談及的普遍現象。惡魔靈體通常在某人睡覺的時候攪擾他。即使在我們醒來之後,來自仇敵的夢也會一直縈繞,伴隨著我們在夢中感受到的強烈恐懼或邪惡感覺。 

另一種來自仇敵的夢被稱為黑暗的夢。聖經常常用光與暗、晝與夜來比對神和撒但。當提到神的寶座或天堂時,最常提到的特徵是繽紛的顏色和明亮的光輝。來自神的夢往往有類似的描述,而來自仇敵的夢場景通常是在夜晚,偏暗或是黑白的。 

如何處理從仇敵來的夢 

處理來自仇敵的夢的關鍵是問神一個簡單的問題:「我的生命中是否有敞開的門讓仇敵進入?」 

這個敞開的門可以有三種形式:你的過去、你選擇的媒界或你的屬靈活動。一旦你發現仇敵正在使用的門,你可以關閉它,這些夢通常就會停止。我看到有許多人關閉這些門以後,就擺脫了夢,包括我自己在內。 

屬魂的夢 

一位年輕的女士告訴我一個夢,夢中男友向她求婚。我覺得夢中有些東西不對勁,感覺它不是來自神的,但我也知道它不是來自仇敵。我問她跟男友是否在一起一段時間,她是否認為他們是時候訂婚。她認同這兩點。我於很清楚夢的來源,我溫婉地告訴她,她太想要結婚,以致自己會夢見這事。 

「屬魂的夢」通常涉及即將到來的婚姻、晉升、事工或受歡迎的季節。當我們在電影和音樂節中解夢的時候,奇妙地許多人告訴我們,他們夢見自己終於被星探發掘! 

 先知耶利米警告過,有人作夢是出於自己所促使作的(耶利米書298-9)。屬魂的夢出現,不代表那人是假先知,就是耶利米所指責的人 — 有時我們只是如此強烈地渴望一些東西,我們會在夢中實現它。

如何處理屬魂的夢  

要辨認出大多數屬魂的夢的關鍵是另一個簡單的問題:「它是否感覺熟悉?你是否已經知道、期待、感覺或想到它?夢的故事或概念是否熟悉,往往是其來源的線索。這不是一個必然的原則,但在許多情況下適用。
你也可以測試夢的果子。來自神的夢將會在你的生命中生出美好的果子,而充滿「屬世智慧」的夢將會產生不好的結果。
你們心裏若懷着惡毒的嫉妒和自私,就不可自誇,不可說謊話抵擋真理。 這樣的智慧不是從上頭下來的,而是屬地上的,屬情慾的,屬鬼魔的。 在何處有嫉妒、自私,在何處就有動亂和各樣的壞事。 惟獨從上頭來的智慧,先是清潔,後是和平、溫良、柔順,滿有憐憫和美善的果子,沒有偏私,沒有虛偽。 (雅 3:14-17, 和修本)
這些就是夢的三個來源:仇敵、魂和神。現在我們已經為辨認出從仇敵和魂的夢奠定了基礎,我們將在下一篇文章中學習辨認來自神的夢。

莊.多馬 

StreamsAsia 溪水亞洲事工 

Dream Interpretive Process #5

How Does Dream Interpretation Lead to Worship?
 
 
How often do you connect dream interpretation with worship? Many of us don’t put those two things together very often, yet Scripture reveals their intriguing connection.
 
In Judges 6 and 7 Gideon is dealing with fear and insecurity. He isn’t sure if he can accomplish what God has asked him to do. God gives him sign after sign to reassure him, but Gideon is still uncertain.
 
Finally God tells him to go down to the enemy’s camp. When Gideon gets there, he overhears a Midianite soldier talking about his dream. The person listening knows the meaning of the dream—that God will use Gideon to destroy the camp of Midian.
 
Worship explodes in Gideon’s heart, and he returns to his own army and initiates an insane strategy for battle that actually works. God is with him, and He uses a dream to confirm it.
 
As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped.
— Judges 7:15
 
Nebuchadnezzar’s Story
 
Another biblical dream interpretation also leads to worship. Nebuchadnezzar is the Babylonian king who conquered Judah and took Daniel and many others captive. One night the king has a dream that reveals the impending judgment coming on his life. Daniel interprets the dream, and after the dream comes to pass, Nebuchadnezzar issues a proclamation to his whole empire (which was most of the known world at the time):
 
It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
How great are His signs,
how mighty His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and His dominion endures from generation to generation.
—Daniel 4:2–3
 
The interpretation of his dream facilitates a spiritual shift in the king’s life, and he worships the one true God. That is the potential of dream interpretation—to inspire the dreamer and the people around them to worship.
 
When We Realize God Is Speaking
 
A few years ago while teaching a seminar on dream interpretation, I interpreted a dream for a young man in the audience. As I gave the interpretation, the Spirit of God hit him powerfully. He was thrown to the ground, along with a couple of people around him, and the presence of God became so thick I couldn’t continue teaching. We all sat in silence (or tears) and worshiped. I found out later the dream came to pass; this young man started pastoring a church and seeing fruit for the Kingdom of God.
 
Another time, I interpreted a dream and shared prophetic words with a young woman at a pagan festival, and through that encounter she invited Jesus into her life. Over the next year, she continued to be discipled and joined a church, fully committing her life to God. She is following Him still.

A dream interpretation can lead to worship! When people realize the God of the universe has spoken to them and is leading them, something happens in their hearts. They stop seeing God as the One who is against them and realize He is actually inviting them into a relationship with Him. They recognize He is moving in their lives and cares for them. They see His power to bring about His plans, and faith begins to rise inside them. Their hearts open toward Him, and in many cases, they begin to pursue the very One who has been chasing them down.
 
What Is Your Story?
 
How has dream interpretation affected your life? Have you ever told anyone?
 
Your story could release worship in other people’s hearts. If nothing else, it will start a great conversation about the God who speaks and is calling those who receive Him to become His children (John 1:12).

Dream Interpretive Process #4

How to Use Details in a Dream
 
 
A detail in a dream can confuse the dream and cause a wrong interpretation—or it can be the key that opens up the dream’s true impact.
 
When used correctly, details can really bring the interpretation home for the dreamer. But if they receive too much emphasis, they can end up bogging down the interpretive process and even skewing the interpretation.
 
Put Away the Magnifying Glass
 
Trying to figure out every detail of a dream too early in the interpretive process is like looking at an image on your smart phone or computer and zooming in. If you zoom in too far, the image just gets blurry and you lose the big picture. It’s great that you can tell exactly which shade of green that leaf is—but is it in a forest or on a tree standing alone?
 
When someone puts too much attention on the details of a dream, it often makes the dream less clear.
 
How Details Work
 
A detail derives its meaning from the focus or sub-focus it relates to. If you see a blue car in a dream, the car could be the sub-focus, and that it is blue could be a detail.
 
Blue often represents communion or revelation, while a car usually represents a ministry or a job (it is how you get from where you are to where you are going). So a blue car could mean the ministry or job has revelation. That detail may not have anything to do with the house where the car is parked or even with the dreamer—it’s pretty easy to start thinking a detail applies to something it actually doesn’t.
 
If you find yourself getting confused by a dream, perhaps you are putting too much attention on the details.
 
What You Should Do
 
If you are confused, take a step back, zoom out and look at the big picture. Who is the focus? What is the storyline? What are the sub-focuses? Figure out what those mean first, and then you can add the details back into the interpretation. When you use details this way, they enhance the dream’s meaning instead of confusing it.

Dream Interpretive Process #3

Dream Interpretive Process #3: Understanding the Storyline
 
So you’ve had a dream, and you’re trying to figure out what it means. You’ve already taken the beginning steps:
 
1. You asked God for revelation.(CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.) 
2. You found the dream’s focus.(CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.)
Now what?
 
The next step in interpreting your dream is to take a look at the other elements in the dream. Look at the sub-focuses first, followed by the details.
 
How to Find the Dream’s Sub-Focuses
 
The best way to find the sub-focuses is to reduce the dream to its simplest form. How would you tell someone the dream using as few words as possible?
 
Let’s say you dream you’re out on a walk, and you run into a stranger who is wearing all white and seems almost to glow. He hands you a scroll and tells you it is for you to read and keep. As soon as you take it from his hand, you find yourself on a stage in the middle of a stadium, and there’s a crowd of people all around you.
 
How would you reduce this dream to its simplest form? You could say something like this:
 
I met someone who gave me something, and then I was somewhere else.
 
Even with a long, detailed dream, once you break it down into its simplest form, you can easily recite the dream’s plot—which will also give you the “plot” of the interpretation. When you’ve reduced the dream to its plot, whatever elements still contained in the dream are your sub-focuses.
 
In this example the dream is about you. You are the focus because you are the one doing most of the action. The dream includes three sub-focuses, which are all mentioned in your one-sentence plot:
 

  • The stranger (someone)
  • The scroll (something)
  • The stadium (somewhere else)

 
Everything else in the dream is a detail, which you don’t need to focus on right now. It isn’t that details are unimportant, but if you get caught up trying to figure out a detail (why was he wearing all white?), you could miss the main point (he gave you a scroll).
 
Start Adding the Details Back In
 
Once you know who the focus is and have figured out what the sub-focuses mean, you can start adding the details back into the dream.
 
The details always relate to the focus or a sub-focus. The man who handed you the scroll was dressed in white and seemed almost to glow; those details help you understand who the man was—he was an angel.
 
The details are important, but their relationship to the focus or sub-focuses is what gives them substance and meaning.
 
As you put the pieces together, the meaning of the dream will become clearer. The next step is to understand what all the elements mean as a whole, which I will write about in a later article.
 
The Question Every Interpretation Needs to Answer

Here’s the question every good dream interpretation answers: “Why did God give you this dream?”
 
You may know every detail and all the reasons they are there, but the interpretation is complete only when you know why God gave you the dream. Understanding the why will show you a clearer picture of His heart for you and what He is doing in your life.

Dream Interpretive Process #2

Is This Dream About Me?
 
A dream without an interpretation is an experience without meaning. It may have been a nice dream, but it won’t have the impact God intended until we understand its meaning and respond.
 
In my last article (CLICK HERE TO READ “HOW TO RECEIVE THE REVELATION YOU NEED TO INTERPRET DREAMS”) I explained that the most important key to interpreting dreams is a relationship with the Author of dreams—we need revelation if we want to understand what we are dreaming. As we begin to marry revelation with skill, our consistency and impact will grow.
 
What are the skills we need to interpret dreams? The first is learning to recognize who the dream is about.
 
Who Is the Dream For?
 
Has anyone ever come up to you and said, “Hey, I had a dream about you”? But as they told you the dream, you realized it couldn’t possibly be about you. You played only a minor role in the dream, and the dream’s content or message made no sense in your life.
 
This is common. Just because a person is in a dream doesn’t mean the dream is about them.
 
To interpret a dream correctly, we have to determine who the dream is for. We can do this by asking a simple question: What role does the dreamer play in this dream? In most dreams, the dreamer will occupy one of three positions: the focus of the dream, a participant in the dream or an observer in the dream.
 
The Focus of the Dream
 
If the dreamer is the focus, the dream will often be in “first person”—meaning the dream is seen through the dreamer’s eyes. They are experiencing the dream.
 
Imagine being the person with the camera, and the dream is the movie you’re filming. Your job is to follow the star. Who is the center of action? Is it the dreamer or someone else?
 
If the dreamer is the center of action, the dream is about the dreamer. They are the focus. This is what we call an intrinsic dream. The dreamer is interacting with other dream elements, and their actions are essential to the dream’s plot. If the dreamer weren’t part of the dream, there would be no story line, and the plot would fall apart.

When the dreamer is the focus of the dream, the dream is about the dreamer.
 
A Participant in the Dream
 
What if the dreamer is part of the dream and interacting with other elements in the dream—but they aren’t essential to the plot? Instead, all parts are equally involved? If you took the dreamer out of the dream, the story wouldn’t fall apart, but it would change the dream and leave gaps in it.
 
In this type of dream, multiple people (at least two, sometimes many) are all doing something. Maybe the dream is about a group of bicyclists heading up a mountain, and different cyclists are having problems. One has a flat tire, another pulls a groin muscle, several are having other issues—and the dreamer is just one of the cyclists within the group. This is a classic participating dream.
 
When the dreamer is part of a group, the dream is not specifically about the dreamer. It is about the group the dreamer is a part of. Is the group their family? If so, the interpretation would apply to their family. If the group is people from church, it could be about what is happening in their church. If their co-workers are part of the dream, it could be about their workplace.
 
This is called an extrinsic dream. The dream is about the group, not directly about the dreamer. However, the issues presented in the dream will affect the dreamer to the extent they participate in the action.
 
An Observer in the Dream
 
When the dreamer is simply observing the dream, they have little to no impact at all on the dream’s plot. Sometimes they feel like a “ghost” in the sense that they’re in the dream, but no one sees or hears them. They are simply watching what happens.
 
This is another kind of extrinsic dream. The dream is not about the dreamer but about the person or group they are observing. Who is the focus of the activity? Whose actions affect the way the dream plays out? That person is the key. The dream’s message is for them.
 
What Is God Doing?
 
Most dreams (around 90 percent) are intrinsic dreams. God is speaking to us about us. He is helping us overcome obstacles, change our thinking, encourage our progress, give us hope for the future or correct our course.
 
Sometimes, however, He tells us what is happening with other people or groups. We’ll discuss this more in the future, but here’s the thing to remember: Every time God shows us something about someone else or a future event, He is inviting us to pray. Extrinsic dreams are always intended to inspire intercession.
 
Keep dreaming! You can ensure your dreams draw you into deeper relationship with Jesus by asking Him what He is doing. What is He saying? What does He intend by giving you these dreams? Grow in your skill to interpret by studying to show yourself approved (2 Timothy 2:15).

Dream Interpretive Process #1

How to Receive the Revelation You Need to Interpret Dreams

Why is it that God so often speaks the language of mystery?
 
Our Father wants to be understood when He speaks; however, He frequently communicates in “dark speech.” (See Numbers 12:6.) This means He speaks in ways that are veiled, or mysterious, and we need revelation if we’re going to understand what He’s saying. Dreams fall into this category all the time.
 
If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle? So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air.
—1 Corinthians 14:7–9
 
God sets a principle in 1 Corinthians 14 that He Himself abides by: You can’t expect someone to respond to something they don’t understand.
 
We need understanding for our dreams—but how do we get it?
 
Where to Go for Dream Answers
 
As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12:10–11, interpretation is a gift of the Spirit, not a process of human intelligence. Technically, this passage is talking about tongues and interpretations, but the principle holds true for all spiritual communication, including dreams.
 
Only God can interpret spiritual communication. In other words, there is only One who can tell us what we need to know.
 
Because God Himself is the answer to the dream question, we can study principles of interpretation and develop a skill set that will help us understand dreams, but we won’t be able to grasp the full understanding God has for us if we depend solely on what we’ve learned. Joseph understood this concept when he asked, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” Yet he also understood he had a role to play in the process of interpretation, for he added, “Please tell the dreams to me” (Genesis 40:8, author’s paraphrase).
 
In later blog posts, we’ll talk about the skills that can help you position yourself to interpret the dream, but these skills can only position you for the interpretation—revelation is still required.
 
The Difference Between Disciples and Crowds

Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables and veiled speech, and His disciples asked Him about it in Matthew 13:10: “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He told them the understanding belonged to them—but not to the crowds.
 
What set the disciples apart? Why did the understanding belong to a select few but not to everyone? As we read the rest of the chapter, we realize the answer: It was their relationship with Jesus. The crowds would hear the parables and be entertained; they would go back to their lives feeling like they had an experience, but the disciples would return to Jesus and ask Him to explain what He meant.
 
The Key to Interpreting Dreams
 
The key to interpreting dreams is relationship with the Author of dreams. When you have a dream or someone shares a dream with you, go back to God and ask Him what He was trying to say. It can be helpful to ask questions like these:
 

  • “What did You mean by that?”
  • “What were You trying to say to this person?”
  • “What are You accomplishing in my life?”

 
As you engage with God about His revelation, He will speak to you in greater detail. Most revelation is an invitation to engage God for more.
 
Develop friendship with the Holy Spirit. Deepen your ongoing conversation with Him. Speak to Him constantly, and you will find He is already speaking constantly to you. Expect Him to clarify what He is saying. As Bill Johnson succinctly says, “He doesn’t hide stuff from us. He hides stuff for us.”
 
Seek Relationship
 
God’s veiled speech reveals our hearts: Do we really want to understand, or do we just want to have an experience? Are we looking for relationship or entertainment?
 
Our response to dreams can reveal the kind of soil we’re working with. (See Matthew 13:3–23.) We can treat dreams lightly, without paying much attention to them, or we can see them as invitations to seek God and listen for His voice.
 
And He answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
—Matthew 13:11–12

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