In another thread, Simon was talking about how the devil only goes after those who are serving God. This started me thinking about dreams. People have been looking to dreams as a connection to God since the beginning of time. I have experienced many dreams that I know come from God. Most of them have given me a peace beyond all understanding, and a few of them have scared me out of my mind, but even with the fear, there is so much hope, and so much love. I believe-I know-that God speaks to us through dreams.
Unfortunately, I suspect that the devil can get to us through dreams too. For instance, I once had a dream that was nothing more than an image: it was an image of my own severed head, with a fly sitting on my severed neck and looking straight at me. It seemed as though the fly was sneering at me. I don’t believe that dream came from God. Not all of God’s dreams are comforting. I have had dreams where God seriously called me out for something I was doing wrong. I have had dreams where God let me know in no uncertain terms that he was displeased with me but whenever I have a dream from God that makes me uncomfortable, it is also very clear to me what I need to do to rectify the situation. It is very clear that the dream is true.
But I have other dreams that I know are just not true. These dreams leave me feeling confused and miserable, with no way of rectifying the situation, but the main thing is, the message of the dream is just not true. And I often if not always have the feeling that I am being sneered at and mocked in these dreams.
Dreams can be an incredible connection to God, but God isn’t the only One who tries to speak to us through dreams. I think it is a huge mistake to automatically assume that all dreams have truth in them.