Pearls Mistaken For Poison
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
About 10 years ago, when I was a young Christian, I began to have dreams in the night on a consistent basis. Many of the dreams were encouraging and positive in nature - but others were not positive and actually very troubling. Not having a grid for the things God was relaying to me, the only conclusion I had was the positive dreams were from God and the negative dreams must be from the enemy. This thought was also reaffirmed when I shared dreams that had a negative connotation to them with friends. Most times, people would tell me to rebuke the negative ones and cling to the cheerful ones. Because so many of the dreams were very negative, it was very disheartening to me to think that the enemy had so much access to my dream life when I was trying to serve God with all my heart.
Soon, I was fully convinced that any dream I had that was weird, negative or scary had come straight from the enemy. Dreaming was and still is a very big part of my Christian life. But back then I almost dreaded going to sleep for fear that the devil would give me another dream. Instead of waking up in the morning giving God thanks, I was waking up to a fight in the spirit realm over a dream I had. It was all very exhausting. I would think to myself, "When will this end?”. "When will God break in and begin to take control of my dream life?"
I began having very disturbing dreams about a person and situation going on in my real life. Soon after, what I had been dreaming about began manifesting in real life. For over a year, the Lord had been trying to warn me about this situation. I never understood the warnings because my perspective and belief system about dreams was all wrong. Once I began to realize that God was trying to reveal things to me through dreams everthing changed.
The Lord began to teach me that not all dreams that I deemed as “bad” were necessarily from the enemy. In fact, the majority were not from the enemy but straight from God Himself. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we can be attacked by demonic forces in our dreams and even in our life in general. But as we live a life submitted to God, there needs to be an element of trust that God is in control and covering us in the blood of Jesus at all times that’s including when we dream as well.
If you are feeling spiritually attacked in a dream, bring it to the Lord and look at it as a trespassing on your life. The Lord will take care of it. See if there is an open door to the enemy in your life through sin and if there is, simply shut it and move on. God is good and uses dreams of all sorts to instruct, teach, warn, encourage, as well as rebuke - as a loving Father does to those who are His.
Let’s look at Job and see what he says about dreams.
For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.
You see God is not all about fluff. I hear people say all the time, “If it’s negative it’s from the devil, rebuke him!” When I hear that at this point in my walk with the Lord, it makes me cringe. I did that for so long - and I was really rebuking God!
Look at what happened to Abimelech in Genesis: 20:1-7:
From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech, king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife.”
Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.
Now then, return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”
What if Abimelech would have assumed the dream came from the devil and went on with taking Sarah for his wife? He would have died! What if Joseph, in Matthew 2:13, would have rebuked the devil when he dreamt about fleeing to Egypt, because there were men who wanted to kill baby Jesus? Our Savior would have been killed! Although these dreams were negative, these men did not take these dreams as from the devil. Instead, they knew who they served and who was in charge of their dreams. They took heed to the instruction of God and obeyed Him.
What about Joseph’s dream found in Genesis 37? Joseph had a very important dream where he was shown his family bowing down before him. When he shared this dream with his father and brothers he was scolded and mocked. What if he would have listened to his father when he rebuked him and just wrote off his dream as coming from the devil? He would not have been able to save his family in the time of worldwide famine that lasted for 7 years. That would have trickled down through time, interfering with God’s plan for the future of Israel.
We have so many other examples in scripture about dreams that were not so glorious but God was communicating something very important to the individual. We have Pontius Pilate's wife when she dreamt about the crucifixion of Jesus, instructing her husband to wash his hands of killing innocent blood in Matthew 27:19. King Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream in Daniel 2, that came straight from the God of Heaven.
We must change our perspective when it comes to our dream life and seek God for what is being communicated and stop blaming the devil. It is never wise to engage with the devil instead of seeking God first, even when dreaming of something that you may perceive as evil. God speaks in symbols a lot in our dreams. For example, you may dream of your mom dying and being put in a grave. When you wake up, you immediately may think the source is an evil spirit when in reality God is saying that your mom represents you and you will die to your flesh… and that is a good thing!
I hope this nugget of truth will encourage you so that you can trust God in all things - even with a negative dream! God Bless!
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