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A Heart For God: On the Topic of Dreams, Dreaming and Dreamers

Saturday, July 14, 2012

On the Topic of Dreams, Dreaming and Dreamers

"It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams." (Joel 2:28; See also Acts 2:17)

Have you ever had a "dream"? I'm not just talking about any ol' dream. I'm talking about a dream that's unique, that stands out. A dream that gripped or troubled you? A dream that stuck with you, your mind just wouldn't let it go (it couldn't)? A dream that you had once or twice (or three times or four)? A dream that you wondered what it meant? A dream that gave you much joy or incredible dread? I'm not just talking about any ol' dream.

The Bible has much to say about dreams and dreaming and people who dreamed. (That's Jacob's dream of a ladder in the picture with the angels of God ascending and descending on it. Read about it in Genesis 28:10-17)

I happen to be a "dreamer" myself. (You'll find out more about that in just a moment.) And so it's important to me to be clear about dreams 'cuz it's just too easy to become weird about dreaming and go off the deep end. (Know anybody like that?)

The following 7 points on the topic of dreams were first broadcast on Twitter in 7 tweets (a "tweetcast" ~ each is 140 characters or less).

And so here we go with...

On the Topic of Dreams, Dreaming and Dreamers:
(feel free to tweet these yourself if you like)

Unger’s Bible Dictionary: [Dreams are] a domain of experience, having an intellectual, ethical, & spiritual significance #dreams #tweetcast

Dreams can have a futuristic aspect 2 them. (Cupbearer&Baker in Gen 40) Is God trying 2 tell u what’s 2 come,good or bad? #dreams #tweetcast

Sometimes prudence dictates keeping our dreams 2 ourselves (pride lurks, people misunderstand) Gen 37:5-11 #dreams #tweetcast

God uses dreams 2 warn people about sin (Abimelech~Gen 20; Laban~Gen 31:24; wife of Pilate~Mt 27:19). If ur sinning, stop #dreams #tweetcast

Joseph's dream (Jesus' earthly dad) confirmed Mary’s visitation and God’s will 4 them. Mt1:18-25; Lk1:26-38 #dreams #tweetcast

There r dreams that r a figment of 1’s imagination. (Jer23:16,25-32) Believers need 2 b careful 2 (if pizza was 4 dinner) #dreams #tweetcast

A recent dream I had:When We Lose Ourselves (Identity Theft) R lives should not b ruled by dreams, but by Christ(Eccl5:7) #dreams #tweetcast

(Picture above of Jacob's Ladder in the public domain: click here.)

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