Lesson 4: Hearing God/ Interpreting Dreams
Here are some tips to help you with your dreams.
- Keep a notebook or journal nearby your bed. Jot down dreams when you wake up. Later, read your dreams, ponder them and pray over them.
- H.I.P. The Hear, Identify and Process of hearing God speak applies to your dreams, too. Identify the source and then you’ll be able to process your dreams.
- To process a dream, supposing you’ve already identified the source, next pray through it. Ask the Lord what symbols mean. Don’t wait to hear His answer audibly. But be ready to write what comes to mind. Pray as needed.
- Dream interpretation books can be helpful after you’ve already prayed and written what you believe the dream means. I discourage a reliance on books because when God gives you a dream, your dream has language unique to you. Relying heavily on dream books will result in inaccurate interpretations.
- Dreaming is another way that we hear from God. It’s about relationship with Him. He will give you insight and understanding in your sleep. I’ve found that when I’m seeking an answer from the Lord, sometimes He answers me in dreams.
- Invite one or two other people into your process. But pray first. Write down what you believe your dream means. Pray again as needed. Then, if you’re still puzzled about a symbol, ask someone mature in the Lord, someone who walks with God and who also hears from the Lord in dreams. Daniel is our example of this.
- If you’re not dreaming, this indicates that you don’t recall your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with you. Some people sleep so deeply and wake up suddenly, thus their dreams are not remembered. But when God speaks to you in your dreams, you’ll remember. Ask Him to give you dreams. Be prepared to dream.
- A second reason why some people dream very little or not at all is due to a block caused by fear. Ask the Lord is you’re afraid of dreaming. Ask Him if you’re afraid of sleeping? If you’re fearful, talk to Him about it, get free from the fear. If you’re fearful to dream or afraid to sleep, the issue is that you’re not trusting Him in some area. He is trustworthy.
- Pray before falling asleep, stating that you’re under the blood of Jesus, claiming God’s protection over yourself and your family, and then sleep the sweet sleep that God has promised you. For He gives His beloved (that’s you) sweet sleep.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet–Proverbs 3:24
Common Symbolism in Dreams
Pregnancy or Childbirth: Even men can be pregnant or give birth in dreams. The meaning is related to something new coming forth. It has to do with an addition to your life. Pregnancy involves a process of development before birth. If you’re pregnant in a dream this doesn’t indicate that it will be 9 months until labor day, but it may mean that what you’re carrying will take time to develop in your heart or in another area before it’s added to your life. Dreaming that you’re pregnant or that you’re giving birth may indicate new life coming to your home, but it’s more likely new life in relation to your career, ministry or hobbies.
Flying: Usually flying in a dream is a very good indication. (I’m speaking of flying without a flying vehicle.) In such instances, flying in a dream may indicate freedom and that you are free in a certain area. It’s often a little piece of a bigger puzzle. Look at your overall dream to catch the complete interpretation.
Loose Teeth / All of Your Teeth Falling Out: To interpret this dream, as with other dreams regarding body parts, consider what the function is. A question for you to ponder – if all of your teeth fell out, how would this effect your ability to chew or speak? Common meanings, not being heard and needing revelation from God’s Holy Word. A toothless person doesn’t speak clearly and a toothless person can’t chew food to obtain nutrition from food. Revelation is obtained by “chewing” on the Word.
More dream meanings can be found on the Lesson 4 video found on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Pamela.Koefoed.Author
Lesson 3: Hearing God / Does He Speak to us in our Sleep?
Primary Scriptures for this lesson are Acts 2:17-18 and Job 33:14-15
God desires to speak to you. The Holy Spirit’s first order of business on the Day of Pentecost through His Spirit filled people was to speak. When Peter began preaching, He quoted Joel 2: 28-29, stating clearly that His preaching came as an inspiration by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, God said that when the Holy Spirit comes then He will speak to mankind and a body of people will prophesy, and they will dream dreams and have visions. Such exciting news!
Since a primary action of the Holy Spirit is to speak, we expect to hear from the Lord through inspired messages and to hear from the Lord through dreams and visions.
Why dreams? Because God is able to get information through to us. Dreams from Him stick to us. They’re difficult, nearly impossible to forget. We might forget the details, but the body of the dream stays with us.
Job 33: 14 states that God speaks to mankind, but mankind doesn’t perceive it. He gives dreams to mankind once of twice while we sleep. God speaks to us in the small still voice, but we will miss it when our perception is not tuned in to His subtle voice. But in a dream, He’s no longer subtle. His “voice” is loud and clear.
Learning to interpret dreams begins with recognizing the source. More about Dream Interpretation in Lesson #4.
To listen to this teaching on Facebook, go to my personal Facebook page and look for Lesson #3 in the Hearing God series. This is the first teaching on Dreams.
Lesson 2: Hear . Identify . Process (H.I.P)
John 16:13b tells us that the Holy Spirit within us receives from Jesus and reveals Jesus’ words to us. But other sources can easily be confused with that “small voice.” To learn more about the “Still small voice” see my FB page, Lesson 2 for the video class.
Source #1: The Holy Spirit, representing Jesus.
His “voice” is life-giving. He’s the Spirit of God, therefore, His words are drenched in love. He corrects gently. Even His corrections are drenched with love. This doesn’t mean that you won’t feel sorry for your sins, because one of the Holy Spirit’s roles is conviction.
The Holy Spirit represents Jesus to you. Jesus’ character is reflected in the Spirit’s tone and words.
- Holy Spirit empowers you to do what’s good, lovely, helpful, and beneficial to you or others.
- Holy Spirit reveals God’s grace and love.
- Holy Spirit guides you, doesn’t force you.
- Holy Spirit invites you to partner with Him. He’s not a oppressive dictator.
- Holy Spirit warns you away from unhealthy choices.
- Holy Spirit supplies godly wisdom and counsel.
- Holy Spirit affirms you.
- Holy Spirit directs you to Jesus.
- Holy Spirit brings Scripture to mind.
- Holy Spirit makes Jesus’ will known to you.
- Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus, making Him known.
Source #2 — Your Soul: Mind, Will and Emotions
I’m speaking of the non-renewed mind.
- The unrenewed mind is self centered.
- The unrenewed mind is in operation when a decision that you are leaning toward is one that seems to you to be the safest choice, but it’s not what the Lord wants you to do.
- The unrenewed mind chooses the easy path when a more rigorous path is the one that the Lord wants you traveling on.
- The unrenewed mind gives attention to your natural appetites rather than what’s good for you or others.
- The unrewewed mind chooses self promotion instead of sincere humility.
- The unrenewed mind is egotistical.
- The unrenewed mind is self absorbed.
- The unrenewed mind may be fearful.
- The unrenewed mind may cause feelings of shame or guilt.
- The unrenewed mind may cause feelings of worthlessness.
Source #3: The Adversary
- The adversary is arrogant.
- The adversary is the accuser.
- The adversary is a hater.
- The adversary destroys.
- The adversary lies.
- The adversary opposes God’s truth.
The adversary suggests things to do, things to think about, things to say, and things to believe that produce the above results. His voice can be soft or harsh. His voice can be small or loud. His voice is not your voice and it’s not the Lord’s voice.
Generally, when he speaks, you feel accused, you feel ashamed, you feel tempted to do what’s wrong, you feel prideful, or you feel afraid.
When the adversary “speaks,” his words:
- Cause temptations to distrust the Lord, your Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit.
- Cause temptations to disbelieve what God said.
- Cause temptations to mistrust those in our lives who are totally trustworthy.
- Can tempt a feeling of arrogance and superiority.
- Can tempt a feeling of selfishness and greed.
- His “words” may contain scripture, but the application will be twisted and deceptive. The purpose would be to lead someone to make a decision to turn to self will, self promotion, to worshiping someone or something other than the Most High God, etc.
- His words may contain scripture, but the application would be twisted and deceptive and meant to lead the one feeling tempted to take a wrong turn, to stop doing what’s right, or to abort something that God purposed or planned.
- The adversary: accuses, opposes, withstands, criticizes, degrades, shames and guilts people.
Lesson 2 video is available on my FB page.
Lesson 1: Your Heavenly Father wants to Speak to You
There are certain actions that I’ve found to be particularly meaningful in my walk with God. I’m sharing seven of them here with you. Put them to use to contribute to a vibrant, flourishing relationship with your Heavenly Father. Of course, this includes “hearing” Him speak to you.
1. Seek the Lord God to personally and deeply know Him.
2. Read any of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Prior to reading scripture, ask the Lord to reveal to you your Heavenly Father’s heart and His nature through Jesus’ life and teachings.
3. Embrace the unconditional love that God has for you. Read scripture and think about what’s revealed in it about His love. Suggestions are: Romans 8, First Corinthians 13 and all of 1 John (1 John is only a few pages long.)
4. Value God’s words, the Bible, when He speaks directly and personally to you, and when someone gives you a word from Him. Write them down in a journal or in a notebook. (By the way, all such words should never produce fear or shame, and they should never lead you into sin or bonadage. Words that are supposedly from Him that do so are not from your Heavenly Father.)
5. Sincerely desire a walk that includes talking to Him and hearing Him speak to you.
6. Make a space and a place in your life to be with your Heavenly Father. This could include: reading scripture and talking to Him about it. Worshiping Him. Asking Him to come especially close to you and expecting Him to do so. Asking Him a question and waiting for His answer. The answer might come in a dream. He might speak directly to you while you wait. He might speak to you through someone else. He might speak to you through an event, or through some other way. The key here is to make a space and place in your life to be with Him and Remember to add some quiet pauses when you listen with your heart for His voice.
7. Know the ways that He communicates. If you’re expecting a voice in your physical ear, you will be waiting a long time. Most often, He communicates deep within your heart and His voice is “still,” not noisy or loud.
Lesson 1 video is available on my FB page.