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How do you know if a dream is from God or if it's just that - a dream?

I've had some very strange dreams that have had a lasting affect on me. But they were so strange that I thought they couldn't possibly be of God. How does one tell?
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Originally Posted by Pmel View Post
I've had some very strange dreams that have had a lasting affect on me. But they were so strange that I thought they couldn't possibly be of God. How does one tell?

Faith is like what? You wake up in the morning and believe you will see your room. Before stepping out of your bedroom door you believe you will see outside that door everything you normally see.

Maybe like crossing a rickety bridge over a chasm, if you do not believe it can hold you, you do not cross. If you do believe you can cross it, you do cross. If it starts to wobble, you get concerned and start to doubt it will hold you.

If you see that though it is wobbly the foundation is secure, you keep walking and hold to the confidence you will make it, though it is wobbly.


Like Peter trying to walk on the water with Jesus.


Experience can be a big factor in faith. Experience is like how one might judge the foundation of such a bridge and feel confident one is judging it correctly.


As for meaning of dreams, however, that is another matter. Simply because something may happen does not mean the meaning is set in stone. Peter spoke of how an interpretation of a prophecy is not dependent on the prophet (above all). This means one can interpret a dream to mean one thing, and later find out it actually means something else.

What is not of God? God told Moses 'who makes man deaf or dumb or able to speak and hear?' Much is not according to God's will temporarily, but on the long run, it all works together for the good.


Like how it may hurt to do some hard work, or allow our children to fall off their bikes while learning to ride... but we stay strong because we know it must be done (or allowed) to accomplish the objectives.


Knowledge of God does effect ones possible interpretation. Having more knowledge gives more flexibility then having less knowledge. Knowledge is constrained because having too much knowledge can give too much flexibility and slow down movement.

A dream can mean one thing one day and another thing another day. We may believe it at one time meaning one thing, and believe it at another time meaning another. The different meanings influence our choices in our life. The faith is what matters, and those choices were set up for us for a good reason.

Of course, if someone can not believe that, then the meaning may be static. One can also have dreams from God and not believe they are dreams from God. Or, one can write some fiction and not believe it is of God. Or, one can say something and not believe it is of God. Because God often hides His hand.

That is, God can move through us - anyone, even corrupt kings - at any time. As it says in Scripture about corrupt kings, for instance, 'though you do not know me, I will use you for my ends'. And 'God controls the hearts of kings easily'.
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CoG97 has covered the very well the importance of what we believe about God & dreams affecting whether/how we can receive them as being from God.

You mention "strange". Could you elaborate on this a little with a few examples. Would you define a dream of standing in a field of bones strange?

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Originally Posted by Pmel View Post
I've had some very strange dreams that have had a lasting affect on me. But they were so strange that I thought they couldn't possibly be of God. How does one tell?
Usually to see the truth is a matter of turning it upside down! Meaning, perhaps in your case, It is not a normal dream, and the sourse of it could be from other than yourself. When your dream alters in ways that are strange to you and have a lasting effect on you, it could be knowledge for you to realise for yourself. You could subconsciously be crying out for love, protection and guidence and not be aware but your subconscious thoughts and dreams are being answered... But you have to see the true meaning for yourself! But if it is God or not I am not sure but he flows through each and every one of us! so who knows! That is up to you to find out.
Why dont you share your dreams? I may recognise things and beable to 'shine a bit of light'to help you but you must see for yourself the truth

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Usually to see the truth is a matter of turning it upside down!

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Awesome line.
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Awesome line.
I should of said the OPs initial thoughts or conclusion, turn that upside down to reveil the truth lol But I know what I meant
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Originally Posted by David69 View Post
I should of said the OPs initial thoughts or conclusion, turn that upside down to reveil the truth lol But I know what I meant
Okay, lol...

I do think that is a very good general, truism. I have found to be true, anyway. I hate to do that, as it can mean doubt, but is it really doubt if one is just considering possibilities, reasoning with evidence, and making sure the evidence is firm? I do think we have a responsibility to the truth using right weights and reasoning (weighing two matters against one another, often known and unknown or previously not known).

I deal a great deal with "intuitive" leaps... of deduction? Spiritual insight? Hard for me to really know or tell, but regardless, I do look for - and God generally provides - accompanying evidence outside of our own selves...


I do not think God is such a person to not give evidence if we seek it with genuine interest and pure hearts...
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Child of God97:
but is it really doubt if one is just considering possibilities, reasoning with evidence, and making sure the evidence is firm?
doubt is all part of the process and that doubt gets eliminated after reasoning all possibilitys from all perspectives and only the solid truth is left. If its Gods will then you will see the truth! But by then no stone will be left unturned!
I hope that makes sense

Thank you!!!

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Originally Posted by Pmel View Post
I've had some very strange dreams that have had a lasting affect on me. But they were so strange that I thought they couldn't possibly be of God. How does one tell?

If you want to pm me your dreams maybe I can help.

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doubt is all part of the process and that doubt gets eliminated after reasoning all possibilitys from all perspectives and only the solid truth is left. If its Gods will then you will see the truth! But by then no stone will be left unturned!
I hope that makes sense

Thank you!!!

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I would agree.

It is like in sales. Have you ever done sales? Or any sort of thing you are trying to persuade someone of. If the customer has some doubts, you can see that in their face. A salesperson has to find out what those doubts are and answer them adequately, or they will never be persuaded.

But if the customer will not reveal their doubts, there is no hope.


There is a converse problem, however, such as when the Pharisees went to test Jesus. Jesus answered their doubting questions, but that just left them at a wall. Because to believe in Jesus meant throwing away everything they believed in and worked so hard to "achieve" -- which meant their praise before men, their social status.
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