Does the Lord still use dreams today? What do our dreams mean today? Is there a way to analyze our dreams to gain spiritual growth? Are we vulnerable to spiritual attack in our sleep?
Let me begin by quoting a statement on dreams by John MacArthur:
"It was not that unusual for God to reveal His plans in dreams to people in the past. Numbers 12:6 says that the Lord spoke to the prophets in visions and dreams. In Genesis 28:10-15 Jacob had a dream that promised him the land of Palestine. God spoke in dreams to Joseph (Gen. 37:5-10), Abimelech (Gen. 20:3), and Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15). God revealed to Pharaoh in a dream that Egypt would experience seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine (Gen. 41:1-8). Through a dream God indirectly provided encouragement to Gideon and his men (Judg. 7:13-15). God no longer speaks through dreams because He has completed His revelation. Hebrews 1:2 says He "hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son." But in former days, God chose to speak through dreams." [quoted from "The Forgotten Dream and the Unforgettable Daniel" (Daniel 2-1-30) ].
Now with that as a background I will attempt to answer your questions about dreams:
Does the Lord still use dreams today?
No, He uses His Word, with the Holy Spirit giving us an understanding of it.
What do our dreams mean today?
Nothing significant, nor anything that should ever cause us to make any decision based on them. They are best left alone and forgotten.
Is there a way to analyze our dreams to gain spiritual growth?
Absolutely not. Dreams are not to ever be trusted as anything but random thoughts. We are to use the written and infallible Word for our spiritual growth.
Are we vulnerable to spiritual attack in our sleep?
No, but Satan would like to make some people think so, and if they do respond then he can really cause a lot of havoc. Just ignore your dreams. To try to figure out secret messages or meanings in dreams is like putting trust in Astrology and Palm Readers.
I believe I gave you the right answers, answers that would please Christ. The "world" likes to get all wrapped up in the significance of dreams, but the "world' has no clue of the source of truth, so they accept almost anything. We are not of the world, for Christ has taken us out of the world.
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