Take Back Your Dreams

by Lester Young

Do you ever stop and wonder about dreams? I’m really not referring to dream ‘interpretations’; my question is aimed more along the fundamental lines of, “Why do we have dreams at all?” or, “What purpose do they serve?” Psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, clinicians, scientists, sociologists, Auntie Em and Mr. Ed all can – and probably have – come up with a hundred different reasons (apiece) why we have dreams, and when we’ve got a few months to kill we can sit down and gauge how much weight we give to each of them. But if you know anything at all about this writer, you’re probably already sensing that I’m going to say, “Let’s see what the Word of God has to say about it” …or something to that effect. Well, since you brought it up…

Job 33:14-16 tells us: “For God [does reveal His will; He] speaks not only once, but more than once, even though men do not regard it. [One may hear God’s voice] in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men while slumbering upon the bed, then He opens the ears of men and seals their instruction [terrifying them with warnings], that He may withdraw man from his purpose and cut off pride from him…” (Amplified). So, God makes use of dreams to instruct and/or warn us – even by way of nightmares, if necessary, to get His message across.

Furthermore, we find in the Scriptures that the LORD also employs dreams to give a person revelation knowledge of spiritual things, or a heads-up of future events, or even specific directions. The night Jacob fled the scene after maneuvering Esau’s birthright away from him, “he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the LORD, and He said, ‘I am the LORD, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants'” (Genesis 28:12-13 New Living Translation). When Joseph was a teenager, God showed him by dreams that he would someday reign not only over all his brothers, but over his father and mother as well (Genesis 37:5-10). And Mary’s husband Joseph was unquestionably directed all over the place with regard to the welfare of his new family (Matthew 1:20-25; 2:12-15, 19-23). And, so we know that it wasn’t just an Israelite thing, the Egyptian pharaoh and King Nebuchadnezzar were also sent cryptic, prophetic dreams…which were interpreted by men of God (Genesis 41:1-36; Daniel 2:1-19).

So then, can we conclude from this written evidence that all dreams and nightmares are from God? Well, no, I wouldn’t go quite that far. Because Satan is also working overtime to influence our minds and thought-life, some dreams originate from his dark recesses – extramarital-sexual, unclean or just downright demonic in nature. Yet the truth of the matter is that the devil can’t make us do anything. All he can really do is just suggest by whispering thoughts and presenting circumstances and pictures that he hopes we’ll dwell on and ultimately act upon. And when we give in to such ruminations, we actually open up our minds and subconscious to his advances and leave them vulnerable to those dark influences.

But we don’t have to let our minds be an open playground for the devil and his band of marauding outlaws. Jesus Christ stripped him clean on Resurrection Day a number of years ago – and if He’s your Lord and Savior you’ve inherited His victory! One of the root meanings of Salvation is ‘to make whole.’ Therefore, you’re whole and complete in Jesus, with absolutely nothing missing or broken – and that includes your reborn spirit; your mind, will and emotions; your body and everything else that pertains to you (Colossians 2:10; 2 Peter 1:3). The matter that must be attended to on our end, then, is to find out all that’s included in the Victory we’ve been given, appropriate it by faith and stubbornly enforce it by God’s Word, in Jesus’ Name – and in the devil’s face!

Plead the precious blood of Jesus around your mind and your soul – apply it in faith with your words. Declare your mind, thought-life and subconscious off-limits to Satan and everything that comes from him. Don’t take any of his thoughts, words, ways, pictures or sentiments – in other words, don’t dwell on the bad, dwell on the good! Philippians 4:8 reminds us how: “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (The Message Translation).

Many scholars agree that dreams often arise from things that have been on (or in) our minds. So do what the Word of God says and take the field of your mind completely away from the devil: give him no access or opportunity! (Philippians 4:9; James 1:22, 25; Ephesians 4:27 Common English Bible). Renew your mind to God’s Ways and Means (Isaiah 55:7-9; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23). You’ll find that when you do, your dreams will be taken back from him, too. Because God’s the One Who invented dreams, and He’s the only One who should be allowed to influence yours should He see the need to – so that He can freely reveal something to you, or show you something that’s going to happen down the road, or point you in the direction He wants you to go.

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