How We Hear From God
From the first time I heard Katie Souza speak of soul wounds being revealed through dreams I felt the tug of the Holy Spirit to find out what God had to say about this matter. Like most believers I thought of dreams as simply random thoughts at night or nightmares stirred up by childhood perceptions, but definitely not as God speaking to me. Why would God speak to me in dreams? I thought this was only done by God to select saints of old or His special anointed ones….not me. I sure was wrong on this concept.
Fortunately at the first Katie Souza conference I attended she prayed for everyone in attendance to receive dreams with soul wound revelations from God. The next I thing I knew I dreamed a soul wound revelation. It’s for real. It woke up a hunger in me I can’t explain but I knew I had to research dreams from a Biblical perspective. God was speaking to me and suddenly I began to look forward to going to sleep so I could hear from God.
The excitement of hearing from God through dreams and visions now has intensified in my heart and the hunger for more continues to grow. Now I had to learn how to interpret what God was saying. He has a special language He uses that is reserved for His born-again followers. He speaks in symbols and parables. He uses symbols that are relevant to the specific dreamer. This way the dreams cannot be hi-jacked by the enemy because only the dreamer will understand the true interpretation.
There are plenty of verses in the Bible to back this up and several are listed below, therefore, I will not duplicate them in my brief narrative here. In fact there are nearly 50 instances in the Scriptures of God using dreams and visions to communicate with His children. (Us His creation)
This requires effort on the part of all believers to gain the understanding of how God speaks and how to interpret what He speaks.
I began to seek out teachings on how to understand God’s dream language. This required a lot of prayer and reading on my part. I was very familiar with Joel 2:28, God’s promise to pour His Spirit upon all flesh, but really never thought that I had to learn how to receive it.
The church in general has been very lax on teaching the body about dreams and visions as the preferred way for God to speak. As a result many are not paying attention and are missing blessings.
I prayed and purchased resources as the Holy Spirit led. I obtained dictionaries and teaching aids so I could learn this heavenly language. I have attached a short list of these at the end.
God wants to communicate with ALL of His children and we are in the season of the mass pouring out of His spirit on us. God is no respecter of persons and He is very clear that this is for everyone. Instructions are coming that are critical to understanding and surviving these End Times.
God declared in Isaiah 55:11 that His word will not return void and that it will accomplish what He intends and prosper according to His will. Every word in the Bible is God breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16) He tells that every word of Scripture is refined 7 times. (Psalms 13:6) He warns us in Hosea 4:6 that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. He promises in Psalms 103:4 that He redeems us from destruction.
It’s time we learned how to hear Him. It’s His will for us.
It all starts with journaling. Keep a record of all dreams, visions, unusual spiritual events in your life. Keep a pad and pen handy at all times.
1 ¶ The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
2 Samuel 22:
16 Then the channels of the sea appeared, The foundations of the world were laid bare, By the rebuke of Jehovah, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
In dreams and visions.
28 ¶ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
(This is repeated in Acts 2:16-17)
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, [I] the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, [and] will speak unto him in a dream.
14 ¶ For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;
16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
Recall our dreams as soon as we wake up.
1 ¶ And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,
2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
Write it down lest it be forgotten.
1 ¶ In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, [and] told the sum of the matters.
1 ¶ And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
8 ¶ Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
1 ¶ The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Interpretations are Revealed by God
1 Corinthians 2:
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
To God alone belongs the glory for interpretation.
15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
James W. and Michal Ann Goll, Dream Language (Shippensburg, PA, Destiny Image, 2006)
Dr. Joe Ibojie, Illustrated Dictionary of Dream Symbols (Shippensburg, PA, Destiny Image, 2005)
Paula A. Price, Ph.D., The Prophet’s Dictionary (New Kensington, PA, Whitaker House, 2006)
Barbie Breathitt, Dream Encounters (Summerville, SC, Holy Fire Publishing, 2009)
Mark and Patti Virkler, Hear God Through Your Dreams (cwgministries.org, Buffalo, NY 14227)