“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:26, NLT
Dreams are a language of the Spirit. As we grow and learn to be like Him in this journey of new life, many believers slowly begin to understand that the language of the Spirit is different from human language. The Almighty doesn’t normally audibly speak to us. He is Spirit, and the language of the spirit realm is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional.
Humans are amazing beings that have been created to exist in two realms simultaneously. The Fall/sin cut off the spirit connection. Re-connection takes place legally when we are re-born by becoming believers in Jesus/Yeshua hameshiach and literally become a new creation by the power of the Holy Spirit. There are those who re-connect to the spirit realm illegally through the power of the enemy and his kingdom, but that is for another article.
When we are reborn, we become re-connected to the spirit realm, but just as newborns must learn and grow in strength and cognitive ability, so must a new believer. Some new believers are blessed to have wise and mature people to help disciple and guide them into understanding truth and new life, while others don’t. I’m going to leave that for another article as well.
Again, it is very rare when God speaks to someone audibly. Some may find this frustrating and disappointing and even think that, because He doesn’t speak audibly, He is not speaking at all (except through His Word). The reality is that The Most High is always speaking. His Ruach (Spirit) is here with us constantly leading, teaching, guiding, convicting, and comforting believers as well as pursuing, convicting, wooing, and guiding non-believers.
As I said before, God is Spirit; therefore, He speaks the language of Spirit. The language of Spirit is varied and limitless because there are only limits in the physical realm. The spirit realm is not limited by time or space. This is why Yeshua focused so much on belief.
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” – Matthew 21:21-22, NLT
Spirit Language includes but is not limited to: Dreams, visions, words of knowledge, discernment, impressions, feeling others’ emotions, prophecy, and wisdom. These can also be classified as gifts of the Spirit, but this article will refer to them as Spirit Language.
Do you ever think about someone out of the blue and then you call or text them and they are having a hard day or really going through it? Holy Spirit is telling you through that thought to pray for or reach out to that person.
Focusing back on the language of dreams, throughout Scripture, God used dreams to communicate with His own people and also to the Gentiles. He still does the same today. When we are asleep, Holy Spirit can bypass our intellect and distraction and speak right to our spirit man. He usually speaks to individuals about their identity and destiny. An example of this in Scripture is when Joseph the son of Jacob was given two dreams that revealed his future destiny as a savior of his people and a ruler. Even though it took years for him to see the fulfillment of those dreams, he was given a preview as a young man into what God had planned for his life.
Our Father still delights in showing His children who they are and what He has planned for them through dreams. The first rule to understanding what the Lord is communicating to you through your dreams is to pay attention to them. Some dreams seem weird and make no sense to your rational mind. But I want you to remember how people responded to Jesus’s parables and what He told His disciples.
Another rule of thumb to understanding your dreams is to know that dreams are, nine times out of ten, symbolic and not literal. This is a very, very important rule. Your father or husband in your dream is not literally your father or husband; they are symbols. These two examples are very common. If you have a dream about your father, it’s possible that he represents Father God; if you dream about your husband, it’s possible he could represent Jesus. Understanding basic dream symbols is very helpful in discovering the message of your dreams. I recommend purchasing a simple dream symbol dictionary from a reputable ministry like Barbie Breathitt’s A-Z Dream Symbology Dictionary.
You may say to me, “Cheryl, I don’t dream, or I don’t remember my dreams.” Well, friend, I want to encourage you: science says that everyone dreams. The problem many people run into is that they don’t remember them upon waking. Here are two helpful remedies I want you to do right now:
- Pray to the Father and ask Him to help you remember your dreams and to speak to you in your dreams tonight.
- Keep a notebook and pen next to your bed. When you wake up from a dream in the middle of the night or in the morning, do not do anything until you write it down. Half the reason why we forget it because dreams fade from our memories after ten minutes.
I’m going to leave you with this. What you honor, He will multiply. A few years ago when I started noticing my dreams and that He was speaking to me in them, I began to write them down. Soon enough, I began dreaming more and haven’t stopped since. I encourage you to pray for dreams from heaven and watch how God speaks!