Monday, October 18, 2010

I Have a Dream!

Dan 2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.

In the dream of the king:
1. His spirit was troubled
2. He forgot what it was that he dreamed.
3. He was angered that the others could not tell him what the dream was.

Okay, this was not Martin Luther King, Jr dream in which blacks and whites come together to sing Kumbaya. This was a dream that would save the lives of the king's soothsayers and set in motion the promotion of Daniel the prophet to a trusted position in the king's cabinet. Even moreso, it revealed to the king that there is a God in heaven. And finally, this dream would open up to us the dynamics of the end times.

Read here the results of Daniel's God-given abiltiy to both tell the dream and give this interpretation:

Dan 2:47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
Dan 2:48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
Dan 2:49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

Oneirology, or the study of dreams is a fascinating field. I owe much of what I dream to what has been on my mind and what I ate the previous evening. However, I do not discount that there are times that the Lord intercedes in our dreams to communicate a message to us.

God's primary communications to us, in order, are:
The Word,
The Holy Spirit,
Godly people in our lives,

But that does not rule out the occasional dream.

One good question many have about dreams, "Do dreams have meaning?"

Although scientists continue to debate this issue, most people who work with their dreams, either by themselves or with others, find that their dreams are very meaningful for them. Dreams are useful in learning more about the dreamer's feelings, thoughts, behavior, motives, and values. Many find that dreams can help them solve problems. Further, artists, writers, and scientists often get creative ideas from dreams. (This comes from the International Association for the Study of Dreams.)

My wife claims that she finds solutions to many issues in her dreams. Therefore she is careful to record these ideas as soon as possible upon waking.

I wrote a song in my dream just yesterday. It stayed with me for a couple of hours after waking.

Well, old men dream dreams, the Bible says. So did Nebuchadnezzar and according to all the experts, everyone has dreams. Perhaps it would be a good idea to keep a pen and paper by the bedside or a recording device... just in case!

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