Interpreting dreams is a very important aspect of Christian living. Dreams as stated earlier are God’s ways of communicating with his children.
Dream interpretation can also be very lucrative. Joseph Genesis 41, and Daniel Daniel 2 became very well to do by it.
So how does one interpret a dream? Or to put it in better perspective, who interprets dreams? The answer to that is found in Genesis 40: 8 and Daniel 2: 19-23. The one who sends the visions is the only one who can know what it means.
There have been many books written about dreams and their interpretation. But the truth is that only the Holy Spirit AND THE Word of God can tell us exactly what a dream means. This is because He is the one who knows ALL and sees the end from the beginning. Because of His omniscient nature, only He can put a dream in its perfect perspective.
For you to gain a good understanding of dream interpretation one must understand the diversities of gifts through the ONE HOLY SPIRIT. 1 Corinthians 12:6-10 states, “And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
If we remember that good dreams come from God or the bad ones are permitted to permeate our senses by God (Lamentations 3:37-38), then we can obtain the essence of any dream.
There are different types of dream interpretation
a. There are warnings
b. There are specific instructions for profit
c. There are specific dream instructions for teaching
d. There are instructions for healing and miracles
e. There are God’s instructions concerning his agenda for any season and even the end time
f. There are instructions for Heaven’s hierarchical arrangement.
So any dream can be said to be a manifestation of some aspects of the spiritual gifts of God (1 Corinthians 12).
God and Satan (though they are not on the same spiritual level), send us dreams using our mind’s capacity to comprehend. Therefore dreams are necessarily a result or an interpretation of our capacity to understand using our physical surroundings, past acquired spiritual or intellectual knowledge.
When the dream has no bearing on our day to day understanding or our human makeup then only the Word of God can give us the desired revelation and perception required to understand it.
For instance, if you see a dream where a man asks you to “come to Macedonia to help the brethren” today, like Paul saw in Acts 16:9, it would have absolutely no practical meaning to someone living in Australia or the United States of America who is not a Christian and has that dream.
But the same dream in the hands of a Christian living anywhere in the world who studies the Word of God would have a deep meaning and would elicit a response to probe further what God is revealing.
To perfect the skills of an excellent dream interpreter, we just need to study the attributes of the greatest interpreter in the bible. Daniel.