Can I see and hear God in my Dreams?

Updated on May 13, 2019
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Personal testimonies and life experiences that illuminate the undeniable presence of God.

Are dreams really from God?

The Bible tells us, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).

Step Into The Light

I recall the first dream where I audibly heard God’s booming voice was when I was eight years old.

My father had just been diagnosed with schizophrenia, so on the outside I was dealing with the fact that my family was falling apart. At the time, because I was only a child of eight, I totally felt and believed that the dream I received was actually God speaking, but later as I grew older, I dismissed it.

Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:3–5

In the dream I was standing on the edge of an extremely high cliff, the dawning sun was extremely bright, and I heard God’s voice saying “Step into the Light” (urging me to jump), which I did. I never hit the ground and I don’t know what happened after that. Regardless of my rough upbringing, the physical fights between my mother and father who was becoming ill with a lifelong mental-illness (28 years and counting now), and my mother’s subsequent marriages where I had to referee fights and arguments between her and her then-husband and watch her land in hospital from having broken bones in her face from where she was beaten... I will say that God had me protected in the Palm of His Hand, because through all that, I was kept safe. Me and my little sister. We were both kept, safe under the shadow of the Almighty. I am now married with two children of my own, discovering Jesus deeper and deeper, and now as I look back on that dream that had such an impact on me since I can still hear that booming voice, I realize, it wasn't just all in my head – no, it was God saying that he would catch me if I fell, that he wouldn’t let me down, physically or spiritually. I needed to trust Him. Now as I look back on a dream that took place over 25 years ago, I have concluded that it was God reassuring me that even though my nuclear family fell apart at that moment, He was still there, to carry me, to guide me. The Holy Spirit has never left my side, no matter what traumatic situations I’ve been in. I can attest to that. He is undoubtedly my best Friend. I can run to Him whenever I need to, and He will be right there, sending His tangible comfort through the love of others.

Yes, God does speak to us through our dreams. During our dreams, God bypasses the shell we have surrounding our hearts that can make us dull of hearing. We then have the listening to hear what the Spirit is saying.

God can use dreams to bring instruction

God not only opens our ears, but also seals instruction through our dreams so that we are notified of our faults, counseled in wrong direction and given instruction on best ways to move forward from these circumstances.

In January this year I had a powerful and convicting dream by the Holy Spirit:

I had just been in touch with my old classmates via a Whatsapp group which I was added to – I grew up in a non-Christian society where over 80% of those in my school were of other faiths such as Hindu, Muslim etc. except for one classmate who was a Christian, but she was kind of a lukewarm Christian (at least that’s what I always thought) she always struck me as a bit standoffish and cold, she never showed anyone that she had the love of Christ.

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

In the dream I had that night, I was taking a tour of the Holy Land in Jerusalem (somewhere I always wanted to go visit but have yet to see), but the only place I ‘saw’ in the dream was an old marble pathway which I was told was Jesus’ walk to the cross where he was crucified. I followed this pathway carefully and reverently, reveling in the incredible sacrifice that God made for us by dying on the cross. I took each step very slowly, just feeling a deep ache in my heart at every step. After a few steps on the flat path, I came to some ancient, worn out, marble steps – about 5 or 6 steps in total that were leading up to continue the rest of the path to the cross which was a few meters away. I sat on the steps and began to weep, feeling sheer sadness, and gratitude, and deep love simultaneously.
As I sat hunched over those steps and wept, thinking to myself “Jesus Himself actually walked up these steps to the cross...” someone inconsiderately ran past me (my old Christian classmate), up the steps and to the end (where the cross was supposed to be), and instead got on a roller-coaster which was at the end of that path, and she got onto the roller-coaster and had the time of her life. No reverence for Christ and His sacrifice. She just went to on to have fun.

Meanwhile, I stayed at the steps and wept, wanting the Holy Spirit to stay with me always and never leave, I had deep, yearning for Him, to be close to Him, to be with Him always. I never wanted Him to leave.

And that's when I woke up. In tears.

Its only been the second powerful dream where I felt the Holy Spirit’s Presence. I was convicted.

This dream showed me that we should be pursuing God, not our own earthly pleasures. He wants us to seek him more; to truly know Him more.

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life, will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

— Jesus, to His disciples in Matthew 24-26

Worn Holy Steps Revealed

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Christian Writings

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    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      6 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Well noted. Thanks.

    • NatureBoy0 profile image

      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 months ago from Washington, DC USA

      Sorry about the typos, both of you, but I see you did understand what I meant.

      Peace

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      Miebakagh57 

      6 months ago

      I agreed with both Christian and Elijah.

    • ChristianWritings profile imageAUTHOR

      Christian Writings 

      6 months ago

      Thank you so much for your comment and your insight Elijah! I really prefer your interpretation of that second dream, and yes I do believe that Christianity should be enjoyed and not just a sorrowful experience! that is a great way of looking at it because we are after all FREE in Christ!

      God bless you.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 months ago from Washington, DC USA

      Christian, A very interesting article and true in that dreams are spiritual messages sometimes clear and easy to interpret like the one where you were told fo jump and you did, other timed they are easily missed like I believe you did while wearing on the steps.

      I would interpret the latter dream that you were being shown the spiritual walk is a fun thing, not the one full of agony as you were feeling looking back at the Christ's karma. Because of Christianity's teachers {see Isaiah 28:9-13} we are taught the spiritual path is filled with sorrows but my 42+ years of being Born Again {bit.ly/elijahbirth is my testimony} living separated from the world {John 3:8 & Matthew 19:29} I've found into be full of satisfying experiences.

      Therefore I would suggest you rethink your interpretation of the latter dream and Be At Peace.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Christian writings, I agreed. Here you are lining the dream of Solomon with the word of the living God, in the right way. You are welcomed indeed, and many thanks.

    • ChristianWritings profile imageAUTHOR

      Christian Writings 

      7 months ago

      You are right Miebakagh, the Word is first and foremost, but dreams are also a way He uses to communicate with us:

      "At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”" - 1 Kings 3:5

      We know its from God because it lines up with His Word.

      Blessings,

      CW

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      7 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hello, chritiawritings, I believe dreams can come from God. But the word of the living God is foremost and above dreams and visions. That is my stand. Thanks for sharing.

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