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A Dream Interpretation Exercise — Follow-up (Part 3)

Sleeping Imagem739-1, by REG, via PhotoBucketMany thanks to all of you who took the time to participate in the dream exercise. Whether you commented here at the blog, or sent me an e-mail, I really appreciate all the input, and I hope you had a good time trying your hand at dream interpreting. If you haven’t had a chance to add your input yet, please feel free to still do so. Your thoughts are most welcome!

One lady wrote to ask more into the details, in case I had left anything out. I’m so glad she did. I had missed telling details about the box containing the treasure. (It was silver in color, and it was a small, rectangular box.) I have since added those details and my interpretation of one of them into the first two parts of this exercise.

A few more tips on dream interpretation should be mentioned:

1.)  Dream interpretation comes from the Lord. I have said it before, but it’s important to keep reminding ourselves that dream interpretation is not about following a method and assigning meanings to symbols. We should ask Him to reveal both the overall message and understanding of details to us.

Sometimes you will strongly sense that He is dropping certain elements of dream understanding into your heart. He may even speak quite clearly to you. It is exciting when He does that!

At other times, He doesn’t speak as succinctly. The interpretation comes slowly, over time, and you may start out with, “I think this might mean such-and-such.” When you return to a dream weeks or months later, you may notice that the same idea you had at first about a detail’s meaning still persists. That is a good indicator that it really was from the Lord the first time around.

Sometimes, months down the road, your understanding changes from what it was initially — because life events have now unfolded which make the dream clearer, or because God drops the true interpretation into your heart by revelation at the later date. Either way, He is still directing the adjusted interpretation.

2.)  Make sure that the rest of the dream fits with the meaning you have attributed to a symbol. If the rest of the dream doesn’t fit, or if the meaning you have given to an object contradicts other details showing up in the dream, then you are probably not interpreting that symbol correctly. Some suggestions people volunteered about what various details in my dream could mean were entirely logical, and I could see how they drew those conclusions. However, they didn’t fit with the other details presented. A contradiction showed up.

3.)  Be careful not to go beyond what the dream says. This is particularly important when assisting others in interpreting their dreams. If something isn’t showing up in the dream, don’t imagine it into the dream. With your own dreams, God may continue, over time, to speak additional information to you, which goes beyond the scope of the dream, but until He does so, don’t run ahead of Him in your interpretation.

If you are interpreting someone else’s dream, stick with the details he or she has. Ask questions about the details to draw out information the person may have forgotten to share, but don’t add to what he saw in his dream.

4.)  Details of what was not showing up in a dream can be as important as details of what was showing up. For instance, my dream started out in a basement. But there were no details about the appearance of the basement — no focus on the walls or furnishings. It was all about the action that took place there. That tells me that the condition of the basement itself was not what the dream was about.

5.)  If you are listening to someone else’s dream, don’t insist on your interpretation overriding that of the dreamer’s. Remember that the dreamer might understand the symbols in a different way than you do, because each of us has a unique dream language between us and the Lord. Some symbols are fairly universal to all of us, especially if they are seen clearly throughout the Bible. The meanings of other symbols can vary widely from person to person. So, don’t be surprised if the dreamer interprets his dream somewhat differently than you would. A third-party interpreter is there to assist and enhance the understanding of the dream, not to come up with all the answers for the dreamer.

Thanks again for participating in this dream exercise! Would you like to learn lots more about dream interpretation? Of all the dream interpretation teachers, John Paul Jackson was my favorite. I have put together a playlist for you at my YouTube channel of many hours of John Paul’s teaching on dreams and actual interpretations that he did.

I found that my ability to interpret my own dreams increased by listening in as he did it. I also put together a small dream dictionary for my personal use, based on the dreams he interpreted in those videos. It is my best go-to dream dictionary reference at this time. (I cannot share that dictionary with you, but you could develop one for yourself.)

John Paul Jackson dream teaching 

Dream Exercise (Part 1)
Dream Exercise (Part 2)     

Christian dream interpretation workshop

 

Hearing God Through Your Dreams (CD set or mp3). by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

Growing in the Prophetic (CD set or mp3),
by Lee Ann Rubsam

A Dream Interpretation Exercise (Part 2)

Sleeping, Imagem739-1, by REG, via PhotoBucketIn the last post, I shared a dream, and asked you to take time to seek God for the interpretation of it. If you haven’t already done that, please take time to read the dream and pray for revelation of its meaning before continuing.

I stated that this is a dream for me personally, but it also has a more universal message. Let’s concern ourselves with the general message.

The dream is a story of spiritual warfare, with the bad man portraying the devil and his forces. It is not literally about the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. The setting is a large international house of prayer to show that spiritual warfare is common to all of us. And spiritual warfare involves prayer.

Scene 1:

The struggle taking place in the basement indicates to me spiritual warfare on a foundational level. Because I am alone with the bad man, it also tells me that this portion of the dream is about individual spiritual warfare.

Handguns tell me that I was engaged in a serious struggle — life and death, even.

Although I was unable to overcome at first, the enemy did not get my treasure. As I thought on this, I was persistently reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:5-7:

For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord …. For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The metal box was silver in color. In the Bible, silver often symbolizes redemption. It can also mean the knowledge of God or knowledge from God (see Proverbs 2:3, 4; 3:13, 14; 16:16). The knowledge of God — knowing Him for Who He is — is a fitting container for Jesus, the Treasure.

An Application: Our most precious treasure is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). The enemy wants to steal our intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus and all that goes with knowing Him. Our relationship with Jesus is our foundation for all else in our Christian life. Sometimes we are not completely victorious in our faith, even getting beat up here and there, but we must hold onto our treasure at all costs. (Indeed, the Lord will help us to do this. He is ever mindful of keeping us. He will not allow the enemy to snatch us from Him.)

Eventually, I was able to completely overcome the enemy who was assailing me. This speaks of the ongoing spiritual warfare in which we engage. We learn to become seasoned warriors, who grow ever stronger as we abide in Christ, so that eventually, we win the war.

Scene 2:

The transition between Scenes 1 and 2 is where I run up the stairs. Going upstairs can mean promotion, or going to another level. In this dream, I felt that the Lord brought “expansion” to mind in connection with the stairs. The story is going to a higher level, or “expanding” beyond talking about individual spiritual warfare to corporate warfare. The focus has shifted.

I tell the security guards that the bad man locked in the basement has already killed five people from the house of prayer. “Five” is generally accepted as the number of grace and/or service (because of the five-fold ministry gifts of service provided to the Church to perfect (equip) the saints (Ephesians 4:11, 12).

Some applications:

  1. John 10:10 tells us that the devil’s purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy. (He wanted to kill me and steal my treasure, and he had killed five people.)
  2. The devil is out to stop the five-fold work of equipping the Church to effectively carry out our mission.
  3. He is also out to stop prayer. (The killings had taken place at the house of prayer.) One of the ways he does that is by killing our perception of God’s grace (“5” = “grace”), so that we become so shame-filled that we feel unworthy to pray, or worry that because we are not perfect, God won’t answer us.

The security guards symbolize prophetic intercessors — the “watchmen on the walls,” in biblical terminology. This is indicated by what their job function is and where they work — the house of prayer.

Uniform color: The color of the guards’ uniforms is significant. When colors stand out in dreams, it usually means they are an important detail.

Blue, in my dreams, usually has to do with the prophetic gifts. But their uniforms are specifically baby blue, indicating that they are as yet inexperienced or immature in their role. They have been equipped with rifles and with the training they would need to use them, but they are afraid — because they have never had to handle this level of security problem before.

An application: Intercessors, like security guards, are official protectors — hence, they possess authority. Their authority is in the prophetic realm (indicated by the blue uniforms) and it is authority wielded through prayer. By listening to the Lord and receiving prophetic revelation from Him, intercessors are able to protect others by praying into what God shows them. This can involve praying for individuals, all the way up to international affairs.

Seeing the security guards’  fear, I go for help. Calling 911 indicates to me a calling out in prayer for help from the Lord for reinforcements.

I asked the Lord why, in the first part of the dream, handguns were involved, but in the second part, the security guards had rifles. Handguns indicate personal, up-close warfare. But the security guards, representing prophetic intercessors, had weapons for dealing with a situation from a sharpshooter’s perspective. As intercessors, we deal with events in others’ lives from afar (through prayer).

Summary application: God has already fully equipped us and given us His authority to carry on the warfare of the Kingdom successfully. He has given us the Holy Spirit and the sword of the Spirit (His Word) to accomplish our task. Just as the security guards had been trained in the use of their guns, we should become adept in using the Word of God and whatever the Spirit reveals to us to successfully take down the plans of the devil. We should not tremble or hesitate. The authority of heaven backs us up.

The reality is, though, that it takes time for us to become seasoned. In the first scene of the dream, I failed to completely overcome at first, but later on succeeded. The security guards in the second part of the dream felt their inexperience, and needed help from reinforcements. I think there are two messages simultaneously showing up here:

  1. We really do need to recognize that we have been fully equipped and can overcome.
  2. God is available to back us up. We can call upon Him to send us help from heaven, so that we can entirely win our battles.

Was this dream and its interpretation of any help to you? How did you do, as you practiced interpreting it? Do you have any additional insights? Leave them as a comment. I have not covered every detail, and your input may further help me to understand my dream.

Dream Interpretation Exercise (Part 1)
Dream Interpretation Exercise Follow-up (Part 3) 

Christian dream interpretation workshop

 

Hearing God Through Your Dreams (CD set or mp3). by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

Growing in the Prophetic (CD set or mp3),
by Lee Ann Rubsam

A Dream Interpretation Exercise

Sleeping, Imagem739-1, by REG, via PhotoBucketOver time, I have written quite a bit about dreams and their interpretations here at Out of the Fire. Some dreams are very literal and to the point. Little interpretation is needed, because we immediately understand their meanings. However, many dreams are symbolic, and therefore not very useful in their raw form. We need to interpret them and then be able to apply the interpretation, in order to get the maximum benefit from them.

In Genesis 41, we read of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams of the fat and lean cattle and the plump and blighted heads of grain. The story reveals three sequential parts of hearing from the Lord through dreams:

  1. Pharaoh tells Joseph the actual dream – vs. 17-24
  2. Joseph tells Pharaoh what the dream represents and who it concerns, which is the interpretation – vs. 25-32
  3. Finally, Joseph suggests to Pharaoh an appropriate response to the dream, which is the application. – vs. 33-36.

The application lets us know more than what the symbols mean. It often answers the question, “So, what do I do about it?” Interpretation can be difficult, but application is by far the most challenging part of understanding our dreams.

We need the Lord for all three parts: He is the Originator of the dream, He is the only One Who can give us the correct interpretation, and we also receive the application as revelation from Him. Dreams are communion between the Spirit of God and our spirit. Therefore, our intellect, which is part of our soul (not our spirit) is incapable of correctly understanding a dream to its fullest extent. If we try to figure out our dreams by our intellect, we will make grave mistakes.

When Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am told you can understand a dream to interpret it,” Joseph replied, “It is not in me. God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace” (vs. 15, 16). In other words, Joseph knew he must depend upon God, rather than any mental abilities, logic, or talents he possessed, to obtain correct understanding of the dream.

I’d like to offer those of you who are interested in understanding dreams an opportunity to walk through one of my recent dreams with me. We will do this in two parts. In this post, I’ll tell you the dream — which is the raw data, the facts.

Dreams can have several layers of meaning or application, and I believe this one is personal to me, but also has a universal application. See if you can find that general meaning.

The dream:

I was in a basement room at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. I was holding a small, rectangular, silver-colored metal box. In it was a treasure. An evil-looking man attacked me, trying to take my treasure. I scuffled with him once, getting beat up in the process, and my attacker overcame me. But although I was not able to prevail against the man, I was still able to hang onto my treasure.

A little later on, the evil man attacked me again, in an effort to steal my treasure. We both had handguns. I don’t remember any actual shooting going on, but we did a lot of physical grappling in the course of the struggle. This time, I completely overcame him. I managed to lock him in the basement room, and then I escaped.

I ran up a set of stairs, and at the top, I immediately saw three security guards (one woman and two men) who worked for the house of prayer. They were dressed in baby blue, jumpsuit uniforms.

I told them that a man who had killed five people in the past at the house of prayer was downstairs, armed, locked in a room.

Although the security guards carried rifles, I could see that they were very afraid about having to deal with this. So, I asked the woman guard, who was at the top of the stairs, if she would like me to call 911 to get the police, and she said yes.

I went to a nearby office to get access to a telephone, and the dream ended with me calling 911. As I was making the call, I felt frustrated that the security guards had not been able to take care of the situation. I was concerned that the bad guy might escape through a basement window, because dealing with him was taking too long.

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Now that you’ve read the dream, take time to ponder it. Ask the Lord to show you what the overall message is, and also what the individual symbols speak of. Wait on Him for answers. Let Him apply Scripture to it. Keep coming back to it, asking for revelation.

When you think you have received what the symbols in the dream mean, write them down and keep them for later discussion.

In the next post, I will share with you my interpretations of some of the symbols showing up, and also some applications I see. At that time I invite you to share via a comment whatever God has revealed to you about the dream.

I hope you will have fun with this!

Part 2 — The Interpretation

Christian dream interpretation workshop

 

Hearing God Through Your Dreams (CD set or mp3). by Lee Ann Rubsam

 

 

Growing in the Prophetic (CD set or mp3),
by Lee Ann Rubsam

Dream Language (Book Review)

I recently finished reading James and Michal Ann Goll’s book, Dream Language.  This is another “keeper,” friends, and I’m definitely recommending it.

I think what I love about James Goll the most is his adherence to sound biblical principles, but second to that is his willingness to identify with us common folk.  I derive such encouragement from hearing that he, too, has struggled with insecurity over his prophetic gifts at earlier stages of his life.  This man is so real, practical, and down to earth.  And he exhorts all of us to pick ourselves up out of the dirt when we fall down, and keep going.  I always come away from his books thinking, “Here is someone who understands — someone who hasn’t always had it all together any more than I have, but he has come through shining.  Now I’ve got hope I can make it, too!”

Michal Ann’s simple, humble way of telling her experiences are a blessing as well.  She, like her husband, encourages the common man or woman that we can all come up into higher places of revelation.

I bought Dream Language because dreaming is one of my primary ways of hearing from the Lord, and I always want to learn more about it.  But the book isn’t only about dreams.  There is a lot of solid info for how to interpret and apply all revelation with wisdom.

There are practical tips for how to increase dream life, recall details, and interpret dreams correctly.

The “When God Seems Silent” chapter was particularly helpful to me.  The dry seasons are times for pressing in to the heart of God persistently.  They are the times which actually increase our intimate relationship with the Lord, as we persevere in worship and dependency on Him.  The silent times are times of growth in character, and are needed for healthy spirituality.

In a section near the end called “A Voice that Can Be Heard,” Mr. Goll talks about why sometimes we repeatedly have the same revelation as others do, yet we don’t seem to be appreciated, while others enjoy great favor.  It doesn’t seem fair to us, but there are several very good God-reasons, and when we get the perspective that it isn’t necessarily that we did poorly or were rejected, it makes it so much easier to rest in the Lord and not give up.

A brief dictionary of dream symbols  is included in the book, as well as a section discussing very common dream scenarios and what they mean.

Whether you are a dreamer, or whether other forms of revelation are your specialty, this book will help you with the “why” questions you may have, with understanding how to increase in revelation, and how to release your gifts with wisdom so that you can be a blessing.

Buy at Amazon:  Dream Language: The Prophetic Power of Dreams