Does God Reveal Things Through Dreams and Visions?

Is God speaking to you through a dream? Has He appeared to you in a vision?

The Bible gives many accounts of God revealing Himself and His will to certain people through dreams and visions.

God gave Joseph, an eventual ruler over Egypt, a dream years earlier that he would one day reign (Genesis 37:5-10). The Lord troubled King Nebuchadnezzar’s sleep with a vision eventually decoded by Daniel (Daniel 2), and in the early years of Jesus, an angel of the Lord appeared three times to His father, Joseph, to direct his path (Matthew 1:20; 2:13, 19). Years later, Jesus Himself appeared to Saul, a persecutor of Christians, as he traveled down the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-6).

That’s just a handful of examples, and God is still capable of speaking to us through dreams and visions today. But we have to be careful how we interpret them.

How do we do that?

1. Know where you stand. When you have a relationship with God, you’re better able to interpret what He’s saying to you. The way to have that relationship with Him is through His Son, Jesus Christ, who bridges the gap between you and God. When Jesus is part of your life, He helps you understand God better. He also gives you wisdom to understand the Bible, which is God’s message to you. It comes alive for those who believe in Him. Consider what the Bible says in 2 Peter 1:21: “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

2. Investigate. See how the dream or vision aligns with the Bible, God’s Word. Anything that contradicts His Word is not from the Lord. Our minds, and even the devil, are capable of producing great deception.

3. Lean on key people. It’s important to seek godly counsel. Mature Christians who study the Bible daily can help search the Scriptures. They can also offer prayer—another critical component—as you wait on direction from the Lord.

While God sometimes chooses to speak to people through dreams and visions, He’s already spoken to you through the Bible. In it, He invites you to know Him and His will through a one-on-one connection with Jesus Christ.

Is Jesus part of your life? Keep reading to make sure.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?