Six Things Dreams Do— Dreams and Visions.

It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.  But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant,  and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp.  Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.

 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”

Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”

 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” Judges 7:9-15 NKJV

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Six things dreams do:

  1. Provide God’s answers to our questions (as in this text).
  2. Instruct us in the things of God (Matt. 1:19-21).
  3. Warn us about unseen dangers (Matt. 2:12,13,22).
  4. Guide us away from wrongdoing (Gen. 20:3-8;31:24;Matt.27:19).
  5. Keep us from Pride (Dan. 4:19-37—Vs.37 the sum of it all).
  6. Save our lives (Matt. 2:13).

Dreams reveal God’s plans and purpose. There is a difference between dreams and visions.

Tomorrow: What are visions?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 22:06:42

    The story you have shared is a great example of how God uses dreams to communicate with His people. All six that you have mentioned involve a message to man (or woman), and I’m not surprised there are six; the number of man.

    I love the story of Gideon. Thank you for another instructive post, Manny.

    God’s blessings…

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