Dreams, Does God Still Use Them Today?Written by Valerie Garner
DREAMS, Does God Still Use Them Today?
The bible has many accounts throughout time that He used dreams as a form of communication to His people. A few examples are Daniel, Joseph (old testament), Joseph (Mary’s husband) and many others.
The Lord also says in Joel 2:27-29 And ye shall know that I am in midst of Israel, and that I am Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and yours sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also upon servants and upon handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. He also says in Hebrew 13:8 Jesus Christ same yesterday, and today and forever.
I believe we can ask Lord to use our night seasons for His purposes, to redeem that time for His glory. I can attest to His working in this manner in my life, I know of 3 separate accounts in which He used dreams He gave that actually saved lives. Of course it’s important to decipher those from say “pizza for dinner” dreams.
One of these dreams came 2 nights before my husband was going on an extensive hiking trip into deep wilderness with some other men. In this dream, I saw a man (I couldn’t see identity of this person) fall off a cliff, fall to rocks below and die. I was very concerned to say least, but my dear hubby thought it was just a story because I was worried about him and didn’t want him to go. I KNEW what I had seen in this dream however and that it wasn’t what he thought. I began asking people close to me to be praying for protection over this type of accident and that life would be spared. They faithfully did so.
Once up in wilderness, my husband sort of jokingly told other men to be extra careful because his wife had a dream about one of them falling off a cliff and dying. Later during one of their hikes, it happened. One of men slipped off face of cliff they were climbing and fell several hundred feet to rocks below. My husband was praying while man was falling through air. He miraculously survived! He did go into shock and was pretty banged up, but he sustained no broken bones or any real damage, and ultimately walked out of there on his own next day (they were a 48 hour hike to nearest dirt road). I know God gave this dream to prompt prayer that I believe saved this man’s life. Isn’t He good?
The other dream I had from Him was that I died in a car accident. (Talk about weird, to see your own). But I know He gave this dream for same reason, to prompt prayer because it wasn’t my time to go home. This dream happened about 4 days after first one (above) and my mind was really trying to play tricks on me. I battled thoughts like “Oh, you’re just imagining this because last one was true, come on, get real” Guess
Peace of GodWritten by Valerie Garner
Peace of God I found some definitions in several dictionaries that are quite interesting on peace: a state of reconciliation after strife, tranquil, completeness, soundness, well being.
If we're honest to ourselves, isn't that what we're all really searching for? Peace. True peace. Think about when we are craving and feeling like we need a vacation, isn't what's underneath, really a longing for peace? I think we've all probably been on vacations where we return even more exhausted and stressed out than when we left. A vacation doesn't mean peace will come.
In those stressful times when we feel like we just need a break, could it be that we are really looking for peace? What about when we awake in middle of night and can't sleep, what are our thoughts then? Isn't cry of our heart really to find peace? When we feel tired, too much to do in too little time; when we can't even find time to think, isn't it really peace we long for?
I don't know what it's like in other parts of world, but I do know that here in U.S., we live (generally) a life filled with way too much. We have too many commitments, too much to do, and we live a very un-natural pace. A very unhealthy pace I believe. At times it feels as if we live in slavery to our schedules. It seems as though every minute of our day is dictated to us, with very little choice. I don't believe it's supposed to be this way, and I believe there's a way out. If you can relate to this, maybe I can offer some hope.
In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called Prince of Peace. In Psalms 29:11, it promises that, "God gives strength, and blesses His people with peace." In Isaiah 26:3 another promise is, "He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee."
As we focus and think about Jesus Christ, He will put us in peace. Also in Philippians 4:7, "And peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
This kind of peace is NOT an emotion or feeling, but a spiritual force that comes only from Jesus (Colossians 1:20 "and having made peace through blood of his cross, by him to reconcile ALL things unto himself..."
One moment in particular, I experienced this kind of peace when my husband of 13 years left me bascially for another woman. I was left to be a single mom of 2 boys with no job, and no education (I chose to be a stay at home mom). We were poor even with my husband's income, and I had no family to help. I was alone. I didn't know if I could make it. If any of you have experienced this, you will relate to devastation that comes.
The night he packed his bags to move out, as soon as he shut door behind him, I felt my very soul begin to shatter. There are simply no words for devastation I was experiencing. I ran to phone (before I collasped), and called my best friend and asked her to come and be with me for a little while. It would take her 20 minutes at least. I sat down and greatly feared this moment that was upon me. To my great surprise, I literally felt peace of God (and His love) fall upon me, there are no words to describe what this feels like, except it's most wonderful feeling you will ever experience.