Though many Christians believe the Lord still speaks through dreams, others don't. How do we know how to interpret such seemingly subjective experiences through a spiritual lens?
Former pop music star Corry Robinson, whose label mates included The Backstreet Boys and Brittney Spears, seeks to answer that question and more in his new book, The Dream Speaker. And host Tammie Southerland on The Voice of the Burning Ones on the Charisma Podcast Network asks him the question many of us have: "How do you know that is the Lord? How do you know it's not pizza?"
"I did not set out to write a book," Robinson, who left the secular music industry when he surrendered his life to the Lord, says. "I was really compelled to just write my story. And in doing so, it occurred to me that the genesis of my salvation experience was a dream. Even before the encounter with God's glory that set me apart to Himself, at the root of it, at the very beginning of it was a dream. And as I realized that, and I'm writing my story, the best I can describe it as that something from heaven came upon me. And the Lord begins to open my understanding to the Scriptures and ... how He has always dealt with humanity, and that has been through the realm of dreams.
"In fact, even the covenant that we enjoy with God was given to Abraham in Genesis by way of a dream. ... and so [dreams are] a medium, if you will, where the Lord bypasses the senses," Robinson says. "And He can speak to us directly without the traffic of our emotions, everyday occurrences and the things that we're so distracted with."
But God speaks to more than just believers in dreams, Robinson says. "It's not just to the Christian; it's not just to the preacher; it's not just to the prophet or the apostle. Everybody dreams. And so since that's the case, because everybody sleeps, at least the vast majority of us, because everybody dreams, God has an inroad to the life of every human being. And He's able to speak to us whether or not we're saved.
"The Bible talks about Pharaoh—the first time we see an unsaved person have a dream that was from God. In fact, Pharaoh was the God of Egypt. He was the one that the Egyptians worshipped. And so this man who received worship as a God, the Most High God releases a dream to him. And then He raises up a dreamer in Joseph, to give him the interpretation. And when Joseph gives Pharaoh his interpretation, Joseph says ... 'God has shown you what He is about to do.'
"And so if God can speak to a man who thought he was God, received worship as God, in a dream, then who are we to despise the communication of God in the night?"
To learn more about how God speaks through dreams and how to properly interpret what He says, click here for the entire podcast.
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