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Thank you for joining me on this journey as we learn to feel God’s heartbeat and understand His rhema voice together when our Creator speaks to us in dreams, visions and other prophetic words. 

I am no expert, trust me. In fact, I am rather nervous and intimidated about launching this blog. I have no idea what kind of response I will get, but I anticipate at least some negative reaction. Nevertheless, I feel God’s thumb in my back urging me to make myself available to declare the good news that He is speaking into people’s lives today, in a powerful, ongoing and unrelenting way. Even if they don’t know it.

I haven’t always believed that God routinely spoke to everyone through dreams. In fact for the majority of my fifty-three years I was never taught to think of dreams as anything more than a strange phenomenon that happened at night after overindulging on junk food. In the morning, I would shrug off any dream fragments I might recall with a laugh or a shudder, depending on the nature of the dream, and promptly forget about them.

At least that is what I did most of the time. There were a few dreams that I experienced as far back as early childhood that were so vivid, iconic and powerful, that I could not shake the sense of import that they carried. Sadly, I was extremely limited in my ability to benefit from the messages that God had been faithfully communicating for five decades.

When I finally learned to identify the voice of God in dreams, I was able to unwrap some of what God had been trying to tell me all those years. I only wish that I had known then the importance of recording my dreams to preserve important details. What a different life I might have had. What mistakes might I have avoided? What blessings might I have gained?

Although I can’t go back and retrieve what has been lost, I aspire to cultivate and guard my dream life in the future, so that I can maximize the years that remain to me. I also would like to help others avoid the mistakes I made. If I can help to mentor somebody else on their path to recognizing and interpreting God’s voice, the time spent on this blog will have been well spent.

I have focused on night dreams in this post, because that is one of the ways God speaks to me that I find most reliable. When God speaks while I am awake, I always second-guess how much my own agenda, emotions, opinions and prior premises are influencing my thought life, cluttering my interpretation. That makes it hard to sort God’s voice from my own thoughts.

However, I have no control over my dreams. Therefore it is a lot easier for God to place His perspective into my mind when I am not at the steering wheel of my thought process. This is not to suggest that our subconscious plays no role in influencing our dreams, nor that we cannot actively participate in our dreams to a certain extent. In subsequent posts, I will discuss the different types of dreams and how to distinguish a God dream from a life-processing dream that is simply defragmenting your mental and emotional hard drive.

That being said, I will not limit myself to night dreams in this blog. I may from time to time also share a prophetic word that God has delivered by another means, whether that be a waking vision, synchronization of serendipitous events, or a still small voice within my spirit. We might also explore how to recognize and interpret some of those voices as well. It will be up to the Holy Spirit to guide the subject matter of this blog. I am just the amanuensis in the process.

One last thing. For those whose doctrinal alarm bells are screaming at this point. I rely on scripture to guide my interpretation. I am not your run of the mill, new-agey guru. If the written Word of God flatly contradicts a particular dream interpretation, then the interpretation is wrong. God never contradicts Himself, and the reason He gave us the Bible is to be the benchmark of all truth and revelation. He establishes his word in the mouth of two or three witnesses, and one of those witnesses is always the written Word of God. We’ll talk about this a lot more in blogs to come.

I know that there are folks out there who believe that God stopped talking when the Apostle John put the period at the end of the sentence, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Highly respected pastors and authors teach that the only way God speaks to us today is through written scripture, and that any other form of special revelation is Satanic deception. I am familiar with Reformed theologians’ stand on the subject, to wit:

Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing: which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.

–The Westminster Confession of Faith

All I can say is that I respectfully disagree, and would urge each person to prayerfully research the matter for themselves. Discover what the Bible has to say on the subject. When push comes to shove, I agree with what Paul wrote, “Let God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

If you would like to support this work, you may become a patron at patreon.com/dRhema. Your investment into this journey frees me up to spend more time in study, prayer and dreaming.  In turn this enables more people to benefit from the process.  Thank you, and God bless you for your support.

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