The Mysterious Benefits and Power of Sleep
by Barbie Breathitt
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What is the purpose of a dream? How does God use dreams in our lives? What dreams should we pay attention to and what dreams should we ignore? How much influence should they possess in our lives? Is it safe to ignore them and how safe is it to act on them? The premise of this article is to explain the depths to which the Lord uses dreams to affect our lives. He uses dreams to wake us up, to give us prophetic insight, and to spur us forward toward our dreams and destiny so that we don't lose sight of them.
In a society where success often looks like busyness and hurried insanity, God sometimes talks to us the only way he can…when we are asleep. That is when we are quiet enough to hear him. He can reveal our emotions, our pain, future events, and even the secrets of other's lives to us. The puzzles that God uses in dreams are a secret language known to us, God, and to the people we have the dreams about.
Do dreams have restorative power? Can a good dream life make the dreamer live longer, be healthier, happier, and even thinner? In today's society of rush and clamor, everything is tied to speed and production. Whipping around a drive-through or "speed" surfing the internet, we tend to spend less time sleeping and more time searching. While we sleep our soul continually searches for God. We desire to make intimate contact with the all-knowing Creator.
"He will not let your foot slip–He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Psalm 121:3–4 NIV
Sleep is the time God chooses to give us his perspective, to steer us away from harmful events, and to give us life, vision, direction, provision, and destiny. As our understanding is enlightened we will be able to follow the leading our dreams provide.
Having an Understanding Heart
A scoffer may seek wisdom and find none, but spiritual knowledge comes easily to one who has an understanding heart. Wisdom rests in the hearts of those who seek to have spiritual understanding of their dreams. A true dreamer is one who sees the impossible, and knows through God it will become possible. Dreamers are able to see the shadow of things to come as if by moonlight, by joining their faith to believe, the rays of the morning's dawn bring the understanding and visionary clarity.
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men as they slumber in their beds, He may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn man from wrongdoing and keep him from pride, to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword. Job 33:15–18 NIV
A fantastic, almost nightmarish, and horrific dream sequence is recorded in Genesis 15:12–13when Abram the patriarch was cast into the dream realm by hearing the voice of the Lord as a deep sleep fell over him.
As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. Then the lord said to him, "Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years." NIV
God spoke to Abram in the night seasons so that Abram would listen and hear God's voice while in a peaceful state. Dreams unlock the deepest depths of knowledge and understanding as we peacefully rest in God's embrace. Dreams allow our hearts to express our inner beliefs in a grand way.
God's existence will cause His most excellent harmonies to fill our life and imagination.
The greatest power in the universe is love.
Dr. Barbie L. Breathitt