One of the least studied areas of the human mind is the power of dreaming. Sometimes dreams are influenced by something you experienced, heard or saw earlier in the day. This is the case of Julia Ward who passed by Union soldier’s singing a song about John Brown’s body on her way to the Willard Hotel. The next night Julia Ward had a dream where the words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic came to here. This was truly a dream like any other.
For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear, Ecclesiastes 5:7.
When I was in college, I attended a local accountable group in Newark, Delaware. While this group rotated homes on and off, we began meeting at my friend Eric’s house. There were occasional nights where individuals drifted off on tangents, but most evenings I tried to stay on task, holding people to the promises and vows made the prior week. On one particular evening, I couldn’t resist adding my own two cents, “why do you keep giving the same lame excuse time after time.” That night I had a dream that I was in a bookstore. When I turned the corner, I saw a book with a title exactly what Eric needed to help improve his quiet times with God. Later that week, I went to look for some new music at a nearby Christian bookstore when I actually lived my dream. Except, in this case as I turned the corner I bought this book, sharing my supernatural experience the following week.
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;” Acts 2:17.
According to a first century doctor, the Holy Spirit will usher in a future time where people of all ages will experience dreams and visions. Although no exact time is mentioned, an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit will be the sign from heaven. I won’t speculate whether this time has passed or is yet to come, but I will not limit what God can do. Whether it’s the inspiration for a famous song or a call to action to help a friend, I can’t wait to pass on the next amazing testimony about dreams unlike any other.
by Jay Mankus