4 Ways You Can Tell If Your Dream Is From God

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All of us have dreams. The question is whether or not any of these dreams are the type of dreams that are sent to us by God to communicate with us. In the book of Joel, it says,

Joel 2:28
“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.

So what we need to know is if we are receiving what I like to call “God dreams” or if they are the result of eating too much pepperoni pizza with anchovies or the result of just being upset about a situation that is going on in our life. How do you tell if your dream is a dream from God?

How Can You Tell If Your Dream Is From God?

image of dreaming about Jesus

How do you know if God is talking to you in your dreams? What does it mean if you have a pastor or man of God in your dreams? What does it mean if you see God in your dream? Is there any significance or meaning in dreaming dreams?

These questions and others are unique to you. Nobody can answer these questions for certain besides you. That is because each dream is personal and applicable to your life and your life alone. However, here are some biblical principles that will help you know if you need to take the dream to God in prayer and ask for the answer.

Is Your Dream Biblical?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people have asked me about dreams of trading in their current wife for a new model. This dream was not from God.

The Bible warns us about being deceived by different forms of spiritism, sorcery, and the occult including psychics. As much as believers are supposed to receive dreams and visions from God, those dreams and visions have to line up with God’s word in the Bible.

So ask yourself the question. Did this dream encourage me to do things that are contrary to the word of God? If it did, then this dream definitely didn’t come from God.

Is Your Dream Revealing?

The reason that God sends dreams is that He is trying to communicate with you and can’t get through to you by normal means. This does not mean you are bad, it just means that you are not listening well enough. It happens to all of us because we are distracted or not even thinking along the lines that God wants us to think.

In the Bible, dreams always revealed something. With the Apostle Paul, a dream revealed that He was to go to Macedonia instead of another direction.

In the case of Jacob’s dream of the stairway to heaven, it revealed an aspect of God that Jacob had never understood before.

So a dream from God reveals something. Now there are times when we can sense that there is a meaning or revelation in the dream that we as of yet do not understand, but a dream from God always reveals something to us.

Does The Dream Stay In Your Memory?

Most dreams fade from our consciousness almost immediately. Dreams from God are remembered. They stay vivid.

They also trouble our spirits.

Now I don’t mean trouble as in a bad thing, but I mean that our spirit rumbles with the knowledge that there is something there that is different than usual.

King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. The prophet Daniel interpreted this dream for this ungodly king. The King made this statement.

Daniel 2:3
he said, “I have had a dream that deeply troubles me, and I must know what it means.”

A dream from God is different from normal dreams. You remember it. It bugs you. It is more vivid than other dreams.

image of King Nebuchadnezzars Dream

Does It Come To Pass?

If this is the first time that you have had a dream you think might be of God, then you will not be able to benefit as of yet from this way of knowing if your dream is from God because it is, however, to be seen if the dream comes to pass.

However, if you are more familiar with dreams from God, then think about the other dreams you have had that have come to pass. What similarities does this dream have with others that you have been given by God?

You see, the final proof, if a dream is from God, is the results. Did it come to pass?

There are two vivid accounts of this at work in Acts chapter 9 and 10. One is with a man named Ananias who God told to pray for Saul of Tarsus for healing, and the other was with Peter being told to go and preach to the gentiles.

If you follow these four simple steps, you will be able to determine if your dream is from God. If it is, God is more than ready to help you understand what your dream means.

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This article is about learning how to tell if your dream is from God. It is not an offer for dream interpretation. If you would like to talk about your dream or if you would like to help others interpret their dreams then go here.

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  1. I had a dream from GOD. He is real, nice, shows genuine love, and has a great personality.
    The experience changed my life!

    1. I had a dream that my older sister was on a boat, it was raining and it was very foggy. I was begging her not to do whatever she was going to do (I don’t know what it was) but I was telling her not to, that it was dangerous. She was light about it and said “Don’t tell me what to do, you’re not the boss of me”.

      Then later God said “You have to save your sister” and ” I am testing your sisters faith”…

      I felt frustrated because I was desperately trying to help her and she did not want help.

      1. Dr. Sherry Traylor

        I had a dream I was walking up to a stage. And a Bible was passed to me. I heard a voice say I had the Bible turned the wrong way. I looked at the Bible and an arrow was pointing for me turn turn it over to the right way. Once I did it a man stood before me and told me to put my left hand on it and raise my right hand. I noticed I was being sworn in for a position. After I repeated after him. People started clapping. They started coming up to me congratulating me. It was old people, young people, little children All shaking my hand. They was saying congratulations Mayor!

        In this dream, I went into another dream i was telling others about what I dreamed about being a Mayor…

  2. katrina long (tina)

    I have been having dream and it the same one over and over and id like to know how to interpret it I have been recently Baptized and the dreams i had before that are the same as now I dreamed about a man who i fell in love with and he is a christian I see him standing next to a church calling me to him it is very vivid and clear he wants me to be by his side and walk with him can you tell me what it means please

    1. Candice Mcclellan

      There is a specific link for dream interpreting, in fact, I’m surprised he didn’t delete your comment bc he states he will delete comments asking for dream interpretation. But, I am being drawn to your post and would like to tell you what I’m being told. Jesus is wanting you to make Him your husband, He wants to be your number ONE. He is proud of you accepting Him as your Lord and Savior, but now it’s time to put Him first in ALL you do! You may be thinking your dream is about a man who will be coming into your life, but that’s only half true. Once you make Jesus your one and only, the rest of your life will fall into place. God will put people in your life who are meant to be in your life. We have a sinful nature, but we cannot be of this world AND be Christians. We are NOT of this world. This world will confuse you and tell you that it’s ok to do the things everyone else is doing, like watching bad stuff on tv, cussing, smoking, abortion, weed (bc it’s legal), porn, sex with anyone but your spouse, lying, cheating, bullying, listening to secular music, gay marriage, etc, you get the hint, but that’s not God’s Will for us. Even some churches will deceive you, such as new age churches (look that up and really research what that is, it’s evil but many are deceived by it). Read your Bible so you CAN’T be deceived by the enemy. The enemy will come at you harder than ever now that you’re a child of God. Before, he didn’t need to bc he had you already! Go out and preach the message of Jesus Christ. Remove sin from your life. Remove people or places that hold you back from giving yourself 100% to Christ. And once all of this is complete and you truly let God lead you in everything you do, He will put who He knows you need in your life. He will never give us more than we can handle. Pray every single day, talk to God throughout the day and finally get into the Word every day. Congrats on your new birth! I know this was a year ago, but you’re still a baby in Christ and I pray that you will go forth from here and share Him with others! If you ever need to talk to someone you can email me at gonebananas1983 @ gmail . com Obviously no spaces, just didn’t want anything to not show up after I send this message through. Good luck! Candice

    2. Greetings my beloved in the Lord,

      Your dream is simply the Lord calling you to Love Him , to have fellowship with Him . He is calling you to abide in His word and abide in Him. The Lord loves you . Open your heart if you have not and hear His voice . He has something to tell you .

      Revelation 3:20
      Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they will eat with me.

      Remain blessed,
      Bro . Victor

      1. Hi bro Victor! I had a dream let say a really short revelation because, I wasn’t really sleeping….I saw a Bible verse being said with a voice I can’t still remember saying James 1:8. And later on I saw palm fruits and some sweets mixed. I spared a clot under the palm tree with my daughter laying down on it whilst I was picking palm fruits and some sweets giving it to people. And in that same dream saw myself walking like was walking to the hospital gate which I later stood up in my dream asking myself what am I going there for? and I didn’t entered but, rather turned back and went back home and met a man who was telling I wasn’t been well recently and he gave me some paper monies about three notes. And I woke up from sleep hearing the Bible verse lastly.

    3. It may be the Lord calling you into a relationship with him… As he is a man standing next to a church…. He wants you to be with him. And you said you recently were baptized (fell in love with him)

  3. Theresa R Biggs

    Thank you for your post and blog, I needed to read it for my dream was I wept due to not enough people Knew Jesus and it has not left me yet that feeling of sadness that was put on my heart to share and I know you all will keep sharing. Thank you again for a great blog.

  4. Theresa R Biggs

    One more thing if it is ok with you will share your page on mine. I like to refer to others great sites.

  5. Donna Chelette

    I know i always have a dream of different things, some weird, some crazy off the wall stuff. But lately these dreams has been about family and friends. I had a dream that i was with my grandmother during her time of sickness, but in the dream she reach out to me, [like she was trying to tell me something before she died]. Personally, none of that has happen or I was never with her when she died because at the time we had a family disputed [with me and my mom’s sister]. I don’t believe in psychic, I don’t believe in the after life on earth. Even though, I never got anything of my grandmother’s nor receive my inheritances until my Aunt passed away a few months ago. My Cousin gave me my grandmother’s purse. Nothing true value or nothing personal. But i am not understanding why I have this dream, it was almost like it was real. Can you help me understand this.

  6. i had a dream i was preaching on Matthew 7:1-5 Judging Others im not a preacher but in the the dream i was the dream was very vivid just curious if it meant anything

  7. In fall of 2019, I had a dream where I was in a large city that I didn’t recognize, and the sidewalks were crowded with people who were celebrating something, smiling, laughing, and I could hear cheering coming from the right. The road was completely empty, and I went through the crowd to get a closer look. Someone was riding down the empty road on a huge white horse. He came closer, and once the man on the horse came near to where I was, he stopped. I then saw that it was Jesus! He looked right at me, smiled, and reached out towards me. Immediately, I ran to him, and I hugged him. Jesus wrapped his arms around me, and we held each other very close, and then the best part happened: Jesus spoke to me! He said, “You are saved”. Oh, it was seriously the best dream I’ve ever had in my now 23 year long life. Reading this article, I’m almost certain that this was indeed from God. I could still feel the feeling I got from the dream just from writing this. The best way I could describe it is that it’s just like hugging a lightning bolt that is made of the purest and most intense love anyone could have for you. I feel this dream can help me overcome my constant fear of, “ What if I die, hoping to be saved, but only to be thrown into hell because I went wrong somehow in this life?” . If this is in fact Jesus who really said this and did this to me, then I would want to believe it, because I know Jesus does not deceive. Jesus takes salvation and the condition of our souls very seriously. Jesus doesn’t mess around.

    1. Amazing experience that was! I can only imagine how exhilarating it felt. I had a somewhat similar experience sometime in May. I saw Jesus on the cross, I cried intensely and shed tons of tears. Interestingly, I woke up crying and shedding real tears in the physical. I wasn’t agitated; it was a sense of peace, calmness, and gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice for me! Glory to God.

  8. I had a dream that i was standing with the crowd.I heard a teaching and posters of chart were being taught.It was teaching about curse to blessing.While listening to the teaching suddenly a group of people wearing black mask with horn,all cloths in black riding on black horse.The were alots of them that can not be counted.they were running very fast doing something that i can not understand.I cant see any one else every one is gone.I ran very fast that i that i fall down on the ground.They did not see me but something they were doing and shouting “Go”
    I woke up suddenly!
    Please help me,i have searching for a long time and i found this website because sometimes what i dream of happens.

    1. You are being pressured to do something that is against God’s will. Stand firm God says ” The righteous one will not be moved ” Stay strong in the Lord and do not give in to what others are pressuring you to do

  9. Where can I go to get help with my dream? I had it when I was a young man and now I am 65 and going to retire. The dream is still so vivid in my mind today. I don’t want to die with unfinished business and would like to solve this dream.

  10. Esther Joseph

    I had a dream that my pastor came over to my house, he looked at me and asked if I was ok, I said yes, instantly I felt a strange feeling then he approached me and rest his hand on me and started praying. I fell down and when I looked up there were other pastors whom I knew praying over me as well, It lasted for awhile. I would really like to know the meaning of this dream.

  11. I had a dream that I woke-up after dieing in hell. I started yelling for Jesus! And I could see around me almost like cartoon devils and other bad minions around me. I felt it was not good.

    Then after that I was in a large house and the earth was flooding. And all the animals were trying to break into the house. I big black wolf got in and was trying to attack me. He scratched and bit at me drawing blood I could see. I then new I hand to protect me and my 2 cats. I started punching him and then grabbed him and body slammed him to the ground and threw him outside the house. He was still circling the house looking at me.

    I’m a Christian born again believer and recently have been think about those who passed without being saved and wonderful about those who could die and are not saved …

  12. I do believe in God but I’ve never been baptized or saved. I’ve always been terrified of religion. The older I get the worse the fear is. I thought I’d share two dreams that I have. I feel like it’s a battle between good and evil.

    As a child I always had the same dream. I was at church with my mother and I’m sitting and listening to the preacher. I feel a rumble beneath my feet and the whole church starts to shake. Everyone is running around and the floor cracks open and this massive being(I assumed the devil) rises up. I can’t find my mom so I run to the bathroom to hide, the door busts open and I wake up. I never got any further in that dream.

    Here recently, I have been having a dream about the lord coming back. I don’t know where I’m at but I’m out on the streets where there are markets. I see people walking and buying things, they don’t look like Americans so again, I don’t know where I’m at. I look up and the clouds start to part, then the sky and I see a massive figure step down and people start screaming and running. The figure is blurry and I can’t see his face, but I can feel that it’s God. People start disappearing and I’m scared. I start to run and I wake from the dream.

  13. I had a dream of not him but me worshiping him. I don’t really know if i believe. My mother is a big believer, i go to church every Sunday with her. Don’t get me wrong i want to believe i really do but i don’t know how. I had a dream i was worshiping Jesus, after that, a big wave came our way and then the rest just went completely blank then i woke up i don’t know if this was a message Im not sure

  14. My husband left me after 37 years. I have not seen him in seven months. Nothing. Devastating. I have been coping with this since April and my spirit and love and sanity have all been tossed out the window.

    Friday night 10/16 I had a dream that I was being chased. I was running from house to house. I ended up at this one house and standing there is my husband telling me everything is going to be okay and how much love he has. I felt this wondrous absolutely riveting love that I cannot explain. I woke up there after. The feeling was soooo real. I thought it was my feelings, but I believe they are god’s love and he was telling me that he knows and he understands and he loves me.

    Very very vivid and I remember it clearly

    Not much of a “believer” in things. But this was a big WOW

  15. Jean Baptiste Kwizera

    My daughter had a dream and saw that we were in a foot ball stadium. suddenly she saw fire coming from far and everyone were afraid and people were fleeing looking for rivers to hide themselves. when she looked behind me and her mother stayed in that stadium standing as we rose our hands praying with no fear. Please help me understand the meaning.

  16. I dreamt that I was called to the pulpit to preach, but I started to clear my throat so I asked for water, I looked under the stand and saw two bottles filled with fluids, one is corked and the other opened, they both looked like water, so I took the one that was not opened and began to drink only to find I was drinking oil. What is the meaning of this please?

    I would be delighted if you can respond with an interpretation of my dream.
    Could you email me?

    Thank You.

  17. Thanks! This really helped. I have had prophetic dreams in the past that have stuck with me but I ignored because I felt they weren’t relevant. They later turned out to be what I know now to be messages from God because they predicted how specific events played out later in life. Had I took them seriously I would have been prepared for the trying times that came. He was warning me. I had another dream recently that bugged me and has stuck with me every day since. That’s what led me here. This time I’ll heed His warnings. But still, it’s hard to know until it actually happens. But as I have drawn closer to God recently He has drawn closer to me and this dream came shortly after having prayed to Him for clarity understanding. Letting Him know that I am humbled and that I finally understand that He is in control. This dream came after and clarified a difficult situation I have been struggling through for months now on my own before finally coming to Him acknowledging that I can’t get through this or my life without Him.

  18. I just had a dream last night.. the first part of the dream I kinda remember but it’s a little faded, I was at some type of school in the gym then that’s all I remember, all I remember is next is being in this home with this bad person inside the house & hearing out loud the sin he committed & being terrified I was with another individual but I can’t remember who or know who the individual, me & this individual started praying together in the house calling out for god to take all the bad energy energy away then.. outside I see someone burning in mid air, I was terrified I had hide under the table then these bright lights appear in the sky & it was very windy & it looked like god kingdom & when I saw god’s kingdom & god was picking people going into his kingdom I felt relieved & excited & knowing I was going to get picked, which I did I was going into his kingdom then.. that’s when I woke up & that’s all that I remember.

  19. I just had a dream last night.. the first part of the dream I kinda remember but it’s a little faded, I was at some type of school in the gym then that’s all I remember, all I remember is next is being in this home with this bad person inside the house & hearing out loud the sin he committed & being terrified I was with another individual but I can’t remember who or know who the individual, me & this individual started praying together in the house calling out for God to take all the bad energy energy away then.. outside I see someone burning in mid air, I was terrified I had hide under the table then these bright lights appear in the sky & it was very windy & it looked like god kingdom & when I saw God’s kingdom & God was picking people going into his kingdom I felt relieved & excited & knowing I was going to get picked, which I did I was going into his kingdom then.. that’s when I woke up & that’s all that I remember. &
    I have been feeling distant from God

  20. I have been having a feeling that there is a not nice spirit in my house and having dreams of being held down. When I try to move and speak I can’t. I try to yell out and I can’t. I will try to yell NO NO NO and only can make noises. I then had a dream that God came to me, I don’t think we spoke, but I know he was standing next to me. After that I had more dreams of being held down. Two nights ago I had a dream of being held down and I was yelling I LOVE GOD, I yelled it twice and and third time I tried so hard to say it that I woke myself up, I would have sworn I said it. This last dream was the quickest of all my dreams of being held down. I am trying to understand what all this means.

  21. Years ago I was in deep prayer before bed and had multiple visions. First, I saw my prayer go up on a cloud. It was like I was pushing it up through prayer meditation. Then i experienced two whispering silhouettes and everything went dark. I was standing in a void of nothingness. I recalled a bible verse I didn’t even know I had memorized and Jesus pulled me out of that place. I think it may have been a type of purgatory. Then,The best way I know how to describe it was I was back in my room sitting on my bed and I saw something very big bird/ Eagle/Bull like flying around my room with multiple animal faces a tail and huge talons. I prayed even harder at this point because I was petrified and had another vision. The clouds parted and I saw two Angels. This continues multiple times. I was shown multiple things almost like looking through a telescope of sorts because they would open up slowly. I saw a rectangle gold throne that went up Beyond anything I’ve ever seen that was so bright I couldn’t look directly at it. It wasn’t like any gold i have ever seen. I went on to have 7 more visions that night. I don’t feel comfortable sharing because I feel like the visions themselves were from god and I have always kept my prayers between him and I. But Because its literally been years and I still don’t know if it creature was evil or not. It still scares me to this day I need to know what I saw in my room. I haven’t been able to pray like that since I’m to scared to try. It’s been about 5 years since and I still get scared. Not from the visions that were shown but the thing in my room while I was having them. I remember every detail, it’s strange because as scared as I was I still felt a wave of love when I looked up at the throne. I had never experienced anything like that before that night. I had never had any visions before that night. I feel like when I pray now they are more surface prayers if that makes sense because I’m afraid of that happening again. If it was god would I have been this scared by it?

  22. I saw writing in my dream ‘ you will go and weed’…….. what does it mean in biblically? Thanks man of God

  23. The dream was from God. He wants to use you in His Kingdom. You have a gift. And first give your life to Jesus and let Him be the Lord of your life .

  24. Good day, I have had 2 dreams about a certain person (natural person & man of God – with a name starting with a J), he was so clear in the dreams. The first happened in April 2021: where i was crying and he was sitting somewhere in a place that looked like a park, waiting to preach a sermon and i was lamenting and complaining about my concerns with my x-husband and how he refuses to take care of the children for years now. I then later went to him – feeling a sense of shame for the complaining – as he was looking at me the entire time, as I started to apologize for my outburst he told me not to, that it was ok and asked what could he do for me, asked what wanted him to do. i told him that i didn’t want them hurt or wish them bad but that i was just tired. he leaned in and hugged me, and I woke up. ——Fast forward to the second one: It was like i was shopping for home stuff (glasses and canisters) and i went to check on notebooks as i needed one for sermons and noting scriptures, he came in walking with a person, walked towards me and told me to buy the book that has many pages instead of the other so allow me write all i needed to, and he walked away. My daughter had dreamt: about my God given husband who was coming, and his name started with a J, she’s had multiple dreams of us together with him as a family a few times and she would wake up and tell me, since last year. I would like to know what these dreams mean please if possible?

  25. I believe that I experienced a dream with God, but it wasn’t just him, it was also the devil. He was trying to get to me but I was saying a prayer to the lord, to protect me. And he did, I didn’t see him but after saying my prayers, I was safe.So I’m not entirely sure if he was there, but I know he protected me.

  26. Petro Joubert

    Good morning.
    I’m a Godfearing person, though not perfect but I try to be a better person. I had a dream a few months ago and it was vivid and still is fresh in my mind. I believe it was a dream from God warning me and trying to keep me save. It keeps bugging me and I think about it alot.
    I dreamt I was among people on the street, and a voice urged me to please not drink of the unholy water. There was no water (fountain, or something of the kind) in my dream.
    Could you please help me get more clarity? What could the unholy water be???

  27. Hello I need help clarifying this dream I keep having this dream for months now.
    This dream I tell myself that it’s not real and pray and ask god to take away all the bad things from my head away it’s very scary.
    This dream it always starts as me falling asleep and feeling a presence in my room and I usually ignore it but tonight it got to me. Tonight it started the same way and as I’m sleeping I’m seeing a dark figure in my room (in the dream) and I started saying you why are you here why do you come here and bother me and I start cussing at it and it starts to like get in my head and I feel it’s anger and i ran out the room and go into my parents room and I’m screaming “moommmm” and this dark figure is following me towards their room and I tell my dad same words “ pa the dream I keep having for months is happening right now it’s coming towards us pray loud with me and the dark figure shows it’s self to us and he’s coming towards us he lays his hand on my moms head and my voice starts to crack and I can’t talk anymore I can’t pray anymore but my dad is praying (also we are saying “our father” but in Spanish) and the dark figure goes away. The “devil” or Dominic thing shows up as a man dressed like a pope but it was black the dressing and he has a bible with him. This dream changes up he usually comes for me and lays his hand on my head and I can’t talk to breathe well I choke up when I pray in the dream. Please anyone reach out and try to help me my number is 9199143224

  28. I had a dream that the one that I falled in love whit (he is an online person) was fake and all made up. I was freaking out because me and him we are bestfriend since last summer and we love both eachoter and he is the one that God sent to me. But it’s confusing because some days after I dreamed that my parents approved him. I just don’t really know what to think. Can I have an answer? After the dream I prayed to God for asking him if he is really fake but I FaceTimed him a bunch of times and I saw his face. I am just confused. But my dream wasn’t biblical. God didn’t talked in it. God never talked in my dream s

  29. I have had a few dreams in the past about God. I do not see him, but have some sort of interaction in the sense of, I always end up crying out to him or worshiping him.

    Last night I had a new one where I had written a short song of worship and at the same time I was presenting it to him and I had a clear understanding of what the song meant. As this all took place I began crying as I pondered the meaning of the song.

    The dream ended and I was immediately in the semi awake stage, but not any where near awake to get out of bed. In this semi awake stage I was trying to remember the words to the song and they came back to me and in this moment I felt the urge to cry, which would have been physically crying, but I did not do it.

    When I finally woke up I remembered all of this, but could not remember the lyrics of the song, but had a feeling on the general thoughts of the song which were to seek the Lord, to look for him, like even turn over the rocks to see if he is under one and if you will do that you will find him. He can be found, you need to want to find him.

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