LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL 2:1
"Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him.”
10 KEYS WHEN YOU HAVE A BAD DREAM. ( LEARNT IT PRACTICALLY OVER THE YEARS)
1. Rule number one - Never wake up and begin to panic .Fear opens the gate for the enemy to attack you . Key - wake up from that dream and deliberately refuse to fear . Why? He that says He is with you , is far greater than the enemy that is trying to harass you in the dream . your faith is a shield . wake up with your shield of faith .( Eph 6:16) .Note: Isaiah 41:10(Amp)"Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of [salvation].’
2. Go into thanksgiving prayer using the word with faith in your heart - Example -"father I thank you because your word says I shall not die but live and declare the works of the lord "(Psalm 118:17). you find yourself in rags in the dream , rebuke it and pray the word concerning your finances "father I thank you because it is written in your word that you taketh delight in my prosperity , so you spirit of poverty the lord rebuke you , you are a liar get lost in the name of Jesus , Amen. (Psalm 35:27)"Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”
3. The power of your imagination- what Satan does is that he tries to super impose his evil imagination/ thoughts in form of pictures on your subconscious man using fear like faith to establish it in your inner man/ subconscious as true , as it is what you think in your mind / subconscious you become . (Prov. 23:7a). So what do you do ? Cast that evil imagination / thought of the devil down and bring your thoughts to the obedience of God's word . The truth that has been written concerning you. think on those truths you have read in scripture and picture yourself in it in prayer , thanksgiving and joy in the lord .2 Cor 10:5 (Amp)"We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, .”
4. Fret not - At times you are tempted to fret about it , but don't,offence will hinder your faith . That is what Satan expects of you , so he can move in with his other plans against you . Don't fret , let him know you know who you are in Christ and you are in charge not him. Rebuke him with the word and command the mountain of that evil dream to depart in prayer . Mark 11:23(NIV)"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
5. Hold your peace - Always be in control is the key .If the dream is really bad , your peace will allow Him (Jesus) to speak to you . He does it in the midst of your storms .( Psalm 46:1 ). He can tell you to just praise Him , He can tell you to laugh at the devil using the word (Job 5:22) . He can just quicken in your spirit what to do at that moment . let Him lead before you begin to pray out of point.John 14:27"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” When fear is out of the way , His peace (answer) comes to show you the way out . Amen. Isaiah 30:21
6.Don't doubt - There is always this tendency to doubt if God is still with you when you encounter evil dreams , but listen , He is there . He cannot lie .(Heb 13:5) so don't at such moments doubt. Activate your faith in prayer and let God fight the battle for you . God loves it when he sees your faith in Him .hmm, believe it. . Heb 13:5b(NLT)" For God has said, "I will ever fail you. I will never abandon you.” Doubt will allow the enemy to plant his evil seeds/thoughts in your mind , so he can use it against you when you empower it with your belief. .hold your ground in faith and resist the enemy. 1 Peter 5:9
7. Trust - Now see the power of trust- scripture says to trust Him at all times . Meaning what ? good dreams or bad dreams we trust Him . Why? the word is more potent ,quick to respond and more powerful than the forces of darkness on earth or in heaven.(1 John 4:4 Amp) . Psalm 62:8 (NIV)"Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
8. Prayer - When you want to really deal with Satan and his agents, use prayer . scripture puts it well in the book of Luke 18:1 (Amp)"Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart, " . Deal hard with him and return every wicked arrows of the enemy back to the devil and all his cohorts using the word of God as your weapon .Prov 11:8. Prov 11:5b. Prov 11:19 and more from scriptures
9. No matter the bad dream , keep the word in your mouth and your heart .(Isaiah 51:16a). Never waver and never let go of what God has promised you in His word . hold on to it and confess it aloud . Heb10:23 (Amp)" Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; ". Key - See it as an opportunity to establish the truth in your life and family , business etc.
10. Finally - Roms 8:28 watch this - . He can still use the bad dream to teach you many things , so your confidence in Him will be strong . 1. He can use the evil to show you how weak the enemy really is.2. He can use it to show you the lies of the enemy.(John 8:44) .3 He can just teach you a new thing from it . The enemy cannot beat God. This is were the scripture Roms 8:28 (NLT) proves to be true . "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
"bad dreams are thoughts of the enemy , they are empowered when you believe the lies instead of the truth in God's word " Numbers 23:19
Prayer: Father deal with every bad dream I have had in the past and now in the name of Jesus , Amen.
You are blessed!