Bad Dreams

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Drayden has been having bad dreams.  He has asked several times where bad dreams come from.  Its my believe that they are not of God, as he is good.  I have tried to look into the bible to find this answer for him.  I was wondering your thoughts on the subject.

Leah

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  1. Leah,

    Bad dreams are definitely not from God. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. You are exactly right that they do not come from God because God only sends good gifts. Therefore, bad dreams are from sources other than God. Since there is only one other source that they could come from is from Satan.

    Now the question becomes, why does Satan send bad dreams. There are several reasons; one is because he is bad and everything he does is bad. John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Satan is a lier, a thief and a destroyer. He hates God and everyone that follows God, and will do anything to hurt them. He is the one who sends bad dreams as well as many other bad things.

    So how does he become so effective? There are several things that we do to give him permission to mess us up. First of all, we are born into this world with a sin nature. We are already a slave to sin and the servant of sin. That power is broken when we become a child of God and are saved. From then on Satan has no power to force us to sin but he still tries to deceive us into sinning. He sets traps for us and uses our own will against us. We chose to sin because we haven’t learned how to say no and we don’t realize that Satan’s power is broken. Another way that he is effective is through temptations. Temptations is using our old desires to cause us to make bad choices. When we do that, we leave a door open for Satan to tempt us which allows Satan to have access into our thoughts. With that open door, Satan will influence us against God and we will make bad choices. Still another way, is for us to lull us into boredom. We will then become dissatisfied with spiritual things and turn our minds to things of this world and bam, we are headed in the wrong direction. There are a number of other things that you have to learn and practice to be able to shut all the doors to Satan and stop his influence. Really, it is quite simple. Satan only has access to our lives to the extent that we hold on to the self life.

    The best way to fight Satan is to fill our mind with the things of God. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

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