Rules for Discerning Dreams – John Boruff

My whole view of dreams is this: (1) They are not Sigmund Freud psychological subconsciously derived images conjured up by myself. (2) Dreams come from the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17). (3) Dreams come from the devil (Jude 1:8). In Bible times, nobody viewed dreams as self-derived; they come from either God or the devil–that’s what I believe.

Dreams never stand or fall as divine in their origin by themselves. The same passage that speaks about Holy Spirit-inspired dreams (Acts 2:17), also speaks of signs and wonders for confirmation’s sake (Acts 2:19). You have to have these as well:–if you would be convinced a dream could be from God. No way should anyone just gullibly trust a dream, because its a dream. That would be no spiritual discernment. Plus, you also have to judge people by their fruit (Matt. 7:20; 1 John 4:1; Isa. 8:20). All of these things have to factor together in order to make a reasonable conclusion about the divine or demonic origin of a dream.

Dream Bibliography

Cutten, George. The Psychological Phenomena of Christianity. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908. Chapter VII: “Dreams.”

Jackson, John Paul. The Biblical Model of Dream Interpretation: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Soulish Methodology. 3 CD Set. Flower Mound, TX: Streams Ministries International, 2006.

Milligan, Ira. Understanding the Dreams You Dream. Revised and Expanded. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 2010.

Riffel, Herman. Dream Interpretation: A Biblical Understanding. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 1993.

Thomas, Benny. Exploring the World of Dreams. New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1990.


About John Boruff

John Boruff is the founder of, a husband, father, and sometimes an open air preacher. He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2008 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion and views himself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. As a Christian, he feels connected with all members of the body of Christ, but can identify the most with churches like the Assemblies of God and the Vineyard. In 2015, he released "The Gospel of Jesus Christ," which is meant to be a Bible study for open air preaching. For his other writings, search articles on this site or see the E-Books section.
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