What To Do When You Keep Having Bad Dreams

What To Do When You Keep Having Bad Dreams

Bad Dreams: What To Do When You Keep Having Bad Dreams

Bad dreams
Sleeping woman

I have emphasized the importance of dreams in my recent article. You can check it out. HERE

By the help of Holy Spirit, I have also written on the major sources of dreams. Read it. HERE.

However, when we dream, we don’t only see good things in our dreams. At times, we see scary, horrible and terrifying dreams.

Furthermore, this article is written for believers who repeatedly see dreams that scare them.

Some people have seen themselves having sex, drowning inside water, eating heavily and being beaten to a pulp in their dreams.

Now, what do you do when you keep having bad dreams?

Biblical Views On Dreams

Six Basic Things To Do When You Keep Having Bad Dreams

• Understand The Purpose Of Dreams

Joel 2:28

[28]And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my SPIRIT upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall DREAM DREAMS, your young men shall see visions.

The spirit of the Lord gives dreams to people. One of the proofs of Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is dream.

However, when the Lord gives dreams to people to see. He gives them for the following reasons;


God also assures His people through dream as he assured Jacob of His presence (Gen 28:12,15).


Also, He warns people as he warns Abimelech in His dream.

Genesis 20:3
[3]But God came to Abimelech in a DREAM BY NIGHT, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.


He guides as He guided Joseph, the father of Jesus when he was at the point of confusion.

Matthew 1:20
[20]But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him IN A DREAM, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


By dream, God reveals what He is about to do to us in the future. He did this to Pharaoh as explained by Joseph.

Book of Genesis 41:25
[25]And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The DREAM of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh WHAT HE IS ABOUT TO DO.

From my expositions above, you could see why God enables people to dream dreams.

Originally, God does not give you evil vision that will make you kill yourself when you wake up.

Once you know this, you will be able to wage war against the devil. If, he comes in form of bad dreams.

Whenever you have bad dreams, be aware of the fact that God doesn’t give dreams to scare Christians.

But, He gives dreams to guide, warn, assure and tell you of His future plans.

Any dream you have that is inexplicable or does not fulfil any of these purposes is not of God.

Dear friend, God cannot show you a dream where you will be having sex.

More so, some of those who have sex in their dreams, experience setback and they struggle in life.

Expressly, know the purpose of dream, so as to ask God for the kind of dreams you want to be having.

Bad Dream

• Know The Meaning Of The Dream

Frankly, some dreams are not as bad as we think. It is because we do not understand them.

And that’s why we conclude that they are bad.

Please, read this passage;

Genesis 41:5,8,25
[5]And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.

[8]And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

[25]And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Can you see what I saw? It was God who showed Pharaoh the dream. Yet, he could not understand it by himself.

Pharaoh had to look for a good interpreter of dreams. And Joseph was the one who successfully interpreted his dreams.

Basically, you may not have the grace to decode every dream that you see. But, you can visit your pastor.

Your Pastor or any true gifted Prophet of the Lord will explain the meaning of your dream to you.

Look for the meaning of the dream you have seen. You can also pray to God to grant you understanding.

Actually, every believer carries the Spirit of the Lord like Joseph. So, you can interpret dreams without going before any Prophet.

Beloved, if you don’t know the meaning of your dream. Go and see a true servant of the Lord that will help you.

How To Interpret Dreams From Biblical Perspective

• Avoid Sin

Jude 1:8
[8]Likewise also these FILTHY DREAMERS defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Isn’t it surprising that God’s Word made mention of filthy dreamers?

Oh! Who are filthy dreamers? They are those who see bad dreams due to their filthy lifestyle.

Truly, they are the ones who will watch pornographic films throughout the day.

Therefore, when they sleep, they see themselves having sex with another person in their dream.

Sex workers, body defilers and every worker of iniquity will continually have bad dream.

Follow this counsel, quit every form of sin that you’ve been committing.

Seek the forgiveness of your sins from God and you will begin to have great and clear dreams.

• Avert Evil Dream With The Right Decision

Daniel 4:27
[27]Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

Daniel told king Nebuchadnezzar to break off his sin.

Additionally, he was told to stop oppressing the poor so as to avert the fulfilment of bad dream.

Nebuchadnezzar did not follow the counsel given to him by Prophet Daniel.

According to Daniel interpretation of his dream. The king was going to live like an animal to seven years.

Sadly, due to the King’s disobedience, that evil dream came to pass in his lifetime.

See, anytime you have bad dreams. Be careful to follow godly instructions given to you by Holy Spirit.

Basically, God’s servant may tell you to pray to hinder bad dream from happening. Please, pray.

As long as what you are told to do to avert evil dream, doesn’t contradict the standard of God’s Word.

Obey that instruction if it’s line with Gods Word. Particularly, pray against bad dream.

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• Limit Your Labour

Ecclesiastes 5:3
[3]For a dream cometh through the MULTITUDE OF BUSINESS; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

Multitude of business drives all kinds of dreams to you.

In other words, when you sleep after stressing yourself too much in the day. You may have many meaningless dreams.

Therefore, limit your labour. Study yourself. If those bad dreams come when you labour heavily. Reduce your labour.

To stop having bad dream; work on how you work throughout the day. And determine to change.

Be properly guided, it doesn’t mean that you should quit your job. But, there is a better way to limit your labour.

5 Godly Ways To Enjoy Yourself As A Christian

• Pray

Deuteronomy 29:29
[29]The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Absolutely, Secret things belong to God. You want to see the deep things of God in your dream? Pray!

Specifically, don’t tell God to lead you only through dreams. He may decide to direct you through vision, perception or dream.

Just pray against bad dreams. Take authority over them through the name of Jesus.

Earnestly pray through and record victory in the place of prayer over any satanic vision.

Say to the devil, your intention will not come to pass over me. Your plans are frustrated.

Jeremiah 33:3
[3]Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

Now, call upon God to show you those great and mighty things you need to know.

If you will need to fast. Please, do. Pray and fast. But if you can’t. Just pray fervently against evil dreams.

Read Also: How To Make God Answer Your Prayers Speedily


• God is not the author of any dream that confuses believers. It is the devil who does that (I Cor 14:33).

• Make sure you take the right decision whenever you have bad dream. Pray against it.

• No bad/evil dream should be taken for granted. Nebuchadnezzar brought evil upon himself for his nonchalant attitude towards dreams.

• Adequately understand the purpose of dream and you will enjoy God through the way He will minister to you.

• Claim the fulfilment of good dreams through prayers. Don’t share them with your friends. Keep it to yourself.

Important: Four Ways To Overcome Anger

May the Lord bless you for reading.

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Written by
Tunde Korede
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