"I look so beautiful in this dream!"
"Yes. You are truly beautiful inside."
"This seems so real!"
"Of course it is. Everyone is beautiful in his own way. This is the true you! Believe it!"
"I love the new me! Who says Jesus is the only way to heaven? It's plain to see that I am good enough."
"Yes, now that you are feeling better, anyone can see that you've always had within you the power to be like God."
Night after night the woman took her medication as prescribed, and each night she had the same dream. Over time the small amount of conviction she felt over her sin faded, and she lost all interest in the gospel message.
"We've got her now," said the demons who had worked hard to keep her in deception. "We've won."
Not many warnings are given these days concerning the dangers of sedative-hypnotic drugs. People may take them to "forget" their inner pain, but in reality all they merely cover the pain - through deceit, fantasy, and lies. Therein lies the peril of prescription medication, in particular the sort that causes "vivid dreams."
At first the whole idea of "vivid dreams" may sound like no big deal. But think about it: What are "vivid dreams" anyway, if not something that a person sees in his heart (or mind) but not with his eyes? And how different are drug-induced "vivid dreams" from drug-induced hallucinations? Both look and seem very real. Both fool the senses. But neither one is real. They are both fantasy.
I mean, think about it: Could one form of rock (mentioned in Revelation 6:16) that people will call on to hide them from God's wrath actually refer to drugs (ground rocks)? After all, they do get people "stoned." Thank God we have an alternative.
For in contrast to drug-inspired dreams, God gives vivid dreams without the influence of drugs. These dreams reflect spiritual truth (reality) as opposed to fantasy, and help a person fulfill his/her true calling in life. You can read about such God-inspired dreams in both the Old Testament and New. Israel's son Joseph had vivid dreams, and so did Pharaoh. Mary's husband Joseph had clear dreams in which angels appeared to him and gave him directions for protecting God's only begotten Son Jesus from those who wished to kill him.
God inspires dreams for the good of people, but Satan can inspire dreams for the detriment of humanity. These are the two main forces at work in people's lives, leading them to either good or evil. God is greater, but He allows Satan some freedom to work evil due to man's choices and free will. Therefore dreams can be inspired either by God or by Satan.
The only protection from deceit is through the blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11), for Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only life (John 14:6). Without the blood placed on the doorposts of one's heart, the death angel is free to kill through deception (Exodus 12:23; John 8:44; John 10:10). Such deception may look, sound, and feel very vivid (real). But it brings with it the pestilence that walks in darkness (Exodus 12:13; Psalm 91:6).
Only by surrendering our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ can we find true freedom - and healing. For all of our diseases, whether of the body or of the mind.