Discerning_Spirits wrote:Image? What image? I did'nt post anything...
The image was posted by someone else, and got edited away by the moderators.
Anyway. Like Shooby, I'm kinda skeptical about dream interpretation - maybe it's just that I haven't had any dreams I remember that made any sense, let alone had any meaning to something happening in my life. I'm not saying this is always the case, but what may be happening here is a form of apophenia
, which is when our brains pick up patterns in otherwise meaningless data, regardless of whether there actually is a pattern there or not. A good example of this is face recognition - since we're wired to spot other peoples' faces, there's times when we see inanimate objects that look like faces, and that part of our brain springs up, insisting it's a face even though it's clearly not. There might be selfish cognitive biases mixed in there too: You say you think your dreams are prophetic, so when you have one, you start looking for things to justify your belief that you have prophetic dreams, and given enough time and effort, you'll probably find something, remembering the time you got it "right" while discarding all the times when images in your dreams didn't appear in real life.
As for spiritual gifts, I'm a bit out of step with the common view of there being a set number of specific gifts. Based on the several different listings Paul gives of gifts, I think he was just saying that some people are called to do different things in service of the church, rather than trying to harmonize the different lists or relate them to something concrete, repeatable and immutable. Whatever you feel called by God to do, that's your spiritual gift, be it preaching, serving peoples' physical needs, counseling others, playing music, giving to charity, or anything else you think God has given you the ability to do. Martin Luther once said, "Here I stand, and stand here I must" - wherever God is leading or has placed you, that's where you need to make your stand, and that's where you'll use your gifts in whatever way you can.