What are our dreams or vision for the future? What are the plans and purposes for me and my family as we relate to fellow followers of Jesus and those who are lost? How am I relating to God moment by moment? To my family members who need me each minute by minute? To my fellow followers of Jesus who I see in my daily walk of life? To those who need a witness outside the kingdom of God? These are questions each member of the Body of Christ should stop to ponder. What does Jesus want me to do?
Am I willing to become a dreamer for God? Dreams can change the world.
Dreams are about relationships. Dreams are born in our spirit and burned into our soul by God as the result of a relentless pursuit for his presence. True dreams birthed by God are not about talent, money or notoriety. Dreams worth living are God given visions about seeing reality through God’s eyes.
Dreams born out of a relationship with Christ come at the most unexpected moments of life. The full revelation and understanding of what the Holy Spirit is whispering to our spirit doesn’t always make sense to our natural mind. Clarity often takes time. However, as we wait in anticipation for further enlargement of the vision, we must do so with patience. God hides many of the secrets of heaven from us until we are ready to yield fully to his plan and purpose for our life.
Most life changing moments and ministries start with one person and a dream. These moments may seem small to man; however, they are significant to God in despite of the observations of man. David understood the significance of God’s intervention in his life. Psalm 51:11 (NIV) “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.”
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV) “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding; indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Habakkuh wrote: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tables so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation waits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Dreams require meekness. We don’t need nor should we tell anyone what some of our dreams are until the time is right. In fact, people won’t understand or support our dream until God is ready to move and fulfill the dream. We will know when the timing is right. We will hear his still quiet voice of release that it is time to share the vision he gives us.
Dreams can be complicated; people may not understand. God given dreams and visions are all about people. God is interested in people. Some dream about the honor or fame they may gain by doing “ministry” for the Lord. Others preach a message that if we have a correct dream or vision, it will make our life easier, bring advancement in our career and make us rich.
Dreams and visions from God benefit others. At first, they may seem to be about us, the dreamer, the visionary, but God’s goal of the dream and vision is to bring us to the point where others are blessed through us as he increases and we decrease. A dream worth dreaming may not even be fulfilled in one’s life time. Great prayer warriors of the past have come and gone into anonymity without the recognition of others. Many mothers, grandmothers, fathers and grandfathers with hidden dreams and visions about their children have prayed passionately for their sons and daughters behind the scenes that God will use them as a blessing to others, especially to those of the household of faith. Some cling unwaveringly in faith believing for a wayward son, daughter or relative that Jesus will realign their priories so they come face to face with the reality of the meaning of a lost life.
Dreams and visions upset the status quo. They stir our emotions. They bring us to a place that makes us cry out to God: ‘something must change’. The dreams God gives to us cause us to be restless. They keep us up at night. Amazingly, he desires and is willing to give strength, peace and rest in the middle of the journey toward the goal he has placed in our hearts.
Here is what David said: Psalm 143:6-8 (NIV)”I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
Dreams require faith. We have to believe God that he will bring them to pass. This is more than believing in God; it is to believe he will bring them to pass in his timing and according to his purpose. There is a big difference in believing in God and to believe God. Godly dreams and vision are about advancing the kingdom of God by faith. They require us to be willing to move in faith as he moves while others may stand in fear of failure. There is no advancement without the risk of failure. Many fail because of a fear of failure. I know. I have been there. A dream and vision born in faith is all about the presence of the Lord at work in our lives.
Jeremiah 17:7-9 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Dreams must be yoked to the heart and purpose of Jesus and hitched to the burden of God for his people and those who are lost. Dreams and visions that bear eternal fruit are only those given by God. They are not dreams we dreamed as a child about being a doctor, lawyer, great athlete, wealthy business man or women, a millionaire or to travel around the world. There is nothing wrong with these latter dreams if those are what God desires to bless one with but they are only temporal.
Dreams don’t follow a straight path. The path will be crooked, up and down, around the bend in the road. The journey usually leads us through deep valleys of despair, by the way of time in the parched desert and over dangerous, difficult to spiritually climb high mountains. Choosing a life of safety is for the faint of heart, not for those who hunger and thirst for the fulfilling delight of knowing him. Living a life of security appeals to our natural preference. The radical fulfillment of a dream is revolutionary and cannot be understood or comprehended by our natural mind. We cannot even begin to apprehend how God will answer our desire. The placement of a dream within our heart by God is only the beginning. The journey is the hard work of walking out the dream in faith day by day.
David said in Psalm 63:1-3 (NIV) “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”
Habakkuk’s prayer: “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Then he declared: “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”
Dreams cost something. Dreams require obedience and sacrifice. Consider the great men and women in the Bible. First, one must be in obedience to God before he puts the dream in one’s heart. Dreams take time to come to pass; they require giving up something to allow God make bring the dream to pass. People become busy doing life and lose focus on God and abandon their dream. However, God is a dream restorer. Listen to how David responded to God after his failure before God placed the dream and vision in his heart to build a temple for the Ark of the Covenant.
Psalm 51:11-13 (NIV) “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”
God is always seeking, watching and waiting for followers who will recognize how weak the flesh is and reach out to him, the faithful One who forgives, heals and restores lives. He then leads us into a deeper journey of expectancy full of life altering dreams that can change the direction of many because of a dream placed into hearts of obedience to him. Such dreams create a life shifting outcome for many who are on the wrong track in life. God wants to give us big dreams. Let us not lose hope during the difficulties encountered on the journey.
Lamentations 3:21-23 (NIV) “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Joel 2:28-29 and Act 2:17-18 (NIV) “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”
This is my prayer: Lord, help me dream big dreams for what you want me to do behind the scenes for people. Help me listen and focus on what you want to do in my heart and the hearts of others during these days. Help me believe you will use me to be an instrument of harvest used by you to change lives for the kingdom of God.