Dreams are powerful!
God uses dreams to communicate. He uses dreams to invade our natural realm and give us a glimpse of what he sees or what’s in his heart. They are the “external” images, thoughts and emotions that we mentally perceive, or the “internal” aspirations, goals or aims that we aspire to. God can, and often does, use both to shift our attention to his great plans for us! In short, he uses dreams to inspire us to rise above a place of despair and lethargy and gain strength for whatever battle may lie ahead.
God has a plan for our lives and our goal is to come into agreement with what he is doing. Often times he will use dreams to connect us to our destiny. Dreams inspire us to change cultures, cities, and even nations. Dreams cause us to see mountains as a mere bumps in the road to destiny. Dreams make even the deepest oceans in our lives seem like a small stream. How is this possible, you ask? A dream causes a SHIFT to take place on the inside of us, making the future real, possible and something that we can manage because we can see it!
But the ultimate aim of God is that we do more than dream. He desires that we RESPOND with action. God WANTS US TO create, build, establish or take dominion of SOMETHING! Consider his word to the prophet Jeremiah:
I know what I’m doing, I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)
God didn’t just have a plan for Jeremiah’s life—he has a plan for your life and He wants to empower you to achieve it. That’s precisely why he allows us to dream, to visualize a future that we can hope for and eventually see. Close your eyes. What have you been dreaming about? What is so vivid and real that you can reach out and touch it? Now open your eyes. If you want what you saw, you must decide that it is time to ACT.
Martin Luther King had a dream. A lot of people had the same dream. What made him different? He was willing to lay it all on the line, even if he didn’t live to enjoy it. And because his dream met the timing of God it came to pass. A dream remains just a dream until you make a commitment to achieve it. It takes your passion, your commitment and energy to achieve it
In coming entries, I will share some principles to empower you to achieve what God wants to do in your life. Today, I will conclude with this question inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:21 which encourages us to “test all things. Hold on to what is good.” Ask yourself, does this dream connect me with heaven? Remember, a dream can be birthed out of the Spirit, soul or the lust of the flesh. Having determined that your dream reflects God’s dream for you, ask yourself:
· Do I have the grace, strength or the gift to fulfill the dream?
· Am I passionate about this? Does it address a deep seated desire that I want to fulfill?
· Can others affirm you in this area?
These questions are likely only the beginning of what God wants you to consider. Dreams are just his way of giving us a glimpse into a far vaster world which he has created us to influence, shift, or change until it perfectly reflects his reality!