It has been confirmed in my spirit and reconfirmed in my heart that I am called to write unto the Lord. There is a writing competition that I wanted to enter for Creative non-fiction; however, for this particular competition, I am expected to leave out the best part of the story, Jesus. I am and will always be a Christian author. I do not feel limited by my obedience to follow God through the narrow gate rather than chase the vain promises of success through the wide gate, which ultimately leads to destruction. This brings me to my reason for this post. What are your dreams? Do you remember? I forgot what my dreams were. As God is revealing to me who I am in Him and I accept His word as the final authority over my life, I am learning to dream again. My new goal is to glide on the promises and provision He has made before the foundation of the world for me. What I mean is that nothing I can dream up is out of reach or out of God’s scope; however, my dreams can be misaligned with His will. But if my dreams are rooted in His promises than they are in His will. What has God promised? What are some of the details of my dreams? Do they match? What can I do to bring congruence to His promises and my dreams?
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
Here the Lord is promising that if we seek His kingdom, above everything else that is competing for our attention AND live righteously, our needs will be provided for. To seek means to pursue, search for, continually, as the scripture does not denote an ending period for this behavior. The understanding is that we are to spend our entire lifetime in persistent pursuit of what matters to God, prioritizing His Kingdom agenda over our own whilst synchronously living upright lives as we wait for Jesus’ second coming. The allocation, disbursement, and settlement of all our needs are matters already settled in heaven waiting to be done on earth. How does this scripture impact my dreams? I do not know about you, but it is just about impossible for me to dream when I am concerned about my basic needs being met. I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who reached for the stars without having sure footing on a steady ground. It’s hard to reach for those proverbial stars when the floor is constantly tottering beneath you, but no so for us, who trust God, seek after, and live for Him. Though life is uncertain for all of humanity Gods promises are sure to His remnant of believers. There are many scriptural references which highlight this truth: we are free to dream in line with God’s will because all our needs are cared for. So, go on. I dare you to dream again.
Perhaps, more biblical promises will outline God’s will and reinforce His care for us thus proving why it’s okay and spiritually healthy for us to dream. Let’s go.
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
““No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.” Isaiah 58:6-9
In Psalm 37:4 God makes known His divine will without fancy words or pretense, simply put “delight in the Lord” or more colloquially be happy with serving God alone and watch Him bring what you need to your doorstep. How magnificent God is not to make us guess or wonder what His will is. As I write, I am realizing that His will and His promises are tantamount with one another. The following verse in Isaiah showcases this wondrously. God’s will entails justice, freedom for the oppressed, compassion, hope, and love, consequently, God promised to be and is these things and more to each of us. The will of the Lord and the promises of the Lord are so interrelated because God is the Great I AM. There is not anything that He promised that He is not to us. Additionally, there is not one aspect of His will that does not display another glorious aspect of His character. So now my statement changes from I dare you to dream to I dare you not to dream with a God like ours! I’ll go first. I dream of writing in a ministerial capacity full-time. I dream of traveling the world orating of God’s splendor and majesty. I’m must learn more adjectives, as the more I learn of God the more efforts I make to adequately describe Him to those who are coming to know Him with variety as He is just that good! What an honorable task. Now that I have my dream in place, honestly, my flesh is afraid of what my spirit just declared. But that is to be expected.
My spirit speaks by faith; my flesh is caught up in feelings and appearances. My spirit man is more afraid not to dream at this point knowing of God’s will and His promises, I am afraid not to challenge the status quo that has been my reality for so long and stay stuck. It may take some time before I grasp the fullness of what I’ve dreamt, nevertheless, I will not let go of it. I will press, as Paul said. I press towards the mark. What’s your dream? I must admit, I had this dream 9 years ago in prison but it got buried when I began to believe the lie that facing reality meant letting go of my dreams. That’s not what facing reality means at all, at least not for the body of Christ. Our reality is in Christ. We are guaranteed the victory just as we are assured that we will face hardships, setbacks, and spiritual attacks of all kinds but none of those details are licenses to stop dreaming. And a dream is not a fantasy- something that will never happen. No. A dream mingled with prayer becomes a promise when coupled with the power of God.
“Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”” Genesis 37:9
I pray that after you establish your dream before God in prayer that you carefully pray before you reveal your dream to the world. It may or may not be the will of the Lord for you to share it at that time. I’ve started a dream journal for this purpose. Be Blessed brothers and sisters and keep dreaming in the name Jesus!
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