Psalm 126:1-3 (ESV) When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.
Oh the power of the mind! After a less than glorious annual visit to my doctor, it was made clear that I should make some better choices to be healthy and well. After much deliberation between my heart, mind and body, I have embarked on the low carb craze. I hate the word “diet” because it implies brevity that does not lead to long term results but rather choose the term “healthy lifestyle” to sum it all up. As soon as my body recovers from the initial insult, I will incorporate a new gym membership that will hopefully result in some kind of fitness routine. After three days of imposing strict sugar limitations, I found myself in the local yogurt shop. Before me, two large scoops of yogurt – one vanilla and the other chocolate. The clerk was very helpful in selecting topping after topping as she diligently rang up each one with a soft chime of the cash register. She was going to get the whip cream can when suddenly my alarm went off and I realized it was only a dream. Ugh! The struggle is real!
“We were like those who dream.” Do you have a dream? Dreams begin as images, ideas, emotions and sensations in our sleep. But for those who know Jesus, our dream life does not stop in the corridors of our mind but have great potential in our life. I will be the first to admit that my “ice cream dream” did not represent some hidden meaning but an inner longing for sugar. The Lord pours out His Spirit so that His Sons and Daughters giving each one the potential to dream about new possibilities that will become the prosperity of our soul if one grabs hold of it, applies faith and waits for it to come. Such a mindset is the essence of believing. People don’t like dreamers especially those who do not dream any more.
Genesis 37:18-20 (ESV) They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. Then we will say that a fierce animal has devoured him, and we will see what will become of his dreams.”
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8) The enemy wants to kill your dream. He wants to rob you of destiny that begins in our dream life and visions. Children live in make-believe as they act out the dreams and desires in their little hearts. Life is hard and experiences break the dreamer’s heart and they cease to dream choosing to live according to the reality of today without hopeful expectation of tomorrow. Joseph was a dreamer. He was very out-spoken about the dreams and visions that the Lord had given him. His brothers said, “Here comes the dreamer. Come now, let us kill him…” And then, “and we will see what will become of his dreams.” When was the last time, your dream was so big that it scared you into discarding it as impossible? See that is what the enemy wants to do Child of the Living God! He wants you to give up on the potential of your dream and purpose that it holds because the devil knows that God is faithful and true. The enemy believes that the purpose in your dream will yield the promise that it holds more than you do.
Psalm 126:4-6 (ESV) Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Every dream has a price even my ice cream dream. As she scooped each one, she would hit a key that made a sound representing cost. Each topping would produce the same sound which raised the price I would have to pay for the delicacy. Your dream has a price. You must decide if it is worth the cost to have it and energy it will take to pursue it. You don’t have to decide all at once. I woke up before I ate the ice cream and continued on my healthy journey. People – I am not going to lie. I have ice cream in the refrigerator in the house and deep freeze in the garage. It is available even at this ridiculously early time of morning. No one would know if I ate some before starting the day. I had to make a choice. Do I maintain my condition or do I continue to my destiny? Every dream has a price. Your vision has a cost. We must decide today if we want to settle for this life or step out into Kingdom reality secured only by faith and trust in Jesus. The dreams that God gives us are according to His Purpose and Plan for us which are always exceedingly abundantly more than we could think, ask, imagine, and dream.
Ephesians 3:14-19 (ESV) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Everyone has food induced dreams. Too much pizza and chocolate before bed can produce some pretty crazy ones. Sometimes emotional events will also make us dream. For instance, sometimes I dream of walking through my grandparents’ house even though they are long gone to be with Jesus. I don’t want to live but linger in their presence because I still mourn the loss. And then there are the God Dreams – the ones that I know His Spirit gives me and that have great potential. You know the ones because you have them too! Fear tells us to disregard. Doubt says that it is simply not possible inserting an excuse. Faith says, “Nothing is impossible for God.” Believing says, “Every chain is breakable.” The purpose and plan that the Lord has prerecorded for us has no expiration date. We simple walk by faith and believe Him at His Word embracing our dreams that will become the prosperity of our soul that leads to success in this life and safety in the everlasting. Don’t stop dreaming. I speak resurrection power and life to every dream that is dormant with in you. May they sleep no more but flood you with new hope. Just start believing…in Jesus Name!
Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.