Do You Have A Dream?
Sometimes I dream really big and exciting things. A dream that wakes me in the night and gets me completely fired up and excited about whats to come. Dreams that offer me so much hope in my personal life and even more so anticipation of the future. Let’s talk about those kind of dreams…
Let’s get this out there right in the beginning, I am totally NOT a dream whisperer. I haven’t even really studied dreams enough to be considered an expert. HOWEVER, I had this realization yesterday and I just have to share. Dreams are powerful.
Last week I started a Bible Study by Havilah Cunnington “Eat, Pray, Hustle: Dream Chasing God’s Way” and I have got to tell you my eyes are really being opened. Even more so, I’d say my heart is being stirred as old dreams are resurfacing and new dreams are occurring. I am excited for what’s to come.
What Does the Bible Have to Say About Dreams?
Can we just please go back to the story of Abraham and Sarah?!? God saw greatness in these two and boy did he make it right for them! Read this excerpt and see what I mean…
Romans 4:17-25 (MSG):
17-18 We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
19-25 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
During this time having children was the “bee’s knees” you know, the ultimate compliment to marriage. Abraham and Sarah longed for a family yet never lost sight of God’s promise. The odds never were in their favor as they were both quite old. However when you have a God sized dream and a God that doesn’t play by anybody’s rules amazing things can and will occur. Sounds like permission to dream big to me!
How exciting is this?! I’m real fired up over here!
Let me say this in “Amanda-ease” (ha I have no idea… Just go with it) God promised Abraham and He kept His word! He fulfilled His promise or His COVENANT to Abraham. Because Abraham trusted that God’s word was going to be fulfilled we all get to be blessed by it. Listen to me here, Abraham didn’t live an infallible life. Abraham DID however trust in God.
As Abraham was busy growing his testimony – you know all the trials and tests that came his way God was busy pouring out His GRACE on Him. Come on!!! Are you as excited as I am? God didn’t expect Abraham to be perfect in order to fulfill his greatest dream. He simply wanted Abraham to trust in HIM! Talk about a testament of faith. Because Abraham never lost sight of God and was obedient to Him, God fulfilled His promise.