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What Is Your Dream?

What is your dream?

I know you have one.  Everyone has a dream.  You may have lost it, misplaced it or forgot about it, but you have one.

A while back I had a phone conversation with a man.  I had recently switched positions at work, changed jobs.  I had dealt with him on some issues before changing and needed to help out again.  We solved the issues and then chatted.  He asked me and important question.  “Is this your dream job?”

This wasn’t the first time I had ever been asked this question.  I was asked this in an interview once.  The interviewer asked me to take a blank sheet of paper.  He told me to describe my perfect job.  “Write down your dream job.”  I wrote it down.  i described it to him.  Fortunately, I didn’t get that job.  I would have been miserable.

I know a man whose dream it was to retire at 52.  That was the only dream I ever knew of him to have.  Get his thirty years in at his company and retire.  He sacrificed a lot to make this happen.  He retired at 52 assuming nothing would ever go wrong.  The recession happened and now that dream has been destroyed.  I say that to point out that our dreams can be misplaced.

Do you have dreams?

There was a time that this was not happening.  Dreams weren’t happening in the Bible days.  Visions were infrequent.  It just wasn’t happening for some reason.  God only knew why.

1 Samuel 3:1 says that Word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent

Word from the Lord was rare.

Visions were infrequent.

The Message paraphrases it this way:  Revelation was rarely heard or seen.

What  a terrible time to live, without word from the Lord.  This is not the way life should be for those that follow the Lord.  Look at what Peter says in Acts quoting Joel:

And it shall be in the last days, God says That I will pour forth My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams.

Young.  Old.  In-between.  It doesn’t matter.  God is going to give us dreams and visions through His Spirit.

The question we have to ask ourselves is this: Are our visions and dreams coming from the Lord?

Caleb had dreams.  His was to get to the Promised Land.  He was one of two spies who reported that the Israelites should proceed on to the country the Lord was giving them.  Ten others said no.  This led to forty years of wandering in the desert wilderness.  Finally, they went in and captured the country.

Caleb was 85 years old then.  It was time to retire, right?  Not really.  He still had dreams that were coming from the Lord.  He went to Joshua and asked for certain land.  What did he want to do?  Fight giants in the hill country.  How about that?  At 85, he still wanted to push and fight for the Lord.

How do we do that?  How do we get our dreams and visions from the Lord?  He said that He would pour His Spirit out.  Does it take any effort from us?

Yes and no.

Psalm 37:4 says for us to Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of our heart.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

He will give you dreams.  How?  By delighting yourself in Him.

Does He give us mystic trances?  Not often.

Dreams like Joseph?  Rarely, but not ruled out.

I had a seminary professor describe how he came to the seminary he teaches at.  He was struggling with the decision to move there.  A woman came to him and asked if he was moving.  She had a dream that he was.  He asked her where he moved to in the dream.  She said Philadelphia.  This disappointed him since the seminary was not in Philadelphia.  Then he realized that the seminary and the church of Philadelphia in Revelation were just alike.  So, he moved to the seminary.

How do we delight in the Lord?

First, we have to experience eternal life.  Do you have salvation from the Lord?

Next is abundant life.  Are you seeking your joy in the Lord as in John 10:10?

Finally, do you have a Spirit-filled life?  Is the word of God richly indwelling you?

Jesus tells the Parable of the Treasure in Matthew 13:44.  A  man stumbles across a treasure in a field.  He buries the treasure and then buys the field.  He sold everything to do this.  Then he owns not only the field, but the treasure.

This mans dream was the treasure – the kingdom of God.

God will laugh at your dreams.  What you can come up with on your own doesn’t compare to the dreams He wants to give you.  You want to do such-and-such?  God has something better for you.  Something you can’t imagine.  Something that you can only dream through Him.

What about the Church?  Does it have a place in our dreams?  Absolutely.  Each and every one of us make up the Church.  Each and every one of us should be dreaming dreams through the Lord.

The Church should be a place of God-given dreams that further the kingdom of God and glorify Christ.

Our dreams in the Lord should be celebrated, encouraged and supported within the confines of Christ’s Church.

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  1. October 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Great post, Larry! My dream is to live a life of impact. Whether at home, at work, or on the Internet. If it plays itself out in the words I write, great. If not, that’s okay, too. Because I don’t want so much want my dream, but God’s. Even if it leads me to uncomfortable places. My dream is know and follow hard after Him.

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