Dreaming... In His Word 3-19-18

Sometimes when you have a dream, and you start to follow them you find yourself in a spot where you may start to wonder if the dream was of God or of man. What you do when this happens can either make your dream come true or make it disappear.

Joseph for instance, had a dream of being a leader over his brothers and controlling the crops.  He believed it could be true somehow so he shared it with his brothers. They laughed and threw him in a pit then sold him to slavery that brought him right where God needed him to be to save the people, including his brothers, by controlling or limiting the amount of crops a person could receive as their own to eat.

 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf”.  And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” He was an example of following the dream trusting that God was in control of is life.  Genesis 37:7-9

Paul is an example of someone whose dream was a bit off the mark.

He thought he was following God but found out; when he came face to face with Jesus; that his dream was wrong. He altered his course and followed Jesus! Many of us are followers of Christ because of his story.

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.  Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:1-6

Paul was obedient to do what He told him to do. His dream changed a bit but he did follow what God wanted from him! He started out just wanting to kill the followers of Christ because he thought they were blasphemers, but then he learned the truth and it set Him free from the bondage of following the rules of God and gave him freedom to follow Christ without bondage!

What about when your dream is a for certain God given dream? You are given permission to follow the dream; like when Moses came face to face with God and was told to go save the people, to bring them to the Promised Land.  He met a lot of opposition with fulfilling that dream of getting his people freed. He did not even get to go into the land himself because he was not patient with the rock and water thing.  

So if God gives us dreams, then why do we have such a hard time living them out? I mean the Word of God tells us that if “God is for us no thing can stand against us”.

 I think God gave us a great example with Jesus Himself. God wanted to save us all from our sins, but seeing how fleshly we are He sent His Son, Jesus, to become one of us to die for us.  Even though he knew what he would go through Jesus still completed the task on the Cross according to God the Father’s Will.

He had to battle the enemy just the same as we do!  He was giving the glory, and the suggestions to do the wrong thing, to tempt God, to show that He was the Son of God. He was taunted and teased and yet He still stood up for us.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:1-4

In this we can remember that God is with us and because He is with us we can stand up to the wiles of the devil.

In Jesus’ testimony we can find hope to complete any task strong for Him, with Him!  But we need to stay focused on His purpose in our dreams not our own.  It is not about me!  Remember? Sometimes man can plan amazing things with somewhat good intentions that do not work out because its not God’s plan. In times like that we can feel sad, discouraged about following God, and wonder why we ever thought the dream was from Him anyway.

The coolest thing is that when the timing is right God will bring it to pass, if it is truly of Him.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

He knows the plans he has for you, for me, they are not plans to fail; no matter how hard we fall He will help us up!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us dreams to dream and for allowing us to see our dreams come to pass. Help us to look to you and Your Word to find the truth in our dream, to find that when we follow You to our dreams we will get there. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Suggested readings: Acts 9:1-42 Matthew 4:1-25, Psalm 24:1-10, and Psalm 3:1-5.