Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Dream Haters (Part 1)
The Importance Of Dreams
'And it shall be in the last days,' God says, 'That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.'
Acts 2:17 (NASB)
Dreams are precious. Abraham dreamed of the one true God. Moses dreamed of the Promised Land. David dreamed of Israel in victory. Solomon dreamed of Israel in splendor. Isaiah dreamed of Israel restored. Jesus dreamed of mankind restored.
All dreams seemed impossible. All dreams came true. Because dreams are more than play books while we sleep. They're also aspirations, goals or visions.*
Therein, consider the Bible a Dream Book. It contains God's dream of a new world, along with real-life stories surrounding it. His Aspiration became our inauguration. If an aspiration is a breath, if an inauguration is a beginning, then God breathed us into existence.
By design, we look like Him. Even more, He gave us dreams: visions of a life well lived, goals to fulfill our callings, talents to fulfill our goals.
In God's Book are heroes: ordinary people with extraordinary determination. By faith and courage, His dream lovers became miracle makers: mountain movers who exposed the Kingdom of God. Their Excavator? His Holy Spirit: the Transformer of mountains into molehills.
In God's Book is the Ultimate Hero: His only Son, Who dreamed of our success. He would forsake both Crown and Life to make this dream come true, and it did.
In God's Book are villains: ordinary people with extraordinary determination. By doubt and discouragement, dream haters became miracle breakers: mountain builders who covered the Kingdom of God. Their building material? Skeletons of forgotten dreams.
In God's Book is the ultimate villain: a brilliant angel, who dreamed of his own success. He would forsake both God and Heaven to make this dream come true, but it didn't.
Now Satan has a new dream; it's a dream of hatred, and his plan is to re-direct our dreams, that we might become dream haters, too. If that's not possible, then his plan is to deflect our dreams--and diminish God's light within us.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Cherish your dreams, and cherish the dreams of others.
To Be Continued...
* Random House Dictionary: dream: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dream?s=t, aspiration: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aspiration?s=t
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.