You have NO IDEA how excited I am to be able to share with you today about DREAMS!!! I have always had a firm belief in my heart and soul that God gives each and every one of us DREAMS that He has prepared just for US!
Now, I don’t know about you but that is just as scary as it is exhilarating. I mean, think about it…the God of Heaven and Earth created you and I for a specific purpose. So, it would reason that if we are here for a reason, a purpose, a master plan, then why would we have DREAMS and them not be part of God’s divine plan for our lives.
Think about it.
No, really…think about it.
When you were growing up you had DREAMS, didn’t you? All kids do…but something happens when we grow up that tells us its foolish, unwise, silly, not right, (whatever word that you have heard for years can be inserted here ___ ) for you to have DREAMS. We are told to “Grow Up” and get on with our lives. Some of us are laughed at, mocked, and even ridiculed for having DREAMS. But you know what…”so what”. Seriously…so what.
Look at what Joseph’s brothers said about him in
Genesis 37:19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other.
And then they plotted against him in the very next verse
Genesis 37:20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.”
Did you know that in the Bible there are almost one hundred (yep 100) references to DREAMS. Let’s take a walk through some of the people that God spoke to in their DREAMS…
God spoke to Jacob – Genesis 31:11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’
Joseph certainly had DREAMS – Genesis 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
Pharaoh had DREAMS – Genesis 41:1 [ Pharaoh’s Dreams ] When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream:
The LORD spoke to Solomon in DREAMS – 1 Kings 3:5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
Nebuchadnezzar had DREAMS – Daniel 2:16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.
An Angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph – Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Pilate’s wife – Matthew 27:19 – While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
These are just a few examples of how God spoke to and through people in their DREAMS. It is not silly to have DREAMS. It is not naïve to believe that God gave us our DREAMS for a reason or that we could and should be able to go after them. I firmly believe what the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. These are not just words to me, they are truth. So it goes to say that if I believe these words to be TRUE then I should believe that the DREAMS that God has laid on my heart are FROM HIM to ME!
And to YOU too!
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Oh my goodness! I could stand on my chair and shout from the rooftops right about now…I know that I know that I know ladies that God has given EACH and EVERY one of you a DREAM too. I just know it…but why are so many of us listening to the lies of the evil one. Why do we believe that we can’t do it?
-Arthur C. Clarke
A WORD of CAUTION – Here me on this friends…when you chase your DREAM it never means you abandon the blessings of family (husband, kids, etc.) that God has given you…it does mean that 1) if you haven’t thought about your DREAMS in a long time then it is time for you to unpack them from your “hope chest”, and 2) if you have Big DREAMS start giving them over to God and asking Him what you should do next.
The only way to reach your DREAMS is to go after them ~Melissa Mashburn
Here’s a couple of quotes from the movie –Charles Farmer: When I was a kid, they used to tell me that I could be anything I wanted to be, no matter what… and maybe I am insane, I don’t know, but I still believe that.
Charles Farmer: Hey kid you know what you want to do when you grow up?