Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreams and Visions

Monday, January 19, 2015
Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.  Joel 2:28 (NRSVA)
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.   Romans 8:14 (NRSVA)
Visions and dreams are like windows through which we wonder about tomorrow.  The word “vision” is (in Hebrew) literally, a revelation[1].  It means we contemplate tomorrow.  Plant life and animals can’t do that.  They react to surrounding influences; they respond to instincts within to build a den or protect a cub. 
Only humans set goals and dream of tomorrow’s possibilities.
Do you have goals, dreams and visions?  Are you involving yourself in something greater than yourself?
To be led by the Spirit of God is to bend your will to His and allow His revealed word (as we have in the Scripture) to inform your human mind and spirit – to shape you into the image of Christ, obedient, yielded, usable.

How do you do that?

I’ve known many people who prayed for the will of God to be revealed.  Some have sat, unfulfilled for years, awaiting the sky to part and a new Biblical text to unfold mystically before their eyes.  They tell every preacher that comes down the pike, “Oh, if I only knew what God’s will was I’d do it.”  With every revival, and every call for commitment they hold off putting themselves on the line of obedience because somehow the great vision hasn’t yet happened.  They live life wallowing in second-guessing and miserable guilt, sensing they have not followed God.  They’re right at least on one level…nothing surrendered, nothing gained!
Others I’ve known have made a conscious decision to accept and follow Christ according to the revelation they have; they trust Him to reveal Himself.  They got busy in a local church, studied their Bibles, shared their faith and gave of themselves to build the kingdom of God…
*     wherever they are
*     however they could
*     with whatever God gave them. 
God has given us plenty of vision.  He tells us to cooperate in building His church, the visible symbol of the Kingdom of God.
…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16.18b
He tells us to love and care for one another – as we would care for Him in person.
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.  Matthew 25: 40
He tells us to set our goals on things eternal, great visions, magnificent dreams. 
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…Matthew 6:20
The Spirit-led life is a life of dreams and vision. 

For You Today

You know enough about God right now to surrender this day to Him, and to be available to do Christ’s will where you are, with whatever strength he gives you today, and with whatever he has placed in your hand at this moment.

You get started; He will make clear the dreams and shape the vision as you step out in faith.

[1] Strongs Hebrew and Greek Concordance

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