David and I are sitting in the Dulles Airport in Washington, DC. This may come as a surprise, but I really don’t like to travel. I am a homebody. When I have the inkling to go somewhere I pretty much know it is from the Lord, unless it’s to the white sands of the Caribbean. For several years now I have wanted to go to the Middle East. I don’t know why.
I love traveling to lands that have ancient history. Somehow the scriptures come alive and the world makes a little more sense. I was listening to a sermon the other day and the pastor challenged his people to “Give God more real estate to occupy. Give Him things to breathe on.” He said this in the context of making a list of our dreams, both spiritual and natural. For a believer there is a fine balance between dying and living. When we submit ourselves to God and die to self, true living begins. Dying to self doesn’t mean we can’t dream. Many of us have thought dreaming was sinful, selfish and un-spiritual. But, I believe God loves when we dream. When we delight ourselves in the Lord He will give us the desires of our heart. Regardless of what is happening in my life, when I look to the Lord and take delight in Him, He will put desires in my heart that He has every intention of fulfilling. It's a win-win situation.
Acknowledging our dreams to the Father is like giving Him new real estate to occupy and breathe on. Lord, I have a dream of the Roanoke Valley being transformed and on fire for you. Lord, I have a dream of writing a book. Lord, I have a dream of a community living outrageously in Kingdom principles. Lord, I have a dream to heal the sick and raise the dead. Lord, I have a dream of owning my own business. Lord, I have a dream of ___________ (you fill in the blank).
David had a dream of building a house where God could dwell and the Temple was built. Paul had a dream of taking the gospel to Rome and we have the book of Romans. Jacob had a dream of marrying Rachel and Joseph was born. God had a dream of a family who looked like Him and Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him.
Let’s not be afraid to dream. Begin writing your dreams out and ask God to breathe on them. When you begin sensing the wind behind your back, start moving and see what He does. God wants His people to reflect Him on the earth not solely in kindness, love and patience. I believe reflecting Him also includes fulfilling the dreams HE has put in our hearts.
Scripture says, "Without a vision my people perish." Let’s be a people who dream.
Thank you for praying for us while gone. We will be praying for you.
Written by Joy Fuller, 20 January 2015