Dreams: dfn. – a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep; a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal. (Source – Merriam Webster)
Dreams are powerful things. By nature, we have incredible imaginations and sometimes willingly or unwillingly dream incredible things. To shed some insight on this phenomenon of dreaming all of the following discoveries or inventions were the result of a dream:
Niels Boh – discovery of the atomic structure.
Elias Howe – inventor of the sewing machine.
Albert Einstein – the theory of relativity.
Otto Loewi – the chemical mechanisms behind neurotransmissions.
Frederick Banting – the treatment of diabeites with insulin.
August Kekulé – the atomic structure of the benzene ring.
Dmitri Mendeleev – the periodic table of elements.
James Watson – a spiral staircase as the molecular building block for the DNA double helix.
and lest we forget …. Larry Page – the brainchild of GOOGLE, the storage and assimilation of Internet content (1996).
Life – A Graveyard of Dead Dreams
It is said that life is a graveyard of dead dreams – dreamers who somehow failed to keep their hope alive in pursuing spiritual or physical achievements, aspirations of a higher calling, fulfilling challenging goals set for themselves, or bringing to fruition something above and beyond the mundane and mediocre.
There are many reasons behind this. But, maybe the primary root cause is that our dreams will cost us something. The fulfillment of dreams do not come easily and the distractions intended to destroy them are many. Let’s look at someone who refused to allow his to die.
Dreams From God Are Costly
The impact of dreaming is not an infrequent bedchamber guest in the pages of God’s word. When nothing else would suffice to communicate a message, God used a dream to get His point across.
No doubt the most “famous” or well-known dreamer and dream in the Bible is our man Joseph, the first son Rachel, the wife of Jacob. It was his dreams of the sun, moon, stars and wheat sheaves that sparked the eventual perseveration of Israel and civilization as a whole in this region of the world. All because of dreams.
When Joseph articulated and spoke his God-given dreams to his father and brothers (Genesis 37:5-11) he at that point released into the spiritual realm prophetic utterings that would ultimately “cost him” dearly.
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. Psalms 105:17-19
“His word” in the above verse was the dream spoken by Joseph to his family. He articulated words into the spiritual realm the perfect will of God for his life. However, the dream’s fulfillment was not instantaneous. Joseph’s dreams, future, blessings, promises and promotion were all tried by God. This is the place where most dreams and dreamers fail. They cannot see or lack the faith to see the dream materialize.
But, we must understand (like Joseph) the Lord will never allow the enemy to send you to a hard place that He will not also supply the escape plan to deliver you from that hard place (Jer 29:11, Job 42:10)! Interestingly, it was a dream that ‘first’ sent Joseph to the prison house and a dream responsible for his last and ‘final’ release from the prison house (Gen. 41:15-45). God is sovereign in all things all the time.
Think a moment here about how Joseph’s life might have turned out while nursing a defeated mindset? What if he had defused his dreams when he was betrayed and sold to the band of Ishmeelite hucksters (Gen. 37:27-28)? What if he had become disenchanted with this whole ‘God thing’ after being falsely accused and thrown into prison (Gen. 39:19-20) and deemed his dreams not worth it? Thank God he didn’t. Joseph refused to allow his dreams to die and go to the dream graveyard.
Jesus, Resurrect the Dreamer & His/Her Dead Dreams!
How many young men and women are living far below their God calling? How many middle-aged men and women are living short of divine promises, giftings, and callings? No doubt by the millions. There are children and grandchildren of missionaries, pastors and pastor’s wife’s, music directors, Sunday school teachers, or just plain faithful people of God who have been deceived and tricked into thinking the enemy’s leaky, hole-filled bag of worldly goods and false hopes are a viable substitute for the riches and sure promises of God.
The Lord can change that. The Lord is able to send a dream to change the whole situation. He has done it before and He is able to do it again. God is able to heal dead dreams and bring back to life the dead dreamer. Just speak it, pray about it and believe it.
It has been said that the Apostle Paul would never have endured the many hardships and impossible situations he encountered had he not first experienced divine dreams, visions and revelations from the Lord (Acts 22:6-12, 27:21-25; II Cor 12:2).
Maybe the Lord is about to send you or a loved one a dream that will change your world. When He does be like Joseph and speak it into the spiritual dimension. And as Joseph, don’t fear the test that will follow to prove that dream. God is faithful. Speak it. Shout it. Claim it. And proclaim it in Jesus’ Name! And it will come to pass.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:(Matthew 7:7)
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.(Matthew 18:19)
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.(Matthew 21:22)
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.(John 14:13)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:(1 John 5:14)
All of hell trembles when Jesus walks through the graveyard of dead dreams. The one who came to give life to resurrect dead things is able to bring to life dead dreams.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25)
The question is: what dreams of yours are you prophetically speaking into your world? Joseph did. God is waiting to hear yours.
God is able to once again resurrect earth’s dreamer with heaven’s dream.