In an earlier post entitled What Running a Marathon, Interior Design and Leading Worship Have in Common, I shared my struggle with coming to terms with my own active imagination and how the Lord opened my eyes to see the value in allowing myself to dream. For some, using your imagination and “daydreaming” won’t come as easily so over the next four blogs I’m going to go a little deeper into each of the four steps outlined in that original post.
Step 1: What are you dreaming? Push out any thoughts that are contrary to the Word of God.
If you’re going to start to develop a lifestyle of dreaming, you want a strong foundation. Aligning your dreams with the principles found in the Word of God is essential. Yonggi Cho, in his book The Fourth Dimension, states that “dreaming is the language of the Holy Spirit.” Position yourself for God-inspired dialogue by dreaming into truth.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What are you passionate about? What gifts and abilities has God placed within you? He created you uniquely you. The interests, passions and talents He deposited in you are a great place to start the dreaming process. For me, one of these would be dance. When I hear music that moves me, I see movement and can imagine intricate choreography. Or, when I see movement, such as the wind blowing through the long grass, it leads me to envision choreography as well.
In moments of allowing myself to dream about dance and choreography, the Holy Spirit has whispered truths into my spirit about situations I was facing, or problems I was trying to solve. He used the very thing He put in me as the conduit for me to hear His voice.
Along with dreaming into truth, I am a firm believer that our dreams need to align with God’s dream for mankind.
Luke 19:10 (NLT) For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
God’s dreams always involve reconciliation of man to Himself. I believe that He has Divine strategy to help you meet specific needs of those around you that don’t know His love.
How does what you’re dreaming about involve spreading God’s love to the broken around you? Do you dream about God using you to lead others to Him? It’s amazing what dreams begin to develop as you envision your gifts and passions being used to tell others about Christ.
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