Wednesday 20 February 2019

The Power of Dreams (Part Seven): Abraham, the Dreamer.

The third example of a Dreamer we see in the Scriptures is Abraham - the father of faith. Just how appropriate. Abraham’s life was full of God-given dreams. God birth in Abraham a dream. (Genesis 12:1-2) God’s words created or were decoded in pictures in Abraham’s mind. He was 
“waiting expectantly and confidently, looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:10, AMP) 
Like you know, the power of words is in the picture(s) they create. No picture, no power. The more vivid the picture, the more power it brings to effect. No wonder God had to create indelible pictures in Abraham’s mind that He was bringing to birth. This is what kept him and his descendants going through the highs and the lows. 

That is the power of dreams – his vision (dream, picture of the future) constrains him in the path of righteousness. [Hebrews 11:8-16; Proverbs 29:18] And what kind of dream (picture) do you suppose God was creating in Abraham, as He told him about his descendants? God caused Abraham to dream of a multitude of uncountable descendants - people from his own bosom. 

God even changed his name to reflect this. This was a man who was yet to have his first issue. (Ref. Genesis 13:16; 15:5; 17:2-8; 21:12; 22:17; 26:4) It was based on this that Abraham could sacrifice Isaac. That is the power of dreams. A dreamer sees the bigger picture. He is not discouraged by seeming temporal setbacks. He sees the end. And, the end is that he wins. 

He knows that even the setbacks work for his own good, the seeming disappointment for his appointment. (Ref. Hebrews 11:17-19; Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 4:17) Abrahams’s show of faith caused God to swear by Himself. That is what a dream (vision) can earn you – an irrevocable blessing - a blessing without measure nor limit. (Ref. Genesis 22:16-18) 

So, what picture of the future is your life running towards? How indelible is the picture? Is it interesting? Is it good? Is it one you desire? Or, is it one you detest? Here is God’s word to you,
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, AMP)
"The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence, and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has. The moment a young man ceases to dream or to bemoan his lack of opportunities and resolutely looks his conditions in the face and resolves to change them, he lays the corner-stone of solid and honorable success." (Hamilton Wright Mabie)

You, too, can dream again. And, I use the word “again” intentionally. We all come into life with dreams. These dreams, for some of us, have been eroded by various circumstances of life. We have given place to toxic people and circumstances, who/which come to kill our seeming childlike dreams, hopes, and expectations. The onus is on you to make it no less than God has promised. 
"There are always ways of motivating yourself to higher levels. Write about it, dream about it. But after that, turn it into action. Don't just dream." (Dan Gable)
It is time to start dreaming of the future you want. Make the picture one of peace and well-being. Make it one you want to be in. You have the power. It is time you start using it. The night is over! The morning is here. It is time to dream again. There is a God in Heaven who desires to make your dreams come true. Please give Him a chance.

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