Friday, 16 April 2021

The Power of Dreams (Part Fifteen)

Looking Out to the Horizon
And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. (Genesis 11:6, AMP)

A dreamer understands that success is not merely a destination but rather a journey. He/she knows that every step of the journey is important. Every decision that is taken along the way is equally important. These are the rudder propelling the ship of our life in the direction of its destiny. Each step and each decision is a part of the building block of our story.

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” (Charles Du Bos)
Life is an infinite game, with infinite sets of possibilities and a finite set of rules.

David needed to become King, the way he became king was far more important. The version of David, in maturity, who became King was far more important than the mere destination of being King. Remember, our dream makes us, but in the final analysis, we make our dreams.

The timing of David becoming King was far more important than his merely becoming King. Never forget the vision is for an appointed time. It will not come before its time. However, it can be delayed and/or canceled, but it will not come before its appointed time.
"Pain is not tragic. Pain is magic. Suffering is tragic. Suffering is what happens when we avoid pain and consequently miss our own becoming. That is what I can and must avoid: missing my own evolution because I am too afraid to surrender to the process.” (Glennon Doyle, Untamed)
It was not only important that Joseph got to the throne. The way he got there was much more important. In maturity and preparedness, the version of Joseph, who became Prime Minister in Egypt, was far more important than merely becoming one. Note, he could not become Prime Minister until the time appointed. There were a reason and a purpose for his ascending to the throne.
“Do not fast forward into something you’re not ready for or allow yourself to shrink back into what’s comfortable, growth lives in the uneasiness, the in-between, the unfinished sentence, you are a season of becoming” (Danielle Doby, I Am Her Tribe)
Jacob needed to inherit the promise, but it was far more important the way he did. He limped the rest of his life [Genesis 32:25] as a signature to remind us all. God thinks in generations, not just in the moments. Every truth He espouses has its parallel in eternity. He does nothing in isolation. The signature of His personality is stamped on all that He does.

Isn't it strange what God said about the consequence of David's sin? The Word reads,
“The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” (2 Samuel 12:13b-14, NKJV) 
Who are the "enemies of Lord?" God could have spared the product of the adultery, but that would have given His enemies something to hold, something against His person, something against the perfectness of His being. We have an accuser. We have an accuser who is keeping count. Let us not give him something to hold against us.

Jesus said, 
"I won’t speak with you much longer, for the ruler of this dark world is coming. But he has no power over me, for he has nothing to use against me." (John 14:30, TPT)
David, as it were, put God in a difficult position. He gave the accuser something to hold on to. What about you? Are you putting God in a difficult position? Are you putting Him in a tight spot? Are you shortening His hands of grace, mercy, and favor towards you? [Iaiah 59:1] God is limitless, but we determine how much of His limitedness reaches us. 

It is up to each of us to allow ourselves to grow to the person that allows the fullness of His person to work on behalf of us. [2 Chronicles 16:9]

We should never lose sight of the truth, "Who we become (and are becoming) is far more important than what we get." [Matthew 6:33] Who we become has a value not only in this life but that which is to come (eternity). [1 Timothy 4:8] For who we are and become is attracting, and will attract, all we have and will ever get. 

Once we grow into the fullness of all we are called to be, the blessing becomes reproducible. You can lose it all and get it back again at will. You would have learned the rule and become a master at the game of life. That is where God wants to bring each of us. And, it all starts with having a dream of victory, a dream of success, a dream of growing into the fullness of the stature of Jesus, in all things - temporal and eternal.

Why was Abraham willing and obedient to offer up Isaac? He had hit the mark. He knew his miracle baby was reproducible. "Abraham’s faith made it logical to him that God could raise Isaac from the dead, and symbolically, that’s exactly what happened." (Hebrews 11:19, TPT)
"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see." (Henry David Thoreau)
Never forget life is an infinite game, not a finite one. Your destiny is a range of possibilities. Where you eventually fall on the spectrum of possibilities is all in your own hands, not God's. It starts with a desire, a heart embarrassing the possibilities. Then a commitment to pay the price required.

Don't fly to your future. Grow into it. The process is far more important than the end game. Respect and live by the finite set of rules of life. Respect the game of life, and it will freely give you its bounty. It will mature you, producing the version of you bigger and handling the future of abundance prepared for you. Never forget that. You need a mature version of yourself in your future.

Do you have a dream you are marching towards? Or, are you just living by chance? 

Get a dream and live! This is to your victory, always.

© 2020 Akin Akinbodunse


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