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THE RIGHT TO DREAM

THE RIGHT TO DREAM

I am so thankful for Bill Johnson and what he does. I was listening to one of his sermons that really touched me and I decided to write on the same topic.
God has a dream. He has a vision. He has songs He wants to sing over us. 
 
Once you have God’s vision, ours will compliment His and wont divide. Dual vision is die-vision. 
Luke 11:23 : “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters”
He’s got this mission to bring people to Him and dream consistent with His dream; or all our attempts scatter. All our good wishes and good plans will scatter.  
 
John 15:7 – If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 
John 16:25 – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. 
 
While we do have the right to desire, what is important is what is our source? What is our reason? Are we selfishly caught up with our dreams and desires for our good, that we do not have the heart to know what His dream is and align our dreams to His? 
 
In between all these amazing promises, there is a shift in relationship being asked for. And it is this shift that fuels these promises that gives us the right to ask whatever we want. 
 
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Matthew 6:33 : Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
Now what does kingdom mean? King’s domain, His world in ours. 
 
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Co-Labouring : 

Psalm 37:4 : Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
 
We have this robotic idea that every good desire that we have is God giving it to us and he tells us what to do. That is NOT the way a relationship works. It is true that in that relationship he transforms us and we desire things that are pleasing to Him as we become like the one we are united with. But that is not what that verse means. 
 
What it means is, God made himself vulnerable to the desires of His people. History is unfolding according to our desires, what we do and what we don’t do, what we pray and what we don’t pray for. He told us the parameters, He gave us the principles and He set the boundary in principles. Now He is calling the dreamers to come in and dream. He’s giving us one theme and that is on earth as it is in heaven”. Now let that shape every breath of your life.
 
As He sees our surrender to His stuff, He is interested in hearing about what we think about stuff. Its out of surrender He’s made himself vulnerable to our dreams. Because then it becomes a co-labouring effort. Abide in Him, live under the influence of the consciousness of His presence. Let His words abide in you, let his declaration shape what you think, what you say, what comes out of your heart and in that context, you will be the one who shapes history. Much of us are waiting for a command from God and God is waiting for a dream from us. 
 
God has a plan for you and purpose but, so much of it is left wide open for your influence so much so that He says whoever you forgive, He forgives. There is a co-labouring privilege. 
 
This is not about how to have your own way with God. This is about the creative role you and I have in unfolding of this plan of salvation and the kingdoms of this world becoming His kingdom. The world around us is being transformed because people catch the heartbeat of God and start dreaming. 
 
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ONE QUESTION : 
The only question is can God trust you with a dream? 
It is only in the concept of intimacy can our desires be trusted. There is a point in a relationship where obedience is not the primary issue. Are you and I there yet, to let God give us the liberty to bring our opinions before Him? In that context comes the liberty for intimacy and the freedom to dream. 
 
Intimacy is birthed out of friendship – 
John 16:15 : “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”
 
There is a radical difference between being a Servant of God vs. being a Friend. The Servant is task oriented, and the Friend is relational. (By the way, lovers of God get more work done than do workers.) Mary and Martha are good examples of this. Moses and David are good examples of being a friend of God and sharing their hearts and thoughts with Him. A friend is concerned not just about doing the right things, but a friend is concerned with anything that sustains and increases the meaning of the relationship.
 
A servant does not see his master outside of what he commands him to do. A servant does not know how the master is moved by certain things. We need to get a point in relationship where we can say “I see what moves Him and I allow what moves Him to move me : The primary mission(things of heaven invading earth)”
 
Submission to that primary mission is when we get commissioned. And that is where strength and authority comes from. Its not ‘we dream independent of Him’, but ‘we dream because of Him’ 
Let your heart be so touched by His heart and start dreaming of things that you never thought you’d dream about. 
 
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The Warning : 
Isaiah 55:9 – For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
What would it look like, to have that God whose thoughts are so high above ours affect our thoughts? 
 
All desires are of the Father but whatever we have communion with, will deposit seeds in us which will affect our desires and that becomes our father of desires. The origin of desire, is whatever attitude or spirit we have communion/fellowship with. 
 
Eg. Proverbs 22:24(NIV) says : “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered” Why? Because if you have fellowship with that spirit you will reproduce its fruit. Same goes with any other spirit that can control us. 
 
Much of what happens in life is a result of interaction. Have communion with the right influence. 
 
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The REWARD : 
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us – Ephesians 3:20
 
This is what God desires : 
People at the end of their lives who say, way more than I could imagine happened in my life and I know there’s no one I can thank but God; it was absolutely Grace. And he so far surpassed everything I could have dreamt of and He so far surpassed everything I could have wanted for my family and for me. When it comes to the end of life, let our faces say, I live intoxicated with the joy of God because I’ve seen things fulfilled that I dint even have the nerve to pray for. 
 
What does God dream about? “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?- Luke 18:8” 
God wants poverty erased from the face of the earth. He wants the sick people healed. God wants His kingdom to invade this earth we live in. He wants us to defend those who can’t defend themselves, He wants us to help fulfil the secret dreams of the people around us who cannot do it on their own, He wants us to stand for those who cannot stand for themselves. Let us not permit anything here on earth that is not in heaven. That is what God dreams about and in doing that you fulfill your dreams and far more. Are you willing to, in faith catch that master plan and align your dreams to that? 
You get your dreams fulfilled by serving in an other persons dream. You step into places of honor by forgetting about honor and giving honor to someone else. And what you need, give what you have away, the way you get breakthrough is by generosity. It is God’s heart’s desire to fulfill your heart’s dreams. It is His heart’s desire to make you ridiculously happy.
 
Matthew 6:33 : Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.(NLT)
Luke 9:24 : For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
 
Anything we can dream of in this world is too small a dream when heaven steps in. Start co-labouring with God and dream for the unseen.
 
Blessings,
Joel. 
 
 
Note : There are references and excerpts from Bill Johnson’s “dreaming with God” and from “archive.org” and google.com. All biblical references are from ‘bible.cc’