Dreams and Passion
I want to encourage you to dream again.
One of greatest privileges of my life as a minister and leader is to listen to another’s heart felt dreams. I love to hear their hope, their passion for what they feel is possible! It feeds me!
It is more than just natural enthusiasm, our passion is an indicator of our level of faith, our spiritual temperature. And it is infectious, it feeds others’ hopes and dreams.
The enemy wants to keep you on the sidelines and out of the game (John 10:10). Don’t let him steal your dreams! Don’t let him steal your joy, your passion, your future victories!
Dream…Hope… Pray! Step into all that God has called you to become, and all that he has called you to accomplish! The people around you need to see your faith, your passion. Their future may depend on it.
Be bold enough to dream again. What is God showing you? What are you passionate about?
Remember Paul’s admonition to Timothy: “Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:6,7).
Be strong my friends, have courage, think God’s thoughts, and dream! You can do this!
Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem....Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
Anticipation – Eager expectation of something good.
Expectations are powerful things. They affect how we think, how we act, and how we interact with the world around us. Expectations affect every aspect of our lives, and flow naturally from what we believe about our current reality. These beliefs come from what we have come to understand about how things work, and are greatly influenced by our past experiences.
Sometimes, when presented with new information, our expectations change. The first time I ever experienced the manifest presence of God changed me forever. That experience presented me with new information, greatly adjusted my perception of God’s reality, and my expectations changed accordingly.
When talking about Biblical or spiritual issues, it is important to be open to new information – a fresh revelation of what God intends for us to receive through Christ.
Just because we have not experienced something, does not mean it is not available to us.
Listen to the heart of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV, formatting mine).
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know:
1. The hope to which he has called you,
2. The riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and
3. His incomparably great power for us who believe.