“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
Acts 2: 17
Dreams have always played a significant role in Scripture. While God used them repeatedly throughout the Old Testament, they are no less meaningful in the New Testament. In fact, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to us is the power to dream. The above Scripture is a quote from the prophet Joel. He spoke of a day when God’s Spirit would be poured out on all flesh and the Day of Pentecost signaled the arrival of that promise.
The last days in this Scripture is referring to the period of time after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are living in the days of God’s Spirit being poured out on all flesh. Notice what happens as a result: there is prophecy, there are dreams and there are visions. This is not reserved for a select few or the spiritually elite. Every person has a dream deep inside their heart that the Holy Spirit placed there.
The dreams that God gives us embodies our own uniqueness. Your dream is a reflection of who God made you to be. It expresses and gives definition to what is life-giving inside of you. That is why your dream is different than mine. Each day we face choices that are either consistent with or contrary to our dream. A life of integrity is born of fidelity to the dream that you carry.
The Lord is the architect who designed your dreams and He is the one who will make your dreams come true. We must not allow anyone or anything to steal our dreams. Without a dream we lose passion, strength and energy to accomplish God’s will in the earth. The devil would love nothing more than to convince you to give up on your dreams. He is well aware that once we abandon our dreams our lives will no longer radiate with hope of a better tomorrow. Only by relentlessly clinging to our dreams can we become the powerful force that God intended us to be in the earth.
“Show me a stock clerk with a dream and I will show you a world changer. Show me a man without a dream, and I will show you a stock clerk” (JC Penney). Every dreamer is a world-changer! Do not settle for anything less. Your dreams are the gateway into a fabulous future. Don’t be denied your destiny by the abundance of negative influences all around you. Your dream will not make sense to other people because it is not their dream. God put that vision in your heart and He alone knows how to bring it to pass.
No discussion of dreams would be complete without at least a mention of Joseph. In his dreams, Joseph was a ruler, a leader and he far surpassed everyone else which neither his father nor his older brothers would accept. In their envy they sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites, his distant relatives, who carried Joseph into Egypt. Joseph didn’t know it at the time but they were escorting him to the place where his dreams would become a reality. He thought he was there to be a slave but God put him there to accomplish His plans. Soon after, through no fault of his own, Joseph is put into prison, the last he thought he would be and where people generally don’t go to have their dreams come true.
At that very time Pharaoh becomes dissatisfied with his baker and butler and they end up in the prison with Joseph. The baker makes bread for the king and the butler holds his cup. This picture of the bread and cup is symbolic of our communion with our Lord Jesus Christ. Ultimately the baker dies and the butler is lifted up to his position, just as Jesus died and then rose again. After this encounter with the Lord, Joseph is brought before Pharaoh where he is given great favor and honor and positioned for his dreams to be fulfilled.
Because of Jesus, you also have been given great favor and honor. Most of the events of Joseph’s life would seem to indicate that his dreams would never be realized. The truth is that God was simply arranging the affairs of this dreamers’ life to accomplish what the Lord had put there from his youth. Although there was fierce opposition to Joseph, nothing and no one could prevent his dream from coming true.
As a child of God the Holy Spirit has authored a dream that he deposited in your heart from your conception. A Spirit-filled life is a dream-filled life. Your dream may appear to be far away like it once was for Joseph. Rest in the fact that God is working behind the scenes to position you for its’ fulfillment.
Enjoy wherever you are right now in your journey of faith but whatever you do, don’t stop dreaming!