Today’s #soulh2o devotion God Created You To Dream, is a topic taken from the Soul H2O Radio – Episode #3 Learning How To Dream Again releasing this Saturday on Joy Radio. It’s with TV Host and Life Coach, my lifelong friend; Wendy Pauls but it’s not really one focussed on in the show and really talks about things the episode doesn’t even touch on. I really feel that this Soul H2O Devotion is going to be a HUGE key or mind-shift to unlock hidden things for many of you.
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God Created You To Dream
The boy Samuel served the LORD in Eli's presence. In those days the word of the LORD was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread. 1 Samuel 3:1 HCSB
Have you ever woken up and got moving along in your day when all of a sudden you remember the crazy dream you had the night before? Ever thought it was so weird that you’d be embarrassed to tell anyone the details because they’d send you straight to counseling session… or am I the only one? Chances are, you’ve had an outrageous dream before too and trust me, you’re in good company.
In my research, I could find about 26 dreams recorded in the Bible and some of them were off-the-charts insane.
I found there were dreamers who were kings, a farmer, two guys named Joseph, a couple of Pharaoh’s, prophet dreamers, wise men, soldiers, pastors, evangelists, some guys in prison; one a cupbearer and the other guy was a baker but only one chick in the bunch! I’ve gotta say, I found that last fact shocking because my girlfriends have had some doozies.
The point I’m trying to make here is that God created EVERYONE with the ability to dream.
It doesn’t make a difference if your home is a mansion, you’re staying in a stable or if your current living arrangement is a jail cell—God created you to dream… and I believe that more often than not, He’s trying to talk to you through them.
Think, if God was giving an important message that would save millions of people’s lives through a dream of skinny cows eating fat cows, then maybe, just maybe He’s trying to communicate with you through what you might be deeming as a “too-much-pizza-at-night” dream you can’t forget. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about here, make sure you listen to this week’s episode.)
GOD WANTS YOU TO DREAM
If you’re still wondering if God created you to dream, I hope today’s verse will help you to see that He does simply because God really doesn’t like it when people don’t dream. The verse talks about a time in history when society wasn’t having dreams and visions from God. Samuel writes about this as a problem,
“in those days the word of the LORD was rare and visions were scarce.”
This isn’t how God wants it and in case you’re still not wanting to take my word for it, why not take God’s? That God created you to dream, so you can hear from Him is such cornerstone message He wants you to grasp that He repeats Himself in the Old and New Testament to make it crystal clear.
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”
It wasn’t good that people weren’t dreaming and hearing from God when Samuel was young and you see in the next few verses after this statement above how God began to speak to and through Samuel from that point on. It all started with a crazy “dream” hearing knocking at the door.
I want to encourage you to consider that the dreams you’ve been having, those inklings or random thoughts you keep thinking might be God trying to speak to you. Don’t dismiss everything and assume God speaking to people was only for Bible times; He hasn’t changed, God still speaks and I believe He’s increasing His prophetic voice in our world today as the hunger to hear increases.
If this devotion has piqued your interest in understanding dreams, I encourage you to read a book that has greatly helped me stop dismissing and start understand dreams or thoughts I thought might have been from God (I’ll have to explain that one in a future post). The book is, Seeing The Voice of God by Laura Harris-Smith. Laura’s ‘Dream Dictionary’ in the middle of the book but is so helpful but I encourage you to read it all to understand how God speaks.
Father… I’m so thankful that You speak to me. Your Word confirms this truth. Sometimes I struggle to believe this reality and dismiss Your voice in my life. Please forgive me for this and help me to consider and better discern when You’re speaking. Help me to become increasingly aware and attune to Your voice. In Jesus Name…Amen
In Saturday’s Soul H2O Radio – Episode #3, you’ll get to virtually meet a lifelong friend and one of my BFFL’s, Wendy Pauls. The Teaching Segment and interview all deal with the same struggle, Learning How To Dream Again. Wendy’s Interview will ispire you as we share the key to learning how to dream again!
You can find the details of the show posted the Saturday the episode airs here: www.soulh2o.com/3.
- 1 Samuel 3:1
- Joel 2:28-29 / Acts 2:17-18
- Proverbs 29:18
- Deuteronomy 7:9