I Have a Dream

by APC on January 20, 2016

A few days ago (January 18), our Nation celebrated a great man: Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a figure in our society who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in and for what was right. Through his passionate dream, he transformed the mindset of our nation.

One of Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous speeches was “I Have a Dream.” King painted his dream of a society based on racial harmony and equality. Because he spoke out against discrimination and voiced his dream, he helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Like King, We can all have dreams shaped by our present circumstances. Our dreams for a better and brighter future can come to pass, but sometimes they do not. This is the true nature of dreams transpired in the minds and hearts of human beings. We are not in control, and therefore, cannot dictate what will come to pass!

God, however, is the One who is in control. And, the dreams God gives us will have a different outcome:

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit (Joel 2:28–29, KJV).

When God gives us a dream that dream will come to pass! God will give us dreams and visions about His kingdom, ministries He wants us to walk in, warnings He wants for us to heed, etc. At times, unless we change our spiritual trajectory in an effort to change the outcome of that dream, what God has showed to us will come true. When God is the foundation of a dream—a truth—that dream will not pass away (Matthew 24:35)!

These God-given dreams may not always come to fruition in our own time, but will impact (benefit or harm) future generations. The promises (dreams) given to our Patriarchs of faith were awarded to their future generations. They died not receiving the promises themselves, but saw them afar off. Because of their faith, their dreams came to pass (Hebrews 11:13).

If we want to lay hold upon the promised dreams the Lord has shown us, we need to speak out those dreams in faith! Scripture tells us, “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (II Corinthians 1:20, KJV).

When we verbalize the dreams God has given us, we are essentially saying “Amen!” We identify with the dream given to us, confirm it as being true, and build up and edify others in the church with that dream. We should remember faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).

Like King, we should seek to receive dreams from the Lord. Many well-known preachers have said in times past, “If your dream doesn’t scare you, then it’s not from God.” Let us pray today that we can be a part of God’s kingdom—identified as those with our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life—so we can see visions, dreams, and prophesy of that which is to come. Let’s seek God today so we can say alongside of Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a dream!”