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Sometimes, we over-spiritualize what part of our future belongs only to God and what part belongs to us...Listen to Dutch:
"You inherited this part (your dreaming nature) of your disposition from your Creator. He created us in His image and likeness so our hearts could relate to His and His dreaming heart could find millions of expressions."
Read now what God wants to do with your greatest dreams and your divine imaginations, given to you by God.
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Necessity Isn't the Mother of Invention, Your Dreams Are!
You may or may not be aware of it, but you have a dreaming nature. You inherited this part of your disposition from your Creator. He created us in His image and likeness so our hearts could relate to His and His dreaming heart could find millions of expressions. You were designed to dream and you must dream—both for yourself and for God. In fact, if you don't dream with Him, He can't experience all of His dreams, and you'll never achieve your destiny.
A life without dreams is like a GPS without a satellite. The GPS might operate, but it would lead you nowhere. Likewise, without God-given dreams to guide you, you will travel life's highway searching for a destination you'll never find. Divinely inspired dreams, on the other hand, will guide you to the destiny He intended for you.
Your Designer dreamed dreams for you before you were even born, then skillfully wove them into your DNA as you were created, along with the ability to find and fulfill them. His destiny for you will be the sum of those dreams. The journey of life, then, is meant to be a dream quest; finding those dreams your Maker has dreamed for you brings life's ultimate satisfaction and should be life's ultimate pursuit.
If you don't discover God's dreams, you'll either waste your life running in wrong races and crossing wrong finish lines or, like many people, have no finish line at all. Other individuals stop running altogether, wandering through life as though it were a maze, hoping they stumble upon the right exit. What a tragedy! Your Creator doesn't intend for life to be such a gamble. You can find His plans and dreams for you and pursue them with confidence!
It Begins With a Dream
Things are supposed to be different on Planet Earth because you showed up. You're part of the plan. A solution, an invention, a prayer, another person yet unborn—there is something in you we need. It begins with a dream.
In his book A Savior for All Seasons, William Barker speaks of dreaming. He tells of a disagreement between a traveling bishop and the president of a religious college who also taught physics and chemistry. The itinerant minister persistently contended that we must be near the return of Christ and the beginning of His Millennial reign. Why? "Because just about everything concerning nature has been discovered and all inventions created."
The college president disagreed and insisted there would be more discoveries.
"Name one," challenged the preacher.
"Well, I'm certain that within 50 years humans will be able to fly," replied the president.
"Nonsense!" shouted the skeptical minister. "Only angels are intended to fly."
The preacher's name? Wright. He had two sons at home, dreamers named Orville and Wilbur—you know them as the innovative Wright brothers—who proved to have a bit more vision than Dad!
Dream, Plan and Create
Dreaming ignites creativity. The impossible is powerless against the relentless energy and creative imagination flowing from a dreaming heart. Dreams are pregnant with hope, persistence, ingenuity and inventiveness—if you dream you will create. Contrarily, if you do not have dreams to pursue, you'll languish and stagnate in a sterile, uninspired, unimaginative and uninventive world—exactly the way most people live!
The world of the non-dreamer is small and confined, restrained by his or her mundane existence. For them, the fulfillment of destiny is not accomplished by dreaming, planning and creativity, but instead, is based on chance. God's plan for us, however, is not to spin in circles on the roulette wheel of life hoping we bounce off at the right place and land on success. Our Maker wants us to dream, plan and create.
Many people are simply waiting for "the big break" or longing to be "discovered;" they trust to chance, wandering through life hoping for the right lottery number to appear. Those are fantasies, not dreams. God doesn't want you to live in a fantasy world, waiting for a magical spider bite to launch you on your Spider-Man journey. Just because we're dreamers doesn't mean we have to live in a make-believe world.
The Bible says much about dreaming, and it is enlightening that the concepts of dreaming and creating are both found in the same Biblical word. Yatsar (Hebrew) means "to create;" yetser, a slightly different form of the word, means "imagination, conception, and thought." Yetser refers to the plans and purposes formed in the mind, which, of course, includes dreaming; yatsar is the resulting act of creation. So the power to create begins with the ability to dream.
This is exactly how God functions. Isaiah 46:10 states that He declares the end from the beginning. In other words, He sees or imagines the end result (yetser), backs up to form the plan or design, then begins creating (yatsar). He dreams, then He creates.
Dreams Happen! But They Don't Just Happen
Likewise, when God fashioned humans in His image, He placed within us a portion of His ability to imagine and create. We have a God-given ability to conceive something in our mind or heart, which then awakens the creativity and innovation He placed in each of us. Like Him we dream, and then we create the dream. Consider these cases-in-point.
All of these once unbelievable concepts began with a dream. Dreaming, then, unlocked creativity. And by the way, dreams don't have to be big to be substantial in their impact. Consider these "insignificant" dreams:
Someone got tired of their papers being displaced and dreamed of a paper clip. (They also made sure they were small enough to lose easily so we would have to buy trillions of them.)
Dreams happen! But they don't just happen. They're accomplished because dreaming unlocks creativity, innovation, action and originality. If you don't dream you won't create. Period. End of story. But if you do dream, you must create.
Necessity isn't the mother of invention, dreams are!
Dutch Sheets Ministries
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The above is an excerpt from the book 'DREAM Discovering God's Purpose For Your life' by Dutch Sheets.
This article was originally published in 'The Voice', a magazine publication of Christ For the Nations, where Dutch Sheets currently serves as Executive Director of the Institute: cfni.org.
Dutch Sheets is an internationally known speaker and was recently named the Executive Director of Christ for the Nations Institute. Dutch is a successful author who has written many books including the best-seller Intercessory Prayer and his recent book, Dream. Dutch travels extensively, empowering Believers for passionate prayer and world-changing revival. Dutch and his wife, Ceci, reside in Dallas, Texas.