Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m still a dreamer at heart. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be having dreams on my death-bed, should Jesus tarry beyond my ordained length of days. I have dreams of what might be. Dreams of what could be if the Lord sees fit to do what some may deem as “improbable” at the least and “impossible” to those with no hope at all. That’s the way of visions and dreams. They are always bigger, much bigger than you, your abilities and strengths. When communicating a dream, there is nothing you can do but say what you believe God is saying, and then step into the “faith walk” of what you believe to be His purposes and plans. Yes, I’m a dreamer. Joel spoke of “crazy” people like us when he said…
Joel 2:28 (NASB95) 28 “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.
I’m not sure that I’m old just yet, but I’m certainly not “young” either. Somewhere in between I suppose. Old enough to have some life and spiritual experience, yet young enough to still want to run after the “vision” of my young heart.
The vision of my younger years has certainly not died. An Ephesians 4 type ministry. A Church where the leadership and training gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers may freely operate. A Church whose people understand they have a far greater purpose than filling a pew and “paying” their tithes. A Church that understands being “cutting edge” is necessary to reach the new generation and culture of our day, as this generation hungers for both relevancy and authenticity. A Church that actually believes they are to mature into a genuine expression of the body of Christ in the earth today. Teaching what He taught, doing what He did, and preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God as being, “at hand”. And yes, Jesus was pretty “cutting edge” for His day. If you don’t believe it, just read through the gospels and see how people reacted to what He taught and did in their midst. The early church was “cutting edge” in her presentation of the gospel as well. Just read through the Book of Acts and see how people responded to them, “those who have turned the world upside down have come here”. The early church was both, relevant and authentic.
I also have a dream. No, it’s not a dream I had in my sleep. It’s a dream based upon the light given from the Holy Scripture concerning the potential of a New Testament Church.
- I dream of the Kingdom of God manifesting itself powerfully in the Roanoke Valley.
- I dream of a kingdom focused church. along with other churches, where the Spirit empowered ministry of Jesus is manifested.
- I dream of a church that doesn’t simply celebrate the past, but also worships and rejoices in the present move of God.
- I dream of church that isn’t driven by programs, but rather by the presence of the Spirit of Christ who energizes us.
- I dream of a church where the power of God manifested, IS the argument which brings people to Christ, not just finely crafted services and sermons.
- I dream of a people who are willing to forsake all for something “out of the box” of religious tradition, yet true to historic Christianity.
- I dream of a church free from the “politics” that seem to throttle the move of God, rather than release it.
- I dream of a church which recognizes, honors, and fights for the anointing entrusted to her, protecting it at all cost.
- I dream of other leaders who have eyes to see what the Holy Spirit is wanting to do now, and then goes and does it.
- I dream of a generation, like the Joshua generation, who say, “enough wandering around” in the wilderness, let’s go destroy the works of the devil and take the land for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
I believe with all my heart that Jesus is bringing revival fires to a new generation of believers. I believe there is a flow of the Holy Spirit coming from the very throne room itself with loving mercy and grace to save, heal, deliver, and empower people to live lives they never dreamed possible!
Are you one of those “crazy” dreamers like me? I say “Let’s let the river of God flow.”
…Opening soon “River Church“.
Psalm 46:4 (NASB95) 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.