Have you ever had a dream that came to pass just as you had it? Has something ever happened to you and you realize how things played out just as you had seen it in a dream? Countless number of times, I've had such experiences and I am usually baffled at the connection between the “dream world” and reality. The essence of this post is not to dive into minutiae of dreams and where they originate from, but let me quickly mention that dreams sometimes foretell what will happen in the physical, they being an insight into what is happening or has happened in the spirit realm.
Then he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.13.And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. (Genesis 28:12)
Looking at the bible, there are many instances of dreams serving as pointers to what was going to happen. My very last post at http://tinyurl.com/ooezblk talks about the dreams the butler and the baker had with the interpretation happening in reality just as they had saw in their dreams. Remember Joseph who was tagged by his brothers as “the dreamer”? It didn't matter what they labelled him anyway because his dream came to pass thirteen years after in the manner he had seen things. Ordinary men, pagans and prophets in the bible all dreamt; and even kings were not exempted from having such encounters. We remember Abimelech, Pharaoh, and Nebuchadnezzar all had dreams.We can’t but also remember Solomon whom God appeared to in a dream , giving him an open cheque( check) to ask for whatever he desired. (At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5)).
Having said all of that, let’s dive into the essence of this post. Whilst we have established the fact that God speaks to us in dreams (not all dreams are from God however), I would like to talk about the dreams we can have whilst we are wide awake.
I recently remembered an encounter I had with a dear cousin of mine, one beautiful Saturday morning, about twenty one (21) years ago whilst I was in my second year in High School .We were outside of the house, doing our chores and all of a sudden, we started to fantasize about travelling overseas and what we were going to buy for every member of our families. We were actually drawing lists! I remember saying I was going to buy dresses for my mum, a belt for an older cousin and all sorts; I can’t forget that scene easily. Needless to say as at that time, we didn't even have international passports and it was not in our parents agenda to take us overseas by any means and so our thoughts appeared to be vague imagination and what you would call an illusion. We were young, inspired and just full of hopes for the future. As young teenagers standing in the front of one of the teachers’ quarters at Igbobi College at Fadeyi, some remote area in Lagos, Nigeria, we saw ourselves combing through the streets of London and New York shopping with loads of money. I can’t remember whatever it was that inspired us to have that conversation!
Fast forward till date, it occurred to me only two days ago, as my cousin mentioned she was jetting out of the country again for a couple of weeks, that that scene we were rehearsing back then has played out in reality time and again. For real! Both of us have travelled countless number of times to many countries of the world; not alone, but with our family members as well and we have bought much more than we imagined back then. That is a first-hand testimony of what you visualize in your mind, streaming live in reality!
With this example and many more of my experiences in life, I have realized that there is a strong connection between our mind and our reality. Job 32:8. Says “But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding”.
The human mind has a capacity to imagine without any limitation. It can travel within split seconds to places and thousands of miles away. Friend, you can create your future from your mind. When you team up with the Holy Spirit, you can dream loftily and paint pictures that you would by no means be able to put together by yourself. Imagine how explosive it is, when you allow the Holy Spirit to influence your thinking and imagination. Don’t forget that in the beginning, the Bible tells us that the earth was without form and void and the Spirit of God hovered around the face of the deep. The same Spirit brought the imagination of God into existence; “let there be light and there was light”. So when you are born again, that same Spirit dwells in you and He is able to make you dream in capacities beyond human abilities.
It isn't expensive to imagine or dream big and there is no limit to the Terabytes, Petabytes, Exabytes, Zettabytes and Yottabytes you can download in your mind! So why not use it maximally? As an upcoming designer, you may not have the resources and connection to be at a fashion week at the major fashion capitals such Paris, Milan, New York and London yet ,but who says in your mind you can't visualize it? You may not have a dime to your name yet but who says you can’t see yourself becoming a Richard Branson, Warren Buffet sometime soon. You may not have flown on a local flight, who says you have to pay to imagine yourself in a first flight cabin of an airline? Come on! Be careful how you wield your mind, it is the greatest weapon you have. What you can visualize in your mind, you can actualize.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Eph 3:20-21a MSG).
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