On the threshold of the dream

It’s the wee hours of the morning, and what better time could there be for a midnight ramble, or to talk about dreams? Dreams are, after all, what fuels our lives, and we all have them. When we’re young, we dream of what we’ll do when we ‘grow up’ (yes, some of us are still waiting), and as adults we have dreams of achievement or success and recognition. Maybe you have a ‘dream-home’ or car that you can’t get out of your head.

And then there’s the dreams we all have at night. Oh yes you do, you just don’t remember them. It’s clinically proven that everyone dreams. In fact your mental health depends upon it. More often than not these can be the aimless excursions of an unfettered and unoccupied mind, but sometimes they have meanings. This site of course, frequently deals with the latter (Oh, THAT’S why it’s called ‘dreams&visions?!), and I truly believe in the prophetic nature of some dreams.

Having said all that, there’s still another dream. It’s the shared dream. It’s the dream or vision of a country, a city or perhaps your church. This type of dream has a unique quality in that the stronger the vision, and the more people who get behind it, the more likely it is to come to pass sooner than later.

I happen to live in the Detroit metropolitan area of Michigan. It’s well-known that this is one of the most economically hard-hit, high-crime areas in the country. Yet many, many people have a dream and a vision for this region. Many leaders both within and without the church have high expectations for a sweeping and radical change in the entire social landscape of this city.

And truthfully, it seems like a dream.

Recently, there was a gathering of christians from every walk and persuasion, to fast and pray for 24 hours at a 70,000 seat stadium known as Ford Field. I don’t know that there are any manifest changes in the city as of yet, but I do know that the stronger the vision, and the more people get behind it, the more likely it is to come to pass.

Change is coming.

The church, the body of Christ must also have a dream, and it must be the will (the dream, if you like) of God. Yes, God has a dream. It’s you and me, and all who will come, entering into a restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. We must share Gods dream, in fact, it must overshadow our own. There is a dream for a great harvest of souls for the kingdom, and of the greatest revival this world has ever known. Many Individuals have had prophetic dreams and visions pertaining to this, and many local churches share this common goal.

But it starts with you. It’s really about your dreams. Do we share the dreams of our leaders, our church, our God? Can we re-make the church and re-build our cities?

I can’t answer those questions for anyone but me, but I do know this; The stronger the dream, and the more people who get behind it, the more likely it is to come to pass.

What are your dreams?

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reformat

Reformatting is a concept of the information age. It generally involves completely clearing a data storage device such as a hard drive, so it’s ready for reprogramming.

In other words, wiping the slate clean and starting over. Everything gets erased.

This is usually done only when there’s no other choice, as the process can be rather time-consuming, and you may never recover all of the stuff you had on there in the first place.

One term that comes to mind in this is ‘terminal error’.  If you’ve ever gotten one of these, you know there’s no way back. The only way to go is forward, into the brave new world of reformatting, and starting over.

If you think about it though, it could be applied to a lot of lifes situations. Starting over in a friendship or relationship that has had some challenges along the way, or even making a fresh start in your marriage could, in a sense, be considered reformatting. It could be applied to re-structuring a business, or an organization.

Or your church.

One of the benefits of reformatting a device, such as a computer, is that you can get back to a basic program so you have a solid foundation to start building on again. All the extraneous junk that accumulated has been erased. It’s no longer a hindrance to the functions you really need.

Reformat comes from the same root as the word reformation, and they mean basically the same thing.

The first century church operated from the enviable position of a clean slate. The first disciples ministered without going to seminary or bible college. There wasn’t a ‘new testament’ to refer to yet because it was still being written. Yet if you read the book of acts, you will see that God backed up His will and His word with signs and wonders. The sick were healed, the dead were raised and people all over were being delivered from every sort of demonic stronghold. It was said of the early believers that they were turning the world ‘upside-down’.

Today things look a little different. Unfortunately, except for the miracles taking place in third world countries, there doesn’t seem to be too many signs and wonders going on in the church. Don’t get me wrong, miracles DO occur, and I’ve been blessed by more than a few myself, but they have become the exception rather than the rule. We have a ‘format’ that we’ve grown used to, and nobody goes to church expecting anything much is really going to change. We are comfortable. We are complacent. We exhibit all the right ‘forms of Godliness’ but our traditions deny the power and nullify the Word we spend so much time teaching. Not only has our program slowed down, it’s threatening to stop.

Terminal error.

I don’t mean to sound harsh, but it’s time to reformat, my friends.

I know change is uncomfortable. I know it’s scary, and I know nobody really likes it all that much. But if we keep doing the same things we’re doing now, and expect a different outcome, then we’ve defined ourselves as insane, haven’t we?

God is ready to shake things up. He’s been ready for a while now, but He’s waiting for us. He’s waiting for us to crave the power and wonder of His kingdom manifesting on the earth, and to embrace whatever kinds of change it will take to see it. We already carry the spark of ‘revival’ in each and every one of us, but it’s up to us to fan the flame.

Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and brought freedom to the captive. His disciples did the same. It’s time to get back to the original program. It’s time to reformat.