January 3

The Birth Of A Dream

“Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb.” Genesis 30:22

Rachel was Jacob’s dream wife. They were very much in love. Like most married couples, they desired to have a child so their love could walk upon the earth. God listened to Rachel’s dream for a child, and He answered her prayer by giving them a son. Their dream became a reality named Joseph.

It is impossible to overestimate the power and role of dreams in human existence. Dreams have brought us lifesaving medical breakthroughs and soul-stirring revival movements. Some of our greatest athletic achievements are the result of a personal dream. The United States of America is the result of a dream of real democratic government by a group of patriots. Martin Luther King changed the course of a nation because he had a dream. Your world and “the” world can be changed because of the dream inside you.

These dreams are your daytime dreams -your vision, your hopes, your aspirations, and your desires. A God-given dream won’t go away. Search your heart and mind to get in touch with the dream God has put inside you. Then write down the dreams God has put on your heart. Then pray about it, ask God how to proceed in fulfilling the dreams He has given you, then take action with what Jesus wants you to do! Good Shepherd’s dream to be a Christ Centered, Bible believing, Holy Spirit filled church began in Habakkuk 2:3, “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false: Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Prayer for today: Most Merciful Father, it’s Your Spirit that calls us to You in prayer. We ask that You make it the dream of each of us at Good Shepherd to be a living example of how faith works in the down-to-earth application of everyday living. Lord, create in us what You want others to see in our lives, so that they will seek both a personal relationship with Jesus and Christian fellowship with us, in the house that You are building at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”