Ever Had a Dream That Just Won’t Die?

It has been said that if you can imagine your dream fulfilled then you’re not dreaming big enough. Well, I guess that’s been my philosophy with PBMP (Peace Builders Media Productions). Who knows where it will take me but that’s the great thing about a dream isn’t it?

In Mark 10 Jesus says all things are possible with God. This is a big statement for those who are afraid. If Jesus was telling the truth (and we know He was) then the sky is the limit for us believers! So why not let God’s dream (which is entirely huge) become our own dream?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus repeatedly says, “Ask anything in my name and I will do it.” What?!!!!! That’s craziness right? But if Jesus kept saying it then I guess we ought to start doing it. Why not ask for big things? Why not dream big? Why should I put a limit on what Jesus wants to do for me?

My dream for PBMP involves a college for the arts, a school for upcoming movie directors, a place where Christian actors can work in a pure environment, a hub for Christian media and creativity, and a company that produces amazing films, TV shows, and books. These are just some of the things I see in my dream.

“But your dream is just your own imagination,” you might say. But what if God took my imagination and made it His own desire too! What if He was the one who gave me this crazy, wild, huge dream? I guess we’ll wait and see.

What is God dreaming through you?

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His Strength

“He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail.” 1 Samuel 2:9

I love Hannah’s prayer in Samuel chapter 2. Here is a woman who went through a very hard time in her life and in the end came out victorious, singing God’s praises. Let’s look a little closer at what exactly she went through.

In the beginning of Samuel we see that Hannah was one of two wives to Elkanah, the son of a whole lot of people. Hannah was barren, had no children, but her “rival” had children and constantly reminded Hannah of this fact. The bible says that this other wife went so far as to “make her miserable”.

How many times have you been in this situation? Everything seems to be falling apart and barrenness is the only thing abundant in your life. On top of this, the enemy constantly reminds you how barren and hopeless your situation is.

Hannah became so upset that she wept and did not eat. Her husband tried to comfort her but nothing eased the pain of her suffering. Why was God withholding children? Why was she barren? Would she ever see fruit in her life?

She was “in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.” I know that many people can relate to this desperation of the heart and soul. God, You’ve got to breakthrough for me or I will always be barren! In her crying out she made a vow that if God would hear her cry she would give her child to the Lord all his life. Desperation brings desperate measures.

Nine months later, Hannah had a baby boy. Is God not miraculous and wonderful?! He always hears the cries of those who are broken and contrite in spirit. Hannah keeps her vow and once the child is weaned she brings him before the Lord to serve in the house of God.  That’s when she praises the Lord as recorded in Samuel 2.

So my question is: would Hannah have given Samuel to the Lord if she had not gone through the period of barrenness? Would she still say, “…by strength no man shall prevail”? Would she have known the great compassion and power of God?

I believe without the period of brokenness and desperation Samuel would have never been the prophet he was. If Hannah had given birth to him before her trial then he would not have been brought before the Lord to be used in such a mighty way. If Hannah had not come to know, with all her heart, that it is God who has the power and the strength to prevail, then she would not have let Samuel go.

Man has the tendency to believe that he has caused blessing, but “by strength no man shall prevail.” If you want to do great things for God then you must embrace the trials and afflictions. You must be broken. If you aren’t broken then you will still grasp at the work of God and you will still want to claim it as your own.

Hannah knew that without God she was barren and with God she was blessed. Without God you are barren and with God you are blessed. If you don’t embrace this then you won’t give God all the glory; then you won’t give God all the fruit; then you won’t give God your Samuel, your breakthrough.

God always answers the cry of the desperate. Your Samuel will come. Your breakthrough will come. God is faithful. Embrace your cross. Embrace brokenness. Surrender your strength. It’s in this lowly place that God can do the miraculous. It’s in this place that God can do amazing things!

The End Result

“They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.” –Psalm 102:26-27

In the end God will reign. In the end God will win and the enemy will be destroyed. This is such a simple truth and such a basic teaching that the importance is sometimes forgotten.

It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are right now and it doesn’t matter what the world looks like right now – God will come out victorious in the end. What a great joy we have! We don’t have to become afraid when things look bleak because we know that God is always victorious.

Sometimes I can get frustrated with the lies of the enemy; I can get to the point where I want to fight the enemy in my own strength. Sometimes I can get weary with all the tactics and battles in this world; I even get depressed when it seems like nothing will ever change.

But the reason I become discouraged and weary is because I forget that God is in control and in the end He will destroy every work of the devil! The end result is His kingdom! The end result is He will be glorified! The end result is EVERY lie of the enemy will be exposed! Every demon will be bound! And every knee (this excludes no one!!!) will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The end result is far more real than what we endure at the present. It’s like the last chapter in the novel – everything else is just a precursor to that chapter. Everything is resolved (unless you’re reading a poorly written novel :)) everything is set right, and all the previous troubles are forgotten or taken care of.

The last chapter in the history of our world is very similar. Every tear will be wiped away. Every bad guy will be punished. Every prayer will be answered. And this old world will be changed out for a new one. Every evil thing that has shown itself will be destroyed. Hallelujah! Praise His name forever and ever! What a great God we serve! What great mercy He has bestowed on us! O, worship His name!

“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” – 2 Peter 3:11-13.

So don’t get discouraged and weary; don’t lose heart; don’t get caught up in this world with what it thinks and what it says; don’t lose sight of the prize. The end result it total and complete victory.