“And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Gen 15: 5-6
This probably isn’t the first time you’re hearing this phrase but what does it mean to dream with God?
I’ve asked that question several times because dreaming about things that haven’t happened seems almost like a childish and irresponsible thing to do, in the world today we are discouraged from using our imagination or daydreaming about the life we want because reality doesn’t give us room for dreams, “Life is cruel and reality is brutal” they say. One thing I've noticed is the words “Dreams and Imagination” are always used positively, no one says “That’s a bad imagination” they would rather call it a bad thought or anxiety, while bad dreams are called nightmares. So when we talk about imagination and dreams they are always positive, and I believe the reason is that God wants us to use them as a tool for spirituality.
We know that God speaks to us through dreams, the Bible is full of stories about people receiving messages from God through dreams, but I believe that dreams serve another purpose. I realized this when Holy Spirit took me on a study of Gideon one of the judges in Israel’s history, Gideon had fears and anxiety, God was calling him to do something that was beyond him and he knew it, but God had to get him to think positively and He did that by giving Gideon’s enemies a dream about Gideon and even giving the interpretation of the dream to them, so Gideon could see what was in God’s heart.
“When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade. And he said, “Behold, I dreamed a dream, and behold, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian and came to the tent and struck it so that it fell and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.” And his comrade answered, “This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.”
As soon as Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshipped. And he returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the LORD has given the host of Midian into your hand.” judges 7:13-15
I believe that dreams and our imagination can be used to renew our minds and help us see ourselves the way the Lord sees us, I’m reminded of this scripture: For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
We need to find out what God’s thoughts are and start dreaming with them and imagining them happening to us because God’s thoughts are very positive, waging war against negativity by focusing on what God has promised.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
What we are asking you to do is simply fill your mind with the promises of God, with His thoughts and see what He sees even if your current reality is the opposite, enjoy the journey of seeing the promises before they manifest and come into fruition. As you stay in His presence know that you are not being superfluous, God welcomes that kind of thinking. Keep those promises in your heart, see them happening and the Lord will see that you have it.