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What Can Kill Your Kingdom Dream

Insofar as a dream is an idea that could one day become a reality, God is a dreamer and He loves to share His dreams. He visits us through our dreams and He invites us into His own. All through the Bible we see God speaking to people through dreams. The World Race was a dream that He gave…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Insofar as a dream is an idea that could one day become a reality, God is a dreamer and He loves to share His dreams. He visits us through our dreams and He invites us into His own. All through the Bible we see God speaking to people through dreams.

The World Race was a dream that He gave to Ana-Marie Franken and then to me. We stewarded it for a while and then have been busy giving it away to others.

Our ministry to vulnerable children in Swaziland has always been a part of His dream for a Church that cares for widows and orphans in their distress.

Three years ago God downloaded His dream for the Stations of the Cross to Holli Scott. She recruited 18 artists to share their art in a pre-Easter interactive experience. This past weekend, we saw the dream realized – it was a wonderful experience. Holli said this about her dream:

I really believe it’s His dream and I just got the honor of seeing it, saying yes, and taking steps forward.

He shared it with me and although it was a significant amount of work – it was so easy because it was his dream. When God puts His dream in us, it’s the easiest thing to chase because we are so bought in. 
 
What I have done is nothing special – anyone could see their Kingdom dream come alive.  I don’t have any magic- everyone has access and I believe God has so many unique dreams for us to join with Him- so how many dreams are just floating around in people waiting to be realized?!
 
It also makes me sad to think of the graveyard of Kingdom dreams unrealized because of a belief in the lie of the “no” or “can’t”.  
 
That picture of the graveyard of Kingdom dreams is powerful. Think of all the many dreams that people never believed in or committed to.
 
Has God given you a dream that you want to see happen? Dreams can be scary things. We’ve all seen them fail. Maybe your dream is a restaurant. If so, you’re no doubt aware that more than half of all restaurants fail within the first three years.
 
But then the same thing is true for all things that we love. To love is to encounter loss. Everything living that we love eventually dies. The choice to bury it, to never take the risk, carries with it its own form of pain – the pain of regret.
 
What’s your dream? Who have you told about it? Maybe today is a good day to share it.
 
If God has given you a dream, maybe he’s just waiting for you to believe in it as much as He believes in you. 

Comments (2)

  • I love this! One of the things that breaks my heart the most is when great Kingdom Dreams die! I think there are two parts – and I love what you wrote about the first one and how you stated it – we need to believe in the dreams God has given us. The second part is taking the steps to bring the dream into reality. This is my deepest Why for doing The Cause (www.thecause.org) and building a structure to help leaders accomplish their dreams – seeing Kingdom dreams come alive instead of die. Thanks for writing Seth – you are a wonderful encouragement and I love the way you champion people into their callings!

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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