From servant to King – There is a huge emotional jailbreak that occurs when we get the concept of moving from servant to King. The folks in Baltimore got it, and the next question that usually comes up is, “How do I channel this relational concept of God now allowing me to have a dream?” Our circumstances don’t necessarily change overnight, but somehow we feel “over” our circumstances instead of controlled by them. We start to entertain all kinds of new ideas and dreams. It’s a very healthy place to be spiritually.
“But what if my dream isn’t possible right away?” The answer is simple; the dream can come as soon as you embrace it – right now. The manifestation may take some work and some warfare. We live by faith in the reality of our dream coming true. No person or circumstance can steal the substance of something God sowed in our hearts. That’s freedom. It’s a freedom that gives rise to the perseverance that does make a dream come true. That’s how faith works. It produces something that didn’t previously exist! The whole process starts in our hearts with a desire.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Rev 5:10 NIV
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. 2 Tim 2:11-12 NIV
Part of something bigger – Dream, as a word, implies something precious and personal. However, In the Kingdom, our personal dreams are important to God because our dream is interwoven with His. It’s part of a much larger battle to establish His Kingdom… not just ours. One of the hardest concepts is to retain confidence in your dream when your personal delays and defeats (suffering) are coming down from this big picture. We’re called to both the warfare and the glory. We do win! We will win! It’s also true that the path to victory goes through a few valleys. Whatever suffering we may go through is not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us – in this life. We’re not waiting for heaven to be victorious.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Rom 8:16-19 NIV
The Kingly mindset – Our job on this earth is to convert lemons to lemonade. People with no dream and the wrong attitude never make it. It’s hard enough with the right dream and the right attitude. Let’s focus on the steps to change our circumstances and take our land.
1. Get the dream in writing – Why? So you can discern it, examine it and refine it. I really encourage people to jump into the coaching process as a first step to capture their dream and put a plan in place to make it happen. It has to be spiritual (birthed in God’s heart, too) and practical (It has to work financially). That means a life plan with cash flow and a business plan… the products of the coaching process.
2. Give your heart a reason – Most of us have boundaries in our hearts that represent vows from our past which have cemented into ceilings for our future. Changing the beliefs in our hearts about our own identity and potential is a key step of inner healing before we can go to the next level. We all need to give our hearts a good reason why, before the dream can come true. Knowing that your dream is also God’s dream is the best leverage in the universe to make it happen.
3. Enjoy the ride – Making your dream come true in the Kingdom has a very special ingredient: the process is fun. Jesus endured for the joy set before Him. We are the same. The joy of having a dream can start right now and never leave. Circumstances can be all over the map, but the peace inside and the thrill of the dream paint of picture of how it will turn out that fuels our hearts through everything. “Dreams do come true!” Kings believe it and do it.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:12-13 NIV
4. Relationships – God is not looking for servants who obey; He’s watching for people who will walk with Him in a relationship and volunteer for their own dream. A person who is connected with his heart is able to free the hearts of others… it’s contagious. The relational dynamic in this level of Kingdom is best described by LOVE. It just happens when our hearts get connected with the dream. You have to experience it. A mental explanation doesn’t come close.
5. You look so good in love – This is a title of a country song! The fact is that people who are connected with their hearts have a certain radiance in their countenance that actually makes them more attractive and charismatic. We are all drawn to people who have connected with their dream and naturally live life from the heart. It’s a great place to live.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Prov 15:13
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Prov 17:22
…a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov 13:12 NIV
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