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For the Dreamers January 7, 2013

Filed under: Freedom — Amanda Lynn @ 4:38 am


Kingdom-sized Dream = a desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.

Many are the plans of her heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
:: Proverbs 19:21 ::

 

 

Hey, brave girl…

Yes, I’m talking to you.
No, this isn’t for someone else who has their dream all mapped out.
Yep, it’s you. Even if your knees are knocking a little in those cute boots of yours.
You’re the one who has a desire that’s placed so preciously in your heart.
The one whose soul stirs over a particular issue. The one who gets all up in arms over an injustice.
The one who sometimes wonders, “What if that dream I have could really happen?”

I’m inviting you to open the door to Kingdom-sized dreams in 2013.

 

 

 

Now before you get too nervous, let me assure you that Kingdom-sized dreams come in all sizes.

It’s not so much about the size of our dream as it is about the Author of it.

So, what’s yours? What causes your heart to beat a little faster, your face to flush and your fists to ball up?

(But, Amanda….those describers make us sound angry.)

 

 

 

Well, while we’re on the topic…it’s okay to get mad.

Yes, the fruits of the spirit do not include anger, but indignation is the righteous response to a wrong we are called to right. Our anger is ultimately at sin {Psalm 4:4}.

There is a time for everything. There is a time for meekness and for gentle answers.

But let’s not be afraid to let our emotion show (not to let them rule us or define us). What I’m not saying is to be a hot mess at all times. I’m saying let them see your anger over the lack of orphan care or over slavery or over the sanctity of life.  That righteous anger can be the catalyst that’s needed for change.

 

It’s time for women to stop being politely angry.
:: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee ::

There is an authority seen in your fury over an issue that is only seen when in contrast to our kindness and joy in all other matters.

When we get angry only over issues worthy of anger, then we hold an authority.

I’m a woman still learning how to walk in my authority as a daughter of the King. 

Let’s learn together.

We’re not to apologize for what God has shown us or done in our lives. But here we are, dulling our voices, fitting into a too-small (societal) box for our God-breathed womanhood, shrugging off the fire in our bones over that Kingdom-sized dream we have.

I don’t know about you, but I still default to self-deprecating humor, I still turn my declarative statements into questions, I still sometimes minimize the work and goodness and grace of God in my life out of fear.

This past week at Passion, John Piper talked about this fear. It is self-protecting. This fear of sharing and declaring the goodness of His grace by the power of his Holy Spirit is a way of protecting our hearts from rejection. It’s selfish and it is unnecessary. I know perfect Love and that perfect Love drives out fear. {1 John 4:18}

So, these dreams – these callings of ours – they’re for NOW.

Sister, we’ve been called for such a time as this. Let’s start living and speaking like we believe that.

We can do this with confidence not because we have the authority of men. Our authority is rooted in the love and power of our Abba, not in any other source. It is authority, not for flaunting or for power, it is authority for servanthood, for the purpose of giving life and freedom, for the purpose of invitation to God’s way of life, and his Kingdom ways.

Whenever we begin to count ourselves out for whatever reason, we should remember that we are in the company of many dreamers and ponderers who took part in grand reversals (their lowliness for His glory). There was a lowly Jewish woman most likely dreaming of her betrothed and of marriage and of living in some insignificant backwater town in the grip of a merciless empire. She was much like a young women in the Midwest, unremarkable and unworthy of comment or consideration. And yet God saw her and selected her. She’s lifted up and given an honored role in history; mother of the world’s Savior.

I read Mary’s Song along with Jesus’ birth story this past Christmas. I’ve come to see how brave she was to sing of such revolution. She was brave to believe God’s announcement over her – His Kingdom-sized dream for her life, brave to hold fast to the song in the face of years conflicting messages. She sang a bold song, but also lived according to that anthem. She let the song call out the best and bravest in her. How many times must she have just closed her eyes and sang with purpose what she knew to be true?

We can also know that we do not go out with the purpose of fulfilling these dreams alone.

Oh, no. We are forever upheld and forever guided.

And whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you:

“This is the way. Walk in it.”

:: Isaiah 31:21 ::

We can know (even those of us who don’t naturally walk in boldness) that, if the dream is His, He will always complete what He begins.

Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ–

though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away.

:: 2 Corinthians 10:1 ::

So, I entreat you, sister, to approach that dream with boldness.

I can promise you this…it will. be. worth it.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,

according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church

and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen!

:: Ephesians 3:20-21 ::

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