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Dream BIG.

Do you have a dream? I know you do. Do you have a dream that is so clear that you’re more than certain that God himself has placed it in your heart? Again I’ll say, you certainly do. Now, what are we willing to endure to reach and achieve this dream? What we tend to do as humans (especially men), is get discouraged and sometimes even angry with God when the dream doesn’t come in the package we thought it would. In our finite minds, we get a picture of how we are going to achieve OUR dreams. It’s in this place that the problems begin. OUR mind (with all its limits) attempts to map out a plan to achieve what we think OUR dream is. In reality, this dream was hatched by our limitless Creator. In all reality, it’s HIS dream for us.

In Genesis 37 we are introduced to Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons. Now Joseph had a dream, a big dream that was indeed given to him by God. Although the end result was exactly what God showed Joseph it would be, the series of actions and circumstances that led him there by most standards was anything but ideal. We read that Joseph was betrayed by his brothers (Genesis 37:23), sold into slavery (Genesis 37:28), had is moral standards tested time and time again (Genesis 39:7,10,12). He was framed for attempted rape (Genesis 39:17-18), he was falsely imprisoned (Genesis 39:20), as well as was forgotten (Genesis 40:23) during the journey to achieve the dream God gave him. As spectacular as these injustices may seem, the truly striking part is that not even one single time did Joseph ever raise his fists to God in anger nor did he ever blame God. What he did is so counterintuitive it may be hard for some of us to wrap our heads around it. He honored God in all he did and embraced His standards despite what he may have been going through. He WORSHIPPED God! That’s true worship. Being obedient to God when no one is looking all the while upholding His moral standards. It’s a beautiful thing really. Just look how God honored Joseph’s faithfulness in return by giving him favor in all he did. Joseph even found himself as second in command and ruler over all Egypt with pharaoh being the only person maintaining a higher rank. Through these circumstances, God positioned Joseph to not only achieve the dream He gave him but he was also in a place where he was able to save his entire family from the incredible famine that had gripped the whole land.

There is always a deeper agenda in the dreams we are given. Our minds are just too feeble to see it all. We can only experience this depth of a dream when we are obedient to the small glimpse we are given initially. We must “Walk by faith, not by sight” right? Let’s look at this portion of scripture in 1 Samuel:

“…Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”

-1 Samuel 2:30 NIV

God honors honor. Complete trust in Him, it’s what we call faith. Honor acts as a catalyst to gain His divine strength that will be necessary to achieve the dreams that are so beyond our own limited capabilities. So let’s live honorable lives to achieve and accomplish the mission God has given us in the form of dreams. Let’s take those faith steps and put our trust completely in Him. Let’s stay true to who he designed us be. Let us worship Him in all that we do so that through our obedience, His will be done. Let us not get discouraged or angry. Let’s stay in hot pursuit of His dreams and thank Him for any and all circumstances we may face.

“If He brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it… Remember BIG dreams are HIS dreams.”

Dream BIG.

Worship is not a slow song….

The word, “worship” is probably the most misunderstood word among believers and nonbelievers alike. To some it means to bow before an item, person, or deity; to others it means to lift your hands during a slow song at church, and yet to others, worship is the actual slow song itself. All these answers are in some degree wrong but are also right!

In the dictionary, worship is defined as:

Noun: “the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”

Verb: show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.

So is bowing before an altar, or to the Lord considered worship? Sure it is, but how about lifting your hand during a song? Why not? How about playing the slow song itself? Sure, that can be worship. All of these actions can be called worship. But it only truly becomes worship when the actions (bowing, lifting of hands, etc.) are a reflection and a result of what is happening in the hearts of people. Believe me, people can lift their hands up high and sing along to a song while having impure thoughts. For example, the man or woman who practicing premarital sex can bow before the altar too. The unsettling fact is that the actions can be faked.

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
‭‭                                                                           Matthew‬ ‭15:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As worship director in the church I’m privileged to serve, I am in constant prayer to protect the integrity of His stage.  The fact that we get to stand on that stage and usher in His presence to His people is an honor. Relying completely on prayer to decide who sings or plays on the stage and even what songs are sung is a process of completely removing me, my thoughts, my wants, and my intentions from the equation. Recently, the experience of praise and worship has hit an all time high. With the Holy Spirit making the calls, how can we expect anything less? The people He chooses have the right heart-set to be emptied of themselves and filled with The Spirit. Again, the key to true worship is the posture of heart behind the actions.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
‭‭                                                                        Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬

Now don’t fool yourself into thinking that worship is only related to things that happen within the four walls of a church building. In fact, more true worship can and should occur during the week, from Sunday to Sunday. If your heart is in constant pursuit of fulfilling His will, you can be in constant worship of the Lord. Your outward expression will reflect the love that you have in your heart. It will overflow to you family, friends, and coworkers. Even those family members, friends, and coworkers that may not be so pleasant in the world’s eyes. Your demeanor can have the potential to bring people to salvation. The world might see your joy or how you handle a tough situation, and be inspired. They will want to know what you have that makes you different, to which you get the privilege to answer, “I have Jesus!”

I used to think that, “Worship” is a slow song we sing on Sunday morning.  Worship isn’t a slow song at all, it’s the heart behind that slow song, the heart behind the person bowing or lifting their hands. Most importantly it’s Jesus and all the love, peace, and comfort that comes only with Him.