I believe God is not obliged to finish anything He didn’t start in you but that if it is His work, when you walk in agreement with Him, the powers of hell cannot stop what He is doing, since the dream belongs to Him.
Putting on Christ means abiding in Him and living His dream – because in this, you will find who you are, your purpose, and the joy, strength and hope to live out loud. My blog on Living-out-loud.blog today is called Step into His Dream.
This time last week I announced: “It’s time to live out loud for Jesus”. I meant it. I had some great ideas. I pictured myself going back to dancing lessons, getting a new hobby, etc. Living out loud, you know.
Then this week started and life happened. Half way through the week I started to feel fluey. Then came other stressors. Still, I pushed and strived, wondering what happened to living out loud and realising that I had put the lofty idea of living out loud up there with ‘new year’s resolutions’.
By Friday I felt despondent. I will get this live out loud thing right if it’s the last thing I do, I muttered under my breath, reaching for a Disprin.
On Sunday, I attended a sermon by Kurt Davis. His reference was Luke 4, the chapter where Jesus is tempted by satan in the wilderness after fasting and praying for 40 days. Kurt spoke about getting ‘self’ out of the way, and trusting the Lord for provision, promotion and protection (rather than self-provision, self-promotion and self-protection).
Through his message, the Holy Spirit ministered deeply to my heart.
He gave me further revelation of this ‘cup’ He was asking me to put down (See blog 2 – ‘When you’ve had enough!’).
The cup he wanted me to stop drinking from was the cup of my own self effort, perceptions and ideas – essentially, the cup of self.
Rather, to drink from the cup of His victory – the cup of communion with Him and covenant with Him.
“It’s good to ‘put on you’,” He spoke to my heart (See blog on “When in doubt, put on ‘you'”). “But it’s better to ‘put on Me’. Give me your confidence and your effort and I’ll give you mine.”
The covenant we have with Him through His blood means that when we stand before the Father, we stand in His righteousness. It means that He has given us every good thing. He asks that we abide in Him, ‘put on Christ’, and walk in His strength and effort.
You know the story of Joseph who had his dreamcoat snatched off his back by his own brothers. Those he most trusted betrayed him and sold him into slavery.
But the Lord restored this dreamcoat to his servant.
This only happened though after Joseph humbled himself before the Lord and started to realise that this same word which whispered to him in the quiet of his dreams, was dreaming a much bigger dream than he had realised.
The brothers couldn’t take Joseph’s dreamcoat because the dream wasn’t Joseph’s at all. It was the dream of God.Joseph had to relinquish his own ideas of how he thought things should look and step into the bigger dream, to be released from captivity and step into God’s purposes for his life.
When Joseph understood this, things started to move differently for him because he left his ‘self’ behind and surrendered Himself to the Lord and His purposes. This dream the Lord gave him belonged to the Lord and wasn’t just for Joseph.
This was an eternal dream, backed by God Himself, not some flighty dream Joseph jotted down in his dream journal.
When Joseph put self-effort aside, and started to see the greater move of God in the lives of those around him, the Egyptians – he plugged into this big dream and abiding in the Lord, was then set free to fulfil the Lord’s purposes for His life.
The new coat of dreams Joseph was given, was no longer the selfish little coat Joseph wore as the favoured son. It was the coat of the word and promise of God given to him to wear so that the Lord could accomplish his dream for his people – the salvation of many.
I see it this way, God is not obliged to finish anything He didn’t start in your life. But… if He did start it, and you walk in agreement with him, nothing or no one can stand in the way of this dream, because it isn’t your dream, it’s His.
God wants to do something. You can step back sceptical and strive to build your own kingdom and wear your little coat. Or you can step into what He has dreamed and become a part of the dream.
Finding you and your identity, lies in seeking Him because He has the blueprint of you inside His heart. He created you. Your identity is part of His dream. He won’t help you be someone you aren’t. He will help you be you, because your identity is part of His dream. He dreamed you up.
To read the story behind the Living out Loud blog, visit https://living-out-loud.blog/2017/12/30/the-birth-of-a-new-blog/
©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018