He Knows the Plans He Has For Us—Dream Fulfillment
The First Example of Dream Fulfillment
The first example of dream fulfillment in Scripture, and how that gets walked out, begins in Genesis chapter one. God has a vision and a purpose for, seemingly, purposeless places and things. His execution of these plans was very deliberate and intentional, as it should be with us.
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
— Revelation 4:11
"Will" in this passage is the Greek word. theléma meaning:
. . . what one wishes or determines shall be done, to choose, to have in mind, intend, determine, purpose, the carrying out of that purpose into act, follows deliberation and inclination, includes the idea of delight and pleasure.
The above verse tells us that, according to this definition, God, as our example, enacted His purpose and plan for creation by deliberate carrying out, and acting upon, His intentions. What He did, brought Him delight and pleasure, as will be with us also as we walk out the divine will of our Father in Heaven.
From the following definition, we might ask ourselves these questions that may help us narrow down what that plan might be:
- What do we wish for in the sense of life mission?
- What stirs in us a determination?
- What causes and interests involving spiritual passions do we deliberate about?
- Are there causes that roll around in our hearts?
- What are we inclined to do?
- What spiritual accomplishment would bring delight and pleasure from a spiritual perspective?
In this study, I would like to look at another Hebrew word for dream or vision that has to do with visualizing the plan.
We looked at this verse in the first lesson:
Where there is no vision the people perish (cast off restraint, become aimless) . . .
— Proverbs 29:18
Without focus, our lives can become fragmented and disjointed.
“Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time,”
— unknown author
The Hebrew word for vision in the verses mentioned above is: "chazah"; "sight" (mentally), i.e. "dream", "revelation", or "oracle".
A dream is established by being able to see it. We can't act on something we can't perceive happening.
The Beauty of Understanding Hebrew
Hebrew Word Pictograph for Vision
The Hebrew word picture of "chazah" confirms this concept.
"Chet," the first letter of the Hebrew word for "vision," is a picture of a fence and speaks of boundaries and protecting what is inside. A vision is something that God has placed within us and protected until it is safe and ready for fulfillment.
There is a purpose already inside us just waiting to be revealed as we submit ourselves in humility before him.
. . . who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
— II Timothy 1:9
"Zayin," the second letter of this word, is a picture of a tool with the idea of cutting or inscribing.
The Hebrew word for "remember" begins with "zayin." We can think of remembering something as being inscribed in our minds.
Another intriguing word in Hebrew, beginning with the letter "zayin," has to do with vision. It is "zereach." This word appears in Psalm 112, and It would translate something like this.
"He scatters rays of light in the darkness"
The revelation of our dreams is like His rays of light being scattered in the darkness of the purposeless life when we were without God and the hope of eternity. He reveals the inscribed plans and purposes that have been there all along.
"Vav," the third letter, is a picture of a nail and means to connect and establish. The dream and plan are established as we focus our attention through our memory by visualizing the plan God has placed within us.
"Noon" is a picture of a fish and pictures the concept of perpetual or eternal life. The dream becomes established when it gets connected to the eternal plan and its intended purpose. The primary purpose of a fulfilled dream is to pass on the goodness of God and the eternal life that we have been so freely given.
"Freely you have recieved freely give"
— Matthew 10:8
Once we discover what the purpose or plan is, we must remain focused on the mission God has given us. The business of life and sometimes desires for other things can be quite distracting. Our lives are so incredibly busy today, and a lot of times lacking in a clearly defined biblical purpose? Which is why we need to do as God commanded the prophet to do.
“Write (inscribe the vision) And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
— Habakkuk 2:2
This instruction has helped me immensely to stay focused and not be discouraged. I sometimes wonder if Joseph had to remind himself of the dream frequently with all the opposition he faced
Most importantly, stay focused on the person of that goal and dream.
. . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
— Hebrews 12:1-2
Eyes on the Eternal Prize
A quote from Rick Renner's Sparkling Gems from the Greek:
"The main goal of all believers should be to find God's plan for their lives and then to go after it with all their might and strength . . . The primary emphasis of reward (in the ancient games) was not material wealth, but on the distinguishable honor bestowed on the winners. These people were only able to achieve victory in the Olympic games by being disciplined, balanced, and committed to excellence . . . our task is to find the divine plan for our lives: to get in shape so we can start running our race . . . You have to remove all distractions and commit yourself to a life of discipline, balance, and devotion."
What enabled Paul to press ahead when he was being assaulted so viciously? How could he maintain such a victorious attitude? How is it that he never surrendered to weariness, exhaustion, or the devil's attacks? . . . That he would one day hear Jesus say to him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." (1)
Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which you have done; And Your thoughts (plans -machshav)toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order;If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.
— Psalm 40:5
In closing, I would like to share some Scriptures to pray in seeking the Lord for His plans and purposes. His Word describes the needs of our hearts in better ways than we can think of ourselves sometimes. I love these Scriptures because they really hit the target concerning our search for Him and the plans He has for us.
I pray to you the God of My Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that you may give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You, and the eyes of my understanding would be enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward me
— Ephesians 1
I ask that I may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that I may walk worthy of You Lord, fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You... and I prayer that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ
— Colossians 1
May the God of peace who brought up My Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make me complete in every good work to do His will, working in me what is well pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.
— Hebrews 13
. . . being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ . . .
— Philippians 1:6
for it is You who works in me both to will and to do for Your good pleasure.
— Philippians 2:13
Cause me to hear Your mercy (covenant love) in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me, O LORD (YHWH), from my enemies; In You I take shelter. Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God (Elohim); Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
— Psalm 143:8-10
(1) Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner Teach all Nations publishing copyright 2003
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