Eagle flying with textHave you ever had a dream that you held on to for a long time—one that you believed was given to you by God?
Perhaps you even worked hard towards it and had high expectations.
For a time, you thought, “It is coming about!”

If you are tired of waiting, be assured of this:

God has not forgotten His promises to you.


Dreams that are Longstanding Desires

There are desires of the heart that we carry inside of us for a long period—sometimes, even from childhood.

One dictionary defines this kind of dream as, “something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time.” [1]

And a prophetic dream about God’s calling is especially powerful.
But these persistent, deep longings of our hearts need to be weighed up occasionally. [2]
And there may even come a time to surrender our expectations in prayer.


The Dream I Laid Down

“Lord, I’ve done everything I can—now, I leave this in Your hands to do what only You can do.”

I can personally relate to this.
In fact, one ministry dream that I carried for decades, I recently gave a “burial service” for!

That was it, I decided.
It seemed that dream wasn’t for me after all.
And so, I laid it down once and for all.

But then, the unexpected happened.


Paul’s Dream from God

The Apostle Paul had a dream from God—he wanted to visit Rome and share with the believers there (Acts 19:21, Rom 1:11)

Eventually, God used Paul’s arrest and imprisonment to send him to Rome, to stand trial before Caesar!
So, Paul traveled to Rome by boat, escorted by Roman guards, along with some trusted companions. [3]

But it was not smooth sailing.
When the boat set out from Caesarea, their route was mapped out with various stop-off points. And as the passengers left a place named Fair Havens, (“Fair Havens”—where everything looks good!) they expected to reach a safe harbor where they could stop for the winter, before heading to Rome.

But that didn’t happen.
Instead, they encountered a terrible storm.
The boat was blown off course and shipwrecked at an Island called Malta.


This was not on the Travel Brochure!

And maybe you can identify with that today: “Lord, this was not on the travel brochure. This was not on my vision board”.

“My travel brochure had glossy pictures! I could see myself enjoying that destination. And like Paul…I’ve carried that dream for years.

A “perfect storm” wasn’t what I had in mind. Being washed up on a distant shore wasn’t what I expected.
I thought I would be in Rome by now.
“I thought I would be [_____ ] by now.”

It is interesting that God sent an angel to Paul, who didn’t explain the reasons for the detour in Malta—that angel still pointed to Rome! (Acts 27:24)


The Provision is Already in Place

This story encourages us, that no matter what happens, God never abandons us.
And a delay is not His denial.

Right now, you may not know how God is going to deliver you.
But you will discover your loving Father has prepared His means of provision ahead of time.

Luke records, “After three months, we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island”. (Acts 28:11)


“Now is the Moment to Ask for that Thing!”

Recently, we have had the joy of attending our church family gatherings again in person, which is a priority for us. No more lockdown!

But last Sunday morning, my husband had to fly interstate for a business trip. And so it happened that I joined our service via the live stream on YouTube.

Pastor Clayton Coombs was preaching a message entitled, “It’s on the Table!”, and just before closing, pressed in with a question. [4]
“What is it that you don’t want to ask? It is so deep down, you’re actually nervous to raise it again because you’re afraid of getting disappointed.”

Then he pointed directly into the camera.
And exclaimed, “That thing! That thing!”
“Now is the moment to ask for that thing!”

I was standing only a few feet away from the TV, and due to the camera angle, he appeared to be pointing directly at me.

Right in that instant, the Holy Spirit hit me—suddenly and unexpectedly, like a freight train!
And as Pastor Clayton called out, “that thing!” God resurrected that desire that I had completely laid down.

The Holy Spirit pulled that dream all the way out from deep down inside of me and put it back “on the table”.


“Surrender that Dream Back to Me!”

As I reflected on this afterward, I heard God say,
“Don’t rule out what I have ruled in!”
“It is on the table! I never took it off.”

Glory to God! I believe this is a word for many who are reading this today.
That dream—the one you discarded, but deep down you know God gave it to you—He says, “Surrender that back to me.”

  • That desire may be fulfilled in a different way than you expected
  • God may have another means prepared, one that you haven’t thought of!

But surrender means, “Let Him do it.”

And maybe it’s a dream that can’t be organized, engineered, learned, or bought. No person, no good intention can bring it about.
It can only come about sovereignly, by the hand of God.

Hear your Father say, “Don’t give up. I am resurrecting your dream.
Beloved, it is not over, until I say it’s over.”

  • It’s not over—it’s overflow.

Notes:

This is part two in my series about the Apostle Paul and Malta
Part one is here: “Prophetic Word: The Setback will be Your Sweet Spot” 

[1] Merriam Webster dictionary, meaning #3 here

[2] Some questions I ask include,

“Is this from God? Is this compatible with how He has created me? How does this relate to this stage of my life, or to my calling? Have I prayed about this? When did I last talk with a spiritual leader or mentor about this desire? Is holding on to this dream bearing good fruit, internally and externally? What small step can I take towards this?”

[3] Luke, who journeyed with him, vividly narrates this story in the book of Acts. Read this story in Acts chapters 27-28

[4] Clayton Coombs, Ph.D. is Academic Dean at Planetshakers College, Planetshakers Church. In this closing statement, he was quoting our Senior Pastor Sam Evans.
Dr. Clayton wrote this article here on Enliven Blog: 5 Ways to Disciple the Prophetic gift in Children


Related Posts:

Prophetic Word: The Setback Will Become Your Sweet Spot
Why Does God Allow Frustration and Delays?


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28 thoughts on “I Heard God Say, “I Am Resurrecting Your Dream!””

  1. God bless you Helen! I just want to say that this blog speaks to me in a big way. I too have been waiting a very long time (years) for a dream that I’ve had, to come to pass. There have been so many setbacks over the years that last year I decided to give up on it and didn’t even want to think about it anymore. I was so frustrated. But after reading this blog today I have hope again that God will indeed bring it to pass. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to write this blog! Mary

  2. Thanks prophetess , this message is mine, I don’t know how to thank God enough for you for this powerful message. I have always desired my own home, marriage was my dream which was aborted, but out of this message, am encouraged that my dream is being ressurrected again in Jesus mighty name.

  3. Thank you so much for the word . My dream I have abandoned and thank you Jesus for breathing on my dream and bringing it to life. Thank you Helen for sharing an amazing message. Please pray for me .

  4. Praise King Jesus Helen,
    I bless the Lord for using you to share this message as the holy spirit reminded me of a dream he gave me in 2012 where I was in a house that looked like our former family home, it was very old, abandoned with cement dust and there was an unrecognized man beside me who seemed to be the house caretaker and there was another man whom I wanted to buy from the house so we began negotiating until he accepted the amount of money I offered him, then I spoke “I will restore and restitute this house back to its old glory and even greater.” the house miraculously changed the color to blue, white and gold with precious stones on its walls. God has been convicting me to read Isaiah 54:1-17 though there’s a verse Isaiah 54: 11-12 which talks about;

    “11 O you afflicted [city], storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in fair colors [in antimony to enhance their brilliance] and lay your foundations with sapphires.

    12 And I will make your windows and pinnacles of [sparkling] agates or rubies, and your gates of [shining] carbuncles, and all your walls [of your enclosures] of precious stones.”

    May Jesus use you to interpret the connection between the dream and the scripture Isaiah 54.

    May God bless you, keep and make his face shine upon you Woman of God.

    Tracy E.A

  5. Thank you.alot, This has changed my thinking of giving up on my dreams,
    I believe the long awaited dreams will one day come to pass as prophesied ,
    God bless you

  6. The Holy Spirit said, It’s not by might nor by power but my Spirit that my God given dreams and desires of my heart are coming to fruition. I am believing for a 2022 Subaru Ascent Premium, salvation for my family and relatives near and far, childhood friends and acquaintances and for my church to have more than enough money to pay her bills rather than having to share with other ministries the cost of this former stage then movie theater and also an increase in healings in the congregation. Thank you so much, Helen, for the fresh revelation. Through your writing, I encouraged myself like David, into a fresh faith for these things. If you feel led, pray in agreement with me for these things. Thanks again. Tabb L Carter.

    1. HEAVENLY FATHER I THANK YOU IN CHRIST THAT YOUR WORD IS QUICK AND POWERFUL SHARPER THAN ANY TWO EDGED SWORD….., AND FURTHER MORE FATHER YOUR WORD SAYS THAT THOSE WHO ARE YOUR CHILDREN PART OF YOUR FAMILY IN CHRIST WILL BE GIVEN THE DESIRE OF THEIR HEARTS.

      I KNOW STAND IN THE PRAYER OF AGREEMENT THAT MY BROTHER IN CHRIST HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE DESIRES OF HIS HEART AS HE HAD STATED AND NAMED THEM IN JESUS NAME BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. I RELEASE THIS PRAYER OF AGREEMENT INTO THE SPIRIT REALM AND SEAL IT WITH AND BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

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