"To dream with God is to see possibilities without pressure", text with background image of clouds“As we dream with God, we see possibilities without pressure.”

A question I’ve been asking this year is, “How is God leading me to dream about the future?” And along the way, I’ve discovered this:

    • Dreaming can take you to a reset, and even a “suddenly” type moment of change

I believe there’s someone reading this who needs to hear, “Don’t give up! It’s time to dream again.”

By “dreaming”, I’m not talking of dreams of the night, but your ability to see what is possible—a hope-filled future.


“What If I Could Bring in the Tide?”

A few years ago, I had a life-changing encounter with Jesus.
In my mind’s eye—in a vision—I was at the seashore, with a child-size bucket and spade.

And armed with these tools, I was digging a hole in the sand, to capture the water.
But I was close to the sea, so the walls kept caving in—no matter how hard I worked!

Then suddenly, Jesus stood before me, and He said,
“What if I could bring in the tide, and all that is in the sea is yours?”


The Abundance of the Sea

As it’s often been said, when God asks you a question, it’s not because He doesn’t know the answer!

And Jesus was inviting me to take a different view—to dream again with Him.

At the time, I was worshipping in church, and a few minutes later, a scripture appeared on the physical screen above me. It was the theme of our pastor’s preaching that day!

“Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you…” (Isaiah 60:5a, NKJV)


A Woman Who Discovered How to Dream with God

The Gospel writers tell us of a woman who suffered from long-term bleeding. Her big dream was to be well—and so she spent all the money she had on doctors.
But the medical system couldn’t help her.

So, she suffered for twelve long years. And the Law of Moses declared her unclean, which isolated her socially.

These are dream-crushing obstacles—but there came a day she encountered Jesus as her Healer. [1]


How to Dream with God

Here are three keys from the story of this courageous woman that inspire me to “dream again with God” and I pray they minister to you.

1. Pay Attention to Good Reports of What God is Doing

We read, “When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (Mark 5:27-28, NKJV)

The woman not only listened to the stories about Jesus, but she also paid attention to them.

And then, she saw herself in those stories.
As a result, she believed and acted!

This is the faith that comes by hearing (Rom 10:17)—and you can do the same.

For the stories of those who encountered Jesus, and also those He commissioned, are your stories.

Perhaps you have come across a testimony recently, that has stirred you.
This is not a coincidence, for the Holy Spirit is at work, leading you to dream with Him.


2. Dream with God as You Move Towards Him

Next, the woman who was sick sought to get close to Jesus.
And she kept him in sight.

Even when a crowd stood in the way, she continued to press forward.

Today, know that Jesus is the difference maker. His proximity in your present, and His presence in your future, changes everything.

No matter what your limitation is, Jesus is your source—and with Him, the impossible becomes possible.


3. Dream with God by Using the Power of “If”

Sometimes, “if” is an expression of doubt or weakness.
But an “if” can also be filled by God with possibility and power.

  • She said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” (Mark 7:28)

In the encounter I describe above, Jesus spoke to me and said, “What if!”
And those words, together with His Word, changed my view and my future.

“What if…?” is the question hanging behind Jesus’ parables.
God steps into our world and stirs us to wonder, “What if…this picture, this story, could be my reality?”

As we respond to His invitation, we begin to dream, until we see as He sees. And dreaming turns into vision.


“What if We Could be Known for Victory?”

Shortly after this, I saw a movie called “Ford Versus Ferrari”. And it’s the story of how, against all odds, the motor company Ford built a racing car that beat their competitor Ferrari in the famous “Le Mans” race.

One day, an executive observed that the name of their competitor, Ferrari, had become synonymous with victory.

And he asked, “What if Ford could become known for victory?”

It was a crazy statement and one that had no precedent! And yet it was a tipping point.
Because as they pursued that dream, the impossible became reality.


Why It can be hard to Dream With God

To dream with God isn’t easy, for painful events can knock down our ability to dream.
And dreaming after a loss can be especially hard to do.

Our confidence has been damaged, and for a season, our ability to dream seems broken.
But there comes a time when we feel the drawing of the Holy Spirit to dream with Him again.

And here is another wonderful truth:
Sometimes, we focus on the need to dream (the hard thing)—when God wants to give us the grace to dream.
And His grace towards you is abundant!


As We Dream Again, Possibility Begets Reality

To dream with God is to see possibilities without pressure.
Perhaps—like my vision of the bucket and spade—your dreaming has been hindered by your seeming lack of tools and resources for doing the work.
Yet still, God calls, “Look up! It’s time for a bigger dream!”

For the tide is coming in and the abundance of the sea has turned towards you.


Notes:
[1] Read the story of the “woman with the issue of blood” who touched Jesus’ garment in Matthew 9, Mark 5, and Luke 8.
More on this story in Prophetic Word: That Pressing is Turning to Joy


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Overcome Fear and Doubt by Declaring It’s Possible


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14 thoughts on “How to Dream with God ~ The Power of Your “If!””

  1. Not sure why, but i tried to post a week or so ago on here, and it didn’t show up?
    The last point speaks to me the most this morning, as my husband and I are needing a bit more help and resources to see our big dream come to pass. We are building something for the Lord and His people, and it has been tedious at times. Lately, it seems we have fought some discouragement over the lack of victories and the abundance of incomplete projects. I will start dreaming about the possiblities of what God can do in a moment as we move forward. God bless you, Helen!!!

    1. oh, thank you Heather! I think there may have been something not working on the site, so it’s great to hear from you!
      Yes can relate to that and pray you are lifted up to that grace-place of worship and dreaming with God, and experience the flow internally and on all sides.

  2. Hi Helen,
    All three points have spoken to me. 2021 was not a good year for my family and me but praise the Lord we’re still standing and all points of Dreaming with God spoke to me (confirming my question about my dream/vision the Lord gave me). This has been a long time coming. God bless and thank you for posting, my heart is overflowing with joy.
    God bless and have a very Merry Christmas and may 2023 be filled and overflowing with the Lord’s blessings for you and your family. Thank you.
    God bless.
    Diane.

    1. oh thank you Diane! I’m sorry to hear 2021 was difficult and rejoice with you that His joy and dreams are now overflowing. Truly Jesus turns our mourning to dancing, through His grace and salvation
      Ps 30… may those life-giving dreams bubble up in 2023 and beyond

  3. Yvette Tsiropoulos

    Only yesterday I was looking among my books where I had placed my notebook binder that is beautifully decorated with the words: “Follow your dream”. That was where I had written daily reflections and even homework lessons of my Turkish language course.
    My dream since 2014: to return to Istanbul after 40 years, and where I once lived for a while. This felt far fetched because my “reality” in 2014 certainly (for me, then) would not make this dream possible. I persisted with daily prayers to the Holy Spirit.
    Fast forward 2019: I arrived on a cold, blustery day in Istanbul and stayed five wonderful, ecstatic months; caught up with a couple of friends from those far away years.
    Now, end of 2022 I was following an inner ‘nudge’ to find that notebook binder.
    It is now the time to write down my new dream. Today, I understand, I received a message of renewal and walking forward into following my new dream when I opened and read your email.
    Blessings

    1. what a wonderful experience Yvette, seeds from many years ago springing up and flourishing in your time in Istanbul. I pray your writing continues to flow with inspiration and anointing, and that you dream His dreams for this season!

  4. Hi Helen,
    I have returned to this today having read it earlier this week. It’s funny how returning to it has helped me to read it differently and with more hope. Now I can grasp the significance of the word because I am watching God intervene in situations which I had been overwhelmed with.
    Somewhere God is igniting something and it’s leading to massive change, including a geographical move we believe God is in.
    Thank you again, through 2022 for blessing us (specifically me!) with some God shaped thoughts and insights. So grateful.
    You both have a very special Christmas. May Christ separate you both from every assignment of the enemy. May He reveal His presence in the most extraordinary of circumstances and may you and your family be refreshed as you enjoy Jesus right now.
    Much blessing….

    1. thank you Sashi, from turmoil to a testimony of His grace and power! That’s our experience in our current circumstances. May you and your family know His kindness in His leading, and may you dance in his footsteps, into 2023. Keep in touch with how you are going!

  5. Hi Helen,
    The first point strike me the most.. I could imagine myself in all the stories of the Bible. I mean it is powerful. It makes me want to live for something bigger and radical.

    1. wow yes, Wisdom! I’m finding that a lot too, stories, and the individuals, the imagery, recently even the Bible geography! So much to inspire and to see his redemption in. May you keep dreaming the bigger and radical dreams of all you can be and do in Jesus.

  6. Praise King Jesus Helen,
    I bless the Lord for using you to always minister life.
    I resonate with thought 2. The Holy spirit has drawn me into seeking him and obeying everything he wants me to as I have faced the strongest battles this year and i was broken but the Holy spirit caused me to seek him and began healing my wounds. it has been so painful that all I could do was to cry before my father, yesterday I cried but the Holy spirit caused me to laugh, a laugh that stemmed deep within my soul.

    God bless you, keep you, make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto Woman of God.

    Tracy E.A.

    1. What an encouragement to read.
      Keep laughing. I am yet to get there..I am broken.
      Dreaming was causing me to cry every day so I stopped dreaming/hoping so that I would stop the tears and i just started living each day, realising this is all i have for now. I didn’t give up.. just needed to stop dreaming so my energy renewed . I hope soon I have a belly laugh too.
      Thank you for sharing.

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