By Pr Ay Nee Ng
Build to last is about having something that drives you and keeps you going. So what is your dream or vision? If you don’t have any, follow the Church’s vision, and as you go along, you will develop your call and your purposes as you continue to serve. Passion for people and the ministry will come first, and then a dream and a vision will come to guide you and show God’s call for your life. So what is our church’s vision?
- To become strong and excellent men and women of God
- To build others for God’s purposes by bringing about a value change in lives
- To release spiritual giftings
- To impact generations and nations
Have you all heard of Martin Luther King Jr. He was an American civil rights activist, who delivered in 28th August, 1963, the famous speech “I Have a Dream” , in which he calls for an end to racism in the US. That day was a defining moment for the American Civil Rights Movement. In one part of the speech, which most excited the listeners and has now become its most famous section, King described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. Jon Meacham writes that “with a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr. joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who’ve shaped modern America”. The speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century in a 1999 poll of scholars of public address and it reads as follows.
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest—quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day …
Nothing good comes without hard work and perseverance. To achieve our dream and vision, first, we have to undergo trials and testing, and sometimes very hard times, but don’t despair or give up. Have hope and faith in what God has shown you because God is behind it. God ordained that dream and vision, and He will also provide what is needed to fulfil it.
“I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay…” (Hab. 2:1-3).
“He said, ‘Listen to my words: When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?’” (Num. 12:6-8).
Does God does speak to you and I? Yes. How? God speaks in a variety of ways; dreams are just one of them. Dreams from God are a whole new language. God has always talked to His children in dreams. Yet, our culture has lost the significance and value of visions and dreams. As you take this time to wait on the Lord, pray and ask God to give you insights and revelations from these dreams and visions that you have not seen before. Ask God to open your understanding. Come not seeking what God can do and give you but seeking the love of God; you will not be disappointed.
When you ask for revelation and insight on dreams and visions, remember to journal down the dreams and visions. Journal every detail when the dream comes and vision is given. Journaling is important as it helps you recall what the dream or vision is for an appointed time. It may not be now, but it will be for the future.
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later” (Rev. 1:19).
“And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up” (Deut. 27:8).
“The LORD said to me, ‘Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz’” (Isa. 8:1).
“This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you’” (Jer. 30:2).
“Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now” (Jer. 36:2).