Today I realize that the “dreams I had yesterday are my reality today”. I also see how “the true strength of a warrior is in our ability to love greatly.” We can only love greatly as the Father’s love pulses through our veins. That happens as we recognize that His “battleground is to love greatly” and our commission is to follow suit. This is activated in our lives as we embrace the fact that “[we] are not defined by [our] circumstances or words of others, but of how [we] have chosen to love.”
I discovered the reality of those quoted statements as I journeyed with God through Christine Casten”s wonderful devotional, Momentum: The Journey Begins. I got pleasantly stuck in the chapter “The King’s Letter”. Following this amazing letter from our King to the crew on the ship “Momentum”, is a declaration, “Love’s Declaration”. This declaration brought me to a place of owning all the words God spoke to me in “The King’s Letter”.
In this declaration, I declare these words, “The dreams of yesterday are [my] reality today. The promises of today will become [my] foundation for tomorrow. Let [my] sound be heard and [my] light shatter the darkness.”
As I explored these truths I realized how negligent I had been to all that is inside me; things I have known all my life but perhaps took for granted. Things that caused me confusion because I was reprimanded for being kind when others didn’t see a whole picture of what was going on in certain situations. Without knowing the “whole story” in different circumstances, people I thought knew and loved me made wrong assumptions about me and my motives. I unknowingly let their words and actions define me. As a child, this became crippling for me. My innocent identity and dream that people were supposed to be good and kind and gracious to one another was challenged so deeply that I concluded something must be wrong with me and my dream.
This was so crippling that even as we were asked about our dreams in TWC’s Champions Training, I couldn’t see mine. I asked God to show me but I too quickly settled on silly, small dreams in comparison to the dream He had really put in my heart. In His goodness, He let me simmer in His love until now. He let me wait so I could grow stronger before declaring it. He waited for me to be confident enough in Him and in who He created me to be. He waited for me to be capable of “owning it”.
From the time I was a little girl I can remember I’ve had this place in my heart that longed for “Peace.” Do you remember the song some of us 60 year old+ warriors sang in elementary school, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me”? God showed me that this is my “forgotten” dream! John Lennon’s song, in the 70’s, “Imagine all the people living life in peace…” was a secret theme song in my childlike heart. I took to heart how people called me a dreamer but their words were not wholesome. They were daggers, “Get your head out of the clouds. Focus. Why can’t you _____.” A weapon was formed against me. It tried to take me out but God! Oh! God knows the plans He has for us!
This promise of peace, of letting it begin with me, is now the foundation for all my tomorrows. My declaration that Jesus will be known in this world, as He really is, a True Warrior of Greater Love, will be heard. My light will shatter the darkness! I have chosen to love greatly and in this choosing, all my lost dreams of yesterday are found. From this place I now am able to live out the mystery of “Life in Christ”. What an incredibly rich and joyous life that is!
Col. 1:26-29 (TPT)
There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Christ is our message! We preach to awaken hearts and bring every person into the full understanding of truth. It has become my inspiration and passion in ministry to labor with a tireless intensity, with His power flowing through me, to present to every believer the revelation of being His perfect one in Jesus Christ.”
By Fauna Lang