Week 36: Dreaming Dreams

Week 36: Dreaming Dreams

Today’s Text: Joel

Key Text: Joel 2:28

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

The LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE gives us the background on this haunting bit of Scripture:

Peter quoted this passage (see Acts 2:16–21)—the outpouring of the Spirit predicted by Joel occurred on Pentecost. While in the past, God’s Spirit seemed available to kings, prophets, and judges, Joel envisioned a time when the Spirit would be available to every believer. Ezekiel also spoke of an outpouring of the Spirit (Ezekiel 39:28, 29). God’s Spirit is available now to anyone who calls on the Lord.

Let that last sentence sink in a bit:

“God’s Spirit is available now to anyone who calls on the Lord.”

What does that really mean for you?

What does that say about the resources – the spiritual resources – the power – that is available to “anyone” who calls on the Lord for help?

It’s an amazing promise really, and it’s one that has been proven trustworthy time and time again.

So, in a world that seems to me to be ever more confusing and frightening, hold on to the promise.

Simply hold on to the truth that God’s awesome power, incomparable love, and deep, deep wisdom is available to you at any and all times that you need them – just for the asking.

If that doesn’t cause you to “dream dreams” I don’t know what will.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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