I Dreamed a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

Akaine Kramarik painted this at 10 years old.

Akaine Kramarik painted this at 10 years old.

I teach Bible to the high schoolers at our school and I have to say, nothing blesses my heart more than to see these young hearts wanting to know more about God’s word. Several weeks ago we studied the book of Acts and did an Inductive Study on Acts 2. I asked the kids, “How many of you have seen visions or had dreams from God?” Very few of them shared their experiences but I knew their hearts were open to hearing more about this.

I shared a story of Akaine Kramarik. (Her story can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ealRd0XJUq0)  Akaine is an amazing young lady who regularly has visions from God. As a child, her parents were atheists and yet she heard from God in dreams and visions and has had a very powerful calling on her life. God has led her to paint the visions that she sees in her dreams and by the age of 5, she was painting remarkable art. By the age of 6, she was painting award-winning work and by 8 she was painting masterpieces. She has never had a lesson in art and now at 17, her pieces sell for thousands of dollars and some for as much as three million dollars. Through her journey, her parents have come to know Christ and cannot deny His divine hand on their daughter’s life.

How amazing that God would reveal Himself in such a magnificent way to a young tender child who has since used her work to virtually reach the world. One feels lost in the immense creation of God as you gaze upon her work. It’s almost as if you are swept to a different time and dimension and are getting a sneak peak at the vast universe around us that is so beyond our scope and understanding. Her artwork can be viewed at this site. http://akiane.com/home

With this amazing gift of artistry, she is also blessed with a prodigy in poetry. Many of her pieces are accompanied by beautiful prose that express the deep emotion of her work. To see such unbelievable artistry come from such a young child that continues to develop through her young years is inconceivable except for the divine hand of God.

Akaine, dreamed a dream, given to her from God and she listened. She heard the voice of God and moved forward in the direction and light that He gave her. How astounding is it that God is able to call each of us to exactly what it is that He has for us if we are just able to listen?  How precious that He reached out to one so young to display His glory.

I pray that each of you take heart that God is giving your child dreams bigger than they can ever imagine. God is eager to pour out His Spirit on all people and young people want more of God. Barna Research points out that one of the reasons teens are leaving the church is because they haven’t had a full experience with God. They are learning about God in their heads but it hasn’t sunk into the innermost part of their hearts.

The Holy Spirit is the only solution to this problem. If we aren’t in tune with the Holy Spirit, we aren’t having a true experience in our faith. Are we open to letting the Holy Spirit perform His work in our children? Are we giving our children the time they need to hear the voice of the Lord when He calls? I love the story of Samuel when the Lord calls him and he runs to Eli for the third time and Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. “So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (I Sam. 3:8-10)

Are we listening? Are we ready to tell our children, “Go and lie down and wait for the Lord?”

The Holy Spirit comes into us when we receive Christ. As we see in the book of Acts, it descended like a mighty wind and filled the home where they met. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to not be drunk with wine but be drunk with the Holy Spirit. I love how Dwight Moody describes the filling of the Holy Spirit. “Why do we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Because we leak.”

Our young people want to be filled. When they can’t be filled with the Holy Spirit, they fill themselves with other stuff; social media, texting, video games, tv, music and ongoing distractions. A recent article in the Washington Post commented on the frightening extent that media has taken on our children.  “Today’s teens spend more than seven and a half hours a day consuming media — watching TV, listening to music, surfing the Web, social networking, and playing video games, according to a 2010 study of 8 to 18 year olds conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study also found a particular rise in time spent on mobile devices and an overall increase of about an hour and 20 minutes since 1999.”

Song of Solomon  2:15 tells us of “the little foxes…so little and yet big enough to ruin vineyards and the very livelihood of the farmers.”

“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”
If we are so filled up with media, how is their time to fill up with God? I am not saying that this media is evil, but I am saying it’s time to take a closer look. How about just stepping back and putting those little foxes on a leash for a while?

Children need down time to dream dreams and see visions. They need time to awaken the Holy Spirit within them that is crying out and saying, “Come join me. I want to fill you up!” Let’s get lost in Jesus together and see our children dream dreams as we see visons. Let’s follow the lead of Akaine in our children and in our own lives and see what God can do.

As A.W. Tozer so beautifully expressed in, Knowing God, “The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence. The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us. This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to be enlarged. This would burn away the impurities from our lives as the bugs and fungi were burned away by the fire that dwelt in the bush.”

Reclaiming our Children

 

Melissa Harris-Perry of NBC’s so-called news network has endured much criticism, and rightly so, for her recent public service announcement where she said that our kids do not belong to us. She derided the concept of the “private idea that kids belong to their parents” and instead advocated for a collective idea that kids belong to the community, aka. the government.

Well if you haven’t realized yet, we are losing our children. To whom you ask? When you account for the average child’s time spent at home versus school, it is easy to see why the “public” feel they own our children. When we allow our children under the control of the public institution, unbeknownst to us, we have given our children over to the powers that be. We are no longer the major influences in our children’s lives, we are now the influence that awaits at home for an average of 2 hours a day, once their after school activities, time with friends and homework is complete. So once again you have to ask yourself, “Whose children are they after all?”

So let’s take a look at who these public institutions are. The liberal bias and agenda run rampant in public schools. If you are attempting to raise your children with traditional values, they will have to fight an uphill battle in a hostile environment in order to survive this bias in the public school. Against these odds, they will still have to contend with a ratio of 1 out of 5 students smoking or using drugs in their teen years, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Child Trends Data Bank reports that nearly one-third of high school students are sexually active. Evolution has replaced God and Christian holidays are now given secular labels that have left no room for God in the classroom.

Leviticus 18:21 tells us to not give our children over to Molech to be sacrificed. So why do we give our children over to any institution that bans God? Psalm 14:1 says that the fool says in their heart there is no God. Again, why are we sending our kids to fools to be raised?

According to Barna Research, 75% of Christian kids are falling away from the church after high school graduation. This stat alone tells us that we are losing our children in catastrophic numbers.

Is the world so bold, that they now just point blank admit to taking our children? Will we stand silently and watch our children seized from among us?

What is stopping us from taking them back? How long will we stand silent? Is it the romance of achieving what we felt we missed out on? Are we worried our kids ACT scores might not be high enough? Maybe they might not get in the college we think is best for them? Could it be that they are not at the right school for social acceptability?

Parents, we are in a crisis! Our methods are not working! Our children are being lost to Molech. Can we stand strong and say that we will not let our children be taken from us? Is there any honor in this world worth the cost of our children’s souls?

It’s time to reclaim our children and do whatever it takes to get their hearts on track. Today is the day of redemption. We are living in perilous times and the days are getting darker. We are in a war for our children. 2 Corinthians 10:3 says that although we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. If we are using the same methods to raise our children as the world does, then we will get the same results.

I pray this blog will offer you encouragement to do exactly that. I look forward to us sharing our hearts together in order to return our children’s hearts towards home.