The Walking Dead: 3 Ways to Ensure You Are Not “Walking Dead”

ZombieMany people are not living. Yes they are alive, but they are like the walking dead. They are just going through the motions without any passion. They have stopped dreaming.

 “Most of us have two lives. The life we live and the unlived life within us.

Steven Pressfield

  • Do you have unfulfilled dreams?
  • Are there things that you want to do that you haven’t done yet?

If you answered “yes” that is a good sign. It means you are still alive.

Without a vision the people perish,

Proverbs 29:18.

One of the most satisfying things in the world is to fulfill a dream that has been in your heart for years.

Three things the Bible says about dreams:

 

1. Dreams come from the Lord.

“I will pour out my spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.”

Acts 2:17

Prophecy, visions and dreams come from the Lord and they all deal with things that don’t exist yet. A few years ago at camp, I was watching our kids (about 100) during worship time. They were all at the front of the room worshiping.

The Lord spoke to my heart, “I want you to gather thousands of kids to worship Me.” I had no idea how to do that.

  • How do you gather thousands of kids to worship.
  • And even if you do get several thousand kids together in one place, how do you get them to worship?

I did the math. If 100 churches brought 20 kids each we would have two thousand. That made my dream believable. It took my dream from the realm of fantasy and put it into reality.

We scheduled our first Worship Weekend for April of 2000 at Emmanual Christian Center. We worked hard for eight months and 2,068 people participated in the first Worship Weekend.

This weekend is one of the high water marks of my ministry, but it was not something I did for myself. I did it for the Lord, simply because He likes it when kids worship Him.

This is my point: Dreams come from the Lord! When you know it’s a heavenly vision it gives you the passion to pursue it.

 

2. Without a dream the people perish.

A dream that comes from heaven always benefits others. My dream for Worship Weekend was for the Lord, but it also was for the kids.

When you are not walking out your dreams, you deprive others of your vision. As long as you have vision, you have life. When you stop dreaming, you start dying.

Vision begins by asking the question, “What do I want?”

The indispensible first step to getting what you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

Ben Stein

The Bible says, that “God will give you the desires of your heart.” In other words the desires that are in your heart are put there by God. (Notice that it didn’t say He will give you the desires of your flesh. They are not from God.)

 

3. Without a dream you perish.

My dreams are not just for the people, they are also for me. As long as I have vision I have life. If I am not pursuing my dream, then I can become “The Walking Dead.”

If I am thinking about the past I am not thinking about the future.

The Apostle Paul said it like this, “Forgetting those things that are behind, I press toward the mark of the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus.”

It’s not time to quit. If you quit, the team gets weaker. It’s not time to coast. It’s time to identify your dream and to press toward that dream.

So, what are your dreams?

Mark Harper

2 thoughts on “The Walking Dead: 3 Ways to Ensure You Are Not “Walking Dead”

  1. Charles Birdsong says:

    Thanks Pastor Mark. I was really just going through the motion in some areas of my life. As always, your words are encouraging and insightful.

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