Back to the Future

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I love the Back to the Future movie trilogy. I’m praying that some day they bring it back to modern-day movie theaters. The story of Marty McFly and Doc Brown gallivanting through time in the Delorean has always fascinated me. The key objective in the movies was to essentially fix mistakes in the past and travel back to the future.

Thinking of these treasured movies reminds me of how God, at times, will give us pictures of the future. Glimpses of what is to come. They can come in the form of dreams or visions. Can you remember the last time you’ve dreamed with God? Too many times we get caught up in life and forget the dreams and visions that God births in our heart. We can potentially grow unsatisfied because we’re not accomplishing what our heart truly desires.

Time and time again in scripture God would speak or reveal His plans through dreams. He revealed to Joseph, through a dream, that his fiancé was impregnated through the power of the Holy Spirit (that’d be a tough one for me to believe). Below are other biblical characters that received messages or glimpses concerning the future:

Jeremiah

The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Abraham

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

Genesis 12:1-2

Joseph

One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever, he said, “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine.

Genesis 37:7

Think of Joshua. He was chosen to lead the Israelites to the promise land after the death of Moses. I think God gave Joshua that position because he was a dreamer. I can only imagine what it must have been like for him during Israel’s forty years wandering in the wilderness. He was one of the twelve original spies sent to report on the land that God had promised to give the Israelites. Unfortunately, ten of the spies had a bad report, which caused the people to rebel against the Lord. Only Caleb and Joshua had an attitude that reflected the Lord’s purpose. It wasn’t enough though and Israel was banished to the wilderness.

During his time in the wilderness, I think Joshua would look up at the stars at night and dream of the land that God had allowed him to see forty years earlier. Joshua didn’t give up on those dreams and that is why the Lord chose him to lead the Israelites into the land. His dreams were an integral part of his leadership. They were constant reminders of God’s goodness and purpose. God wants to fulfill your dreams for His glory.

A wise man of God once said, “Throughout the ages God places pictures of the future in the hearts of those He loves. He will do it for you. You must receive a picture of your future. You must believe that photograph. You must water the seed of tomorrow. You must protect that picture. Nobody else will believe it.” Dream with God. Don’t let go of what He has revealed to you; whether it comes from a prophetic word, vision, or dream it is vital to your future. We must hold on to these glimpses of the future. Remember them. Pray over them. Let’s be like Marty McFly and Doc and get back to the future!

I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.

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