Ephesians 2:10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
The Message translation ends the verse with, “work we had better be doing”.
Have you ever had a day in your life that you felt really—exceptionally good about?
The kind of day where you could count off all the things on your to-do list?
A day where you found yourself laughing—feeling energetic—maybe even in that day you caught a glimpse of yourself doing something you dreamed of doing?
That—is an exceptional day. Even thinking about it today made me smile. I’ve had some of those days—they were each experienced as a result of a “God Dream”…I had allowed myself to dream.
It’s our responsibility to discover what God has for us…it didn’t come on a slip of paper when we were born…nor as a result of a test taken…(remember those tests taken in school?)
You are just burning oxygen until you discover the “God Dream” inside you…the neat thing about dreams is—they are apt to change—or grow.
Small dreams watered—fed—cultivated—lived and experienced– will become a BIG—GOD sized dream. Believe it.
You may be saying right now…but Angie, How do I have a BIG—GOD—SIZED—DREAM?
I’m so glad you asked! This is exactly what we covered in our Young Adult class a few weeks ago…so if you didn’t get to sit in…here you go!
- Believe it’s possible.
- Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
- Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
- Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
- Philippians 4:13 “ I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
There are no limits when God is in charge.
Not your past…
- Isaiah 43:18-19, Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Verse 25: I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
- Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Not your finances…
- Philippians 4:19 (keeping in mind—our greatest need is GOD) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
- Psalm 32:8-9 I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you.
2. Avoid comparisons.
You are an original. Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Comparison leads to pride—or discouragement. Ugh. That even looks bad on the page. Pride: “So-and-so can do __________ better than I can…why do I even need to…..” Being down about yourself is pride just as haughtiness…. EVERY PERSON’S DREAM MATTERS.
3. Listen to the right people.
People who will speak the Truth of the Word to you… That’s the ones you need around you….However, there are those who will lead you astray—andfollowing their voice will destroy you and whatever God is desiring to do in your life and ministry:
2 Chronicles 24:2 “Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years of Jehoiada the priest.”
BUT then we find Joash listening to the wrong people….
2 Chronicles 24:17-19 After he died, the officials of Judah bowed in front of the king with their faces touching the ground. Then the king listened to their advice. They abandoned the temple of the Lord God of their ancestors and worshiped idols and the poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah. This offense of theirs brought God’s anger upon Judah and Jerusalem. The Lord sent them prophets to bring them back to himself. The prophets warned them, but they wouldn’t listen.
Psalm 1:1-3 How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
When the going gets tough…keep going (growing)
Life happens. No getting around it. Look at the trials as His training grounds for the “dream” or –on the next step to the dream!
Isaiah 43:1-3 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:
4. Remember YOU are not alone.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wingsas eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
5. Examine your dream….
Who will be glorified?
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
It is not us who are to shine…ONLY JESUS. If your dream or my dream will anyway point to us as being “it”…then we’ve got it all wrong.
You have been created with giftings and talents…that are yours and yours alone. I may can do something “similar”….but I don’t have your exact gift.
Just as there are no identical twins exactly alike…there are no dreams–or dreamers exactly alike.
But our goal is alike. “GO YE”…into the closet and tell the clothes…come out and be a holy nation? (or individuals??)
Go YE…into the market place and tell every one they need to look like you, dress like you, and talk like you to make it to heaven?? Uhmm….
No…our goal is to win the lost…win them TO Jesus…show them His love…by living the lives HE gave us…dreaming the dreams we were each given to dream…working and living right beside each of them.
See, perhaps they have a dream….and maybe they need you and I to help them realize there is One who KNOWS all about their dream…
It’s exciting to have a dream…it’s more exciting to live it. To see it being played out each and every day….
Do you have a dream? Be courageous...write it down…look at it. Pray about it…. Say it out loud…see who the dream is for…who is going to shine…Jesus?
We may be talking more about this….
OH, almost forgot…the picture above is all about 10 dreams. Count them. One dream was realized and lived that day.
(Some thoughts from reading “Dreaming in 3D”, by Doug Clay–a VERY good book–I highly recommend it to ALL in pursuit of a BIG–GOD–SIZED–Dream!)
© Angie Knight- The Knightly News