Dream, dream, dream… ?God loves dreamers! ?He loves everybody else too, but especially those who dream. ?Not only those who dream, but those who will respond to the dream that is given to them. ?Getting a dream is only half the equation. ?The other half is to respond to your dream, allowing God to breathe on it. ?The breath of God will bring your dream to life! ?Take steps toward your dream today. ?For your dream could be the key that opens the door to your destiny and heart fulfillment.
God gives each of us dreams, visions of where would like to be, what we would like to do. With that comes the challenge of how do I get from “point a” to “point b”? A dream is like an invitation. With every invitation there is a response, an RSVP. The question is how are we going to respond to the dream that we have been given. Wow! Great dream! So now what? Do we just wait until is manifests on earth? Do nothing? If we are wise, we will take action, take steps toward the dream. Like anything in God’s Kingdom, what God shows us have the elements of surrender, readiness and breakthrough to them. The membrane is many times very thin between where we are and where we want to be. In the spirit, it most definitely is. First, it is required to break through into a reality of faith and believing in order to see things progress into the fully blossomed fruition of our dream. It is a matter of our own dedication to the Lord, commitment to His heart, the price we are willing to pay and the determination we have to obtain this new land.
1. What is My Dream?
So you are wondering if God has given you a dream. Your dream is going to be connected, in most cases, with what you are already passionate about. Sometimes people see the dream they are passionate about but cannot see “the form” of how it will look in it’s fruition. In other words, we are trying to picture how this dream will look in a tangible, touchable form. I would suggest that when you are seeking the Lord, in a place of His tangible presence, write down 10 possible ways that your dream could work out in your life. Write down how it could look in a concrete form. Of those ways, narrow it down to 2 or 3. Hopefully at this point you will have a little better idea of what the possibilities might be. Many times we get the best ideas when we are not trying. The Presence of God does release creativity, because it is His nature to create. Keep pursing His Presence. In that place He will reveal to you as you ask, seek and knock.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:?For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”?
The other case, I have no passion. If this is where you are, you might need to just spend time seeking God until He gives you a fresh passion. Or maybe you need to go back to what you were once passionate about at a different time in your life. It is possible that it was shut down and lost. Maybe it is as simple as picking up that passion. What we enjoy the most can be a key to what our passion is. What we enjoy doing is a doorway to dream.
2. Surrender to God
How does our surrender to God look? Time is the gift we have all been given. Time is our most valuable commodity. It is one of the things that we steward before God. If we spend our extra time watching “I Love Lucy”, then we are throwing that time away. Our surrender to God must go much deeper than that. Our surrender very much is reflected in how we spend our time. Are we spending time learning His ways, receiving His words in His presence and being filled with His Spirit? Intimacy with God and surrender go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. What we do today determines where we will?be tomorrow.
3. Readiness of Spirit & Mind/Get a Plan
In our surrender to God we need to be prepared. Part of the time that we are given we need to spend creatively planning the dream. It is good to get our thoughts on paper. The more tangible you make your dream the more you will be able to connect with it. Because of this you will actually go there in your heart and mind more often. Make your dream visible in any possible way that you can. Don’t wait for your dream to fall out of the sky, begin to make headway in that direction.
4. Fire, Inspiration & Motivation to Breakthrough
Be inspired. This is also connect to your intimacy with God. Don’t expect to be inspired if you don’t spend any time with God. Life without God is boring. You will have no fire, no desire and be led off on a foolish path. Get divine inspiration and “adjustment” for your dream from God. Many times our dreams don’t turn out quite the way we expect, because God makes some adjustments. That is fine. Be flexible with God. Sometimes He will give you a new and better dream. But until then go for what He has put in your heart. Just allow Him to speak to you, giving you fire and desire to fulfill that which He puts inside of you.
A well-organized room inspires me. When a room is chaotic, it can make me feel the same way at times. But I know that I will be inspired easier when things are a in order, clean and functional. Excellence is not perfectionism. Don’t get the two confused. Excellence is a beautiful thing. We want to be excellent in all that we do. We want to do our very best and let God do the rest. We want to give things that are excellent to the Lord, for He is excellent. In your work, be excellent. Be better. Be the best. Not in the spirit of competition, but before the Lord do your very best. With this, He is pleased. When we go the extra mile, we are operating in the spirit of excellence. We are going “above and beyond” the call of duty. Scripture says to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. In other words, we can discover what is pleasing to the Lord instead of waiting to hear Him tell us what to do in many instances. Jesus said that the greatest would be the servant of all. There is a lot of latitude with this statement on how we can be a blessing to others. Get hooked on being an excellent person, start storing up reward in heaven. With this heart and attitude we will reap on earth as well.
Pursue your dream. You cannot dream too big for God. When your dream is bigger than what you can pull off on your own, then God has to be included in the equation! That is where faith begins.
His Overflow Be Yours!