Part 1 of this post addressed but the first aspect of making your dream come true – dream. You’ve got to have a dream in order for it to come true. So I trust if you weren’t already aware of the dream or dreams God has instilled in your heart, you have spent some time since that post seeking God for a vision and have given birth to the hope of something great in your life.
With that done you are ready to move on into what it takes to see those dreams become a reality in this life. Still I refer to my mother/pastor’s dream of a new church building. While her story is but one of many I personally know, all of which will testify to these same necessary elements, hers is a good example and – well – I just like it. Hope you do, too.
What do you have to do to make your dream come true? Read on.
Have Faith in God.
With money gone and the building yet unfinished, Pastor realized the largest remaining expense was the roof. She had two options. She could abandon the project, close the church and sell the property. Or, she could trust the very same God who told her to build to make a way.
Hearing a ruckus one morning, she looked out her window toward the church grounds to see a long flatbed trailer loaded with trusses. The trusses were being lifted from the truck by a huge mechanical arm and placed in an almost perfect stack on the ground.
Approaching the driver/operator, Pastor asked him where the trusses came from. She knew the church hadn’t ordered them, and didn’t know if she was about to have a gigantic invoice placed her hand.
“I don’t know who sent them, ma’am,” he explained. I was told to bring this load of trusses here and drop them off today because the crew will be here in a few days to set them on the building. But no ma’am, I’m not leaving you any bill to pay or expecting to collect any money from you.”
The crew arrived, but no bill ever came.
If God has given us a dream, He has blessed it. He has provided for it, planned and prepared for it, and He is protecting it. He is already calling it done. We have to believe that with all our heart because things will happen that, if we’re not careful, will cause unbelief to set in.
Faith is a must if you want your dreams to come true. And that faith needs to be in God, not in a worldly system, not in man, and certainly not in our own gifts, talents, or abilities.
All of those things might play a role in bringing your dream to pass, but putting your confidence in them instead of God will set you up for failure. God alone can handle those things we are not aware of and those things that are beyond our ability.
An evangelist friend of mine often says something like this, “If your vision is not bigger than you are, it didn’t come from God.”
With that in mind I ask if you, like me before God helped me digest these principles, have let dreams die because in your mind they were too far beyond your reach.
They were beyond your educational or skill level, they would require way more money than you could ever earn or way more time than you could ever give. If our faith is in our own abilities or in a worldly system, our dream will seldom, if ever, come true.
On the flip side, if our confidence is in God the way has already been made. We need only follow our Leader and put our trust in Him.
Jesus said it Himself.
“If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:23 NKJV
He later puts it so simply, yet with profound impact if we are really listening, when He says,
“Have faith in God.” Mark 11:23
Dreams come true.
Obstacles will arise. You will be challenged. Don’t quit.
Several who committed to see the project through left, and in that group were most of the men who originally offered themselves to help with labor. Permits sometimes had to be renewed because the tasks were not yet completed by their expiration date. Even in the then sparsely populated small town, there were some who did not think it could or should be done.
So people talked. It was not difficult to overhear conversations about biting off more than we could chew or about the eyesore a partially completed building was going to be when the construction stopped and the project was abandoned.
Warning: the most negative voices are often the loudest.
One even went to City Hall and demanded we be fined and forced to stop using the grounds because we were running our electricity via an extension cord from Pastor’s house next door.
We would not have known about that incident had the Mayor not stopped by one day just to check on our progress and visit a while. Without disclosing the name of the complainant, he shared the story and explained he had simply told the person, “I may not be a Christian, but I have too much respect for that woman and too much fear of God to mess with them. Leave them alone.”
Had my mother let every obstacle throw her into a ditch of defeat or every criticism and word of doubt cause her to give up, her dream would have devolved into failure, disappointment, and regret. So she did what we all must learn to do, she determined in her heart that God would never leave her nor forsake her. With that confidence she endured the bad she encountered along the way because she could see the good just ahead.
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1, 2 NKJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV
I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name. Revelation 3:8, AMP
Persevere, see your dream through to the end. The same God who helped you take the first step will escort you all the way to the last.
Be Led by the Spirit
A little ingenuity doesn’t hurt, either. Part 1 began with this memory:
The bare block walls rose up around us as though to offer security in an insecure time. The gaps where one day glass panes would be installed this night allowed the cool spring breeze and the sweet smell of Orange Blossoms to grace us with their presence.
Those bare block walls that rose up around us? Well, they went up before anything else.
You see, we were in a tiny frame building at the time that was not only far too small, it was also very old and weak. I don’t remember whose idea it was or why we started the way we did, but I do know that our first step in the actual construction was to build the walls of the new building, which we did around the still standing old one.
We continued to have service in the old building and were encouraged when we would look out the windows to see the blocks of the new walls several feet away.
Eventually, the old building was torn down and removed through the openings that were left to later house windows and doors.
Even later, through those same openings, we poured the floor.
Sometimes we just have to see things and be willing to do things that don’t make sense in the natural world. If your thinking is limited to what the world perceives as normal, you will limit or at the very least slow down your progress. Discouragement will come easy.
Whether it be to overcome obstacles, find a better way to accomplish a task or goal, or develop a new product or service – creativity is a must. And who can think more creatively than the Holy Spirit who dwells within you?
Commit the dream to God and let the Holy Spirit guide your spirit and mind. You might just be amazed at the ideas and solutions you’ll come up with. Pursuit of your dream will become more fun and adventurous.
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16:3, AMP
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
Remember – You serve the God of the impossible. It doesn’t matter what people say, it doesn’t matter what circumstances say, it doesn’t matter what common sense or human logic says. It matters what God says.
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jeremiah 32:17
By the way, you’re bound to make some mistakes along the way. I remember saying to God on more than one occasion, “Lord, I know you order my footsteps, but I seem to be having problems following orders again.”
I’m sure I’m not the only one. But God still loves us, He doesn’t get angry when we don’t get it right. If we just put our trust in Him and recognize Him as our Father and friend and number one supporter we will feel Him lift us up, brush the dust off our knees, and steady our stance.
“It’s okay,” He’ll say, “Just get back up and do it again. Don’t quit. I’m right here with you.”
Dreams come true.
That is enough for this week.
You’ve got your dream or dreams set before your eyes. Until we meet again, spend some time in the Word because that is how you will build up your faith in God.
Determine in your heart that you will not quit regardless of challenges that may arise or mistakes you may make along the way. Commune with the Lord often. Meditate on Him and discuss your dream with Him so you can become ever aware of His still small voice. Then He can bring your thoughts in line with His will and lead you by the Spirit.
If you take this to heart, you are going to feel hope and expectation growing inside of you. You’ll start looking forward to what God is going to do for and through you each and every day.
Be sure not to miss the next post because the final three acts of accomplishment are crucial to seeing your dreams become a reality.
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