Month: February 2014

7 Things to Help You Accomplish Your Dreams (Part 2)

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If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

What’s your dream?  Have you been giving it some more thought lately? Have you been asking God to speak to you? Have you written it down? Let’s quickly review the first two things that we talked about in the last blog “7 Things to Help You Accomplish Your Dreams“:

  1. Define Your Dream (Write it Down)
  2. Divine Dreams require patience (Trust God’s Clock)

Today we’re going to jump into the third thing that will help us accomplish our dreams: Divine Dreams are often birthed from PAIN/Trials…

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From the very beginning of today’s blog I want to let you know that God has a purpose for your life…and he has a purpose for everything that happens in your life because of that great purpose he has for you to fulfill.  You have to know that everything that happens in your life has first passed through the filter of God’s love.  God knows what he is doing and he knows what he has to do to get our attention.

I want to direct your attention to the book of James, chapter 1 for a second.  This is actually a very interesting chapter that uses 4 imperatives in the first chapter.  It just so happens to be the only book in the new testament that uses 4 imperatives in the first chapter.  These are actually commands, not suggestions that God is giving us. You’re probably thinking…”what does that mean?” Well, I’m glad you asked.  This means…that God is trying to get our attention in using 4 of them in this chapter.

As we see in the book of James, you and I should “Consider” it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds. That word “consider” means to evaluate.  We have to come to a place where we begin to ask God…”what are you trying to show me?” All this is taking place to test us.  Everything is testedor it ain’t true.  It’s when we’re tested when the real us comes out.  It’s easy to say we’re ok when everything is going great: the bills are paid, the kids are obedient, the car isn’t acting up, traffic always goes your way and…well, you get the picture. It’s easy to have joy when we’re on the mountain top.  But let’s flip that around.  Are you still joyful when you don’t know how the rent is going to get paid? Are you still joyful when the kids are acting up? Are you still joyful when extra bills pop up, you & your spouse can’t seem to see eye to eye, the car is in and out of the shop, your dog doesn’t like you and….I’ll stop there for now.  We need to consider it pure joy…

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Matthew 5:45 says, “…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” My question to you though is, “how do you respond when trials and pain hit your life?” You’re outlook will determine your outcome so choose carefully.  We’re a lot like a tea bag…we’re worthless without being put into hot water.  That hot water can represent the pain and trials that God allows us to go through in our lives.  How do you respond? Do you complain? Do you long for the pain to go away? Do you say, “God…when is this going to end?” Oh…that just caused you to be dipped one more time. “I can’t stand her.” (one more dip) “Why now?” (one more dip) “This guy talks too much.” (one more dip) “It was her fault God…” (one more dip)

God knows what he’s doing. He’s building you into a spiritual giant. We shouldn’t long for the comfort & ease (represented by cold water) of life. We’re going to go through some things…but we all will.  And the next time you look at your Mickey Mouse problem…don’t worry because they’re going to get bigger. I like the way one person put it…”Whoever God will use greatly…he will first wound deeply.”

Take some time today to evaluate your life. You know the areas. You know the flaws. You have to guard the ointment in your life.  If you want a greater anointing….then you have to guard it well.  Why? Because flies will be attracted. That’s symbolic of the enemy trying to come into our lives. We have to guard what God has done. He’ll take us from a piece of coal…and turn us into a diamond.  Whatever pain you have experienced…it has brought you to where you are today. And you are not weaker because of it…but stronger. And I’d dare to say that pain [labor pain] was just a sign of a dream that’s about to be birthed in your life.

7 Things To Help You Accomplish Your Dreams

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In the last blog, we began to dream. I know God has given you a dream.  Have you taken the time to really think about all that God has for you to do?  I’m in awe when I really begin to think about the privilege that God has given you and I to partner with Him in building His kingdom.

Today I’m going to begin to share “7 Things (that I have learned in my own life) to Help you Accomplish Your Dreams.” We won’t get through all seven today, but I believe that if you begin to put these guides into practice, you’ll see God begin to make your dreams a reality.  You affect your own life. I wish that I could regulate other people’s spiritual appetite…but I can’t.  They have to decide what they will do with their life each and every day.  It’s the same with you.  But I believe that you want more…or you wouldn’t be taking the time to read this blog.  So I know you’re a dreamer.  What are the dreams you have for your life this year? Do you have dreams to be a better husband? A better wife? A better student? A better son? A better child of God?

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#1. Define Your Dream (Write it Down)

The first thing we have to do is write it down. You must have something to write down and that is why I took the time to write the last blog.  You have a dream.  We all do. Without that, it’d be hard to start the process of seeing it come to pass. Let me ask you a question, how important is your life? I would dare to say that it’s pretty important or you wouldn’t be taking the time to make it better.  You control the outcome of your life, no one else.  You control the attitude that you have when certain things happen…no one else can do it for you.  Don’t let other people affect the quality of your life…they’re just flies on the wall anyway.

People with goals succeed, people with plans move forward.

Take the time today to write down the vision that God has given to you.  Don’t stay in the same place too long.  In football, each team has 25 seconds to come up with a plan and then attack.  It’s sad however that some people have been stuck in a huddle for years.  Don’t be that person. Write down the things that God has been telling you today.

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#2. Divine Dreams Require Patience (Trust God’s Clock)

Patience. Now that’s a hard one right there.  Would you describe yourself as patient? In my natural nature…I am not even close to being patient.  What about you? You know when I’m patient? When I pray.  It’s only in those times when I get alone with God that I am able to put my trust fully in Him and all that He desires to do in my life. I shared in the last blog that it took 17 years for the promise that God gave me to unfold. 17 years!!! Talk about patience. The great thing about our God…is that he knows WHEN.  He knows when we’re ready for promotion.  He knows when we’re ready for His blessings.  He knows when we’re ready to step into the next level of what He has planned for us.  He knows WHEN…

There were many people in the Bible that had to learn patience.  Noah had to wait 120 years for the ark to be completed (talk about a project). Abraham had to wait years for a son.  Sometimes, we’re going to have to wait.  And it won’t matter how much we want it to happen, how much we plead or how frustrated we might get…it still will only happen in God’s timing.  Don’t be like Sarah who took it upon herself to come up with a plan to try to help God.  She decided that since she was beyond the age of child bearing that she would have Hagar (her servant) bear a child with Abraham. Let me just throw this in for free…God doesn’t need our help.  He knows exactly what He is doing.  And when we decide to step out because of impatience, like Sarah…we’ll give birth to things in the flesh.  Learn to trust God’s timing. When you don’t trust God’s timing…you’ll start asking the WHY & WHEN question. Take a real honest look at your life today…have you been trusting God’s Clock? Or maybe…have you been a little on the impatient side and trying to do things in your own strength?