“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“:
- Define Your Dream (Write it Down)
- 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…
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 tested…or 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…
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.