God’s Timing

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?

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God’s Perfect Timing

This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:5-10

Trust. Such a small word that carries a huge weight behind it.  Have you ever put your trust in man? I think many of us have experienced the pain of a broken trust.  It’s not the best feeling in the world.  In fact, it can be real damaging in many ways.  That’s why God says, “cursed is the man who puts his trust in man.” He even goes on to say that he will be like a shortened bush…meaning he will be like a person who won’t reach their full potential.  If we want to be people who reach their full potential in life, we have to learn to put our trust in the one who controls life.  And that person is God.

Do you trust God? Now don’t be quick to say yes. Think about it. Do you really trust God? Let me ask you another question, has there ever been a time in your life where you had a need and wanted God to work it out the way you wanted Him to? Be honest. If you’re honest with yourself…then chances are you’ll be able to remember many times like that.  I’m sure there have been times when you said, “If I was God…then I’d…” But aren’t you glad that you’re not God? I’m glad you’re not God.  Truth is, it’s hard to wait on God.  But God is never late…he always shows up on the scene at exactly the right time.

When we don’t fully trust God’s sovereignty and timing, we’ll begin to ask the why and when question.  We’ll start to wonder “what are you waiting for God?” Our tendency is to want things now. But remember, God has an appointed time to answer your prayer.  I remember in my own life that I received a prophecy in my early walk with God that I was going to be a pastor one day and do all kinds of things for God’s kingdom.  You know how long it took for that to come to pass? 17 years! Let me say that again, 17 years!!! It’s hard to wait on God, but when you understand God’s timing…you’ll live a stress free life.  Don’t be like Abraham who received a promise that he would have a child with Sarah. Instead of waiting on God, he had a child with Hagar and had Ishmael.  There are too many christians that have Ishmael’s in their lives when God intended for Isaacs!

A few things that can help:

  • Wait patiently
  • God often works the most when we see it and feel it the least
  • Be wise. Learn to wait and trust on God’s perfect timing