“Your old men shall dream dreams.” Joel 2:28 NKJV
The Bible says: “Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” When God gives you a dream, He gives you the resources and relationships needed to fulfill it. Not everybody will believe in your dream. Paul writes: “What if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar” (Ro 3:3-4 NKJV). If your dream is from God, disregard the naysayers and give yourself fully to it. Just be sure your dream is from God: (1) It can’t be born out of somebody else’s wishes. Sometimes your dream is actually somebody else’s desire for you. Parents do this. They want to relive some part of their life through you, so they push you to do something they themselves always wanted to do. That sets you up for a lifetime of trying to please your father and mother, to get their approval even though you’re now an adult. Then one day you wake up and realize you’re trying to live somebody else’s dream. It may actually have been God’s plan for your mother or father, but now you’re stuck with it. Get unstuck! Ask God for your own dream! (2) It can’t be born out of wrong motives—like pride or jealousy or anger or rejection or competitiveness. Are you trying to prove something to somebody? Are you trying to win their admiration and respect? Are you trying to make up for being rejected? Acknowledge your motives, ask God to heal your heart, then ask Him for a dream that He can back up!
I praise God this morning for dreams and thank you Dr. Wilton for this Encouraging Word. It's the story of my life! As a child I tried to be obedient and had the piano lessons they wanted me to have. Then the piano teacher bullied me into learning to play. After high school I went to college and majored in what? Music education. Why? Because it was my parent's dream to become teachers but not my dream. I wanted to be a lawyer. I was also dissuaded from involvement in sports because it could injure my hands and I couldn't play the piano. Today I'm 50 years old and asking God for a dream. I know I'm not too old to have one and if He blessed Sarai and Abram with a child in their old age He can give me a dream and see it to fruition. I'm asking for the dream today. The posibilities are endless!
Mon, August 29, 2011 @ 12:13 PM
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