If you’ve been in the audience lately anywhere I’ve spoken, you know I’m strongly encouraging you to dig deep and unearth your dreams. We’ve talked a lot about ways to help you set aside the trappings of your busy life, get beyond the superficial stuff and dig up the real dreams that are often buried beneath all the stuff life piles on top of them.
…and then launch them.
But with all the talk of dreams—especially those that really come from the heart and really define who who you are—it’s really important to note that these dreams of yours aren’t just accidents. They aren’t the result of random collisions of brain cells or chance interactions of your DNA with the pizza you ate for dinner when you were 5 years old.
The dreams you have are clues to your God-given purpose. They were placed in your heart to drive you to pursue God—just like the natural sensation of thirst was placed in your body to drive you to water. Pursuing God in order to discover and realize His purposes for you is the fastest way to bring your dreams to pass.
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In fact, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that launching your dream is going to require something bigger than you. You’re going to need the supernatural power of God working on your behalf to get where you’re trying to go.
The reasons are many. For one, we live in a fallen, negative world that will actively do everything it can to crush your dreams. Another reason is simply you. You have natural, human limitations. You have weaknesses and failures. You make mistakes. Unfortunately, sometimes our religious indoctrination hasn’t helped along these lines because it focuses so much of our attention on these areas.
This is why I love the Biblical concept of Grace. Grace is, put simply, “God’s empowerment.”
Here’s something I picked up a few years ago from a man I greatly respect:
God is not so cruel as to give you a desire for which there is no fulfillment.
He doesn’t raise your hopes and plant big dreams in your heart without also making available to you the equipping that you need in order to bring them to pass. Rather, God packages the empowerment that you need along with the desire He planted in you.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV)
What Paul is saying here (among other things) is that God—as you pursue Him and His Kingdom—will cause you to have all the empowering that you need to fully perform every task and accomplish every purpose He has assigned to you.
It doesn’t matter how difficult, how risky, how impossible your dream may look. God has already arranged for you to be fully equipped to bring it to pass.
From now on, when you read the New Testament, get a picture in your mind of “Grace” as “God’s empowerment.” One person said, “Grace is the power of God to do the will of God.” When you see the word, “Grace,” replace it in your mind with a visual of God providing supernatural force, strength and ability. This will revolutionize how you see the concept of Grace.
It will also revolutionize how you approach your dreams.
Next time, we’ll take a look at what God has already placed inside of you to help you get there.Tags: Abundance, Accessing The Supernatural, God's Empowerment, Grace, Launch The Dream