Pursuing Your God-Sized Dream  


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 Psalm 37:4: Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

A year seems to be such a long time. When the year is young, we believe we can achieve certain dreams and goals. But then the busyness of life gets in the way of our plans, and we whittle down our dreams so we don’t disappoint ourselves. Sometimes we plan to resurrect a dream or a goal that we put on the shelf years ago, then we set it aside again. There is a reason we are drawn to certain dreams. God is the author of our dreams; He’s put His dreams in our spiritual DNA.

Psalm 139:14a: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Not only does our Heavenly Father give us dreams, He enables us fulfill the dreams he has given us.

Philippians 2:13: “For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”

  Proverbs 16:3: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”

A few years ago, a big dream was placed on my heart. As I pursued that dream I discovered a few things about how God works to fulfill His dreams for us.

  1. A God-sized dream is a dream God created just for you. It’s as individual and unique as you are. God is so big; He will give you a dream that’s big. It may seem unachievable, but nothing is impossible for God (Genesis 18:14; Matthew 19:26).
  1. A God-sized dream begins to take shape by having faith to follow God’s leading. We have to have the courage to believe God. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4
  1. God-sized dreams require we let God lead us. “The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.” Romans 8:14, and I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
  1. God-sized dreams will grow or shrink in direct proportion to your obedience to God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5 and, “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” James 1:25.
  1. To follow your God-sized dream, you have to let go of your junk. So many people settle for the average, mediocre life. It’s easier to push dreams to the side and forge ahead with the life others expect. Perhaps this happens because we live in a dangerously busy and noisy world. It’s hard to hear God’s voice through all the wrong messages that bombard us each day. We have so much to do we get the incorrect perception that we have to keep up with it all and that leaves little time to pursue the dreams God has given us. There are also so many false messages that are coming at us, so fast, we exist on overload all the time. We always have to sacrifice something. It’s a wonder we get anything done at all. When we are so busy, we don’t stop and listen to God. We tend find security in things we are familiar with, but those things have no lasting value. We get comfortable with our difficult circumstances, or worse, we feel like we don’t deserve good things. But you are not defined by your circumstances. You are not your job loss. Or your divorce. Or your illness. You are not your regrets or failures. You are a child of the one True King. And He has a plan for you! “The Lord of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,’” Isaiah 14:24 and, “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18 
  1. God-sized dreams start to become reality when we seek God with our whole heart. If you want to know what the God-sized dream God has waiting for you, start by spending some quality time alone with Him. Ask Him to silence the noise of this world so you can listen to Him alone. Ask Him what His plans are for you, and how you are to go about achieving them. God has a way of speaking to each one of us. He will let you know your heart’s desire, and guide you to fulfilling that dream. (1 Kings 19.)

 What is the God-sized dream our Lord has placed on your heart? I don’t know what your God-sized dream looks like. Maybe it seems scary or unattainable. Perhaps you don’t feel qualified to chase that dream. Consider this: If you don’t follow the dream God has given you are you going to look in the rear-view mirror of life and have regrets? When it comes time to stand before the Lord, what are you going to say to Him if you don’t follow the dream He has given you? 

You will never regret following your God-sized dream. After all, God created it just for you.

 Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

May the Lord richly bless your dreams.

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How To Pray When You Are Setting Goals


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I found this article about goal setting. Although the article is a few years old, I thought it was quite good and wanted to share it with you. The link to the original article is at the bottom of the post.
 

With a brand new year stretched out on the horizon, it’s tempting to think we can generate an impressive list of all we hope to accomplish in 2014. But goals that aren’t infused with and a result of prayer can lead to unnecessary frustration and disappointment.

When I’m establishing goals, I like to keep this little formula in mind: My goals must = God’s goals. For me, unless that’s true, I might as well stay home and watch House Hunters and check Facebook all day.

While I can’t guarantee that you’ll never set another useless goal, I can share how I pray. And I believe that if you pray this way, too, God can inspire and direct your goals, as well.

Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:17)

1. Allow time for prayerful reflection.

This might seem obvious, but when was the last time you sat down to think and really listen to God? Rushed decisions usually turn out to be wrong decisions. Give the Lord time to give you direction. Jot down what you think you’re hearing, and allow time to process and pray about it; don’t rush into anything. Remember, “To be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.” – Proverbs 19:2b.

2. Ask for clarity and direction.

I always chuckle when I catch myself praying, “God, speak clearly to me!” I don’t think God mumbles. I do think I occasionally need my spiritual ears cleaned out. The good news is, He enables us to Hear His voice. “My sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice.” – John 10:27a 

3. Ask Him to shape your thoughts.

This is so cool, and I regularly pray this particular scripture by personalizing it. “Roll your works upon the Lord–commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.” I always pray: “God, cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, then my plans will be established and succeed.”

4. Ask for pure motives.

Popularity, fame, power and money are dangerous motives. The only two motives that I can think of that matter to God are love and obedience. I’m sure there are other valid motives, but the point is we don’t want tainted goals. Jesus said, “I receive not glory from men–I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame.” – John 5:41 

5. Ask God to show you the gifts He wants you to use.

Everyone has a talent that they can use to help others in some way. When we know what those gifts are, we’re more likely to use them. When we’re fruitful, God is honored. “That you may walk, live and conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work…” – Colossians 1:10

6. Ask God to help you prioritize.

Goals need to mesh with our lives, not bring confusion, frustration or consistently take top priority to the detriment of everyone around us. It takes wisdom to properly prioritize our goals, and God always provides when we ask. “If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God Who gives to everyone liberally and un-grudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5

7. Give yourself a break.

Some goals just don’t pan out. Sometimes we sincerely try something and discover it wasn’t the right thing, or maybe the timing was off. That’s okay. Setting goals isn’t about accomplishing 100% of what we do with 100% perfect results. It’s about taking control of and responsibility for our lives, and giving it our all. Our ultimate goal should always be to do our best, and leave the results to God.

Blessings on your day.

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Article Source: http://www.juliegillies.com/2011/01/how-to-pray-when-youre-setting-goals.html