Energize Your Dreams With A Thankful Heart

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Words create.

We should really stop right there and let that short sentence sink into our spirits because of the magnitude of power it holds over us. 

Words create blessing or words release cursing.

Deuteronomy 30:19 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.”

Are you speaking words about your dreams. . .that will bring fulfillment or frustration?

What words are you saying about your dream?

Do you believe it is still possible to realize your dreams?

What steps are you taking to move toward your dreams?

Remember this:

God is not responsible for helping you birth anything He didn’t have a role in conceiving.

If you know yours is a God dream, take a moment to thank The Lord in advance for making the dream of your heart come into reality today.

You Will Have To Pray Your Dream Into Being

The Kingdom of God is not a place where things just happen.

The Kingdom of God is a place where faith conceives and delivers.

Dollars are the currency of the United States.

Faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God.

Faith is expressed by bold statements and believing words of intercession.

Five Key Ingredients In Dream-Supportive Prayer

1.       Praise. 

Instead of speaking lack, offer praise before you see your desired results.

Let me say this again, “We spend far too much time attempting to get God to do what He has already done.”

Pastor Joel Osteen said:

“God has already done everything He's going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you're going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.”

Psalm 34:1 in the New King James Version says:

“I will bless the Lord at all times:  His praise shall continually be in my mouth,”

Even though the progress of our dream may not be visible to us. . .we need to praise God. . .that the dream will come to pass.  Praise Him for all He’s doing for and through us at this very moment.

  1. Pardon.

Look at the reality in the Spirit that is yours. You are not just forgiven.  Your record has been expunged.

In Texas, where we lived for 23 years. . .if you get a speeding ticket. . .you can pay an attorney to have the charge adjudicated (meaning permanently removed from your record) provided you have no other offenses in the municipality for three months.

If you then obey the traffic laws or at least don’t get caught during that time period. . .your record will pardoned and removed.

Now here’s the great news. The Kingdom of God is even better.

God is not consulting your past to determine your future.

Isaiah 43:25 in the Message Bible says:

“But I, yes I, am the one who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do. I don’t keep a list of your sins.”

Make no mistake … the rap sheet of your sins from the past have been expunged.

Micah 7:18 in the New Living Translation says:

“Where is the god who can compare with you-- wiping the slate clean of guilt, Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people?.”

  1. Priorities.

Colossians 3:1-3 in the PHILLIPS Translation says:

“If you are then “risen” with Christ, reach out for the highest gifts of Heaven, where your master reigns in power. Give your heart to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth. For, as far as this world is concerned, you are already dead, and your true life is a hidden one in Christ,”

Declare the things of God to be your highest priority.

Matthew 6:33 says:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of god, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The careful ordering of your priorities is necessary to bring forth the things you need and want.

H. L. Hunt, the entrepreneur, once said:

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”

  1. Provision.

Never question God’s desire to provide for you and those you love.

Psalm 144:13-14 in the New Living Translation says:

“May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. . .”

When we are sold out to God … letting Him decide with finality what is best . . . you are positioned for blessings. . .He will give you provisions above and beyond your wildest expectations. . .even in the midst of the most dire circumstances.

Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”

  1. Protection

Thank the Lord for angelic protectors.  In addition, we should speak blessings over law enforcement officers, our military forces and border guards who protect us from evil doers.

Psalm 144:1,14-15 in the New Living Translation says:

1  “Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.”

14-15 “. . .May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares. Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.”

6.       Promotion

Have you ever been promoted?

From one grade to the next in school. . .from one level of accomplishment to the next in the Boy or Girl Scouts. . .from one rank to a higher one in the military or from one position to the next one at your place of employment? Or from owning one store to opening another?

If you think the promotion was a result of your skills and/or your hard work then I suggest you read, study and meditate on Psalm 75:6-8 in the Message Bible:

“For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”

Your promotion comes from the Lord. He gives you the power and favor for advancement in every single area of human endeavor

We may not understand it but we don’t need to.  sIf we want success, we need to humbly walk in His favor and be grateful that God keeps the books,

7.       Promises

At least once a week, we are instructed to pause and remember the promises  God has made to us.

Exodus 31:16 in The Living Bible says:

“Work six days only, for the seventh day is a special day to remind you of my covenant-a weekly reminder forever of my promises to the people of Israel.”

God made certain promises to our spiritual forefathers. . .promises that He will never forget and always honor if we embrace them in our own lives.

No matter the adversity we may face. . .God will never forget or forgo the promises He made to our spiritual relatives.

Deuteronomy 4:31 in The Living Bible says:

“For the Lord your God is merciful-he will not abandon you nor destroy you nor forget the promises he has made to your ancestors.”

Never ever get discouraged when you don’t see the immediate manifestation of God’s promises to you.

Joshua 21:45 in the New Living Translations says:

“Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.”

Now let’s move to being thankful and seeing your dreams come to pass.

I am determined to focus upon being thankful.

Yes, you and I have challenges in life…just like everyone else.

But we are “blessed beyond measure”…and we need to remember that.

When it comes to your dreams. . .my dreams. . .our dreams. . .there are three determinations and declarations we should make.

I Am Determined To Think Like Jesus.

Philippians 2:5-8 in the New Living Translation says:

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

In these verses Jesus did not think Himself to be less than He was.

He knew He was not functioning as God on the earth.  But He knew the Holy Spirit would work miracles through Him according to His faith in the One who sent Him to do the work.

Jesus is not depressed today.  

He is reigning in power and majesty.

He is not thinking about how hard things are on earth.

He is well aware of the victory He won and is waiting for us to think in terms of victory and not let any defeat take us down or make us quit.

Philippians 2:9-11 in the New Living Translation says:

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

In these three verses Jesus is thinking in terms of what enables each of us to do more in the pursuit of our dreams.

Jesus had flesh that spoke to Him.  He commanded His faith to speak instead and looked forward to the reward coming to Him.

He knew He had been exalted by the Father.

Jesus knew He had been given a Name above all names!

The number of people who use the Name of Jesus to curse is perverted proof it is the Name above all names.

Jesus is the name that causes everyone and everything on earth and in the spirit realm to bow their knee in submission.

Now we understand why we must require our tongue to confess His Lordship.

  1. I Am Determined To Live in Victory.

1 John 5:3-5 in the New Living Translation says:

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our  faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Obedience is the proof of love (vs 3).

“I love you Papa.”  Don’t tell me.  Show me.

I am determined to prove my love for God by obeying His Word.

The born again are overcomers (vs 4).

Christians are not designed to live in chronic defeat.

Faith is the victory that overcomes the world!

We are the only people on earth destined to overcome (vs 5).

  1. I Am Determined To Speak What I Desire.

Romans 4:16-17 in the New Living Translation says:

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not  exist as though they did,”

Faith and grace are working together to make sure all “the Seed” may experience God’s best.

I am the Seed of Abraham.

I am an heir of those precious promises made to Him.

God saw the fact both Abraham and Sarah were old.

Yet, He promised them a child.

He called those things that were not physically possible in the natural as though they were done because He had already declared it in the Spirit.

If you can master this principle, if nothing else, you will find it is be easier for other people to be around you.

Some people are so unfailingly negative that they make it hard for people of faith to be around them.

Abram means exalted father.

Abraham means father of nations.

I am determined to speak what I desire rather than just what I see.

Five More Facts About How Praise and Thanksgiving Can Energize Your Dreams

In my early days with the Lord I learned that praise renews my energy.

Praise is not just a “good idea.” Praise is essential to living in victory.

  1. Praise Is A Direct Command.

Psalm 150:1 in the New Living Translation says:

“Praise the LORD!”

I know this will seem strange to some.

But, emotion is not required to praise our Lord.

He has commanded us to praise Him and that is enough.

Whether or not we “feel like it” should have no role in praise.

  1. We Should Praise Him Wherever We Travel.

Psalm 150:1 in the New Living Translation concludes by saying:

“Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!”

Yes, we should praise God in the local church building.

Above all, we must praise Him in Spirit and truth.

We are to praise Him now on earth.

We will praise Him forever in heaven.

  1. He Is Worthy of Our Praise.

Psalm 150:2 in the King James Version says:

“Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”

He has done great things.

Worship is about Who God is.

Praise is about what God has done.

We are to praise Him for His mighty works for mankind.

We are to praise Him when we observe His excellent works on earth.

4.       We Should Praise Him With Instruments and Voices.

Psalm 150:3-5 in the King James Version says:

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet.  Praise Him with the lute and harp!  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.  Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!  Praise Him with loud cymbals.  Praise Him with clashing cymbals!”

These verses list various musical instruments used in praising God.

Yes, we are to accompany singing with musical instruments.

Above all, we are to praise Him without reservation.

  1. Every Believer Should Praise Him.

Psalm 150:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

Me.

You.

Everyone.

All people groups.

Earth and stars are already praising Him.

God desires that everyone drawing breath praise Him.

Our emotional stamina for the journey is renewed through praise.

Make time to praise Him for the great things He has done for you.

Psalm 9:1 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds!”

Proverbs 13:19 in the New Living Translation says:

“It is pleasant to see dreams come true. . .”

Praising God with a thankful and grateful heart will energize your dreams.

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