DREAMS Flashed Before My Eyes

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I was sitting in my home office early one morning this week meditating on what God would have us teach tonight on SUNDAY NITE LIVE.

Suddenly, the word dream flash before my eyes.

Those who know me know I’m not talking about dreams while you sleep unless it’s a night vision from the Lord.

I’m talking about the God-directed dreams He puts into your heart for you to accomplish.

So here are three questions. . .

What if everything you dreamed about came to pass and all the things you prayed for. . .happened?

Do you expect your dreams to come true?

Do you have a plan on what to do when they manifest?

Think about this. . .

Are your dreams about success. . .involve wealth. . .or doing things for others?

Regardless of your purpose. . .or motivation. . .remember, God is the Giver of all worthwhile dreams.

We were created in His image and after His likeness according to Genesis 1:27 in the Classic Amplified Bible which says:

“So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

God endowed us with a will of our own and He gave to us (among other things) the ability to dream.

God even has a dream for His children. . .that’s you and me. He desires that we live righteous and holy lives. . .that we prosper just as our soul prospers. 3 John 2

A successful dreamer is someone whose accomplishments history will remember.

Some dreams are selfish while the greater dreams are selfless. Truthfully, most people’s dreams are a mixture of both.

When it comes to dreams and life. . .we need to focus on the words of Matthew 6:33 in the New Living Translation says:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

If we seek first the Kingdom of God as it says it in the King James Version then everything else will be added unto us.

Simply said, if we seek God’s perfect will for our lives. . .our dreams will come to pass.

Please understand we just can’t sit around. . .doing nothing and expect our dreams to come to pass.

If we are afraid to talk about our dreams. . .or even pray about them. . .they will not come to pass.

Here’s a question for us to ponder.

What grows on a pond or lake that’s frozen over in the winter? Absolutely NOTHING.

The same thing happens to our minds if we’re not speaking our dreams into existence.

If we stay open to new ideas … these ideas can be implemented and bring our dreams closer to reality.

Our failure to speak life and take action on our dreams will place limits on God and negate, paralyze and cause what we’re dreaming about to atrophy.

Here are three things that can keep your dreams from coming to pass.

First, feelings of worthlessness.

Feelings of worthlessness are reinforced by the words of our mouths.

“I don’t have what it takes to make this dream come true.

“I’ve never done anything like this before.

“I tried once before and I failed. . .so what’s the use?

Such a list goes on and on. . .but I refuse to repeat such negativity and unbelief. It’s a poor use of time or brain power.

When people say things like this. . .they are saying that God doesn’t make people capable of doing what His Word says they can do.

Philippians 4:13 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

I choose to believe the Word of God. . .which says. . .if I can dream it. . .believe it. . .I can have it.

Second, believing the worst.

Don’t be brainwashed by the news media.

Fake news actually is real because many members of the media manipulate and even lie about current events to promote their own political agenda.

We want to share with you one of our favorite stores about Smith Wigglesworth, truly one of God’s Generals.

Dr. Lester Sumrall, as a young man living in pre-World War II London, arranged an appointment with the amazing Smith Wigglesworth.

Dr. Sumrall told me he put on his best suit, wore an overcoat, a top hat and carried an umbrella and daily newspaper to read as he boarded the train to see Wigglesworth. When he arrived, he walked up to Wigglesworth’s front door and knocked.

Wigglesworth opened the door looked at Dr. Sumrall from the top of his head to the soles of his shoes. . .pausing only to look at the newspaper neatly tucked early his arm. Without saying anything other than a grunt he slammed the door in Dr. Sumrall’s face.

Dr. Sumrall knocked again…when Wigglesworth opened the door he immediately introduced himself indicating they had an appointment. Wigglesworth told Sumrall he could come into his home but not that newspaper.

Smith Wigglesworth said:

“Why believe newspapers where you get half the truth when you can read the Word of God and get the whole truth.”

It’s a fact that a half truth will never set you free but the whole truth when properly and scripturally applied can and will change your destiny forever.

The moral of this story.

Never accept half the truth when you have unlimited access to the whole truth. And most certainly, don’t believe every negative thing you hear.

Third, don’t dwell on your circumstances.

Do you constantly worry about problems, adversities or circumstances you have not yet faced.

Some people look at their circumstances and say “my situation is hopeless.”

I heard someone once say:

“There is no such things as a hopeless situation, but people can grow hopeless about situations.”

Please get this next statement down inside your spirit.

Your attitude is more important than you finances, I.Q. or circumstances.

We can’t deny the existence of our circumstances but we can refuse to focus on them and allow them to paralyze our minds and render us basically ineffective for the Kingdom of God or anything else.

Way too many believers allow their circumstances to make them feel as though they’re failures.

These folks are beaten down and consider themselves failures because they’ve been knocked down by unfavorable circumstances to the point that they give up and let opportunities and life pass them by.

How do you overcome your circumstances?

Don’t claim them as yours. They don’t belong to you. Deal with them and turn things around.

More importantly, there seven words to help you overcome every circumstance you may face.

READ YOUR BIBLE. . .DO WHAT IT SAYS.

Fourth, yielding to depression.

For twenty-three years, Hee Haw was a variety show on television. On every episode several people would sing a particular song that contained the following verse.

“Gloom, despair, and agony on me, deep dark depression and excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me”

In life, we have a choice. We can choose to be happy, content and prosperous (in every area) or we can allow gloom, despair and agony on me. . .with deep dark depression and excessive misery.

Good news—We choose.

It’s not uncommon for people to experience low periods in their lives . . . times of intense discouragement, sadness and disappointment with a death or illness or situation beyond a person’s control. That low period, when not medicated by the Word, can paralyze our thinking process and our dreams.

When this happens. . .you need to learn how to become your own cheerleader by using the Word of God to lift you out of the mental muck and mire.

Philippians 4:6 in the Amplified Bible says:

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

When the Word says “do not fret or have any anxiety about anything” it’s not offering a last resort suggestion . . . it is a divine directive for our peace of mind and direction.

Psalm 94:18 in the Amplified Bible says:

“In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!”

Now, let’s look to the positive on how we overcome a mind burdened down over circumstances.

First, believe you are a person of worth.

Listen to this statement very carefully.

You can’t believe in others unless you believe in yourself and you can’t really believe in yourself unless you believe in God.

Your value is forever established by the birth, crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you want to increase your value to God, then walk in obedience to His Word. . .ever seeking His divine direction for your life.

Proverbs 10:20 in the Amplified Bible says:

“The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.”

Even though you are valuable to God, it pays to continue to seek Him. . . because His promises are obtained by your faith not by your need.

As you honor God’s precepts . . . you position yourself for greater protection and blessings.

In Philippians 1:10 in the Amplified Bible. . .the scripture tells us the kind of life God wants us to lead.

“So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].”

Be your own Holy Spirit cheerleader. . .claiming the promises of God.

In meetings around the world. . .I’ve started off seminars by holding a $100 bill.

What is this? People would respond by saying it’s a $100 bill.

I would crumple the $100 bill up and ask. . .what is it now? People would respond by saying it’s still a $100 bill.

I would throw the $100 bill on the floor and stomp on it. . .then picking it up. . .I would ask what it was. . .and the answer was. . .it’s still a $100 bill.

As I straightened out the $100. . .I would then say. . .this $100 bill has been crumpled up, thrown down and stomped on. . .but the value didn’t decrease. . .it still has value as a $100 bill.

Then I would make the observation that even though you may have been crumpled up, thrown down, stomped on. . .you still are valuable in God’s sight. You are still priceless. Your worth doesn’t come in what you have been through or where you are right now but in who you are!”

Second, start the day with a positive attitude.

When you wake up in the morning. . .don’t lay there wishing you didn’t have to get up or go to work.

Get up with a proper attitude.

“Today Lord, it’s you and me. We can and will overcome any circumstance the enemy brings my way. I thank you that today. . .the mind of Christ will function fully and freely within me. I rejoice because today you will be glorified by my words and actions. Hallelujah.”

Then you might want to read the following scriptures.

John 14:27 in the New Living Translation says:

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:1 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.”

Philippians 4:13 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”

Philippians 4:19 in the Message Bible says:

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.”

You may want to add other scriptures but these will jumpstart your day.

Third, define your dreams.

God gives birds food to eat. . .but they have to fly to find it.

The birds must get out of their nest. . .stop watching bird news (and that’s for bird brains by the way. Okay, I felt that coming on).

If you want to be a success in life. . .you must have a clearly defined dream and a plan to make it happen.

Unfortunately, many teachers and even some parents stop their children from dreaming. Correcting, criticizing and sometimes, embarrassing a student/child for doing what should come natural to every child of God. . .dreaming.

God is looking for people who know how to dream and are open to make the most of every chance they get.

So here’s the question. . .

Are you making the most of every chance you get?

If not, then why not?

If not, when and where are you going to start making the most of every chance you get?

Colossians 1:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy.”

Fourth, know where you are going.

I have nearly seven million miles with American Airlines but there’s one thing I’ve never done.

I’ve never gone to the airport and just get on the first plane I see. I have everything figured out in advance.

I not only know where I going. . .I know the flight number, the gate number, my seat number, the departure time, the boarding time and whether or not I’ve been upgraded to first class.

That’s the way it is with dreams. They aren’t something you approach haphazardly. . .while hoping that someday things will happen to make your dreams come true.

You make your dreams come true by relying on the precious promises in the Word of God.

Fifth, start thinking right.

Proverbs 23:7 in the King James Version says:

“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.”

The way you think determines who you are, where you’re going and what you’ll become.

How do you think? Do you think about problems or solutions? Do you think about success or failure. . .victory or defeat?

Have you ever had someone. . .perhaps your spouse or best friend. . .ask you what you were thinking about. . .only to say “nothing.”

Please understand, thinking about nothing is not humanly possible.

Thinking about nothing is itself thinking about something.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who once said:

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

It’s time to begin thinking right. . .what is right thinking?

Philippians 2:5 in the New Century Version says:

“In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.”

Sixth, keep your eyes on your dream.

You must keep your eyes on your dream. . .or else you’ll start to sink in the stormy waters the way Peter did when he took his eyes off Jesus and began looking at his circumstances.

When you take your eyes off your dreams. . .the ones that God birthed in you. . .then you’ll be focusing on the negatives. . .the things that paralyze your motivation and stall your momentum.

In other words, soul termites will begin to eat away at your dreams causing them to disappear.

If you have failed, been disappointed, hurt or stomped upon. . .don’t let the past feed on your mind and your future. Such negativity will become a mental malignancy.

Your dreams must live in your heart. . .stirred by the Word of God.

We’re going to close with several questions to ponder.

1. What are your dreams?

2. Are they from God. . .birthed in you by the Holy Spirit?

3. Are you passionate about your dreams to the point that you’re actively pursuing them?

4. Have you written your dreams down as it says in Habakkuk 2:2?

5. Have you created a timeline with the steps you need to take to make your dreams come true?

6. Do you monitor your progress on your dreams everyday?

7. Do you have a mentor who can encourage or help make these dreams come true?

One final scripture which we’ve used several times recently on Rich Thoughts For Breakfast.

Ephesians 3:20 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”

Can anyone say Hallelujah!

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