As I was preparing this teaching. . .the following sentence stirred in me.
“God wants us to dream bigger…speak boldly…think creatively…associate higher…do more…never give up and start today.”
I thought. . .that would be a great Facebook post and Tweet for Twitter. . .but the Lord clearly impressed upon me an urgency in writing it for RICH THOUGHTS TV.
Here’s what I know. . .this teaching is especially for some of God’s choice chosen vessels. . .like you.
# 1 Dream Bigger.
In my mind. . .I was seeking to find some fresh revelation on dreams but then I realized the vast majority of us. . .don’t perceive or receive the truth God wants us to get. . .with just listening to something once or twice.
You’ll never succeed in achieving your wildest dreams. . .unless you have some wild dreams to begin with.
My Mom recently celebrated her 93rd birthday and I can tell you she’s still dreaming about where she wants to go and what she wants to accomplish for the Kingdom of God.
John Barrymore, the actor, once said:
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
Here are seven things that will stand between you and your dreams. . .coming true.
First, ANGER. Anger is the result of something that happen to you or something that didn’t happen to you.
Anger will control your life while destroying your dreams. . .if you give place to it.
My motto is. . .Never get mad. . .get motivated to change your environment.
Second, SADNESS. Sadness over what did or didn’t happen will suck the very life out of you along with any passion for your success.
Third, FRUSTRATION. Frustration is what you currently perceive as your inability to change your circumstances. But you gotta know. . .everything can change. . .when you change what’s happening within you.
Fourth, RESENTMENT. Resentment because what you’re going through doesn’t seem fair. Not compared to what people who are less spiritual are going through.
Fifth, REVENGE. Be careful because revenge is a spirit that links up with anger. Don’t let it get a hold of you.
The world says don’t get mad, get even.
Listen, don’t get mad and don’t try to get even. . .get ahead and leave those who put you down in the rearview mirror.
Sixth, GUILT. Guilt will hinder your dreams from coming true because it forces you to live in the past instead of anticipating the future.
Seventh, QUITTING. Quitting your efforts because of what you perceive to be trouble. ...
Write down your emotions on the most recent instance where something happened to steal your dreams and destroy your motivation.
Now take that piece of paper, tear it to shreds and throw it away. Forgive yourself instead of forgetting your dreams.
Luke 9:62 in The Living Bible says:
“But Jesus told him, “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
# 2 Speak Boldly.
The person who speaks boldly. . .is operating in or developing a confidence in who they are and what dreams they can accomplish under the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 6:20 says:
“For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
When it comes to protecting your dream. . .speak boldly.
When it comes to fulfilling your assignment. . .speak boldly.
When it comes to changing a negative, unproductive environment into a positive one. . .speak boldly.
Before you can speak boldly with authority. . .there are four steps outlined in Hebrews 13:6 in the Amplified Bible says:
“So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrifiedhttp://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=56&chapter=6&verse=18&version=78&context=verse">Ephesians 6:18 in the New Century Version says:
“Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God's people.”
Not only are we to persevere . . .never give up. . .but we’re to pray for one another.
Once you begin praying for others who may be experiencing your same trials and tribulations . . .but something supernatural begins to happen.
The Holy Spirit will stir you . . .direct you. . .to the one you should be praying for. You may not know the specifics involved in their situation, but God does. Just follow the promptings of the spirit.
Romans 12:11 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord.”
As you pray . . .get out in front of your battle. . .begin praising God for victory in the areas of your life that have been under the greatest demonic assault even before you see the victory or experience its manifestation.
Praise precipitates hope which reinforces your commitment to never give up or quit.
Psalm 71:14 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“I will never give up hope or stop praising you.”
2 Corinthians 4:16 in the New Living Translation says:
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.”
When we grow weary . . .when we think about giving up our dreams. . .we can take comfort in knowing that God’s infinite love and mercy know no limitations.
2 Corinthians 4:1 in the New Living Translation says:
“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.”
Rejoice that His grace (unmerited favor) and mercy are fresh and new every day.
The Bible is the greatest success book ever written. It’s filled with stories of people who’ve overcome the most difficult adversities to achieve the greatest victories.
Read, embrace, devour and immerse yourself in the Word of God . . . follow its principles, percepts and promises and never give up.
2 Timothy 3:10 in the New Century Version says:
“[Obey the Teachings ] But you have followed what I teach, the way I live, my goal, faith, patience, and love. You know I never give up.”
Babe Ruth, the legendary baseball player for the New York Yankees, said:
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”
The only way. . .your dreams fail to come true is if you quit. . .DON’T!
# 7 Start today.
Isaiah 43:19 in the Message Bible says:
“Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
Regardless of what you perceive to be your limitations . . . God is ready for you to experience a new beginning at this very moment.
Micah 4:7 in the New Life Version says:
“I will make a new beginning with those who cannot walk. I will make a strong nation of those who have been driven away. And the Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.”
It’s time to stop talking and start doing. It’s even time to stop praying and get moving.
Exodus 14:15 in The Living Bible says:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Quit praying and get the people moving! Forward, march!’”
Today. Right now. . .this very moment is the best time. . .the right time for you to decide enough is enough. This is your defining moment when you will decide that you’re not going to live the way you’ve been living anymore.
In defining moments like this. . .you make a decision to change things.
You realize your financial environment will not change until you change. . .and you will not change. . .until you change the way you think.
Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation says:
"Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
It’s moments like this when you realize the power available to you through scriptures like Ephesians 3:20 in the Amplified Bible which 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].”
You need to realize this is your time. . .this is your day. . .now is your time.
2 Corinthians 6:2 in the New Life Version says:
“He says, "When I showed you my favor, I heard you. On the day I saved you, I helped you." —(Isaiah 49:8) I tell you, now is the time God shows his favor. Now is the day he saves.”
Now is the time. . .don’t wait. . .don’t procrastinate. . .activate your dreams.
Ecclesiastes 11:1 in The Living Bible says:
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.
One more thing. . .you’ve got to stop looking at the past.
If you dwell on past hurts, failures, broken relationships and financial mistakes, then you’re doomed to repeat them.
Isaiah 43:18 in the Message Bible says:
“Forget about what’s happened: don’t keep going over old history.”
Here’s a fact. . .God can’t do a new thing in your life as long as you’re living in the past. Don’t commiserate about what happened. . .instead plan for what’s going to happen.
Get ready. Get set. GO! Right now!
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