Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Dreams Can Come True (Part 2)

I am a dreamer. I dream dreams.
And I believe that my dreams can come true.

Ok, so maybe not the one about playing a tennis match against Andy Murray (I still don’t know who won!) or the one about loosing my family on a spaceship (yes, I really do have some weird dreams!). See ‘Dreams can come true (part 1)'.

But, the dreams about making a difference to people, being a good role model, having an impact, changing a generation, bringing God’s restoration to people…I believe that I can see those things become a reality in my life.

I believe this because I have an awesome God. And I believe that my dreams are a gift from Him. A purpose, a hope and a future.

Your dreams don’t have to involve saving the world single-handedly or being a superhero in your community for them to be valid or valuable. Maybe you want to go to Uni and do well in your studies, maybe you want to have a great career, maybe you want to get married and have a family. All of these things are legitimate dreams…how the world longs for God’s love to be visible in these places too!

But there’s a big difference between having a dream in our heart and making it a reality. So how do we transform these dreams into actual, real, fruitful opportunities?

Taking a quick look at Joseph, a fellow dreamer, we can learn some things about living out our dreams.

You gotta have faith…
Do you actually believe that your dreams are from God? And that they can be a reality? If not, why not?

Joseph believed the dreams and visions he had were from God and that with God he would see those things come to pass. Throughout everything Joseph went through, he had faith in God to protect him and provide for him.

And don’t worry…you only need a small amount of faith to start…
But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it.
Luke 17:6 (New International Version)

So what is faith?
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1 (New Living Translation)

Remember that God works in us continually and although our circumstances may suggest something different, we can have a hope in God that His promises are true and He is faithful…even when we are faithless.

And why is it so important?
It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (The Message)

So, do you have faith? Even if it’s only the size of a poppy seed. Do you believe that your dreams are from God and they can be real?

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