Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years? At retirement age? What has God called you to do in ministry, in business, in family? Do you have written goals for your life? Do you dream of doing something great in God’s kingdom?
Understanding hope is a necessity in making your dreams come true. Hope is not wishful thinking but a spiritual force just like love or faith. Hope is the expectation of future events. When hope is mixed with faithful action, dreams come true.
When we seek the Lord, He will show us His blueprint for our lives. One of my favorite scriptures is Jerimiah 29:11: “ For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” It is really encouraging to me that God has a specific plan for my life. By seeking the Lord and following His Spirit, I have been able to move into God’s plan for my life. Have I gotten it all 100% right? Of course not! But I have followed God into ministry and been a faithful husband and father. Here are a few scriptural tips to experience turning dreams into reality:
- Proclaim it – Habakkuk 2:2 states, “The Lord gave me this answer: Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance (GNT).” Back in the 70’s, we were in serious financial trouble. We owned a house we couldn’t afford, a car we couldn’t afford and had two children to provide for. We sold the house and paid off the car, but things were still seriously tight financially. After attending a financial seminar where I was reminded that God wants His children to be successful, I wrote my vision for my financial and ministry life on a note card and stuck it in my wallet. Here is what I wrote: “At the age of 45, I expect to be totally debt free, with xxx dollars in the bank, and our sons’ college money in savings.” I carried that card, proclaimed the message to myself, and prayed over it for 15 years. At age 45, we had achieved those financial goals, and I entered full time ministry.
- Plan it. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lorddirects his steps. Plans are essential in production. We have built several houses and a church building over our lives and each one had a drawn set of plans. However, we should remember that the Holy Spirit is our master builder. He can and will make worthwhile changes to our plans.
- Pursue it. James 2:20 reminds us that “faith without corresponding action is dead or useless.” It is so important to put actions to our prayers and believing. Whether it is furthering one’s education or winning more people to Jesus, it all takes work. Plan your work; then work your plan.
So, there we have it! God has every intention of blessing us and fulfilling our dreams, but we must proclaim it, plan it, and pursue it!