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Monday, October 17, 2016

Remembering This Will Help Your Dreams Come True

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


It’s fun to dream. I'm not talking about sleeping dreams. I mean dreams of things we desire in our heart—imaginations of what we desire to accomplish and about what we hope our future will look like. Dreams help propel our hearts, our outlook, and our energy with a greater sense of direction and focus. It’s only when dreams never come true that we become afraid and put up walls to serious dreaming because we can’t take the disappointment. Proverbs 13:12 TLB says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” 

Proverbs 13:19 NLT 
echoes this truth that dreams are good. It says, “It is pleasant to see dreams come true…” I have separated the first half of that verse from the second so you could momentarily focus on each half. It is pleasant to see dreams come true! But, this verse finishes revealing why dreams often don’t come true. “… but fools will not turn from evil to attain them.”

People pursue dreams for many reasons—the majority of them having to do with making themselves happy. That is where the problem is. Some of the greatest man-made inventions, scientific breakthroughs, and medical discoveries happened because of people looking to help other people—not themselves. When the central motivation in whatever we do is to represent the love of Jesus, then He promises to bless us in what He leads us in. Proverbs 16:3 NIV says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.”

When your desire to succeed and experience greatness is motivated by receiving the world’s praise, instead of being motivated to glorify the Lord and to touch others with His love, then pride and vainglory will be the result. One’s efforts may result in temporal blessing here on earth but will not have pleased God in the end. Mark 8:36-37 NKJV says, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own life? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his life?” 

Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV reveals God’s purpose behind our success—the establishment of His covenant which is us representing Jesus in this earth. “But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is He that gives you power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He swore unto your fathers, as it is this day.”

Does that mean everything you dream about and do in life has to be about God and sharing the gospel of Jesus? No, that’s not what I’m saying. It simply means that success becomes the platform for influence. Your influence is to glorify the Lord and not yourself. Remember that He is the source of your success and when it comes time for people to praise that success, remember who is behind it. Your success at any level will create opportunities to glorify Him. Don’t let success and the praise of men seduce you into thinking you are great. Don’t let the desire for success tempt you into stripping the representation of God, godliness, and integrity from it. Otherwise you may gain the world but lose your soul.

For some people, in order for their dreams to come true, they will need to take classes or lessons, or get coaching and then practice what will help them pursue their dreams. Some need to quit wasting so much time thinking about eating and instead think more about exercise to have that dream waste or dress size. Others will have to begin reading a book and studying or take some classes on speaking or writing. Others need to take some computer classes, in order to pursue the dream that stirs in their heart. There are so many people who have let themselves slip into unprofitable time-wasters that they become the fool mentioned in Proverbs 13:19. “…fools that will not turn from evil (or the unprofitable) to attain them (their dreams.)”

You know as well as I do that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can easily discern those things that are godly and profitable and those things that are not. Profitable things help dreams come true. And as Proverbs 13:12 & 19 says, “…when dreams come true, it is pleasant and there is life and joy.”

Don’t let the devil steal your dreams and joy with unprofitable time wasters. Begin to pray and ask God for the grace to prioritize that which would make your dreams come true and to hate and despise the time wasters and unprofitable things in your life. He’ll help you because He shapes the desires of your heart when your heart is desirous for Him! And as your do pursue your dreams, ask Him for help, be a light for Him along the way, and acknowledge and glorify Him at every step!

Psalms 37:4 (NLT) "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires."

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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