Christian Devotionals

What’s Your Dream?
"Depend on it: God keeps His word." Romans 3:4 TM

Paul writes: "What advantage then hath the Jew?...Much every way...unto them were committed the oracles of God" (Ro 3:1-2). God has spoken certain things concerning you. Those things are His will and His purpose for your life. Your job is to recognize them, believe them, carry them within you and speak them often, because they give you a tremendous advantage.

Then Paul adds: "For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid" (Ro 3:3-4). Get over the idea that the majority has to agree with you, or believe what God said about you. Your dream must be independent of outside support. This is a difficult concept, especially in a democracy where others vote and the majority rules. The kingdom of God is a theocracy where only one vote counts - God's!

Refuse to put your dream on hold, waiting for everybody to get on the same page with you. Not only do they not have to support you, they don't even have to believe what God has told you. You can't wait until others become comfortable with your dream before you pursue it. They can misunderstand you, talk about you, laugh at you, spit on you, ostracize you, alienate you, not invite you over, refuse to support you, and you can still get there without them! Why? Because your God is a covenant making, covenant keeping God, and what He has spoken over your life, He will surely bring to pass: "Depend on it: God keeps his word" (Ro 3:4 TM).

The Source of Your Dream
"Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit." John 3:6 NIV

You'd be surprised at the number of people who are tormented by a dream God never gave them - who waste their lives trying to do things He neither called nor equipped them to do.

What's the source of your dream? Did the most influential people in your life impose their dreams on you? "So-in-so always thought you'd make a wonderful doctor or lawyer." Stop and ask yourself, "Is it me? Others? The enemy? God?" It's not too late. If your dream's not of God, go back and seek Him and He'll give you one that is.

Look deep within; who are you trying to impress? Are you trying to prove to your ex-husband or wife that you can make it without them, or show your parents you're just as talented as your brother or sister, or demonstrate to the world that you can overcome your beginnings and pull yourself up by your own bootstraps? Your dream cannot be born out of your unresolved issues. That only breeds a need for control and recognition, and dooms you to fail.

Furthermore, if your dream is from God, you mustn't be impatient like Abraham and try to "make it happen". God's promises can never be fulfilled through fleshly effort. If only Abraham had waited, he could've had Isaac who represents "the blessing of the Lord which maketh rich - and adds no sorrow" (See Pr 10:22). No matter how long it takes, wait for God's timing, prepare yourself thoroughly and go only when He says: "Go!"

What’s the Resource of Your Dream?
"It is God which worketh in you." Philippians 2:13

If God's the source of your dream, He'll also become the resource for it. Don't try to ?get in' with certain people thinking they'll open the right door for you, only to become resentful when it doesn't happen and develop a ?you owe me' complex. Listen: "These are the words of Him who...holds the key...What He opens no one can shut" (Rev 3:7 NIV). God holds the key to your future, not others!

Once you understand that, God will challenge you to look within yourself. Why? Because you always have enough to create what you need! You may not recognize it yet, but it's there just waiting to be tapped. Stop saying: "I don't have what it takes." God's given you everything you need to get you where you ought to be!

Start looking in the mirror! Go ahead, hug yourself and announce: "I'm full of untapped potential." Until you pull out what God's placed within you, you'll live like a spectator envying the success of others.

It's not who has the most who wins, but who knows how to use it. With all due respect to some of the world's greatest singers, there are some washing dishes who could sing them under the table. The ?biggies' only got big, by identifying what they had, and making the most of it!

So get rid of your false piety. Stop talking about what you don't have and begin using what you do. Listen: "It is God which worketh in you." Today pull out the ?God element' that's within you, and put it to work!

Thoughts For Dreamers
"For ye see your calling, brethren" 1 CORINTHIANS 1:26

You don't have to have a dream that others consider great, for it to be important in God's eyes. If your dream's to be a great parent, that doesn't mean you don't have great faith; it just means you understand your calling. All Moses' mother did was to give birth - but oh what a baby! God protected her son when she couldn't do a thing to help him. Then He brought her to Pharaoh's house and paid her to raise him. And when you discover your purpose, God will provide for you too! If you want to see the resources come, get the mission straight!

No matter how big your dream is, don't let it intimidate you! As a child Joseph dreamed of being a great leader - which first landed him in a pit, then a prison. "Where's your dream now, Joseph?" Understand this: your dream won't always look like it's coming together. Sometimes it'll seem to die before it springs to life. The Bible says that Abraham ignored the fact that his body was almost dead, believed God and fathered Isaac, even though biologically speaking, it seemed like a lost cause.

Paul dreamed of taking on the world for Christ and those around him called him a fool. Did that derail him? Not one bit. Listen: "We are fools for Christ" (1Co 4:10 NIV). God uses radical people who don't care what they look like, people who've survived difficult pasts, defied the odds, held on to their dream and declared: "My God is able!" And you can be one of those people!

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