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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Learning To Dream Big

In review of Ephesians 3:20 it says, “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes”

Bottom Line:
God working within you can do much more than you could have ever thought possible.

What this means to me:
I have access to God’s mighty power within me, to do far more than I could ever dare to ask or even dream of.

Today's passage comes from the second half of Ephesians chapter 3. In this section Paul is praying for our spiritual growth. He prays that from God's glorious, unlimited resources that he will empower me with inner strength through his Spirit. That Christ will make his home in my heart as I trust in him. My roots will grow down into God's love, keeping me strong. That I would have the power to understand, as other believers should, how wide, long, high and deep his love is. That I would experience the love of Christ and be made complete with all the fulness of life and power that comes from God. He concludes with giving glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within me, to accomplish infinitely more than I might ever ask or think of.

What I’m learning is that faith is choosing and believing God’s dream for my life. Nothing starts happening until I start dreaming. God gave me the ability to dream, to create, to imagine. Dreaming is an act of faith. Everything on this planet accomplished by man was started as a dream.

I was given the following suggestions for getting God’s dream into my life:

First, I should dare to ask for it. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (TLB). If I want God’s blessing on my life, I must dare to ask for it. I must say, “God, what’s your dream for my life? What do you want me to do?” Then ask yourself, “What would I attempt for God if I knew I couldn’t fail?” Then let that expand my vision.

Second, believe in God’s promises. The Bible says in Jeremiah 32:27, “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (NLT) Never let an impossible situation intimidate you. Let it motivate you to pray more, believe more, trust more, experience more, learn more, and grow more. Faith always works in the realm of the impossible. There is a quote from Hudson Taylor that says, “there are three stages to God’s will in your life: impossible, possible, and done.”

Third, dream big! “Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8 NIV).  The size of my God should determine the size of my goal. I haven’t really believed God until I’ve attempted something that can’t be done in the power of the flesh (on my own). In order to know how big my dream should be, I can ask myself two questions: How much time do I have to give to it? If it’s a dream I can give the rest of my life to, then I can really dream big.

Lastly, what am I shaped to do? What are my spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences; the five things that make me me. What do I love to do? What am I gifted to do?

Dream great dreams for God. It’s the first step in my walk of faith.

Today I will consider what is the seemingly impossible thing I would attempt if I knew I wouldn’t fail and How my current dreams reflect the amount of faith I have in God?

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