Ecclesiastes 5:3 AMP
“For a dream comes with much business and painful effort...””
Proverbs 13:12 LB
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when a dream comes true at last, there is life and joy.”
Dreams — we all have them. We have dreams for our family, dreams for our chosen vocations, and dreams for our finances and on and on. Have you ever wondered, like I have, if your dreams were really God- dreams or just something your over-active imagination dreamed up?
In fact, I've had the attitude more than once; “Dreams — I can’t live with them and I can't live without them.” In one season they seem so far away, and wonder, "will they ever come to pass?" And then the next season they seem so real and so close you can almost reach out and touch them.
So, why is it so important to dream God's dream? Because when you dream God's dream, it will ultimately lead you to God's destiny for your life. When you are busy dreaming your own dream, there is a very good chance of not fulfilling God's destiny for your life.
How do you know if you are dreaming God's dream?
Try applying God’s litmus test and ask yourself these questions.
1. Is it bigger than you?
By design God's dreams are impossible. I often find myself thinking,"man am I in over my head!" When I finally realized that goes hand in hand with being a God-dreamer, I relaxed and didn't freak quite so much. It comes with the territory.
If you claim you have a dream that is God inspired, and you have all the “know how” and all the money you need, it's most likely not a God dream. God insists that faith be required in your dream and that He get all the honor and glory for what He did through you.
When a God dream comes true, everybody knows there was no way you were smart enough, or rich enough to pull that off on your own.
Isaiah 55:8-9 Message
"I don't think the way you think. The way you work isn't the way I work." (God's Decree.) "For as the sky soars high above the earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think..."
I am so glad God doesn't think and work like I do. I don't want to be dreaming some human inspired dream, a dream that is limited to the confines of this earth and its limited resources.
I want my dream to be God inspired. I want a dream that doesn't die when I do. I want a dream that will continue beyond my long life, impact future generations, leave a legacy and echo throughout eternity.
2. Does it have you?
God's dreams pursue us. If you have the dream - under the right amount of pressure, you will let it go. But if the dream has you, there is no person, place, thing, or the devil himself that can cause it to come loose. When God's dream gets ahold of you, you might as well just surrender to God and His will. Enjoy the ride!
3. Is it about people?
If it's not about people - it's not from God. Jesus didn't come to set up an institution. He came for people. With God, it is always about people, people, people. For God so loved the world…. If it's about magnifying your fragile image, about how rich you can become, if it's about your status in the community, I can tell you with great confidence, your not dreaming God's dream.
That does not mean that God doesn't reward you for your hard work, and for your labor of love, because He does. Oh yes, dreaming God's dream, while it's central motivation needs to be all about people, when it is - God will see to it that you are well taken care of. When you take care of God's business, God takes care of your business.
When you are dreaming God's dream it should first be a blessing to your family, then your church, and then your community & the nations.
4. Are you willing to sacrifice for it?
It will require your all. You're never to young or too old to dream big dreams. You're never the wrong sex or race. The amount of money or education you have or don’t have doesn't matter. All that does matter is that you are, First of all, willing to dream a God dream.
Second, depend on that big God to guide you, instruct you, and provide for you.
Third, be willing to exercise patience and press past all opposition - until it becomes a reality. Faith and patience inherit the promises of God.
I'm not going to lie to you. With God it's never just about the dream alone. It is also about you the dreamer, becoming all that you can be in Christ. Growing up, maturing, and manifesting the character of Christ is God’s dream for us. It's all a packaged deal with God. It's just how God's process works.
There are no shortcuts, no quick rich schemes. It is all about us adjusting to the way His Kingdom operates. But oh - the earthly and eternal benefits far out weigh every obstacle.
Keep dreaming God’s dreams!