With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God, and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:12 NIV).
When I was a child, a popular song stuck with me over the years. The lyrics were about a girl concerned about her future and asking her mom about it. Her mother always replied, “Whatever will be, will be.” Like the child in the song, our futures are unknown to us. Although the questions in the song seemed simplistic, they caused me to think and dream about my future. I believe the popularity of this song is because many of us concentrate on our futures. Many of us have dreams. Impossible dreams. This is precisely what God wants us to do. He wants us to depend on him regarding plans to prosper and not harm us, with plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29: 11-13).
Dreams are blessings from God because He inspires them. After identifying the dreams and goals most important to us, we must lean on the Lord to make them a reality. Jesus is the power within us to attain the impossible because, as opposed to man, all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26).
Many of us have dormant dreams we’ve never acted on. Some of us have dreams but feel we can’t achieve them, so we stop fantasizing. But God never wants us to stop trusting Him for our future. He wants us to pursue our dreams, beginning with fervent prayer. God wants us to prioritize him and have a passionate prayer life. If we have an intense desire to be obedient to Christ and pray, following our God-given dreams follows. When passionate about fellowship with Jesus, he becomes first in our hearts. Our future him and the abundant life. True success in life and dreams become a reality because God’s supernatural power works through us.
Often, we fail to see how Christ views us. Yet, the Bible tells us how much God loves us and wants us to be joyful. However, our proper perspective is developed when we see ourselves as loved by a good God who desires to give us the best.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him (1 John 3:1 NIV).
We shouldn’t fear or believe Satan’s lies telling us we’re inadequate failures if we wish to live out our dreams. The Bible tells us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.
We have the human gifts needed to fulfill our dreams, and if we love the Lord, then His Spirit lives within us. Almighty God is inside of us. Imagine that—the power to raise our dead dreams lives in us. Life may crush and leave us broken, discouraged, and disappointed, but God restores us.
What we believe determines whether we live with broken dreams and hopelessness or God’s ultimate plan of fulfillment and joy. We must ask ourselves, whose voice are we listening to, the accuser or the Lord who encourages us?
Christ gives us the power and ability to conquer whatever happens in life. Using our unique qualities and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit allows us to tap into God's power and grow strong.. The more we listen with intent and exercise our faith, the stronger our faith and the greater His power. The Lord opens our minds and spirits to discover the God-endowed hidden talents within us. Using our gifts to the fullest makes impossible dreams a reality.
God pours His glory on us when we choose to walk with Him. Walking with God should encourage us to dream big and believe he’ll help us reach our goals. Depending on our God makes us worthy of his calling. By his power, he may bring to fruition our every desire for goodness and our every deed prompted by faith (2 Thessalonians 1:12).
Father, open my ears to hear your quiet voice calling me to trust your plan. I desire to know and trust you more for every dream I have and for my future. May my actions and words glorify you in all I do. Amen.
What step in faith must you take toward fulfilling God’s dream for you?