Is it good or even right for one who has faith in God to have dreams and dare to pursue them? It is an unhealthy trend that I have observed or perceived among some of my fellow Christians.
For some reason some believe that being passive and having no high aspirations is pious and that being open about your dreams and actively pursuing them id grievous sin. Then there are those who dream, pray for their dreams but do not take action to fulfill their dreams as they believe faith in God has a magical way of making that happen.
Is that really what the Bible teaches. Today I am going to show you that God wants us to depend on him as well as dream big and take massive action.
God has given us two ways in which to live and make a living.
This is the part of our lives in which we have absolutely no control over because it is God’s prerogative to decide what happens to us. We cannot fight with God’s decisions because he knows what is good for us. This is the part that causes paralysis in most Christian believers as they resign themselves to the fate that God will decide for them. Scripture does affirm to the all powerfulness, all knowing nature of God Isaiah 40:18,21-23; Isaiah 55:8,9. That is what makes Him God. Where would our power of choice fit into all this if God’s sovereignty ruled supreme in our lives? – Psalm 127:1,2
2) Self Effort
This is the part where we have to have dreams and aspirations and then must get off our butts and chase after our dreams. Much as God has the path of our destiny mapped out, He wants us to be willing participants in its fulfillment through our daily individual choices. In consultation with Him we must create our vision. In Proverbs 29:18 we are admonished to have a vision lest we perish. Once a vision has been cast, it takes action for it to be fulfilled. The following scriptures demonstrate that God hates idleness and laziness Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 12:24, Proverbs 20:13. We are to work diligently and the only way of having work is if there are goals to be met and plans to be executed.
We must individually strike a balance in how we live under grace and self effort.
You Are Not A Victim of Circumstances or God’s Arbitrary Decisions
You are a creature of choices. That is a benefit of being human. Do not be a passive victim of your circumstances simply because, “God will see what to do with you.” Have dreams, aspire to reach them and do all you can to achieve them. Wake up every morning with purpose and live to see that purpose accomplished. Your duty is to find out what the purpose of your existence is . You can only know that by consulting God of course. Once that purpose is discovered work out a plan of how it can be fulfilled. Your faith in God will give you the strength and fortitude to overcome any obstacles that you will meet.
You Are Not Independent of God
Do not be so self reliant that you deny the existence of God. Acknowledge God as God and always know that where your human limitations end, His grace (which is always with you), continues to a point where He will even do the supernatural for you to realize your dreams – Isaiah 48:17-18. Only by prayer and meditation upon His word, make sure that your dreams and actions are in accordance to His principles. Do not trust in other humans at the expense of what your faith in God requires either. When the advice of man contradicts God’s counsel, obey God.
In Psalm 37:4,5 God promises to give us the desires of our hearts if we commit our ways to Him. Desires are dreams! So a balanced individual dares to dream and act on his/her dreams. They commit their plans through faith in God. They seek guidance, counsel and totally rely on the love and grace of a Higher Power to make everything gel together. It takes faith in God to have dreams and aspirations, so never use your faith in God as crutch for not dreaming, and dreaming big!
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Nomusa is a devoted mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful God praising network marketing business owner.
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