I had a candid talk with God this morning inspired by a conversation I had with a sister in Christ. She has been working towards a specific goal and trusting God in this area for many years. The day we spoke, she wasn’t feeling like she has made much progress and was feeling weary.
Later, I thought about the words we exchanged and asked God why it takes so long for dreams to come true. Many of us take steps to make something in particular happen. We combine our actions with prayer and Bible reading, seek to obey what the Bible says. We worship, attend church, serve God but yet progress is slow.
The answer to my question came swiftly for these are answers God has given me before. The Holy Spirit reminded me of some important facts.
Whining, complaining, and tears do not move God. Oh, He’s compassionate and will comfort you. But it’s FAITH that produces change in your life.
You can serve God, pray, read the Bible and still have unbelief. Unbelief is putting your faith in anything that is contrary to God’s Word whether it is a circumstance, an individual, or a philosophy.
Your dreams will come true when all the unbelief concerning that dream dies.
Without faith you can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Faith is a holy energy that says, “God, no matter what I see, feel or hear that is contrary to Your promises, I still trust You.”
Faith employs patience. Prayers aren’t always answered immediately. You will have to hold the line until you see God’s promise come true.
If you believe, you will speak words that are in line with God’s Word.
We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; (2 Corinthians 4:13).
I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: (Psalm 116:10).
Speaking faith-filled words fills the atmosphere with power. The angels hear. The Holy Spirit hears. They work to fulfill the Word of God.
Sometimes you go forward in the beginning and then draw back because of doubt. How far or fast will you get if you were traveling in a car and made numerous stops along the way? The trip is going to take longer. Drawing back from your faith goal is like stopping on the side of the road.
The Jews spent 40 years in the wilderness. Why? God wanted the unbelief to die. It wasn’t the first generation that came out of Egypt that possessed the Promised Land. It was their children and grandchildren.
God is waiting for the unbelief to die in your life as well.
There are times when you will feel you’ve done everything you know to do and still there will be no change. What do you do in a case like this? Keep standing!
Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious] — Ephesians 6:13, AMPC.
Notice the words “having done everything [that the crisis demands].” Have you done absolutely everything?
You might believe that because you’ve served God for years you deserve the desires of your heart. The truth is you might not be ready. Does God need to continue preparing you?
When will dreams come true? After you have done the will of God.
After you have done the will of God you will receive the promise.
For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised — Hebrews 10:36, AMPC.
I only have a couple more years to work on my current job. I have always believed God put me here for a reason. Recently, I asked God to help me fulfill His plan before I retire. The Lord revealed that He wanted me to pray for the sister in Christ I mentioned in the first paragraph. Over the years, she and I have had many conversations about our dreams. I have prayed for her but not as diligently as I should. I am changing that. The Lord told me that if I help her get her breakthrough, He’ll give me mine.
AFTER you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise.
When you complete one assignment, ask God for the next. Don’t say, “Well, I’ve done enough.” Only God can determine if you’ve done enough. Remember, everything He asks you to do is leading you to His highest and best. Do all He is telling you to do.
God wants a relationship with you. He loves you and He wants you to love Him.
It’s so easy for us to complain and to bring our list of desires to God. When was the last time you came to the Father just to thank Him?
Meeting your goals is a process. You are on God’s training ground. Ultimately, He is preparing you for eternity. The character you gain is the only thing you will take from this life.
God wants you to be excellent at what you do. That’s His M.O. Are you putting forth your best effort? Read this article to get some help about moving forward.
When I first learned these truths, they were hard pills for me to swallow. God had to repeat them to me again and again. My life was such a mess and I felt the answers were just too simple. Thank God for His patience!
You don’t have to be like me. Receive these truths. Take them. The sooner you accept them, the sooner they will become a reality in your life. When they become a reality, your dreams are just around the corner.