What is your dream today? Has it become blurred?Have circumstances, adversities, what people say, what the media says, or what the economy says affected your dream? Did you carry the dream for about six months only to decide that it will never come to pass and then abort it?
Or is that dream still somewhere deep down on the inside of you? If it is, then it’s time to cultivate it. It’s time to create a proper atmosphere in your life so that your dream will become a reality.
By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance and he went out not knowing where he was going…He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
I don’t know about you, but that’s what motivates me to keep going on no matter how long I have to stand.
If you are confused about your dream, then it will never become a reality. I heard someone say that if you don’t know where you’re going, then you’ll probably end up somewhere else.
You might say, “Well, how do I find out where I’m supposed to be going?” You find out by fellowshipping with God.
You will never change your present location until you are sure of your destination. I know exactly where this ministry is headed. I didn’t say I know every step, but I know the plan of God for this ministry God gives me one step at a time.
If you’re in a leadership role, everyone involved in what you’re doing needs to know the vision. That also goes for the head of the family. Make sure that everybody in the home knows the vision of that family. Spend time with God so you can know His vision for your life and then you can run with it.
2. Write the Vision
God never does anything haphazardly. He always has a plan. How do you get the plan of God? Once again, through fellowship. And once you get it, Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run.”
Every time you read the vision that God has put in your heart, it keeps you focused. It motivates you. What is it that causes you to rise up He each morning? What is it that puts a smile on your face when you talk about it? Whatever it is, write it down and keep it before you so you can run with it until it becomes a reality!
3. Associate With the Right People
Don’t associate with non-dreamers. Don’t associate with people who are always saying, “Impossible! We can’t do it! We can’t make it! No way!” Love them, pray for them, minister to them, but don’t pal around with them. Don’t become their buddies. They’ll bring you down to their level!
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise.” Association is important. Who you associate with can make you or break you. It’s very important that you hang around people of faith.
Get around people whose vision is greater than yours. Let them pull you up to their level. Fellowship with those who believe and practice in their own lives that all things are possible to him who believes.
4. Replay Your Previous Victories
I once heard another minister say, “Your life will always move in the direction of your most dominant thoughts”. Whatever is most dominant in your thinking, that’s the direction your life will go.
Your memories keep two files: One file is failures and one file is successes. One file is filled with unpleasant experiences and the other file is pleasant experiences. Your memory will recall whichever file you desire to look into most frequently.
If you’re constantly thinking sickness and disease, poverty, lack and want, and “Nothing good ever happens to us,” then that is the direction your life will go. Replaying past triumphs and past victories is a powerful way to keep your attention focused on your dream.
In Philippians 3:13- 14, Paul said, “Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.” Go to that file in your memory where God has got you through time and time again. Realize that if He has done it once, He can do it again. Make a list right now of all the victories that God has brought to pass in your life. Then read them out loud every time Satan tries to tell you, “Impossible!”
5. Let Go of the Past
Let go of the past and focus on God’s dream for your future. Don’t dwell on or even think about what has happened in the past.
Those painful memories or bad experiences are only designed to get your focus away from your dream through shame, guilt, low self-esteem and insecurity. There’s nothing you can do to change what has happened, so quit thinking about the past.
Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes. It shall not fasten its grip on me.” Don’t let those unpleasant memories of the past seize you, capture you and fasten a grip on you. Let go of the past and focus on your glorious future.
6. Pursue and Never Give Up
You must truly desire your dream to come to pass and relentlessly pursue it. When we truly desire something, we begin reading about it, we get all the information we can about it and it becomes something we desire more than anything in our lives.
But Satan obviously doesn’t want you to fulfill the dreams God has given you, so if he can draw your attention away from your dream long enough, he will eventually destroy it. If he can make you think it will never come to pass or that your dream really isn’t from God or that you’ve wasted all these years then he’ll eventually destroy your dream.
He’ll try everything he can. He’ll go from one tactic to another to try to get your focus away from your dream. But, if you’ll stay in fellowship with God and remain focused then God will see to it that it comes to pass.
7. Sow Toward Your Dream
Your dream will never come to pass until you get involved in helping someone else’s dream come to pass. In order to possess something you do not have, you must be willing to plant something you do have.
That’s the principle the farmer operates on. What does the farmer want? He wants a crop. What does he have? Seed. He must be willing to plant something that he does have in order to get something that he doesn’t have.
Every seed produces after its own kind. That’s the law of Genesis. You plant apples, you get apples. You plant oranges, you get oranges. Are you believing for a car? If so, then go find someone else who is believing for a car and plant into their dream. If you’ll make something happen for others, God will make something happen for you!
I encourage you to take these seven steps, meditate on them and get them down into your spirit. If you’ve let go of some of your dreams or if you are uncertain of what God has in store for you, then I suggest you shut yourself away, find a place in your home that produces the greatest peace and let that become your prayer closet.
Begin earnestly seeking God and fellowshipping with Him. Just spend time visiting with your heavenly Father. Listen for His voice. A peaceful atmosphere will cause you to be creative. In other words, you’ll hear the plan of God.
The next thing you know, you’ll become pregnant with a dream from God. You’ll get to the point where you’ll look every day for your dream to become a reality. God is faithful and He won’t let you down. If your dream came from Him then you can rest assured, it will come to pass. So don’t let go of your dreams – soon they will become realities!