When we truly know how to DREAM B.I.G., then we will no longer waste our time with fruitless dreams and needless disappointments.
Discern the voice of the Lord
Receive what He has for us
Allow Him the right of way
Minister to others through what He has given you.
In the previous post about Dreaming BIG, we looked at how Discerning the Voice of the Lord will help us to have fruitful dreams. Now I would like to look at the next part of DREAM using the same portion of scripture.
1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Psalms 37:1-7 KJV
Receive What He Has For Us
God wants to give us something
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Looking at this portion of scripture we see in verse 4 that when we begin to “delight ourselves in the Lord,” that is when He wants to GIVE us something. That “something” is the desires of our heart. If someone wants to give us something, then our response should be to RECEIVE what is being given! As God begins to place desires in our heart, we should joyfully receive those desires.
The funny thing I have found about the desires that God places in my heart is that those desires are often things that previously would not have had a place of priority in my life – things like a desire to serve others, a desire to forgive, a desire for more time with the Lord, a desire to give, a desire to spend more time with God’s people, a desire to share God’s word with others. In fact, it is often difficult to find a place in our old hearts to put these new desires. Many times it may involve cleaning out some old desires to make room for new ones. God places these desires in our hearts, but unless we receive them as God’s plan for us, we will most likely remain self-centered, and spend much of our time chasing after those fruitless dreams that we are trying to avoid!
Receive the “Food” that God serves
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Verse 3 tells us that we shall be fed. I like to be fed! (Unfortunately a little too much!) But the food that God has for His children is always good for us. We need to receive the “food” that God has for us. That food is His word. We need to be hungry for and ready to receive everything the Bible tells us. We need to partake of His word in such a way that it is digested fully and becomes part of us, making us stronger and nourishing our spirits much the same way that physical food nourishes our bodies. When it comes to dining at the Lord’s table, we should always eat what is set before us and make a “happy plate.”
Retaining what we receive
One more point I would like to make about Receiving what He has for us is that we need to respond to what we receive. As I sat in the prayer meeting reading my Bible, I felt a gentle prompting to turn to Psalm 37. I did. I read the portion of scripture that is listed above. As I read that portion of scripture, God revealed DISCERN, RECEIVE, EXALT, ALLOW, MINISTER to me. I grabbed a scrap of paper and jotted that down. In this particular instance, I was at a prayer meeting, so I was expectant to receive something from Him. I can’t say that I’m always ready. I know too many times I have missed something that God has had for me because I was simply too lazy to write it down, or too doubtful that He was really trying to teach me something.
I’m grateful that in this particular instance I obeyed. On Tuesday of the next week, my friend and Pastor’s wife asked me to give the message on our Thursday night Dream Date for the ladies (ONLY 2 DAYS LATER!). Normally this would have caused great panic in me with only a day and a half to prepare a message, but the Lord had already given it to me and I had already received it.
Imagine all the opportunities we will have if we willingly and faithfully receive everything that God has for us!
I’m a Believer!