Inside: Have you ever given up on a dream? Could the dream not be part of God’s will, but rather a human desire? In the shadow of the Christ, I reminded what my purpose here is and how much God loves me. I know His plans are better than my dream.
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Do you have a goal, or maybe a dream, that you have been placing your hope in for a while now?
When you think of it not happening, you’re filled with sadness and frustration? You’ve put time, energy, and lots of thoughts into this dream, so it HAS to happen. Reality is, you can’t see your life without this one thing coming true.
I know how you feel.
I have a dream, and so far it hasn’t happened. Can I be honest, I’m getting closer and closer to accepting that my dream isn’t going to happen. I’ve reached closure, and I’m okay with it.
Refuting the Lies About My Dream
However, Satan likes to throw his lies at me.
See… God didn’t come through for you!
You must not be important enough to God for Him to answer this one request!
It used to be a daily battle with lies flying at me, reminders of how reality is not what I had hoped for.
We all have dreams that we want to be fulfilled, but what if God doesn’t make our dreams happen when we’re so sure these dreams are from God?
Will we surrender to God’s Will and await His new plans for us? Or will we continue to ask, plead, and live in frustration? Perhaps we even will try to take control and make the dream happen, only then we have a huge ball of problems to endure through.
Can I Give Up My Dream?
So what do you think? Can you give up the dream that isn’t part of God’s plans? Click To Tweet
The fact is, God knows how I feel. He cares for me, but sometimes, His answer is no.
It’s hard to accept when the answer is no, isn’t it? We think what we ask for would make our lives better, would make us happier, and make us better Christians.
The problem is, God knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. He can see what will truly make us happy, and ultimately, He wants us to choose Him for real happiness.
Like any father, He would love to give us what our hearts desire, but like a good dad, He knows what’s best for His child.
God isn’t a puppet at my will-call, He’s a Purpose-Driver with a plan.
The question I need to ask myself is: am I depending selfishly on what I think will fulfill me, or am I basking in the over covering sufficiency of my Savior?
He knows what I need even more than I know. He sees my whole life from beginning to end.
Why We Need to Trust God with our Lives
Following Jesus requires that we:
- Sacrifice our human dreams for God’s plans
- Devote our lives to God
- Willing submission to His plans
As a matter of fact, the disciples had to deal with human dreams left hanging as they followed Jesus. Perhaps Peter dreamed of a trophy catch that provided for his family, or John made plans to spend his retirement out on an island in the Mediterranean.
Both men suffered greatly here on Earth and didn’t achieve their human dreams, but the rewards and glory they brought God far exceeded anything they could have dreamed. The experienced true joy and satisfaction in Christ.
(Mark 8:34, NLT). Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
According to NIV Quest Bible, “Jesus used this powerful image to illustrate the price of being his disciple. Jesus laid down his life voluntarily, and he asks us to do the same—to commit our lives wholeheartedly to him, accepting any hardship this choice may bring.”
Our Sacrifice to God
“We take our stand at the cross and consent to be nailed to it, voluntarily, actually; to submit to the pain whereby the flesh dies; the hands are pierced that carnal work may no longer be done in the energy of the flesh; the feet are pierced that no longer we may walk according to the flesh; the brow is pierced with the thorn crown that our head may not any longer be held up for human diadems and fading laurel wreaths; the side is pierced that the heart may relinquish its fleshly energy and preference, and be occupied with God.”
– A. T. Pierson
If I’m going to follow God, it requires that I sacrifice some of my deepest desires because of what Christ did for me. Click To Tweet
This isn’t a one-time action because those reminders of my dream keep appearing in my mind, so I need to return to the foot of the cross often.
In the shadow of the Christ, I reminded what my purpose here is and how much God loves me. I know His plans are better than any of my human dreams and desires.
God doesn’t fulfill my wants, He fulfills my needs.
Therefore, I take up my own cross and surrender those desires and dreams to Him.
Are we able to sacrifice what we want in this earthly life?
It’s important to realize, God knows what I need. I might think I know what will ultimately make me happy and content, but I’m not seeing my future, nor the plans God has for me.
3 Tips for Choosing God’s Will Over My Wants and Desires:
- Spend time with God daily, and leave my will at His feet.
- Cling to this truth: God is working it out for me, He has plans and a purpose for me.
- God sees my life in its entirety. I have limited view!
Though we painfully give up our heart’s desires, God promises us a glory that outweighs what we gave up in obedience to His will. This glory will last forever!
Can you accept the trade of a dream of not coming true to an ever-lasting gift in Heaven?