God has fantastic plans for you in 2020. But He doesn’t write them in a letter and send them in the mail! He plants His purposes for your life in your heart in seed form. These seeds are dreams and desires.
Dreams and desires motivate us to pursue our purpose. They fuel hope and they help us to fulfill our God-given destiny. To get the best of 2020, you need to keep hope alive on the inside.
IS IT FROM GOD?
The enemy wants to divert us from our purpose so he loves to make us doubt that our dreams are from the Lord. We wonder if they have just come from our own imaginations. As a result, we shy away.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This is true at 2 levels. When we prioritize His kingdom, He will add these things to us. However that’s not where it ends.
This verse also says that when we delight in the Lord, He will plant the right desires on the inside of us. That can help you work out if your dream is from God. When you are in His presence, does the desire grow or go? Dreams that won’t go away are probably part of God’s plan for your life.
As I was praying, I heard the Lord say, “It’s time to dust off the dormant dreams of your life.” God wants you to go back to those forgotten desires and start to believe again.
There enemy is always trying to extinguish our desires. Here are 3 ways he tries:
- DISAPPOINTMENT – perhaps you believed that it would all have happened by now? You had your hopes fixed on God fulfilling His promises at a certain time and in a particular way. When that didn’t happen, you felt crushed.
- DELAY – maybe you are weary of waiting. You have trusted and believed, you have carried on in faith for what feels like far too long and you are fed up of waiting. The dream that once inspired now hurts. How long will I have to wait?
- DISDAIN – it could be that you shared your dreams with people that didn’t like your vision. Maybe they mocked you or doubted your ability. Perhaps you stepped out in faith and got hurt.
When stuff happens that dampens our desires, all too often we distance ourselves from the dream. Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Pr 13:12). We feel discouraged or disappointed so we relegate the dream to the dumpster. Thank God that Abraham and Joseph kept hope alive even when circumstances looked hopeless.
I believe it’s time to go back to your God-given desires. If you got hurt or felt let down, pour out your heart in prayer before the Lord. Then go back to your dreams and start to trust again. Remember, your job is believing and obeying. His responsibility is to make it happen.
PLEASE HELP ME!
Please share in the comments box or by email any topics that you would like me to write about in 2020. Also, what were your favorite of my blogs in 2019? Thank you so much for taking the time to respond! It means a lot to me.
Finally, if you want to kick start your year, I encourage you to read 30 Day Detox for your Soul. And make sure you come to the next REFRESH event near you: your future depends on you keeping your heart restored and refreshed.