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God-Sizing Your Dreams (Part 6)

Have you identified the obstacle that caused you to give in, up, or out on God’s dream for you? Pick the dream back up, or if you have too, break the glass container you’ve immortalized it in there in the recesses of that museum in your mind that you visit whenever you feel like God has deserted you. Stop looking it with those longing eyes—grab hold of it and head for the exit. Get back on track—God’s not done!

The dream in this story did not stop with Terah because the dream did not belong to Terah, it belonged to God. It was God-sized. Remember what we learned earlier: man-sized dreams don’t require any faith at all to fulfill. When Terah entombed the dream, God resurrected it, dusted the dust off of it, and passed it from father to son—from Terah to Abram, the eldest son.

Genesis 12:1-3 records this God-sized dream in all its glory: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to a land I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

What a dream! It must have blown Abram’s circuits—boggled his mind—forced him to take a seat and scratch his turbaned head for a while. This dream was bigger than he could comprehend. All God-sized dreams are that way. They have their birth in the mind of an infinite Creator. God dreams big. Here’s another principle that will help you in your journey of partnering with God in dreaming God-sized dreams: God-sized dreams are far bigger than our finite minds can comprehend, so they must be apprehended by faith alone.

Comprehension of what God had just promised was way beyond Abram’s ability at that moment, so the next move would require more than education, or ability, or capability. Abram’s next move would require something that excites God—simple faith. Abram believed God and got back on the interstate to Canaan.

He left everything—the land of his birth, his father, and his inheritance—his ticket to easy street. He stepped out in faith and took his wife Sarai and headed for a destination with God as his tour guide. No map, no hotel or restaurant reservations, no idea of what lay ahead, or of what they would face once they reached wherever it was that they were going. He loaded up their camels like Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies, and headed West.

God-Sizing Your Dreams (Part 5)

It is difficult but not impossible for a human being to dream dreams that are worthy of God’s partnership. Those dreams are first conceived in the heart of God and then birthed through the life of a person of faith. Faith is the key that unlocks the windows of heaven and allows its treasures to fall to the earth.

Perhaps we can learn to dream bigger dreams if we take a walk with a man whose dreams were not quite as large as the ones God was dreaming for him. We can certainly learn some lessons that will help us as we step into God’s divine purpose for each of us.

God had a big dream. This gargantuan dream was to establish a people—a nation—that would embrace him in a heart-to-heart relationship. He would be their God and they would be his people. That dream had begun with the creation of the first man and woman, but sadly they failed to dream much bigger than a bite of forbidden fruit. The dream remained open to anyone with faith enough to seize it, but unfortunately, there were no takers with any initiative.

So God dropped the dream into the lap of a man with three sons who lived in the great city of Ur in the land of Chaldea. Ur was a urban setting with everything a family could ever want. It was a center of culture, trade, finance, education, and entertainment. The only problem with the dream is that it required the family to pack up all their belongings and move a thousand miles to the west—a thousand miles to a place called Canaan.

As they were making plans to move—selling homes, liquidating business assets, and saying their goodbyes to cousins and neighbors, Terah’s youngest son, Haran, died. For the old man everything seemed to change with the death of his baby boy. His once optimistic outlook, his outgoing personality, and his bent for adventure all slid into neutral as a deadly depression gradually overwhelmed Terah. God had not forgotten Terah, but it seems in the grip of grief’s fist, Terah forgot God.

Once the mourning period was over, this family with the God-sized dream in their pocket set out for the long journey to Canaan. In all the excitement, no one noticed that the old patriarch’s eyes were frozen in the rear view mirror—locked on the ghost of what had been lost—what could or should have been, instead of what God said would be. Terah never embraced the dream that God had dropped in his lap, instead he choose to live the rest of his life looking back at the past.

Eventually Terah stopped chasing the dream altogether and settled in Assyria. And here is a principle you must learn if you plan to dream God-sized: God-sized dreams always have obstacles that seem humanly overwhelming. Terah hit the wall and things did not work out like he had dreamed they would. He buried his dream with his baby boy. He stopped in Assyria and built a city to honor the memory of his dead son. He called it Haran and every day for the rest of his life, Terah got up and invited anyone who would listen to visit his private museum of “could’ve, would’ve, or should’ve been.” He encountered an obstacle and settled for less.

As you dream you will encounter obstacles and most of them will come through the simple act being obedient to God—just doing what God told you to do. Obstacles often seem insurmountable, but they’re not if we trust God and obey. God told Terah to go to Canaan, but Terah took the Haran exit and built a monument to past—that was as far as the gas of his little dream could carry him.

What about you? Have you stopped following the dream God gave you? Why? Was it an obstacle? Was it something someone said or did? What was it? Listen—the problem is not with the dream—it’s not with God—it’s with your obedience. It’s your endurance—your willingness to do what God said no matter what. God-sized dreams always come with a hefty price tag, and that cost is total obedience. Don’t allow your obstacle to be a dead end. Use it to step into the will of God by trusting God and stepping through it as you would a door. The reality is most obstacles are veiled attempts by the enemy to camouflage and hide the next door God has opened for you.  Step though it—for you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised (Hebrews 10:36).

God-Sizing Your Dreams (Part 4)

Dreaming dreams that are too small is common to all of us. If you or I can make that dream come true, even if it takes us to the stratosphere of fame and fortune, it is simply too small. If one can turn it into a reality with just human brains and brawn, it’s too small. All of us were designed by God for partnership with him. Without God in the driver’s seat, we become planes without pilots, cars without drivers, or missiles without a guidance system—all destined to crash and burn. We can go fast and far, but alone we can never come close to the boundaries—the outer limits—of our potential in and through the Holy Spirit. We can deny our design, but in doing so, we always forfeit the divine potential of our dreams. And since God is omnipotent, that divine potential is limitless.

There is festering within all of us a lie that we can do it on our own. Most of the time we believe that lie and act on it. Independence (I can do all things on my own, which is the best way—and by myself, because no other is better qualified) is the result of being infected with the sin of Adam. His undoing was an action that declared, “I don’t need God!” And, as we all know so well, that belief in a lie was his undoing. Guess what? That same lie keeps manifesting itself in all of us—over and over—generation after generation. An independent spirit that declares, “It’s my way or the highway,” always produces less than what could, would, or should have been produced. This kind of independence pole vaults a person into the illegitimate position of trying to be his/her own god, and like it or not, that god is always teeny-tiny at best.

God designed us for interdependence when it comes to God-sizing our dreams, which is just another way of saying, “God has designed us with a partnership in mind.” We are not free agents, Lone Rangers, or the highly feared revolver toting gunfighters of the Old West. We are severely limited and unable to fulfill our divine design apart from a mutual partnership with God.

God-sized dreams really only require only two things: God and you. If you are willing to partner with God, he will supply the dream—which  ultimately means you and I are not only interdependent on God, but also dependent as well. I know most of us hate the “d” word, but a good dose of it will go a long way in curing the cancer of arrogant independence, which if left untreated will effectively diminish any dream you might ever have to the realm of the microscopic. And sadly, a microscopic dream will live only as long as the person who dreamed it…

God-Sizing Your Dreams (Part 3)

God is constantly seeking men and women who have a desire to recover the dreams he has for them. In other words, a people who will once again dream dreams that are as big as our God. For too long, the enemy has bludgeoned believers with the lie that those kinds of dreams are impossible and impractical. Therefore, when we dream, if we dream at all, we usually dream itsy-bitsy dreams. Those kinds of dreams are the ones we can make happen without God. Sadly, they are safe, requiring little if any faith and costing zilch, which is exactly what they’re worth.

Our problem is not so much our itsy-bitsy dreams. No, our problem is our true belief in who God is. For most of us, our god is not the God of the Bible—the God whose exploits are unbelievable, as well as unimaginable. The church (that’s us) has become guilty of composing complex theologies that excuse God from doing what the Bible declares he can do. God does not need us to make excuses for him. Our excuses are nothing more than unbelief and faithlessness. God wants us to believe he is exactly who he says he is.

The Bible clearly asserts that if Jesus did it then we are meant, designed, and expected to do the very same thing. We are to be “little Christs,” which is the meaning of Christian. If you disagree, take it up with Jesus. Let me quote him at this point: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). You can slice it, dice it, exegete it, do jungle-gym word studies, and make any excuse you want, but Jesus said it and that’s what he meant. We are, at the very least, supposed to be doing the things he did, and at best, even greater things.

Now those are God-sized things. Things like healing the sick, breaking the bondage of the demonized, raising the dead, opening blind eyes, unsealing deaf ears—I think you get the picture (not to mention walking on water). Jesus did those things in the power of the Holy Spirit—the very same Holy Spirit who resides within every believer. God-sized work requires a man or woman to dream God-sized dreams. Remember? If you can see it you can birth it. God is looking for people willing to take him at his word (even John 14:12) and see it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit.

God has not changed. God still has huge dreams, and if you or I will partner with him and dream those God-sized dreams—join him in implementing his purpose in our lives—it will change the spiritual, social, financial, governmental, and cultural atmosphere no matter your zip code. All it requires is the faith to become his partner, which means no more excuses—just an acceptance of him at his word.

God is giving you permission to dream again—to dream really, really big. Age, education, finances, and health has nothing to do with this ability to dream. What you’ve done or haven’t done—your inability has no ability to hinder God unless you allow it to do so. If God has placed a dream within you (and He has, even if it’s hidden deep down within the caverns of unbelief and faithlessness of your heart), he has the ability and capability to bring it to full fruition. The fact is, no matter how large you dream—God’s dream for you is far bigger than you can grasp.

We must learn to once again dream with God—to dream God-sized—to super-size those snapshots of what could or should be. If God put it there in your spirit, soul, heart, and mind, then he has the ability to bring it into existence.