Two weeks ago, we talked about how children have a incredible gift of belief! We discussed the importance of being Childlike and NOT Childish! This week I want to discuss something that children are great at, dreaming! I'm not just talking about dreams when were asleep. I'm talking about the dreams and goals we have set for ourselves at one point in life. I can remember dreaming about doing great things when I was a child. If you sit down and really pick a kids brain, you will find out that they really go deep with their imaginations and dreams! Their dreams certainly don't have worldly limitations. They are not the least bit concerned with how much something will cost or how hard it will be to obtain. They simply imagine and believe they will have it some day! This most certainly is a childlike determination and our Heavenly Father absolutely loves it!
One problem with adults is, they often think it's great for a kid to have dreams and admirations.. Yet, they don't see those dreams and goals as a reality as a adult. This is a terrible thought process! The day you stop dreaming, is the day you limit what God and His Word are capable of. Let's look at what the Bible says about possibilities:
Mark 10:27 (KJV)
27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
When we look at this verse, I want you to fight that religious mindset that the world has taught you. Just for a minute, suspend ALL disbelief and doubt, and really look at what Jesus said here. He said, with men, it is impossible. BUT... WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Okay, Jesus said, ALL THINGS.. now, don't do it, don't let the devil start lying to you and confusing you with thoughts that negate what Jesus spoke here. This happens all the time in churches across the world. Preachers are teaching a false Gospel when they read this verse, yet, immediately they say something like, "if it be His will." Or they say, I know the Bible says all things are possible, but... This is the same as saying, "even though it is written and spoken, it's a lie."
Let me encourage you today.. When Jesus said ALL things are Possible, He meant, ALL THINGS! No limitations! No age limits or time limits. Nothing can change what He said. You have to really get that thought process in your brain and keep it there! There is NOTHING you cannot accomplish in this lifetime here on earth! Nothing is impossible for them who believe! The religious world and satan himself will do everything from keeping you from accepting this simple truth! It's such a simple concept, it's CHILDLIKE! Which is exactly how we are supposed to be!! We are not God's adults, W ARE GOD's CHILDREN! No matter how old you are, you are still a CHILD, of God! He loves it when we come to Him as our Heavenly father and believe like a child, expecting His Word to be nothing but truth!
One thing to keep in mind here is the first part of the verse. This is crucial in understanding what Jesus was teaching here. He said, "with men (man, woman) it is impossible." Please pay attention to this! In order for us truly achieve our goals and dreams, we have understand this principal. Without Christ in our hearts and obedience to His Word, it is impossible! This is why James said that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways, and should not expect to receive ANYTHING from God. (James Chapter 1) In other words, YES, all things ARE possible! Not without the Lord and obedience to His Word. A lot of believers get so frustrated at times when they try to do accomplish something in life, yet they fail. What they are forgetting is the key principal in our relationship with Christ; obedience to His Word! If your reading this right now, and you have been trying to obtain a goal or fulfill a dream in life. You have to be certain that you are in fellowship with God and His Word on a DAILY basis! You have to be certain that you Crucify your flesh, DAILY, and not just on Sunday. (Galatians 5:24) The Bible is clear about what comes from obedience to God. Lets take a look:
Hebrews 11:6 KJV
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Here we can see, that faith with no doubt, true belief, is key! You'll notice that Paul said that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him! This is so critical! How do we diligently seek Him? By consuming ourselves in His Word! By obeying His Word! Not because we have to, but because we WANT TO! When I do something nice for my wife, I don't do it because I have to, I do it because I want to! It's my desire to please her! It's my desire to submit to her with respect and obedience. I have no desire to let her down or hurt her in any way. The same attitude and application must be true when it comes to our relationship with God! We have to seek Him out of desperation and not obligation. This is why, those who truly seek Him and obey His Word, are rewarded BY HIM! So, if you have a dream or goal in life, don't miss your opportunity to achieve that goal because of sin or disobedience. That's exactly what the enemy wants! You cannot give satan the satisfaction! Let him cower in fear every day you wake up! When your obedient to Gods Word and truly believing that ANYTHING is possible, the devil trembles in fear from the second you open your eyes in the morning! I can just hear him saying, "Oh no, there awake!"
I know he trembles every day I wake up! Because I defeat him daily with Gods Word thats engraved in my heart and mind! I refuse to allow him to dictate any part of my day. I refuse to allow him to tell me what I can or cannot do. I believe every single word I read out of my Bible! The gates of hell cannot prevail against me! I am more than a conqueror! I am blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed going in, blessed going out! Hallelujah! This how we have to be! We have to be confident in our relationship with our creator! Confident in His Word! We cannot allow religion or anyone in this world to misinterpret His Word! If God said it, it's truth. That's all there is to it! Paul said this..
2 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV) 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
I love this entire passage and everything about it! Asides from not being ashamed, he said I KNOW WHOME I HAVE BELIEVED. Not whome I am trying to believe.. BUT Believed! Paul has made up his mind, he's not trying to believe. He does believe! He even goes on to say that he's persuaded. He's not trying to convince himself, he has all ready decided. You also notice that He said, I KNOW, whome I have believed.. Here we see that Paul is making it very personal. He is stating that He KNOWS the Lord. His confidence is in Christ Jesus and no one else! No one else, no other opinions or doctrines, no other concepts, but Jesus and His Word! This is what it takes to be one, who diligently seeks the Lord! We have to exemplify the same confidence and trust that the apostle Paul had!
What's YOUR Dream?
If you have a dream of goal, never let that dream die! Don't let doubt and disobedience stop you from achieving your goals and dreams! When I was a kid, I was fascinated by airplanes and aviation in general. My grade school principal was a pilot and he had many planes and aviation related material in his office. I visited his office frequently for behavior issues. I remember always being fascinated by the planes and things in his office. Every time I would see a plane pass over me in the air, I would watch with adoration. I remember thinking, some day, I will fly a plane! This dream has always been in my heart, but i didn't pursue it, until recently. I was praying one day and the Lord asked me something.. He said, "Ian, what is your dream?" I told Him my desire was only to preach His Gospel and do His Work. He knew that was my hearts desire, but He asked me again, " Ian, what is your dream? What is something you want to do in life? " I thought about it for a minute and said, "Lord, I'v always wanted to fly!" The next words he spoke to me were truly evidence to His Word. He said, "do it!" I was so excited when He said that! Something went off inside of me like a rocket!
God was showing me, regardless of my age, regardless of circumstances, if I wanted to fly, I could! So, A few days passed, and I was at my shop praying in fellowship with the Lord. I was outside, pacing back and forth, talking with the Lord about ministry. I told the Lord that I had been thinking about what He said about flying a plane. So, I said, "Lord, I don't want to limit you or your desire for me to live a abundant life." Then I said, "Lord show me a plane!" Within ten seconds, the Lord said, "Look up!" Sure enough, there was a citation jet flying over my shop! It was such a beautiful moment and a example of how much pleasure the Lord gets out of blessing His children! I knew from that moment on, that I wouldn't allow anything to stop me from learning how to fly and becoming a pilot! It had been my desire since I was a child, and I refuse to let anything stop Gods Word from coming to pass in my life! Remember, he said, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
So, now I am currently taking Aviation Classes and preparing for my Pilots License. At 34 years old, I am so excited to be living a childhood dream! I know with confidence, that with God and obedience to His Word, I will succeed! Nothing is impossible! My challenge for you this week is to start living and believing your dreams in life! Even if it takes steps to achieve your dreams, start taking those steps!! Your dream or goals may require hard work, but that's the best part! Hard work always produces results! Just like me, working towards my pilot license. It will surely be a lot of hard work and time, but it will be worth it!! Think about what your dreams and goals are this week! Kick satan in the face, and start pursuing!! Seek God diligently and be obedient to His Word, and NOTHING will hold you back!! Until next week.
~Reverend Ian Potter
Reverend Ian Potter is a Spirit Filled Evangelist who preaches the Raw , Uncompromised , Gospel of Jesus Christ.