It’s a new year which means it is a great time to dream a new dream. I am so grateful for a God who has dreams for our lives. His dreams are not secretive. They are actually plainly spoken and repeated in the Bible. God has a dream for your life, your family, and your church. I believe he has real, specific dreams related to generosity for our lives.
Often times our resolutions can be founded on wanting to fix something we deem broken, missing, or even something we just don’t like. Then, we can venture onto a self-directed plan hoping for the best. Completing a successful journey to the preferred destination can be a rare achievement.
Here are some dreams God has for all of us that are promised to come true. These are important promises. Take a look, then I will provide some practical steps of application.
1. God’s plan is for your well being. He is not carving out a year of hardship, challenge, or disaster. Rather he is leading with hope and a future. Jesus’ love promises the best. His death and resurrection were not experienced for you to have an “ok-kind-of-life.” He is dreaming of so much more.
“For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 CSB
2. God’s plan is to open and close doors for you. The best life is led by God. There is only so much you can create, solve, and plan which may result in a good life or maybe something less. However, God is both divine and supernatural. Let Him be this kind of God in your life this year. He is already planning on opening doors for you and closing others. It’s going to take courage and faith, but it will be worth it.
““Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia: Thus says the Holy One, the true one, the one who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and who closes and no one opens:” Revelation 3:7 CSB
3. God is ready in advance of your opportunities and obstacles. Not one event, feeling, or happening in your life will surprise God. Nothing! You may not feel ready for what is ahead, but he is more than ready. Learn to relax and trust Him. He can lower the mountains, raise the valleys, and make the rough places smooth. I know I can do none of those things.
“Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth and the rough places, a plain.” Isaiah 40:4 CSB
4. God’s best life is on the other side of generosity. Jesus said if you want to save your life then you have to be willing to give it away. Everything in us says “protect yourself.” Life possesses so much potential for harm and fear. Somehow we feel as if no one can protect me better than me. At best, this kind of thinking can shrink our lives. At worst, it robs us of God’s divine plan. You reap what you sow. You give and it will be given back. I could go on and on, but here is a principle to practice.
“Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share, storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 CSB
These verse have all had a special place in my own spiritual development. Over the past few years God has done amazingly big things in my life, family, ministry, and career. Each movement of God in my story accompanied a season when I leaned heavily upon these scriptures. Here are some ways to put them into practice this year:
- Pray one of these verses or maybe all of them over your life everyday. With each prayer you are not earning the right to force God to do something on your behalf. However, you are retraining your eyes, heart, and ears to God’s way of living which is pro-you!
- Name every way you may not be living into these passages as much as possible. God is at work in your life, your family, and church. As a leader it is super easy to allow your view to be tainted towards the mountains you are facing, tasks lining your week, or the problems you are asked to solve. It doesn’t take much for us to lead with a deficiency perspective instead of the view from an all sufficient God.
- Practice today one way you can release the power of these verses in your life. Each day has a life of its own. God has an entire lifetime planned for you. He has big dreams. However, these dreams are lived one day, one decision, one feeling, one action at a time. Live today well and release God’s promise on your tomorrow.
- Share your journey with someone. Language is extremely powerful in our lives. The words we speak and hear really do affect us. The more you speak aloud what you are learning, seeing, and dreaming the more permanent God’s practices become. Your journey is lived in community. Your family, friends, team, and even strangers are orchestrated by God. They all have something to contribute. So be public and watch God multiply the result.
Let God do more than you can ask or imagine this year. He is a very generous God.