By Ellen Prohaska
Recently I had the opportunity to hear an out of town speaker. This gifted anointed
teacher/speaker talked about dreams. God places dreams within us. Our dreams or
deep desires are part of His plan for our lives. He gives us dreams and no one
can take them away. However, we have a vital part if they are to be fulfilled.
Using the life of Joseph (Gen. 27) she took us through four steps that are essential
to our dreams becoming a reality.
I was concerned that I didn't have a
pen or pencil to take notes. I saw a friend across the room was taking notes and
decided to ask her if I could get a copy. Now I realize that not having a pen
was a great thing because I really got the information into my spirit. I needed
to hear this word for my own life and, as I listened I thought of others that
I wanted to hear this.
It was the beginning of some very unusual happenings
for me. That night I was talking on the telephone to a friend who had recently
been laid-off from work. I found myself giving her a complete run through of this
short teaching on your dreams. She listened attentively and then said, "you really
did a good job of repeating this for me." I knew I had been excited when hearing
it; now I realized how excited I was about wanting to share it with others.
few days later I had the opportunity to again repeat this teaching to one of the
teens at church. He stood there ignoring all the distractions and listened intently.
Then he said, "Thank you, I needed to hear that."
On Sunday I visited a
friend's church. I had never been there before and knew only the couple who had
invited me. During the service a couple was asked to come forward for prayer.
It seemed that some work they had undertaken wasn't coming together successfully.
Once again I was seeing those who were struggling with the death of their dreams.
I visited with several people after the service, but didn't see this couple. As
I was walking to my car I was thinking about the four points. I started to pull
out of my parking space when they walked up to the car beside me. So I stopped
and got out and asked if I could share something with them. Once again I found
this teaching bubbling out of me and meeting a very current need. What a blessing!
I realized that my wish for others to hear this message was being fulfilled
-- just not in the way I thought. By now I suppose you are wondering what those
four steps are. In summary they are:
1. Hold unto your dream
3. Sow into other people's dreams
our own dreams fulfilled we must become the kind of person who can encourage others
in their dreams. When someone shares a hope or dream with us, we need to understand
that it is a fragile thing we have been entrusted with. We can help give life
or death by the words we speak. Be an encourager! Live out your dreams and remind
others that God is faithful to perform what he has promised.
confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6 KJV
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