In my previous post, which you can read by clicking here, I highlighted reasons why people say that your dreams are impossible. In this post, I will be giving reasons why you should not give up on your dreams, even if people say it is impossible, what to do to achieve your dreams and what to do after you have achieved your dreams.
- The most important reason not to give up on your dream is if that dream was given to you by God.
If you don’t believe, you may end up seeing but not partaking of the benefit like the officer in 2 Kings 7:1-20.
2. No dream is impossible with God.
All things are possible with God. Those things that are humanly impossible are possible with God (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27).
Even if it has never happened before, remember that the Scriptures say that what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no mind has imagined is what God has planned for those who love God (1 Corinthians 2:9). So, you might just be the first person who has that dream and to whom that thing will happen to.
3. God knows you better than anyone does. He knows your gender, age, personality and the potential dangers that threaten you. So if He gives you a dream, trust Him. He knew all the limitations before He even called you. And He who called you will equip you and help you achieve it.
God will make a way. Nothing is too hard for him. So trust God and wait for the right time.
4. God doesn’t need others to believe in His promises for your life. If God gives you a dream or promise, the only person who needs to believe in it is you. Stop waiting for others to believe before you do. Believe. Trust God and have faith in Him.
5. God does not need to change your situation before your dream comes true.
Joseph did not have to become the first born before becoming governor over Egypt. In fact, he didn’t have to become an Egyptian before becoming a governor in Egypt. He was still a Hebrew. Genesis 43:32 suggests that Joseph was still a Hebrew as he didn’t eat with the Egyptians.
David didn’t become the first born before was anointed king. He didn’t become a soldier or champion before defeating Goliath. In fact, it was after defeating Goliath that he joined Saul’s army (1 Samuel 18:5).
God does not need to change your situation before He uses you or before He fulfils His promise to you.
6. Don’t give up on your dream but don’t jump into it.
Wait for God’s timing even if it takes years. Be led by God’s Spirit.
7. Follow God’s leading over people’s opinions and concerns. Even if their concerns are genuine, follow God’s leading. God can never make a mistake. His plans for us are for good and not for evil (Jeremiah 29:11).
8. Take risks.
In Ruth 1:11-13, Naomi expressed her genuine concern for her two daughters-in-law- Orpah and Ruth, when she told them to return to their homes. Orpah returned to her home but Ruth took a risk by following Naomi and ended up being the great grandmother of King David (Ruth 4:13-22).
In 1 Samuel 17:8-9, we read that if David lost to Goliath, he would be killed and the Israelites would have become Goliath’s subjects and serve him. If he won, that is if he defeated Goliath and killed him, David would be given wealth by the king, be given the king’s daughter as his wife and his family would be exempt from taxes in Israel. David took a risk by going out to fight Goliath and he won.
9. Endure hardship (2 Timothy 4:5).
Joseph endured hardships caused by his brothers and then hardships due to Potiphar’s wife’s false accusation.
David endured hardships caused by Saul.
At the end, your suffering and hardship will give way to joy – the joy that comes from the fulfilment of God’s promises to you and the realization of your dreams.
10. Keep your eyes on the prize. The ultimate prize is to please God and give Him glory. Then we can also look up to earthly prizes, like wealth.
In 1 Samuel 17:25 – David, if he defeated Goliath would be given wealth by the king. He would also be given the king’s daughter as his wife and his family would be exempt from taxes in Israel. David was also motivated to fight Goliath because Goliath defied the armies of the living God (1 Samuel 17:36).
11. Remember to thank God and give glory to God when your dreams are actualized.
12. Forgive those who tried to discourage you or hinder you from realizing your dreams.