My Dreams, My Picture

images (7)Idream of a good life; a wonderful life, fulfilled in all areas which is okay, but until I take a step of faith to live out my dreams then they remain to be just but dreams. I tend to believe dreams should be painted out for them to come to life. ‘Painting it out’ means living out your dream the best you can.

How you paint your dream determines its outcome. Take two artists for example, who are tasked to bring the image of a rose flower to life, how they paint out the rose will determine which one will be picked. I tend to believe we have the graces(talents, gifts,charisims, e.t.c) to live out our dreams, but we sometimes if not always allow internal or external factors to suppress these graces. Below are a few steps that if followed can help see your dream come to life:

1). Be bold- Do not be shy to paint your picture(idea) for the world to see. Can you imagine if artists ‘shyed’ away from drawing, painting, moulding? then what art would we enjoy?  It takes boldness for an artist to paint his creation for the world to see and possibly judge not aware if the world will enjoy or criticize it. It should take you the same boldness to paint out your dream not concerned whether the world will accept it or not but, content in the fact that your idea actually came to birth to the glory of Yahweh. Gideon had to let go of fear and trust in God for him to see a dream fulfilled i.e. freedom of the Israelites from the Midianites

2). Be patient – A dream requires patience to grow to  perfection. It took Da Vinci 4 years to complete the Monalissa and it took God 7 days to build the earth to completion. These two examples clearly show that every thing good and worth while comes out of patience.  Dreams once born in the mind may take time to grow to their maturity, but they will eventually come to pass. A best practice is to be patient like a wine keeper and watch your dream grow to maturity.

3). Be diligent – Dreams require hard work to come to life. For you to paint a beautiful picture, you have got to work hard at it; you need the skills, the material and a lot of sacrifice. Nothing good comes of procrastination. Once God conceives a dream into your mind then work at it with all your strength and surely He will reward you.(ref:the parable of the servant with 5 talents). God our Father conceived the idea of our salvation in the mind of Jesus Christ and eventually after a lot of hard work, Jesus saw this strong and wise idea come to pass the the glory of God our Father.

4) Self-belief – Believe in your self especially when people seem not to. Self-belief starts with understanding that we are all uniquely made consequently, different dreams will be put in our minds by God depending on our individual graces{Matthew 25:15}. Self-belief also means being content with who you are and knowing that God has the best plans for you at heart{Jer 29:11}. Be aware of both your strengths and weakness; grow in your strengths and allow God to work on your weakness for His glory.

5). Pray – Invite God into your dreams and you shall be successful. {2 chronicles 20:2-30}, King Jehoshaphat prayed to God about wanting to defeat the Ammonites and Moabites and because of such humility, God raised him to glory by defeating his enemies. Psalms 37:5 and Prov 16:3 also emphasises on the importance of submitting your plans to God for them to be successful.

6). Choose the right friends. You need friends who will support your dreams not oppose them. Jesus literally chose people to walk with(disciples) so as to His see a dream come to pass i.e. our salvation. So, in the same spirit get a friend(s) who will support your dreams through prayers, counsel and encouragement. Proverbs 13:20 & Proverbs 12:26 illustrates this further.

Finally, dreams are beautiful, powerful and speak volumes about our destinies. They are meant to bring: joy, peace, victory, growth among other things. So, allow them to come to life to the glory of Yahweh and watch them bless your life and possibly the life of others. Praise be to Jesus now and forever.

 

 

Heart’s Desire

downloadPsalms 37:4 says, “delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desire.” So, what is a heart’s desire? I think it is a want or need for your life that only God & you know and sometimes i tend to think it’s only God who really knows our desires. My desire is to love Christ for the rest of my life among other things however, this desire is subject to the devil’s attacks. So, how can I achieve my desire and get the joy that comes with it?

1). Be clear – Be clear about what you want otherwise the devil will take advantage of your confusion for when you are confused it is very easy for the devil to steal a desired blessing from you.  Jacob was clear about wanting Rachael that Leah couldn’t confuse him.

2). Be and stay focused – To be focused means not allowing your self to get swayed away from the goal. Be so focused that even if it means change of friends to achieve your desire then so be it-Jesus chose friends(disciples) to achieve his desire i.e. our salvation. Likewise, ask Him to assist you in choosing friends who will walk with you and help you achieve your goal(s) e.g mentors, counselors, prayer partners, business partners, spouse e.t.c.

3). Persistence – when you want something and I mean really want something then you have to p.u.s.h for it. The beauty with persistence is that it always gets you what you wanted. To persist means to push until you get something, not moving, not flinching from your goal until it comes to pass. It means having a strong attitude, that requires a positive mind set. When you persist to get something you will find that everything in you works towards getting it consequently, you end up achieving it.

4). Patience – Patience is not easy especially if you are used to getting things by force or you were taught things always come as soon as you desire them. Patience is a sign of maturity, it is a discipline for the humble. Patience will see you get what God intends for you not what pressure from in or outside you wants.

5). Be determined – determination kills what we call ‘giving up’. Be so determined to reach your goal that the devil can’t snatch it from you. Jacob was so determined to marry Rachael that even Laban’s denial of his engagement to her could not deter him from pursing her and because of his determination, he eventually got her.

6). Hard work – ‘Fruits of labour always taste the sweetest’ so goes the expression for nothing good comes out of laziness(ref: the servant with 1 talent in the Bible).  Jacob worked for 14years to get Rachael it goes to show you that in life you will have to work hard to get your desired peace and happiness.

7). Faith- Finally, all the above will only make sense once you believe in you and in your maker Jesus Christ. Believe that you can actually achieve your desired goals{Judges 6:11-24}. My friend if you can perceive it you can actually conceive it for everything good works out for the good of those who love God {Romans 8:28}. When you submit your desire to God, He cannot shame you nor forsake you.  Amen.

I hope these 7 steps will help achieve your desired goals to the glory of Christ our King.  

 

In your Mercy, you shall be blessed

Logo for Holy Year of Mercy

In your mercy you shall be blessed{ Matthew 5:7}. When we are merciful to others(friends and enemies) God is also merciful. Pope Francis declared this year 2016, the year of mercy. I think it’s upon us to take advantage of the graces and the blessings that come with it. Here are examples of blessings that came through acts of mercy: {2 Kings 4:8-37} talks of a Shunammite woman who showed mercy to prophet Elisha and his servant Gehazi. Together with her husband they offered them a place to stay in their home and because of their thoughtfulness(mercy) God in turn blessed them with a son.

{1 Kings 17:7-24} talks of a widow at Zarephath who offered prophet Elijah a meal not sure if it will be enough for her and her son but, because of such kindness(mercy), God in turn was faithful- for He declared that the jar of oil and handful of flour will be sufficient for them until He sends the rain and further from that God showed mercy by raising her son to life.

{Joshua chapter 2} talks of how Rahab saved two Israel spies from being captured by hiding them in her house and because of such(mercy) God was faithful by saving her and her entire family from the attack led by Joshua to Canaan. These scriptures and many others prove to us that God is indeed merciful when we are merciful. He shall bless your land when you bless others through your acts of mercy.

Acts of mercy include:
Charity(material)- spare some money every so often to support a needy person.

Prayer- pray for those who can’t pray for themselves.

Forgiveness- forgive those who have hurt you however difficult it may be.

*Be merciful as God your Father in heaven is merciful{Luke 6:36}.