9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9 New Living Translation (NLT)
Steve Harvey said that as a child, his family was poor, but he had a big imagination, and once per month his mother would purchase a travel magazine so he could see places they were not able to travel to. Today he has been to many countries. When he started out in his current business, one of his dreams was to take care of his parents and he did. He said that everything in your imagination God can make come true for you. He said if God did it for him, God can do it for you.
Kathryn Kuhlman said: Faith is to stop believing in what you see and start seeing what you believe.
What do you believe God for today? Can you see it in your mind’s eye?
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins, and open the way for us to walk in the fullness of all God has in store for us. The scripture tells us every good and perfect gifts comes from God. Unfortunately, many of us, Christians, will never walk into all the blessings God has for us. Why not? Because our ability to dream big is limited by our perception of our circumstances. We cannot see that God is able to use the small thing we have in our hand. Moses had a rod. God used it to bring redemption to His people. The widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:7-16 had a little meal for herself and her son. When she used it to feed the man of God, it multiplied and she became a businessperson.
Some of us are trapped by someone else’s perception of us. It is time to break free of that. Look into the mirror of God’s word, and catch a glimpse of what He sees. You may just like what you see.
Sadly, though, many of us do not dream at all because we are afraid to fail, or have failed before, or we feel that we are too old to dream. Yet, history records many failures that became great success stories.
Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Later, Edison was fired from two jobs for being unproductive. Not only that, he had 1000 failed attempts before he got the light bulbs right. Today we consider him an incredibly successful inventor, scientist, and businessperson. The next time you feel like a failure, or quitting, just turn on the light and think, “1000 times? Really?”
Henry Ford the automobile manufacturer failed and went broke five times before he succeeded in revolutionizing the automotive industry. Ford eventually sold millions of cars and became a wealthy world-famous business leader.
R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store Macys became a household name in the USA and around the world.
Woolworth’s founder F.W. Woolworth was once told by his boss “he didn’t have enough sense” to wait on customers, and the famous Colonel Harland David Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before founding a fried chicken empire known today as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), “it’s finger licking good”.
Four times in the bible, Jesus, in rebuking His disciples used the expression “oh ye of little faith”, yet these men became the fore runners of the Faith. They were the first Apostles. Who would have thought such a thing was possible.
God has a dream (plan) for the world we live in, and we all have a role to play in that dream. A part of God’s dream was the restoration of the relationship between God and man. Jesus came to fulfill this dream and the Holy Spirit continues the work in and through us.
What idea did the Holy Spirit place in your heart maybe ten years ago? Maybe it’s time to look at them again. Who knows, this may be the season for the long sought after break through.
Hope in God and dream. Can you see the end result it in your mind’s eye? Reach for the prize. Go get it.
We declare Paul’s words found in Hebrews 12:1-2
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”