From Dreaming Dreams To Doing Them

I will pour out my Spirit on all people . . . your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. (Joel 2:28)

The Scriptures give us numerous examples of both men and women who dreamed dreams and saw visions and then brought them to life because of their faith in God. One of the best examples of these visionaries is Nehemiah. When he heard about the condition of the walls around Jerusalem, Nehemiah began praying, thinking, planning, dreaming, and developing a vision of victory. But he did not stop there. He went to work on in the strength of the Almighty. He got permission to return to Jerusalem, organized a task force, and stayed focused despite facing criticism, distractions, and opposition. In just 52 days, the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt to the glory of God and for the good of His people.

What has the Lord laid on your heart these days? What is Jesus calling you to do to expand the cause of His Kingdom? Know this: God never gives a dream or a vision to someone without giving them every resource needed to make it come to life. God is not in the business of calling the equipped; rather, God equips the called. God will give you everything you need to do everything He is calling you to do.

Remember, if you feel ill-equipped or inadequate for something you know God is calling you to do, fear not! Moses felt ill-equipped and inadequate, and he gave God every excuse in the book why he shouldn’t be the one to deliver God’s people out of bondage in Egypt. No problem: God gave Moses everything he needed and used him to set His people free from the most powerful nation in the world at that time.

It is unlikely that God is calling you to stand in opposition against some world leader to expand the cause of His Kingdom. But He might be calling you to volunteer to help out in Sunday school or some other ministry at your church. Perhaps He is calling you to start a new ministry and you are feeling ill-equipped and inadequate. Remember, God loves taking ordinary people, people like you and me, and using them to accomplish the extraordinary for His glory and the good of others.

We simply need to go from dreaming dreams to doing them, leaving the results to the One who gave us the dream.

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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