Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
It is good to have a dream, but dreams without execution are hallucination.
Often, we fail in the execution portion of our dreams that we begin to doubt what God gave us to dream. Dreams are born out of a passion for a people or thing. We dream to become difference-makers; we want to make an impact and leave our mark on this world. Often, it is in the ‘how to’ where dreams die.
Many dreams seem to vaporize when they begin to become real work.
Vision, or the ability to see the materialization of a dream, is often given by God to the one He wants to lead. The doors of opportunity open at the right time when the leader with the vision presses forward. Yet, dreams will get sidetracked when we try to open doors God does not want opened – either at that time or not at all.
A ministry or a pastor and their staff will get bogged down in the details and soon the vision seems lost or the path to achieve that dream becomes unclear. But if there is a steady, step-by-step movement toward the goal, we can celebrate the milestones and see more clearly, that vision or a dream become reality.
Many of us discount our own dreams because we don’t seeourselves as having the ability to lead or having the wisdom to discern how to accomplish that which God called us to do.
Moses made excuses to God why he was not the one to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Exodus 4:10 “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.”
God takes care of our excuses – as we see in His response to Moses:
Exodus 4:11-12 “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”
The factors for us to see a vision come to life are these:
Who gave the dream or the vision?
What purpose will this accomplish when the dream comes to fruition?
Who will be the beneficiary once this dream becomes reality?
God-given dreams are qualified by the amount of faith it takes to see it accomplished. Without God, it will seem impossible. If what I am attempting seems easy or able to be accomplished in my power, I often see it as my dream and not God’s. Without the element of faith, the dream can be masked as self-promotion or self-advancement.
God-given dreams will include the element of who it will affect. The spreading of the gospel; reaching the addicted; planting a new church; beginning or increasing missions work; reaching the homeless; ministering in the jails, nursing homes and reaching the poor are the central focus of a work God lays on the heart of the one He wants to lead.
Also, you will know it is a God-given vision or dream by the demonic opposition you receive trying to employ it. But we must have hope:
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
We teach that what God commands, He will enable. He would not give something seemingly impossible for us to do if He wasn’t going to reveal to us just how He was going to accomplish it. The element of faith extends to all aspects of dreams and the decisions we make to fulfill those dreams.
Lastly, the importance of executing on these dreams is when we see just who benefits from the dream coming true. Almost always, God has the salvation of man or the restoration of a soul as the central focus of the dreams He gives to us. The driving motivation to press on when times get tough, or the way seems weary is that if we do not do this – people will die and go to hell.
It can be that the soul restored was meant to reach others – and we fail to reach them. It is all connected. Everyone’s part is as important as the next. Obedience to what has given us may very well open the door for others to see their dream fulfilled.
We will not know this side of Heaven, just how connected our lives really are to the ones we are called to help. Moses was able to finish his race because of the vision God gave him.
Hebrews 11:24-27 “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”
Faith in who God is and what He can do through us will accomplish more than we could ever do on our own.
As you begin your week, see through the mundane activities. Clear away the clouds of doubt and fear. Allow God to help us see just what it is He would have us do today to accomplish His will.
May your faith allow you to see clearly the path God has for you today to accomplish His will in your life – someone else’s life may be depending on it!