How Can We Know If A Dream, Purpose or Plan is From God?
Have you ever questioned if your dream, purpose or plan is from God or not? How can you know for sure? There is an inner battle between self-will and God’s-will and it can be difficult to know the difference. Inspired by Rick Warren (one of my favorite pastors), these few simple questions will help you know if your dream is from God.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself
Does My Dream Seem Impossible?
If you have a dream from God, it will require God to accomplish it. If you can carry out the dream in your own power and strength, then it may not be from Him. Consider Joseph, who as a young boy had a big dream…one his family didn’t like. Quickly, he went from being the favorite son to being sold into slavery. From Potiphar’s house to prison. From prison to second in command to Pharaoh. Through it all he remained faithful, and God was with him. His circumstances seemed hopeless and a lot of time passed, but his dream was a God dream…a dream only God could bring to fruition and in time what seemed impossible became reality (Genesis 37-45).
“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
Have I Hit a Major Road Block in Pursuing My Dream?
Big dreams from God often hit major road blocks that can make one feel discouraged. Where it looks like giving up is the only option, and hopelessness threatens to take over. Imagine Moses and the Israelites as they were fleeing from Egypt. They had a dream to be freed from slavery. Running from the Egyptian army, they ran smack into the Red Sea…nowhere to go. Not sure about you, but that would be a show stopper for me! BUT God…He did the impossible and parted the sea so they could safely escape (Exodus 14:15-29). God performed a miracle that only He could do, and it left no room for the Israelites to take credit. Are you facing a road block or dead-end?
“God loves to turn dead-ends into God-ends!” Rick Warren
Does My Dream Make Me Laugh?
I don’t know how many times I have laughed at my dream to write. For years I struggled with lack of confidence and doubted my ability. Excuses filled my head, and I just thought it was a silly joke. Me? A woman with a broken past that didn’t get to finish college? That must have been how Sarah felt. She was barren, and at an age older than child bearing years, God said she would have a child. The scripture says, “So Sarah silently laughed” (Genesis 18:12). Does your dream seem so impossible that it makes you laugh? God just might turn that laughter into joy by making that dream come true. He did so for Sarah and He can do it for you!
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14
Does My Dream Require Faith in Action?
A dream from God will require faith on your part. Tony Evans says, “faith is believing God,” and if you believe God then your actions will back up your belief. Do you need to take a leap of faith and step into the unknown? Are you afraid to take action? I can’t imagine how Noah felt when God asked him to build the ark. A boat nearly one and a half football fields long! It had never rained, and Noah showed his belief in God with every piece of wood lifted and nailed together. Talk about stepping out in faith! Is your dream on hold because you’re unwilling to act? God might be waiting for you to take action, and when you do, He will show His power at work in your life.
God gives the dream, but he expects us to act. Taking action is faith.
Does My Dream Serve God’s Purposes?
A final test to see if your dream is from God is to ask, “Does my dream fulfill God’s purpose?” Often God given dreams serve a greater purpose…to help, heal, encourage, save, or serve others. Sure, your dream will bring meaning and purpose to you personally. But look to see if it has the potential to affect someone else’s life. God wants to use us for more than ourselves, our comfort and our desires. He wants to use us to love and serve others.
“When God wants to work in your life, He’ll always give you a dream about yourself, about what He wants you to do, about how He’s going to use your life to impact the world.” Rick Warren
Evaluate, Pray, and Seek Confirmation
Consider the 5 questions above and spend some time evaluating your answers. Pray and ask God for clarity and confirmation. Look God’s word and ask trusted advisors, family members or friends. Often others will see God’s dream for our lives before we do, and they will recognize a talent or a reoccurring area of interest. Also, if you subscribe to Chickening IN you can download and work through my FREE Discovering Your Dream Journal . It is made up of a collection of questions that were instrumental in helping me discover my true passion.
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Have Courage and Chicken IN today,