Do you feel it? A stirring in your heart to do something others may think is crazy? Do you find yourself staring into space and dreaming a dream that is so big you are terrified? Yet, no matter how scared you are or intimidating it seems… you just can’t shake it. How do we know when these desires are what God wants for us versus our fleshly desires?
What does God’s word say about it?
If you were to search the scriptures would you find any verses where the Lord clearly speaks against whatever this desire is? Or, would any of the steps along the way require you to compromise His clear directions?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Do you need to justify your choices not only to others but to yourself?
Does your spirit seem unsettled about the decisions you are making or the steps you are taking? Are you having to convince yourself that you are doing the right thing, over and over again? Are you feeling any conviction over your actions, guilt or shame? Are you unwilling to listen to others or God’s Word, because you know it will speak against your choices?
But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments. Nehemiah 9:16
Have you spoken about your desires with trusted, godly, men and women in your life?
Are you afraid to talk to those who are closest to you about your dreams and your actions steps to get there? Are you hiding any part of the process from them because you know they will disapprove? Have you invited your prayer warriors to intercede on your behalf?
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. Proverbs 12:15
Have you laid your desires at the throne?
Have you taken your dreams and placed them at the foot of the cross, surrendering them to the Lord? Do you pray for clarity and direction? Have you invited the Holy Spirit to guide your dreams? Do your prayers include requests for affirmation to assure you are in His will?
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 2 Peter 1:10
Do you trust the Lord with your dreams?
Are the reservations you are having about your dreams due to a lack of confidence in the Lord to be faithful to His promises? When we trust in God, that means that we believe in His plans for us… even when they don’t make sense or seem too big. It means that we are going to lean into Him during each and every step of the way. A decision made daily to do what He asks of us for that day, and not to worry about tomorrow. Commitment to walking with Him in prayer and through His word, clinging to our Shepherd to lead the way.
And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, LORD, have not forsaken them that seek you. Psalm 9:10
The scriptures reveal many stories of people who the Lord cast big dreams for their lives. In each story, we see individuals who called out for His guiding hand and provision. A dependency on His protection, and the expectation of His miracles.
When your dreams are big, remember your God is bigger.