I think everyone has dreams for their future. We dream, plan, tweak our plans and tell others about our plans hoping for encouragement. We are hoping that others will give us moral support to boost our courage to move forward with our plans. Planning makes us feel good about ourselves and what is to come. Some of us work on our plans when we feel discouraged or down about ourselves and our lives. Some of us work on the plans when we are excited about the possibilities that we can envision. When we share our plans with family or friends, we may come up against opposition and discouragement. We may encounter nay-sayers, or people who do not believe we can ever accomplish what we want to do.
First of all, a word to nay-sayers. The devil can easily, and will at every opportunity, use your words to discourage someone from doing what God wants them to do. Many of our dreams are nudges from God. Your negativity is a tool of the devil. It does not matter if you believe they cannot accomplish what they dream about. Encourage them anyway. Give them helpful pointers and tips to guide them in their process. Let them discover the path God wants them on. It is not your job to discourage them. It is your job to encourage them and give godly advise to lift them up to the place where they can see the path clearly. Above all else, keep pointing them to Christ. Nay-saying is almost always a work of the devil. Stop it! Too often, Christians engage in nay-saying other people’s dreams and plans. That falls into the category of the idle words that God will harshly judge. Matt 12:36
Now a word to dreamers and planners. You are capable of doing anything that you choose especially if you work under the power and guidance of God as He leads you in the plans He has for your life. God is the source of many dreams and ideas. Do not listen to anyone who says you can’t do it or it won’t work or you are not the type of person who can accomplish it. They are the type of people who do not understand the power of God in our lives. God can accomplish anything through whomever He chooses. If He has given you a dream and the desire to accomplish it, do not let anyone dissuade you. Keep in mind that your plans must conform to godly principles if they are to honor God and succeed. Scripture teaches us how to be successful while honoring God. All things are possible through God who strengthens us. Phil 4:13, Matt 19:26
The tendency of dreamers and planners is to stop once the planning is done. If God has given you the dream and plan, He will help you to accomplish it. It may not be easy, but nothing that is worth it is easy. Step out and enact the plan. Get it into motion, so to speak. Write it down. Find out what it will take to accomplish it. Do those things that are required. Prepare your heart for the courage it will take to follow God in the process. Learn how to listen to the Holy Spirit and recognize His voice. Ask God for wisdom, insight and discernment. Ask God to bring the people into your life who will help you get things done. Trust Him with the process. Things will happen that can be discouraging. Trust that God is involved in the process and when one door closes, He will open another. Research how to be successful and apply what you learn, to your life. If there is a hindrance, ask God what it is and how to over come it. Be teachable. But above all else, humble yourself before the Lord. Submit to His process in your life. He will not waste anything you experience, but will use it to make you more like Him. Glorify Him in it all and give back to Him a tithe of everything that He provides for you.
There have been many times that I listened to people and followed their negative advice rather than listening to God and following Him through the criticism of others. I allowed many opportunities to pass me by because I second-guessed the dream God gave me. I neglected to surround myself with positive thinkers and people who would have encouraged me and built me up. God gives us opportunities throughout our lives. Do not end up with a life full of regrets because you said no to God after listening to the nay-sayers in your life. Step out and grab hold of the opportunities that God presents. He will be glorified and you will be blessed if you do what He leads you to do and listen to Him rather than listening to people who drag you down.
When I began to listen to God and His dreams for my life, I began to be successful. Others are now being bless by God through me, but I had to humble myself before the Lord and seek to Honor Him. I had to be obedient to His call in each adventure He presented to me. It is an ongoing life long process seeking Him and obeying Him even when others try to discourage me. So take heart! Life is a process. Success is a process. In fact, you may eventually discover that success does not always look like you might think it should look. True success is when you begin to look, act and be like Jesus Christ. Matt 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” God’s kingdom is right now in our hearts as we become more and more like Christ. If you want success, seek His kingdom first (above all else) by being conformed to the image of Christ. Rom 8:29, 2 Cor 3:18, Lk 12:31.
If you have been discouraged or have found it difficult to move forward with the dream God has given you, be encouraged, knowing that if it comes from God and you are willing, He will guide you to a successful outcome.
Blessings to all!