Live the Dream
By Delynn Rizzo
I believe the Lord gives us dreams of all the amazing things He wants to do in our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. The word tells us that the Lord has a plan for us, a dream for our future.
I had my own God dream that the Lord gave to me. A couple of years ago, I began to feel a shift in my dream journey. I didn’t know what it was, but in my spirit, I started feeling like life was about to change for me. God began dealing with me about leading the women in our church. As a wife, mom and worship leader, this would be a big under-taking for me. But as the Lord began to gently deal with my heart, I said yes to the dream!! Reluctant, scared and not qualified, I said yes!!
God gave me a scripture right at the beginning of this new dream, and it was Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I quoted that to myself over and over because I needed that assurance that God was with me and to be strong and not afraid! I’m still standing on it today.
The dream that the Lord has placed in your heart is a beautiful thing. He has entrusted you with His plans for your future, but, these dreams can be so easily stopped if we let them! There are a few things that I have found are important when pursuing the dream God placed in our hearts.
First, I want to encourage you that no matter how big or how small the dream, HE WILL ANOINT YOU FOR THE TASK. However, I don’t believe the anointing is just there automatically! The anointing comes when you say “yes” and step out. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start by doing what is necessary, then what’s possible, then suddenly you’ll be doing the impossible!” That is it! The Lord has anointed you to do the impossible, but first you have to step out. And be encouraged because this doesn’t mean you’ll start off amazing, confident, comfortable and profound in the task. But if you make sure to depend on His Spirit, He will grow you in your dream.
DON’T LISTEN TO THE NAY-SAYERS around you. Listen to those that are encouraging, and more importantly, listen to the Lord. Listen to the voices that say, “Go for it! God will make a way. You can do it! I’m behind you! God is with you, so don’t be afraid!!” And, it’s just as important to filter YOUR voice. Sometimes we don’t need anyone else to talk us out of our God dream, we can do it all by ourselves! Let the Word tell you who you are. You are more than a conqueror! You can do all things through Christ! Greater is HE that is in you than he that is in the world!!
PROTECT YOUR DREAM! 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” The enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy your dream because that’s your destiny. He wants to stop it before you even start it. Be on your guard and protect your dream!
Finally, GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION. Ephesians 6:13 says, “Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet.” As a Christ follower, giving up and throwing in the towel are not options. It’s not a God choice. It’s a defeated choice, and it’s a choice motivated by fear. We always press in, press through, lean in, and hang in there. Aren’t we glad that God never gave up on us? Despite our sin and bad choices, He pursued us. In the same way, we should pursue the dream He has placed in our heart.
In closing, I want to encourage you. Don’t just hold onto your dream and admire it and its beauty. But let it go so God can take it and carry it farther than you ever dreamed possible to make a difference in the world.