Hold On To Your Dream!

 

Hold On To Your Dream!

 

by Olga Hermans

 

What have you been dreaming about lately? You may not realize it, but the dream on the inside of you is the beginning of the life God has for you. You can’t look at life with a “whatever will be, will be” attitude, because everything begins with a dream. Dreams are the power that push you forward in reaching God’s destiny for your life.

No matter what stage of life we are in, we should never stop dreaming. And once we have a dream, we should never give up on it. Do you have a dream that is burning on the inside of you? Or has it slipped away because of seemingly impossible circumstances?

The book of Genesis records the story of Joseph. Genesis 37:5 says, “One night Joseph had a dream” NLT Joseph’s family was like many other people today. They didn’t understand or appreciate his dream. In fact, it was because of his dream that his brothers sold him into slavery. And Joseph went though many difficult years when it seemed as if his dream would never come to pass.

God had a very special plan for Joseph’s life, which was shown to him through dreams. The Lord also has a perfect plan for your life; He may not reveal it to you through a dream that comes while you are asleep, but He will give you the desire to bring that plan into fulfillment!

When you became a born-again believer, something very special happened to you: you received your birthright as a joint-heir of God with Jesus Christ. You now belong to the Father in heaven. People with spiritual birthrights are called by the Lord to fulfill His plan on earth, and that is why the Lord gives them spiritual dreams. It is His way of causing them to “occupy” and be fruitful until the return of Jesus.

Has the Lord given you a goal? That is a spiritual dream; you don’t have to receive the Lord’s call through a vision which comes in your sleep! Your inner desire to bring a specific plan into fulfillment IS your dream. If you don’t have a specific goal, get one! Without a dream, a vision, you will drift aimlessly along life’s flow. With a dream you will be fruitful and fulfilled.

God gave Joseph a spiritual dream, and his brothers hated him. Right after Joseph told his brothers about the dream, and shared it with his father, Jacob became upset. At first he didn’t understand how Joseph could imagine such things, but then Jacob began considering the contents of Joseph’s dream, and he began to believe that there was something more to it than he had initially realized.

Jacob discerned Joseph’s dream with spiritual judgement, but his sons did not discern it at all; in fact they were plotting against Joseph. They thought he was a dreamer. Doesn’t that sound like what the world has to say about Christians? They sometimes say, “Oh, those Christians are such dreamers! They should stop all that dreaming and get back to reality.”

Be prepared for the reaction of people around you, for they will often misunderstand you. Some people might even think that you’re crazy. So what? You have a dream, a goal which they might not have. Just like Joseph’s brothers, they had no such understanding of spiritual dreams, and when Joseph approached them, they banded together and grabbed him, stripping him of his colourful coat. They hated that coat with a passion.

Right then, Joseph’s life took an unconventional path. After being sold into slavery, he was thrown into prison, accused of things he did not do. But later Joseph realized that these difficult times helped prepare him to fulfill his dream.

Joseph eventually was elevated to second-in-command of Egypt. After his father died, and his brothers stood before him, he said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me in this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Gen.50:20 NLT

Many people have dreams, but they don’t make any preparations to accomplish them. They think that if their dream is from God, it will just happen. But those who have accomplished the desires burning in their hearts can tell you that it didn’t “just” happen. There was some hard work involved.

Preparation time can be difficult. But without it, you can’t step into your DESTINY. I can see that in my own life. There have been many times that it seemed as if what I was doing would not help me reach the dreams that were in my heart. But looking back, I can see how God was in every step along the way.

Preparation is never easy, but when the time comes to step into your DESTINY, you’re ready. When Joseph’s time came, he acted on his dream. Gen 41:14

I want you to notice that Joseph didn’t sit in prison wondering, “Should I do this or not?” You may think that sounds crazy, but many people today sit in the prison of your thoughts, refusing to act on opportunities knocking at their door. Joseph acted on the opportunity presented to him and stepped into his DESTINY.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and accomplish what God placed on the inside of you? I encourage you to endure whatever hardship you are experiencing. Know that it will pay off in the end. And when you finally step up to the plate of your DESTINY, it will outshine the endurance that it took to get there.

That’s why people call the past “the good ole days.” The process may not seem like a good place to be at all. But when their dream, their destiny became a reality, all of that hardship didn’t mean anything anymore.

No matter what you are facing, don’t give up on your dream. It’s worth standing for. It’s worth fighting for. It’s worth enduring the difficulties for until it becomes a reality.

Dream a dream. And let it lead you into greater visions, followed by even greater ones! Stop being critical of other people’s dreams. When you have a dream, don’t let the enemy steal it. Joseph had to wait thirteen years before it came to pass. Purpose for 2012 to be a Joseph; Hold on to your dream!

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Comments

  1. Olga, thanks for the reminder to never give up on our dreams no matter our age and no matter the reaction of those around us! As always, your words are an inspiration and a blessing!

  2. Olga, the story of Joseph is my favorite story in the Bible! So many life lessons there! I also love how you point out that we should never stop dreaming. It so saddens me to hear people state that they think they are too old to dream again. How far from the truth this is! I can’t help but to also think of Abraham who God used in mighty ways, even when he felt as though he was too old! Love this post and what a great reminder to dream about what might take place in our lives in 2012!

  3. Carol Giambri says:

    Olga dreams are so powerful. I believe once we resign from dreaming we accept life as it is. We look to the economy as an excuse. Even as believers there are several who focus on the negative instead on HIM. Thanks for great post.

  4. Dreams are the fuel for a passion driven life…without dreams we are merely existing. Thanks for a wonderful article as always Olga! Such an important message!

  5. Olga, yes I don’t agree with ‘que sera sera’ (whatever will be will be)attitude too. I like this quote by Langston Hughes ” Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” Great article.

  6. Thank you Olga for sharing ‘Hold Onto Your Dream!” … we are so fortunate that we have the ability to dream, to plan, to act, to be passionate about seeing our dreams and plans come to fruition with the help of the Lord and friends…Thank you and ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ ! … Hughie 🙂

  7. Olga, what a great story teller you are. I love the messages about dreaming and holding on. Having gone through a tough year myself, one of the things that kept me holding on is that my dream is not about me!. When we focus on the work that He has designed us for and keep moving forward, life really takes on new meaning. Every blessing to you Olga.

  8. Melissa says:

    Thanks so much! I am more determined than I have ever been in my existence to see my shared family dream and create it right were I am in this moment by doing all that I can in this moment and watching the magic of God unfold. My pathway is clear to me for the first time ever! There is so much faith that I know that all that I’ve asked is done because I believe it is!!Many blessings to everyone, and began or continue to create your Glorius dreams right were you are!!

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