Acts 12:11 “Peter came to his senses, now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent His angel and rescued me from Herod and what the Jewish leaders had planned for me.”
Herod made it clear that Peter was not going to make it out of prison alive. But because God had a plan (a dream) for Peter’s life, He sent an angel to deliver Peter as he lay awaiting his execution. Our enemy is not flesh and blood like Herod, but we do have an enemy. Our enemy (the devil) many times will use people that are being influenced by him to attempt to keep us from the dream that God has for our lives. Our enemy loves to see us in bondage to fear and doubt which leads to the prison of discouragement. I encourage you to go for it, believe the unbelievable and do the impossible (Philippians 4:13). As the singer Stephen Tyler sang – “Dream on, Dream on, Dream until your Dream comes true.”
I have adopted this statement as my life creed, and you are welcome to use it to motivate yourself too. “Dream Big and Be Unrealistic!” God has big plans for your life. God told Isaiah, “My thoughts are nothing like yours and my ways are far beyond (bigger) than anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). God has no small ideas or small people. Your life has the capacity to be filled with God and His thoughts, ideas, and ways (1 John 4:4). He has plans for you! And His plans are good (not bad). His plans are to give you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). I encourage you to Dream Big! You serve a big God who is able and willing to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). In other words, be unrealistic! John Maxwell says, “You must be willing to risk failure to gain success.” Nothing great happens by living in your comfort zone.
Believe the unbelievable and do the impossible!
The devil will use fear and doubt to keep you in bondage – to prevent you from moving forward in God’s plan and dream for your life. The devil will lie to you in order to get you to give up on your dream. He knows that if he can convince you that your dreams are not possible, he wins. I have found out that when I’m on track, only then does opposition and false accusers show up. Which simply means that I’m doing something right.
Fear is the enemy’s biggest weapon. Fear that you’re not good enough, smart enough or anointed enough. Fear that you do not have what it takes to be successful. The fear of failure and fear of what others might think will keep us in bondage unless we recognize them for what they are, lies of the enemy. Fear is closely associated with the enemy’s next tactic, doubt. He will attempt to get you to doubt God. He will tempt you to question if God loves you enough to see your dream come to pass. Remember, it is your Father who put that dream in your heart (Psalm 37:4) and He always finishes what He starts! If it’s bigger then you then it must be God.
So, Dream Big and Dream ON!
If the enemy can’t get us to doubt God, then he will try to get us to doubt ourselves. For most of us, we are easy targets. He will question your talent, your gifting and even the call of God on your life. The Apostle Paul spoke about himself in 1 Corinthians 2:4 saying, “My speech and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom (I’m not very smart), but I relied on the power of the Holy Spirit.” And we know that God used the Apostle Paul to write two-thirds of the new testament. The Holy Spirit that Paul depended on is the same Holy Spirit that lives in you to empower you to walk out the plan of God for your life. Doubt and fear are both attacks from the enemy to keep you shackled in the prison of regret. But faith in God and His Word are always the antidotes to the enemy’s intimidation of fear and doubt.
As Peter sat in prison awaiting his execution the Bible says that “suddenly” the light came shining through. No matter how dark your prison might seem or how far away your dream looks, our Father is the God of the “suddenlies“. God says in Isaiah 29:5 “But suddenly your enemies will be crushed like fine dust. Your attackers will be driven away like chaff, suddenly in an instant.” “Suddenly” the light shone around Peter freeing him from the chains of fear and doubt. As we place our faith in God, then the dream that He placed in us becomes the light that will set us free and lead us out of any prison (Psalm 119:105).
Faith in God and His Word are the antidote to fear and doubt.
My prayer for you today is that you will not allow the enemy to talk you out of the dream God has for your life. That you will be all that God has called you to be through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believe the unbelievable and do the impossible. All things are possible to them that believe. Dream On!
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”