“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
In Christ, we can all walk with God-given vision and dreams for the future. If God is a part of your life, you will always have dreams to bring Him glory in new ways. If you have no dreams, there is no room in your life for godly intervention.
Research has proven that people like to associate themselves with organizations that have vision and purpose. There is fire in the hearts of people who have a vision. They take risks without fear, and their dreams come true in time if they do not give up.
I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” (Joshua 14:7-12)
Scripture tells us that Joshua had to wait 45 years for God’s promise to come true. Never give up on your dreams. Life is a challenge all the way to the end. Like Joshua, we will encounter giants on the road to the land of honey. The question is, what is your focus?
- You must never give up but out-live them.
The Bible says that Joshua and Caleb were the only two members of their generation who entered the Promised Land. Be mindful of negative people around you. All of the negative people around Joshua and Caleb died one by one, and none of them reached the land that flowed with milk and honey.
- We need to overcome the giants.
Face the giants in your life and overcome them with the help of the Holy Spirit. Only Joshua and Caleb saw the Promised Land as a promise from a trustworthy God. The rest saw it as a land wrought with danger and disappointment.
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. (Numbers 14:6-8)
There are four keys to realizing your dreams:
Make sure your dream is from your heart. Sometimes dreams are founded on your own thoughts, desires or emotions, but godly dreams flow from the heart. Believe Him at His Word and fight every battle that challenges His promises.
You must wholly follow the Lord. Keep God in the consciousness of your mind. God wants us to live victoriously. Commit to following Him daily.
Claim your inheritance. Joshua 14:9 tells us that Joshua was promised the inheritance. Stay the course until you receive what God has promised you.
You must want it. In Joshua 14:12, Joshua claimed his inheritance based on the Word of God. Remember, when someone steals from you, they will have to pay you back sevenfold (see Proverbs 6:31).