"God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" 2nd Corinthians 9:8
Each time I read this verse it becomes more powerful to me. Perhaps like me, you have at one time had a vision or a desire to accomplish a certain goal or to build something and have now repressed the thought. It was like a dream that we hope will someday come to fruition. Perhaps it is something great we hope to perform in life, but circumstances were not right to bring about its fulfillment. This had been a good and noble purpose we hoped to achieve.
Like valuable treasure buried deep within each child of God, lays grand purposes ordained of God. Many of us have yet to fulfill the greatest purpose, which He has intended for us. He has given the dream, the passion in our hearts, but certain roadblocks have the ability to immobilize or cause the passion to wane.
I had a deep yearning to accomplish a particular thing, yet I felt as though I did not have the knowledge or the talent needed to perform this goal. As time went by, this desire began to lessen. I suppose you could say my passion was pooped. My bucketful of hope had sprung a leak, draining my dream out onto the ground.
Sometimes we feel that we lack the needed resources; we just don't have the money to make the venture a success. Maybe we don't have connections with the right people and so the dream begins to die. In other instances, time is the bandit and we feel that we are just too old to tackle such a monolithic goal. Or, I'm just too busy to take on another project right now, yet as time goes by we never begin. Whatever the specifics were that held me back, one thing is certain. Fear played a major role...the fear of failure.
Jesus informs us that "With God, all things are possible." So where does faith come in to this picture? I had plenty of faith in God, or so I thought. It was me I did not have faith in, but I was forgetting that Christ is in me. Many scriptures throughout the Bible should bolster our confidence enough to make that leap of faith and begin to move towards that long desired goal. There is, "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me." And, "God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory."
When I stopped to ponder that awesome verse containing those four mighty ALLS (2 Corinthians 9:8) in conjunction with the others I mentioned, I started to realize that I was not acting in faith at all. So I began to take these verses as the promises they are. Then another truth burst into my heart like the sun jumping above the horizon in the dead of night. Would God give me a vision, a dream or desire, a great treasure within me, merely as a nice thought to dwell on? And then, keep it forever out of reach? God promises to provide everything I will ever need for every good work! When I finally was able to get that through my clunky noggin and claim that promise as mine, I became certain that success was guaranteed.
I have written many articles on faith, and how it must be tested and tried. Faith must undergo hardship and even suffering before it can properly mature. Like a good wine that must go through a fermenting and then an aging process to be of good quality, so too faith has to endure some things before it reaches its best. I had many lesser successes than my dream goal, but what I need is to really stretch and challenge myself so that I can reach my full potential in Christ. My faith needed a challenge.
The same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells inside us. God has all the knowledge we need. He has all the resources, all the connections, and all the talent we will need to make that dream a reality. After dwelling on these verses I have been revitalized in pursuing my biggest goals. God has been helping me to achieve them, and continues to do so. The farther out on the limb of faith I climb, the greater the victories become. In Christ we are certain to succeed. God has all that we will need, and He offers all to us to do whatever good work we hope to perform for His glory. What an amazing epiphany this was for me and it is my hope that writing about it may encourage others also to step out in faith.
I am now regularly challenging myself to do great things in Jesus' name. The Bible says that when we walk uprightly that God will not withhold any good thing from us. I have reclaimed that huge vision that almost died within me, and I am focusing my attention on it. I am finding new opportunities and meeting new people, the right people, who can help me achieve my goal. I find myself possessing wisdom I did not have before. The resources are there at just the right time, as I need them.
I now have a heightened sense of God's presence and work in my life. I dared to dream and dared to succeed. I dared to have faith in God's promises and it has made all the difference. Our future is so bright we'll have to wear shades!
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