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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What Faith Does to Your Dreams BY RICK WARREN — DECEMBER 27 Wednesday

“Glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20 TLB).
Faith turns God-given dreams into reality. Nothing happens until somebody starts dreaming!
The Bible is full of people who had God-given dreams. Abraham dreamed of being the father of a great nation. Moses dreamed of setting God’s people free. Joseph dreamed of saving a nation and his own family. Throughout Scripture, there are all kinds of people who were inspiring dreamers, like Daniel and Paul and David.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (TLB).
Now, if there were ever a “blank check” verse in the Bible, that’s it. God is able to do far more than we would dare to ask. What are you afraid to ask God for? He is able to do far more than you could even dream of.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty big dreamer. I can think of some pretty big dreams I’ve had in my lifetime. God says, “Warren, think of the greatest thing you could ever dream of, the greatest thing you think I could do in your life. Guess what? I can top that.” 
If there were tears in Heaven, it would simply be because we would get there and realize all the things that we could have done if we had just believed God a little bit more. To me that would be Hell! Hell for me would be seeing everything I could have accomplished and become as a husband, a father, a friend, and a pastor if I had just believed God a little bit more. 
But there aren’t any tears in Heaven, and God gives you everything you need right now to accomplish what he has planned for you. I challenge you to dream big about your relationships, your marriage, your family, your career, and your ministry to others. Your faith can turn those dreams into reality, because God is able to do far more than we would dare to ask or even dream of.
Talk It Over
  • God is able to do far more than we would dare to ask. What are you afraid to ask God for — and why?
  • Why do you think God requires faith to fulfill our God-given dreams?
  • When have you seen a friend or family member fulfill a God-given dream? How did that inspire or encourage you?
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