Our dreams are like planted seeds. In order to sprout, they must first fall lifeless from the tree, be planted in the ground, and wait for springtime to arrive when they will begin to bloom and grow. And just as the sun rises every morning, we can depend on God's love to shine down to bring life to our dreams. Just as the sunshine impacts all living things, God promises us an abundant and fruitful life as we respond to His call to live again.
Have your dreams died? Perhaps you're holding them too tightly for God to do anything. We need to learn how to hold our dreams loosely, opening our hands and giving them to Him, understanding that sometimes dreams must die lest they consume us or become like idols—the driving force of our lives. In order for those dead dreams to actually live again, we must allow Him to make something from nothing.
According to Isaiah 61:1-3, God is more than able to make beauty from ashes. But what if we ourselves lit the match that burned them to the ground? Will God still help us? Will He resurrect our dreams if we are the ones who caused them to die? Absolutely! Because God is a God of the second chance. He takes joy and great delight in making all things new to bless us!
Do you have areas in your life where you feel dead inside? Are you struggling through personal issues, financial struggles, family problems, or a lack of passion for your career? Do you feel as if God has lost your address, forgotten about you, or is simply too busy to care? Release the tight grip and open your hand, giving Him your worries, burdens, and dead or dying dreams. Let Him breathe new life into them for you.
Perhaps you feel unworthy of God's resurrection power because of something you've done. Well, take heart, because if you humble yourself and repent, He will give beauty for ashes. Answer this question: Do you reject your precious children when they make mistakes? Of course not, and neither does God! He will lovingly correct you and then restore you back to health, making all things new!
The first step is to embrace the power of God, believing He will restore you. Ask Him to breathe new life into the dark and lifeless areas of your life. Be patient and wait in faith. Don't quit before the miracle happens! Hold on to the promise as if your life depended on it, because it does. And never take no for an answer!
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." - Romans 8:11
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