Friday, July 23, 2010

How To Make Your Dreams Come True

Receiving from people
Have you ever received just what you wanted as a Christmas or birthday gift from a loved one who first asked what you wanted and then went out and got it for you? Of course you have. You trusted that when you were asked, that you would be getting it. You were expecting it to happen, you envisioned yourself getting the gift in your mind’s eye and on the morning of the big day there it was, just what you wanted right there in your hands!
Let us analyze the process.
a.   You defined what you wanted.
b.   You asked for it.
c.   You expected to receive it.
d.   Someone got it for you.
Receiving from God
The Bible teaches us the same simple and easy four-step process to help us have our dreams come true and yet so few follow through correctly.
When it comes to asking something from God we think that it is somehow different with Him. We may think that we are asking for too much. If fact, God can supply far more than any friend or loved one can. He owns everything and can do anything. He simply brings it to you from His vast store house.
Those of us who believe that there is a God know that He can do anything, even things that seem impossible to the logical mind. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” Genesis 18:14. “With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 18:26.
It’s up to you!
God wants you to do the impossible too. Why else would the scriptures say, “If you have faith…nothing shall be impossible you.” Matthew 17:20
God created you to do impossible things or rather, what seems impossible to the logical mind. People are only average because they are not aware of this information or following through with it. This is a serious issue because without a way out of difficult circumstances, most everyone is condemned to lead lives of “quiet desperation” as Henry Thoreau put it. The key to a changed life is to change your thoughts.
Change what you think about.
We are what we think about. A well-known scripture reads,
“As he (a man) thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Thoughts of the heart may be understood as thoughts that are habitually thought and have sunk down to the deeper level, what psychologists call the subconscious mind. These thoughts form attitudes that color our outlook on life.
Matthew 9:29
Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"
The condition of your life depends on your faith or what you believe. If you expect bad things, bad things will happen. If you expect good things the good things will.
Your thoughts create your future!
I sincerely believe this to be true. Your habitual thoughts create your beliefs, attitudes and expectations, which in turn cause the results you experience in your life. How often do we hear Christians say that God allowed something to happen to them. According to the scriptures, people allow things to happen because of deep-seated thoughts or expectations. The Bible teaches that we were made in the image and likeness of God. This does not refer to what we look like. It refers to the fact that we have God’s attributes. You may say this is presumptuous and yet this is what the good Book says. The relevant attribute I would like to touch on is God’s creative ability. God conceived by thinking, believing and speaking all things into existence. The simple truth is that we can do the same. A desire that is constantly thought of and imaged as already existing will eventually materialize. This is the method followed by Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho in getting his first bicycle and office table for ministry and going on to building the world’s biggest church. Read his thought provoking book, “The Fourth Dimension.”
These truths have formed the basis of many self-help books and philosophies. Nowhere has the power of a man’s thoughts been better explained than in a book written in 1907 by James Allen and called, “As a Man Thinketh.” You can download a free audio book in the mp3 format from the website
This book is well worth reading or listening to. It stresses the truth of the scripture in the lives of all of us. If we intend getting different results in our lives, we need to change what we are thinking. What we habitually think will become what we believe.
The recipe to make your dreams come true.
So let’s get back now to the simple four-step process. Jesus said these profound words to His disciples,
Mark 11:24: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and you shall have it.” We are here instructed to follow the following procedure:
1. Define what you want
2. Ask for it in prayer
3. Believe you have received it
4. You will have it!

Step-1. Define what you want.
Identify what you desire to have or experience.
Jesus pretty much gives you a blank check here by saying, “whatever you desire.” You first job is to identify what you want. For most people this step will be quite easy. To help you in the process, let s break up the word whatever into the main categories that impact our lives.
a.   God and spiritual life
b.   Career
c.   Finances
d.   Relationships
e.   Health
Write down your desires under each heading. Describe the situation that you want. Don’t ask for too little, God is not poor and nothing is impossible to him. He wants you to dream big!
Ephesians 3:20
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
Of course as the scriptures elsewhere says you need to ask according to His will. As a good Father He will obviously not give you drugs if you have an addiction problem. The idea is that what you desire should improve the quality of your life so that you are able to achieve your destiny. It makes no difference to God if you want a Mercedes or a beat up truck. He does not care. It is your choice as long as your right standing with God is not compromised. You will get what you ask for, provided you can believe that you have received it. Don’t despair, read on.
To those of you who do not know what kind of work they would like to do, it helps to first identify what kind of a job or boss that you don’t want. Do the same under each heading.

Step-2. Ask for it in Prayer.
The Bible is all about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Ask by simply going to God boldly and requesting to receive the situation or item you desire. You only need to ask Him once. He gives it to you right away but it is still in spiritual form or substance. Say you have asked for a car. Be specific as to what made, model and color you want. This will enable you to see the desired item in your mind’s eye.
James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask God”
What you can see and experience in your mind’s eye gives what you desire substance.”If you are requesting a relationship, describe the looks and attributes of a person that you desire to have a relationship with. Now be careful, make sure this is what you really want because you will have to live with what you get.

Step-3. Believe you have received it.
Many “believers” ask and ask but somehow never receive.
Note that the scripture reads, “believe you have received it.” The words are in the past tense, in other words Jesus is saying you must believe that it has already happened. This means that in some other realm, other than the one where we can see, hear and touch, the situation or item already exists as yours. The situation or item already has substance, but not in the form that can be perceived by the senses.
Right here is where most people will give up by thinking, “How can I get myself to believe that I have something when I don’t?” Doubting will bring you nothing. When you keep thinking that you don’t have something you will not get it.
James 1:6-8
“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
I like a saying I read about recently, “The poorest of all men is not the man without any money but the man without belief and faith.”
You see, there are a seen reality and an unseen one, a reality that cannot be seen or touched. Once this is understood and accepted, it makes the believing process much easier. From the following verse, we learn that all that we can see was created from something that is not visible.
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
The simple truth is that our heart or spirit believes to be true that which we contemplate. The more we think about and feel that we have the desired end result, the more our spirits we will believe it to be true and the quicker it will manifest or materialize. Conversely, the more we think about, speak about and feel about what we don’t have, or how hard life is etc., the more our present situation will be perpetuated. Spend time giving attention to and focusing on thinking and feeling that you already have the desired end result. 
Mark 11:23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.” Doubt is again connected to deep seated thoughts, or thoughts of the heart. Continually seeing the desired end result in your mind’s eye and confessing that you already have it, will gradually unseat the doubt and replace it with faith or belief and expectation!

Step-4. You will have it!
This is the final and perhaps the most important step. Just allow what you desire and have asked for to come to you. By asking for it and seeing it your mind’s eye as yours, it has already taken on substance.
Every time you contemplate see the desired end result, it takes on substance or faith.
Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen..”
The more you envision the desired end result, the more substance it takes on and the quicker it will materialize and the sooner you will have it.
This is a serious business. If you seriously want to change your life, you have to set aside time to do this.
Be sure not to think of reasons why it is not likely to happen. Don’t be double-minded. This will simply put a damper on the process.
When doubt comes, deals with it quickly and effectively by asking yourself the question “Is there anyone on the planet who has the item or situation I desire and have asked for?” There are sure to be thousands if not millions. Then ask, “Why should I not have the same thing?” Remember God is no respecter of persons. What he will do for another, He will also do for you.” He has no favorites.
God did not intend for us to struggle in life. I am not talking here about suffering for His Name's sake or when persecution comes to remove a promise of God from your heart as Jesus explains in the parable of the sower. He has given us these simple steps to receive an abundance of all we desire so that we can have lives that are blessed in every way and so that we can give to help others. Don’t struggle to get money, serve it or chase after it. Instead just allow it to come to you.
Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life…”
Deuteronomy 28:2 "All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God…”
Note that blessings are dispatched to you and will overtake you. It could be argued that your belief is attracting them. New Age writers have made millions by selling their philosophies to the world. They talk about the universe giving you what you want through the “law of attraction.” In Hindu thinking, God and the universe is one and the same thing. Christians however believe that God created the universe and that they are separate. The principles work however you see the world. God lets it rain on all people until the day of reckoning. I personally prefer the simple and easy teachings of Jesus.

A Personal Testimony: 
Having gone through a stage of great lack in my life when developer clients stopped paying the many thousands of dollars they owed me and for work that my architectural design office of five people had been working on for months, I asked the Lord for me to experience His abundance in my life. I started gradually and then increasingly moving my thoughts from the anger and lack that I was experiencing to God’s riches and abundance.
I downloaded and created images from the internet that symbolized abundance and looked at them continually such as the ones of an abundant grain harvest below.

Week after week and month after month I visualized God’s abundance pouring into my life. Things got worse before they got better. The one developer who owed me the money suddenly died. The other one had lost most of what he had and could not honor his promissory note.
Eventually the land owner of the project on which we were working and who had not even been my direct client or owed me the money, stepped up and started paying me everything that others owed me! In addition, an amazing new project recently came my way that is showing all the potential of being an extremely exciting and lucrative success, truly a situation beyond my wildest dreams!
I started printing out a series of affirmations that relate to me having received the things that I have asked of God. Here are a few examples.

I now have about twenty of these cards on my Iphone and look at them and read them out aloud continually. I am changing my thinking, renewing my mind and my life is being transformed. The results are showing.
Psalm 20: 4, 5 “May he give you what you desire and make your plans succeed. Then you will shout for joy over your victory and celebrate your triumph by praising our God. May the Lord answer all your requests.”

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