Own Your Dreams and Ask God for a Vision

Own Your Dreams and Ask God for a Vision: Discovering Your Purpose in Life

Dear Friends,

The difference between a vision and a dream is that a vision is given when a person is awake while a dream is given when a person is asleep. A Biblical dream or vision is a revelation of God to people.

What is your dream? How will you achieve it? Will you achieve your dreams in your lifetime?

Our happiness in many ways ties directly to our inner voice that forever asks the question, "Are you moving toward your dream?" If your answer is "yes," then hope breeds contentment. However, if the answer is "no, it's too late," despair may fester within your subconscious. You might not even realize why your life lacks joy.

In Own Your Dreams: Discovering Your Purpose in Life author John C. Maxwell shares his insights to help you dream and start taking positive steps in the right direction. Own Your Dreams will inspire you to go from fantasizer to dream builder and open yourself up to greater possibilities. 

Preparing Your Dream

 If you are unsure of what your dream might be — either because you are afraid to dream or because you somehow lost your dream along the way — then start preparing yourself to receive your dream by doing five things to put yourself in the best possible position to receive a dream.

 Once you do these five things, focus on discovering your dream. As you do, keep this in mind: 'A dream is what you desire if anything and everything is possible.'

1.       Mental Preparation: Read and study in areas of your greatest interest.

2.       Experiential Preparation: Engage in activities in areas related to your interests.

3.       Visual Preparation: Put up pictures of people and things that inspire you.

4.       Hero Preparation: Read about and try to meet people you admire and who inspire you.

5.       Physical Preparation: Get your body in optimal shape to pursue your dream.

Ask God for Your Vision - The Promise of the Spirit

The prophet Joel predicted an outpouring of visions, and this was confirmed by the apostle Peter in Acts chapter 2.

Joel 2:28-29 Amplified Bible (AMP)  28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.

Write the Vision

Habakkuk 2:2 Amplified Bible (AMP) 2 And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may [be able to] read [it easily and quickly] as he hastens by.

In Scripture, whenever a person asked God for the meaning of a vision, God made sure it was explained to the person (Daniel 8:15-17). God spoke to people many times by means of visions. Examples are Joseph, son of Jacob; Joseph, the husband of Mary; Solomon; Isaiah; Ezekiel; Daniel; Peter; and Paul.

Live Inspired, Douglas Raine – FGBMFA National Director Outreach and Training