Big Dreams vs Health Wealth

As I was thinking about dreaming great dreams, a friend of mine asked what the difference was between health and wealth and great dreams. I thought that was truly a great question.  While I believe on an emotional level the difference is clear, on a logical level they are indeed similar.  They both ask God with expectation, and wait for God to deliver.  Indeed, there have been a number of people I have counseled, who could not tell the difference between great dreams and a warped gospel.  This led to them being ever disappointed by God not pulling through when they were expecting what they saw as great things.

One of my favorite bible verses comes to mind: (Rom 11:33-36)

“Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God,

How unsearchable his judgements,

and his ways beyond searching out.

For who has known the mind of the Lord?

And who has been his counselor?

Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?

For from him and through him and to him are all things,

To Him be the glory forever, Amen”

So how do we distinguish between a great dream and a lie?  How do we interpret verses like “and he will give you the desires of your heart” or “you have not because you ask not”?  I think the answer lies in the last line of the above verse… “to him be the glory forever.”  Are your dreams God-centered, or me-centered?  Some of the people who could not tell them apart tried to mix the two…

“It benefits me and God!  Can’t God see that this is a win-win!?”

A great dream is one in which God gets all the glory.  Not just a part, but every last bit.  For you see “from him and through him and to him are all things.  When God is the center, the dreamer is just as willing to be the recipient of blessing, as he is the recipient of martyrdom, as he is the recipient of a boring dead-end desk job.  The person who is looking for his own glory will forever live a life of disillusionment, because all the glory will go to God.

One last note… Did not Satan sin by seeking his own glory?  Aren’t people taking glory for themselves now? How will it end?  I guess we’ll see!

“Then I hear what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,

like the roar of many waters

and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder,

crying out “Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

and His Bride has made herself ready.”

~Revelation 19:6,7

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