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Seeking To Do God’s Will

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January 27, 2017

Hi Julie,

I have a question. It is my understanding that God places dreams and passions in your heart and I have had one since my younger years. I feel as though He is finally guiding my steps towards it but I think I’m in a waiting period. I’m getting discouraged waiting because I don’t know the next move.

Anyhow, I see a lot of readings that say God wants you to go for that vision you have in your heart but some say that His plan is different from ours. Does that just mean he has a different plan for getting you to the same outcome or something totally different then the dream/passion He has placed in your heart? It’s all confusing and anxiety-provoking because I want this dream to come to pass eventually. I truly have faith and believe with all my heart that He will do it but then I get confused when I hear that His plans are not our plans. So why put visions in our heart? Please help Julie, thank you! –Seeking to do God’s Will

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Dear Seeking:

One way of determining whether the dream you have is from God is to check it against Scripture. God would never put a dream in your heart that is not good for you or others. Ask yourself,
1) Is this dream of mine something that would glorify God and bless the body of Christ?
2) Is this dream of mine something that would help others and promote good things?
3) Is this dream of mine attainable by me (with God’s help) or does it require help from others (who may not necessarily share my dream)?

The verse that you are referencing is Isaiah 55:8-9 that says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your ways.”

God’s thoughts and ways are spelled out in Scripture. So if your dream is different from or contrary to Scripture, then the dream is not of God and you should abandon it. There’s a Proverb that says that “there is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof is death.” You don’t want to follow a dream that leads to your death regardless of how logical it seems.

One thing is certain. God has a plan for each of his children. In Jeremiah 29:11, we read, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So while you wait for him to disclose to you what his plan is, be at peace and be patient.

If you determine that your dream is, indeed, of God, then pursue it. But don’t be in a hurry. God’s ways are right. He is in the business of working all things together for good and that takes time. It’s a great and exciting thing to do God’s work. God bless you as you stay in his will.

Love in Jesus, Julie

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