God Isn’t Mad With Big Faith & Oversized Dreams

god not made oversized dreams

Today’s #soulh2o devotion will move you from living small to dreaming big… and I mean real BIG, God-sized, faith-filled, Oversized Dreams!


And without faith
it is impossible to please God
~Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Do you have BIG dreams?

Well, I’m a girl who dreams BIG… no really, I’m talking B-I-G BIG and I’m finally starting to see some of the BIG dreams unfold, just a mere 32 years after God told me about them!!!

My heart gets pumping when you put me in a room or on a call with other BIG dreamers.  Nothing charges me up more and helps me to move toward the BIG dreams I believe God’s placed in my heart than being around positive, faith-filled friends.

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Fab Freinds for decades! Wendy, Rachelle & Lise

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Ruth’s Table

Sometimes I get concerned about my OVERsized dreams and wonder if I’m off my rocker. There are plenty of people who can quickly put a wet blanket over my faith, but I’ve chosen my tribe; friends to do life with that have this same passion for purpose and I live for the moments we get to share together.

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that,

God Isn’t Mad With Our Big Faith and Oversized Dreams

In fact, it’s the opposite and I saw that clearly during my devotions this week.

I have a certain fondness for stories about Elisha, but for some reason, I didn’t remember this one in 2 Kings 7. Historically, Israel was being oppressed by the Arameans, let by King Ben-hadad. Aram had shut off Israel’s food supplies which brought about a famine. Any food that was found sold for exorbitant prices; we’re talking inflation insanity worse than when interest rates were 21% in the early 1980s! People in Israel at this time couldn’t afford food and lived locked up in the city. No one was willing to stand up against the Aramean army so the siege just dragged on.

ELISHA’S BIG FAITH AND OVERSIZED DREAM

Then God gave Elisha a word that he shared with the King and all the King’s officials, telling them that by tomorrow, the cost of food would be drastically less, signaling the Aramean Oppression would be over… that they would be free the next day!

Talk about a BIG OVERsized dream!

Instead of faith-filled shouts of Halleluiah and high-fives, the leaders didn’t believe Elisha and the Kings highest officer replied with a wet-blanket comment and actually declared how he didn’t believe God could do what He said He was going to do.  Elisha assured everyone there that God was, in fact, going to do exactly what He said and foretold this officer’s demise when he finished his speech telling the officer how he would see it happen, but he wouldn’t get to eat any of it.

THE DANGER OF SMALL FAITH

As fate would have it, when God miraculously set the Israelites free through the boldness of four lepers, the doubting officer was trampled by the crowd of people running for all the food. I will never understand the balance of grace and justice or love and jealousy1 in God’s character.  I know He is full of grace, and really lets us get away with so much, but I have to say He kind of loses it when people don’t think He can do something. When someone goes in-His-face and declares that “even God himself couldn’t…”

I cringe and He seems to Get really mad. God is all-powerful and it seems to me that He gets jealous when we believe someone or something else can stop His plans, is stronger than Him, or that God doesn’t have what it takes to back up His promises. Thankfully, we do live in a time of greater grace, but it’s not devoid of God’s justice. We can even see this pattern in Jesus when the disciples were fearful on the boat, when Peter began to sink or when the disciples couldn’t drive out a demon and Jesus responded,

“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”2

I’ve come to the conclusion that,

God Loves Big Faith and Oversized Dreams,
but He Gets Mad
When We Believe He Can’t Do Something

I’m blessed to have circles of influence in my life that help inspire me to greater faith… and I need them like oxygen.  You see, life can get really tough and the enemy will often create circumstances that appear to be the opposite of God’s promises.  When this happens, it’s imperative to downgrade time with faith-draining people and plan a party with some dreamers! You’ve got to choose your tribe and your words wisely to believe God for BIG, OVERsized dreams!

Prayer

Today I haven’t written out a prayer for you.  You’re a part of my tribe, but since I can’t sit down for coffee with you today, I’ve written out some practical Faith-Lift Phrases for you to pray when your circumstances are contrary to the promises of God.  I hope you’ll use them regularly to defeat doubt and increase your faith.  I want you to believe God for BIG, OVERsized dreams, ‘cause He likes that kind of faith!

CHANGING YOUR WORDING—SOME PRACTICAL PRAYERS YOU CAN USE:

Lord, I don’t understand how you can fix this mess… can bring the finances in… getting better is in my future…  my kid will turn around… I”ll get off of _____… I can hear from you… you’re going to ___________, but I know you will.

I look forward to seeing how you bring it about…get me through… bring the increase… break this bondage… bring home this lost one… heal them… heal me… set me free!


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Drawing From The Well

  1. Hebrews 11:6
  2. Matthew 17:19-20
  3. 2 Kings 7:1-2, 16-17
  4. Matthew 14:31

ENDNOTES

  1. Deuteronomy 4:23-24 NIV
  2. Matthew 17:19-20 NIV

danny gokey havent seen it yet

#musicpic Song: Haven’t Seen It Yet
Makes Me Feel: inspired, faith-filled, hopeful
Sung By: Danny Gokey
Website: https://www.dannygokey.com/
Album: Haven’t Seen It Yet
Written By: Colby Wedgeworth, Danny Gokey, Ethan Hulse © 2019
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0mWTQgwZL888MKCnwLz0hR?si=lFcXnMbqSu-YN9j4ChwFPw
Official Youtube Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1eMZiOJ0a0
AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dannygokey/haventseenityet.html
My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

You’re closer than you think you are
Only moments from the break of dawn
All His promises are just up ahead
Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet

AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE

dream for you_casting crowns

#musicpic SONG: Dream For You
Makes Me Feel: God’s dreams are better than mine, trust my intuition, Like God has a plan, He can take my little and do something with it
Sung By: Casting Crowns
Website: https://castingcrowns.com
Album:  Thrive
Written By: Matthew West, John Hall  © 2014
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/29QonORHg3jk91TBY48PdL?si=q_whb4V_TlG2INgQoV6uPw
Official Youtube Video With Lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8nsJZx8eWw
AZ Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/castingcrowns/dreamforyou.html
My favorite lines as recorded on AZ Lyrics (link above):

So let go of your plan,
be caught by My hand
I’ll show you what I can do
When I dream for you
I have a dream for you



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Comments(2)

  1. Betty Catto says

    Thank you so very much for this as it has encouraged me not to give up on a few dreams and desires that have yet to come to pass. A couple have been in the wings for 10+ years now….I will keep believing that God will bring them to pass. God bless you.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Betty,
      I’ll join with you in praying for God’s plans and purposes to unfold in your life!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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