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What is the desire of your heart? – by Darlene Zschech

God has breathed a dream into every individual, regardless of whether or not they are devoted to Him. He calls each of us to participate in His great plan for the world. Romans 1:19-20 says, “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

                                                                 

Because God works all things together according to His purpose, He places deep within each of us an incredible desire to know Him. Once the fullness of God is known to you, your passions are redirected and your pursuits are driven by a different set of values. Desire is a powerful emotion, and needs the direction of a healthy heart to bring about healthy results.

Too often, we find ourselves trying to gratify our passions, and we all know too well, that life without Christ is futile – like climbing a mountain and never quite getting to the top. Never satisfied, our empty hearts are ready to grasp or swallow any delusional teaching or scheme which may be cleverly disguised as truth. But true believers are of a different seed. They drink from the fountain of life, their faces pointing upward toward the Son. They live in favor, even in difficult times – hence the invocation, “Let Your face shine upon me.”

When we delight in God, He promises to give us the desires and secret petitions of our hearts. The thought of living to delight the heart of God has grown in me as I have grown in Him. Psalm 37:3-4 reassures us that God will bring those desires to pass as we commit our way to Him.

God has given and entrusted gifts to every single person on earth, but there are so many factors that can distract us from ever realizing the potential or the hope we have inside. Yet that God-breathed dream inside of you has the power to lift you out of the mindset that you could never fulfill your dreams. Imagine if we had a glimpse of our true capacity!

The apostle Paul explained this purpose and calling in his letter to the church saying, “And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:9-14)

The complexity and intricacies of human beings are so wonderfully rich in life, in purpose, in function, in creativity, in reproduction, and in balance, designed in perfection according to God’s blueprint. Yet ever since Eden we have struggled, blinded by the master deceiver as he has tried to question, manipulate, confuse, undermine and devalue the very worth and reason for God’s pride and joy. Being made in God’s image, His creative nature is continually seen through the lives of His children.

I once watched Sting in concert (he was absolutely incredible!). So much “gift” for one human being! Thoughts raced through my head, “My goodness, Sting, you are like king David, full of psalms, melodies and music, and you sing as if you don’t even know that His hand is upon you. You are so close to the heart of God. You are a master poet, full of love, and your capabilities are not because of your own natural abilities — you have tapped into the source of your Creator.” I could see God’s dream-seed at work in him; I could see God’s call on his life.

The fulfillment of a God-dream always takes great courage, for they are always so much bigger than [us]. Bill Gates changed the way our world communicates, but his bigger dream is to wipe out polio. His dream has a greater purpose than himself. Where would that dream come from, if not from God?

Martin Luther King had a God-dream that ignited harmony and freedom for our world. His dream was empowered and fuelled by his consuming passion to see people in bondage set free. Sounds like a God-dream to me.

Mother Teresa was born into destiny in God’s perfect timeline within eternity, born to fulfill His purpose. This tiny little lady, with sharp focus and a heart full of love and compassion for people, has left a legacy and challenge to all who dare to trust Jesus with their lives. Not a popular dream, but oh, such a God dream.

Oprah Winfrey is a woman who has herself been touched by grace. Whether you love her approach or not, she devotes so much time, resources and energy to seeing people’s lives lifted. Could this be the seed of a God dream?

Nancy Alcorn (a little dynamo and a dear friend) saw injustice done one too many times and founded Mercy Ministries, a program dedicated to seeing young women’s lives restored. A big dream, one woman, great courage – an amazing God.

Nelson Mandela – a brave man with such a powerful conviction, that he denied his own freedom, to ensure the freedom of countless thousands.

You could all add your own stories of people you know who live to lift the lives of others. We could fill every page with great examples of so many others, known and unknown, who have lived with great courage to see their heart’s dreams come to pass.

We are created in God’s image, and our lives were meant to be a visual demonstration of His awesome glory and goodness. When we turn away from God and go our own way, we walk away from our purpose and our only hope of true fulfillment. There are many brilliant people, both alive and deceased, who were entrusted with things from heaven, but they never understood what they had and why. There are way too many stories of people who held brilliance in their hands, but who chose to take themselves out because they couldn’t live under the weight of such greatness. We can find success apart from God, but we can’t find eternal fulfillment without Him.

Ask yourself these questions … write down the answers … it quite possibly will give you a great insight into the life you’ve been favored to live.

 

What is Your Dream?

What is in your heart to do?

What are the secret petitions of your heart?

What do you wish you could be?

What could you do, or be part of, to bless someone else’s word?

What are you good at?

What would you do if time and resource were unlimited to you?

What do you find easy?

What moves you?

What idea are you hesitant to speak out loud because it is so big and so daring?
Humanity is hungry for God’s presence in their everyday lives. In order for people to see God’s glory and His goodness, we must be willing to allow His potential within each of us to be unveiled. When people see God at work through the fulfillment of our goals and dreams, they just may trust Him for dreams of their own.

 

(Used by permission of Bethany, a division of Baker Book House Company, copyright © 2004. All rights to this material are reserved. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from Baker Book House Company.)

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