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Dream Bigger – Ask More

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“You do not have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:2 ESV)

James the Apostle had the spiritual gift of bluntness. We’ve received the benefit of his brutally honest thoughts, such as when he answers a common question with such a common sense answer. Why don’t I have? Because I didn’t ask. And he goes on to point out that often when we ask, we’re doing so for selfish reasons.

I want to challenge you today to do some pretty important things.

Dream Bigger

Whatever it is you feel is God’s will for your life, think bigger. It’s a virtual guarantee that God is already thinking bigger. His vision trumps ours every time, so it’s a good challenge to try to keep up with Him.

Consider God’s Glory

As you dream, dream for His glory. The purest motive possible is the motive of the nations being made glad in the light of the glory of God. Why are you dreaming what you’re dreaming? For a nicer home? A bigger reputation? Or the glory of God?

Sometimes when our dreams don’t align with God’s will, we expect Him to make an adjustment to our desires. We ought to be thinking just the opposite – how can we adjust our desires to His will?

Ask

The most common word for “pray” in the New Testament literally means “ask.” In fact, the word ask is a more literal translation, but pray came to us from old English and we’ve hung on to it as a religious word. So dream in a way that is aligned with God’s will, then ask Him to bring it to pass in your life.

Do

Ever heard that phrase, “Plan your work, then work your plan?” I believe that we should join God in what He wants to do in, around, and through us. We have the privilege, by grace, of cooperating with the actions of God.

So get started.

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  • http://LiveIntentionally.org Paul Steinbrueck

    We discussed this very thing Friday in our small group when studying Ephesians 3:12 “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” For most of us, God believes in us much more than we believe in our selves. We don’t think we’re worthy of God doing bigger thing through us. And that’s just not the case. In fact, the less worthy you think you are the more God probably wants to do through you. God regularly chooses to work through the weakest, the smallest, the poorest, the most broken, and the most unlikely because it’s more obvious He’s the one accomplishing those big things.

    • http://brandonacox.com Brandon A. Cox

      Paul, sounds like an awesome Bible study!