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Saturday, July 07, 2012

dream big!

Have you ever had a dream? I mean a big dream. At first, you didn't really want to talk about it to anyone, because it just seemed too big. Then maybe you shared it with a few close friends that you knew you could trust. But there was still something inside you that was thinking, “I don't know if this is possible!”
I was there. I had a dream. The kind of dream that seemed impossible. To be honest? If I'm not careful, I can let myself feel like it still is impossible!
But this is where God's Living Word comes in.
I want to encourage you with something that will hopefully push you over the edge...in a good way.
Push you to take that step. 
To realize the kind of God we serve. 
This God who is all-powerful, and who wants to command His blessings all over His children.

I want to remind you of a story in the Bible that will blow you away.
I'm sure you know the story of the 12 spies, but let me refresh your memory. 
12 spies were ordered to go into the land of Canaan to see what the people were like, and what the land was like. They were sent in to find out if they thought it was possible to overtake the land and claim it for themselves.

After returning, 10 of them were discouraged. I mean, super discouraged. They said that the land was awesome, but the people there were too big, and they would never be able to conquer it! (paraphrased, obviously!)
Joshua and Caleb also said that the land was awesome.
And what did they say about the obstacle...about the people, you ask?
NOTHING! That's right. Nothing.
In fact, as soon as they came back from seeing the land, the 10 men started trembling in fear at the obstacles in front of them, and Caleb said this...
“Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. “
Did you get that?? While the others were saying, No way. No how.
Caleb and Joshua were basically saying,  Hey! What are we waiting for? Let's go get this!
Now that is the kind of faith that I want to have!
While the 10 spies went on and on describing the people who were in the land,  how powerful they were...and on and on -
Caleb and Joshua said one word about the people, and then put all of the emphasis on how great the land was, and how great it would be to go and get it!!
That's it right there - Caleb and Joshua set their focus on the prize, while the 10 spies set their focus on the problems.
Where are you at in your dream?
Are you looking at the obstacles and saying that there is no way you can possibly overcome them?
Or are you focusing on how amazing the prize is?
Why don't you take your eyes off the obstacles!
Focus on the incredible blessings that God wants to pour on you, and remember how amazing and  powerful our God is.
Are you going to be one of the discouraged 10 spies? Or are you going to be a Caleb?
I want to be a Caleb! I want to go and claim my Canaan!
What's your “Canaan”? And what are you waiting for?
Go and claim it!


  1. Awesome Indeed!!!!

  2. Stephanie Grooms11:50 PM

    Totally serious....I was just quoting this story to my hubby and teenager about the faith I want!!! :) God is so good!! :)


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