Lent Week 3 – God’s Bigger Dream

We are continuing the theme: “The Exodus: Moving from Here to There.” Or in other words, moving from our will to God’s will. This week He is reminding us that His will is that we dream big (see Ephesians 3:20).

“God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself” said Oprah in an inspirational video on the power of surrender. I couldn’t agree more. God’s dream is bigger, better, and more fulfilling than anything we could ever conjure for ourselves.

Thankfully, as we surrender and draw closer to God, He begins to reveal His plan for our lives and starts to plant in our hearts the promises that He wants us to pray for. Those promises are always easily accessible; sometimes they are behind walls like the great city of Jericho that was promised to the children of Israel in the book of Joshua (chapter 6). Nonetheless, God’s promises are worth fighting for and those walls have to come down.

“What is your Jericho?” ask Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Marker. By Jericho he is referring to the promise(s) you are praying for and marching around. For the children of Israel their Jericho (a city behind a wall) symbolized the fulfillment of a dream that originated with Abraham 400 years prior to their conquest. God had promised Abraham that his descendents would inherit the Promised Land and Jericho was the first step in the fulfillment of that promise.

So I ask again, “What is your Jericho?” When I had cancer my Jericho was healing. When I desired to attend college my Jericho was financial aid. When I desired a godly husband my Jericho was Andel. Although there were walls and barriers that threatened to keep me from getting to each Jericho I believed God and what He has promised to do for me. So I wouldn’t stop praying and I wouldn’t stop believing and eventually the walls fell and I received each promise from God in His timing.

That is what God requires from you: a consistent, persistent prayer coupled with faith. Keep walking and praying around your Jericho until the wall comes crumbling down.

As Pastor Donald Chisholm has been instructing us on the Weekly Wrap-up call, “Take your eyes off of your circumstances and put them on God.” When you do that an amazing thing happens. Not only does God start to answer your prayers but He starts to reveal His plan that includes dreams far bigger than you ever conjured up for yourself.

This week concentrate on identifying the dreams God has planted in your heart and write them in your book or in a separate journal. If those dreams aren’t evident just yet, don’t worry. All week we will discuss this topic on the Morning Prayer Line.

Lastly, Pastor Steven Furtick, the author of Sun Stand Still says if your prayers don’t move you, there’s a great chance they are insulting to God. So let go, surrender, and let God’s BIGGER DREAM take root in your heart and transform your life.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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9 thoughts on “Lent Week 3 – God’s Bigger Dream

  1. Shelia

    This fast has definitely been a blessing to me. I have never partake in a fast with total committment of my heart and mind. This time however, I felt a spirit telling me I needed to do this. I have been feeling very overwhelm and full of grief. I asked God several times to help me stay in my right frame of mind. I felt like I wanted to give up on life, but this fast coming into my life when it did has given me hope. I know as a Christian the feelings I felt were wrong, but I felt so alone. I would talk to God, but nothing was happening. I know giving up is never the answer and I have asked God for forgiveness. God no doubt place me in the right place at the right time and this was Him answering my immediate need. He knew before He could answer my prayers that my mind had to be inline to receive the message and this fast has gotten me back on track. I am so thankful for you and your staff for doing this because people are sometimes just in need of a little hope. I was, and I now feel like I am once again going in the right direction. I was taking some careless detours, but I am now following His directions once again.
    Thank you.
    Shelia

    • You are so welcome Sheila! I praise God that you are back on track and ready to move as He says move. He will never leave you nor forsake you and He loves you so much. He has called you to this fast because He has some things to share with you about how He wants to direct your path. Listen carefully as He speaks. Great things are coming!

  2. Hi Sheila. I would just like to say that God has done two things for you already which I picked up in your message. 1. He has kept you in your right frame of mind, and 2. He did not allow you to end your life! Life is about to get better for you! You also said that when you talked to God, nothing happened. You may not have seen it at the time, but in the spiritual realm, things were happening! Your answer may have been delayed but it is most certainly not being denied. God is working on your behalf right now!

  3. Chartese Richardson

    I’m just so excited about the promises that he has placed in my heart. I would have never imagined any of them for little old me lol I just had a fire inspection done for my home, and I was telling the inspector about the promises that was given to me, and she showed me her goosebumps, and told me that the spirit told her that it will all come to pass. Then, I log on to read this blog, and I just have an overwhelming feeling telling me I better get ready. I’m so excited that I joined in on the fast again. I can’t wait for the next one, because I’m signing up for that one too. Thanks so much Dr. Celeste!

    Oh and I was telling the inspector about the fast, and she had ALREADY heard of it. The book is everywhere!! I’m so excited for what God has in store for you too!! God Bless you 😉

    • CeCe I am excited for you!!! Pursue the dream that God has placed in your heart His way and it will come to pass.

      I love how you are telling others about God’s dream for you. In the video I referenced in the post, Oprah starting telling everyone she spoke with that she was going to be in the movie for the Color Purple. She did that because she believed that God had given her that dream. I of course she got a major role and a nomination for an Emmy. Likewise, uou are telling people about your dream because you believe God will do it, and He will. Praise Him now for what is already done!

      Also, what?! The inspector had heard of the Surrender Fast? Unbelievable, God has this book everywhere. I praise Him for His faithfulness.

      • Chartese Richardson

        Thank you so much! I’m so encouraged. Sometimes I feel like a crazy person when I start telling random people about what He has promised me lol It is not normal behavior for me to blurt out stuff like that. I can’t help but to tell it though lol I truly believe that He will do all that He says He will do for us. He has always come through for me. I can’t wait to see you on T.V! I know He is going to take you places all over the world to reach His people. If you don’t have one already go ahead and get your pass port lol Have a great day, and keep on doing what you are doing…

      • Amen! Yes, I have my passport. Last April a sister in Christ phoned me with a word from God which included the message, “get your passport.” Within the month I had applied for my passport. I don’t know about you but I want to be ready when it is time to move! 🙂 I am also looking forward to my TV show! Be blessed!

  4. Dorothy (Renea) Coston

    My big dream is to open Jessie Lee’s Bed and Breakfast some where downtown D.C., I all ready has a name I am just praying for the money.

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