My Dreams vs. God’s Dreams (Part Two)

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“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

**Part One of this series essentially said this: Pursue the dreams God puts on your heart and seek to have them further His kingdom rather than your own goals.  In doing so you will be able to realize that God has planned for you “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine” (Eph 3:20).  Read the entire post here.**

Part Two:  As I thought about this concept more and read the preceding verses in Ephesians 3, I was struck with another revelation.  In order to truly believe God will bring these kind of dreams to pass, I need to be “rooted and established in His love” and be able “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is His love.”  I saw that  Ephesians 3:17-19 is imperative to understanding how the following verses in Ephesians 3:20-21 come into play.

Therefore, it is out of a belief in God’s love that the “fullness of God” will come about in my life.  A fullness that only following my “God-sized dreams” and His path for my life will bring.  A faith that trusts in the riches of His love.  A knowledge that He will never lead me astray or give me more than we can handle together.

The catch is I need to do my part and lean into that trust, to receive such a faith, to believe in that kind of love, and to follow only God-given dreams.  God holds all this richness and greatness in Christ out with open hands so just I have to be willing to take it.  But before I can take it I need to trust in the Giver.  And before I can trust I have to believe in His all-encompassing and unconditional love for me.  And in order to believe I have to truly know Him.

How do I do all of this?  I find the answer by going back even further in this passage to Ephesians 3:16-17, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”  Throughout these verses in Ephesians 3, I find God has laid out the means for me to follow His dreams for my life.  It is found in my relationship with Jesus Christ.    

Lord, may I continue to be strengthened by your Spirit in my life so that I can have faith in the power of Christ in and through me.  Allow me also to believe in Your transforming love so that I can truly trust in the dreams You have given me.  Help me to then pursue these “God-sized dreams” for Your glory alone.

**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s “Coffee for Your Heart” today.  Click on the image below to find some other great posts from the linkup.**

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6 thoughts on “My Dreams vs. God’s Dreams (Part Two)

  1. Tara

    I loved your post. God is indeed a God who fulfills our dreams. Blessed to be your neighbor at Coffee for your Heart today.

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    1. Bethany Post author

      Hi, Glad you could be inspired too. Fun to run into you again on Coffee For Your Heart. 🙂 And congrats on your proof copy of your book arriving – can’t wait to read it in print! I also did Write31Days last year and loved it.

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  2. Laura Thomas

    Hey Bethany! I found you 🙂 I absolutely love these verses in Ephesians 3… especially the “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” part. I need to remember how all-encompassing His love truly is, and that I don’t limit Him ever. “God-sized dreams” — oh yes, please! Thanks for sharing—blessings to you!

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    1. Bethany Post author

      Laura, Glad you found me – I realized I didn’t put my blog name in my comment to you! Enjoy dreaming those God-sized dreams for your life and seeing His hand in it all.
      Thanks,
      Bethany

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    1. Bethany Post author

      I know, isn’t it a great book! Funny how it all connected – my reading of Ephesians 3 and my thought process about God’s dreams for our lives. Glad you enjoyed it.

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