Do we dare to dream? Do we dare to pursue our divine destiny? It’s a lot of work, faith, trust, hope, and patience. And I know there are times when we wonder if all that we’ve just discussed really works. Does any of it—daring to dream, guarding against the dream killers, writing your dreams and fears down, possessing the mindset of a dreamer— really make a difference?
Folks, I know for a fact it does. Hanging on Pastor Hagee’s office wall is the back cover of a Bible that he used back in the early 90s. He was at a convention over two decades ago when he began writing down his dreams for Cornerstone Church. He wrote that one day Cornerstone Church would have a television ministry that would reach the nations of the world. As of 2015, there are more than a hundred nations watching what’s happening in San Antonio, Texas because of the television ministry.
Pastor Hagee wrote on the back cover of his Bible that Cornerstone Church would have a conference center with a campground. And that the campground would be a place where people would receive training, ministry, and deliverance. That place is called Tarpley, Texas. And it’s about an hour outside of San Antonio.
He wrote down that Cornerstone Church would have a school. And that the school would be a place to raise up godly children with a Christ-centered education. He wrote that vision long before Cornerstone Christian Schools became a reality in 1993. In 2015 we began and completed work on a new campus site where the school relocated to.
Pastor Hagee wrote each of these dreams down just as Habakkuk 2 instructs. He laid these dreams before the Lord and God fulfilled every single one of them. Why? Because God gives us the desires of our heart. Dreams really do come true.
The Sovereign God, the One who sees the end from the beginning, has you in one hand and your destiny in another. If you’ll put your faith in Him, He will move heaven and earth to bring the two together. God is pulling you toward a destiny that He designed for you before the world began. You just have to be willing to put your faith in His Word, to stand upon His promises, to do the work before you, and to let Him prove that He is able to do the impossible.
God says in Isaiah, “[My Word] shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (55:11). Trust in Him and not your own understanding and you will see your dream become a reality!
THINGS TO PRAY
Dreaming and praying go hand in hand. For one to come true you must be willing to engage faithfully in the other. People often wonder what they should pray. That’s actually one of the many tricks of the enemy—to convince you that you don’t know how to pray well enough so you give up before you ever begin. That’s why I believe in praying the Word of God. You have a promise that it will not return void. So once you have written out your dream, write out the verses you want to pray over that dream and insert yourself in those words. For example:
“If God is for Matthew, then who can be against Matthew.” (Romans 8:31)
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward Matthew, that I, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Once you have done this, simply read what you have written aloud, beginning with this opening prayer: “In the name of Jesus, based on the promise of Your Word, I declare that God is able to make all grace abound toward me when it comes to my dream. I can see my talents used for the glory of His Kingdom, and souls will be won to Christ because of it.”
Let’s fulfill what the Word requires of us: to apply effort to our belief because faith without works is dead. Now get to work and let’s start dreaming!