DREAM THIEF NUMBER TWO: SATAN
If the passage of time doesn’t cause you to let go of your dream, you will most certainly begin to hear the sarcastic, condemning voice of the adversary ringing in your ears. The devil will come along to accuse you of being just another run-of-the-mill, ordinary person who is tired of the status quo and doesn’t like the direction his or her life has taken. The enemy will point his gnarled finger at you and bombard your mind with his accusations: “You want to believe that you were born for a special purpose, but you live in a fantasy world. You’re just like everyone else, except you have a bigger ego!”
When Satan starts whispering these kinds of accusations to your mind, he is attacking your very identity in Christ. The devil knows the strategic value of convincing you that the dream for greatness God has placed in your heart is nothing more than a self-exalting “ego trip” and that, in order to be truly humble, you must be and do absolutely nothing in this world. If the enemy can convince you of this lie, he has stolen and obliterated your purpose in life.
Again, we must look to the Word of God for strength of will and steadfastness in the faith. According to Scripture, our destiny was prearranged before the foundation of the world. We are told in the first and second chapters of Ephesians and in the second chapter of First Peter that God foreordained the works in which we should walk and that we are a “peculiar people” who will reveal His glory in the earth.
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Psalm 139 also tells you that God saw you while you were still in your mother’s womb. He watched your body being knit together and ordained your days on this earth before you had lived even one of them!
Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand…. Psalm 139:16-18 NIV
Both Jeremiah and the apostle Paul stated that they had been separated from their mother’s womb to fulfill the purpose for which God had called them.
Then the word of the Lord came unto me [Jeremiah], saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:4,5
But when it pleased God, who separated me [Paul] from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen…. Galatians 1:15,16
My friend, you are no mistake. Before God ever formed this universe, He had already planned the course for your life. If you haven’t yet discovered your divine purpose, the day will come when you will wake up to God’s plan — whether it’s the day you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior or years after you are born again. That divine plan will seem new and glorious to you — but, in reality, God’s purpose for your life has been in existence for eons and eons of time!
You are no mistake. Before God ever formed this universe, He had already planned the course for your life.
When you follow your dream, all you’re doing is plugging into God’s plan. When that happens, your life suddenly has meaning and purpose — and you sense an inner excitement you never dreamed possible. Nothing is like a dream birthed within your human heart that comes straight from the throne of God!
The devil will try to convince you that this grand and glorious dream is just your own self-exalting fantasy and that God’s true plan for your life follows a more “humble” path. (What the enemy really means is “a more obscure and meaningless path”!) But do you honestly believe that God would ever do anything in a mediocre way or create anything or anyone without a specific purpose? Of course not! His plans are always consistent with His character.
In other words, God’s plans for you are flawless and complete with nothing lacking in any area. Therefore, you need to look Satan straight in the eye and declare that you have heard from God; that you will not budge from God’s plan for your life; and that you know who you are in Christ. You will not be moved!