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272 pages
Mar 2005
Regal Books

From Dream to Destiny: The Ten Tests You Must Go Through to Fulfill God’s Purpose for Your Life

by Robert Morris

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Chapter One

The Pride Test

It was Sunday morning, and things were beginning to quiet down at the prayer center for James Robison’s ministry. Phone volunteers were finishing their 5 A.M. shifts and heading off to church. The only two people left to man the phones were myself and Terry Redman—a good friend, who also happens to be the son-in-law of James Robison.

It was an interesting series of events that had led me to the prayer center that day. Although still in my early 20s, I had already been involved in public ministry for several years. Things had happened pretty fast after I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ at the age of 19. Only 10 months after being saved, I met James Robison, and he asked me to start traveling with him, speaking to junior and senior high school assemblies. So I had not even been a Christian for a year when I began to travel and preach the gospel. Pretty heady stuff for someone so young (and even younger in the Lord!)

Though I started out speaking at public schools, it wasn’t long before I was preaching at crusades. Eventually, James was even gracious enough to give me a title: associate evangelist. Wow—I was only 20 years old, but because of my association with James, I was already involved in television, preaching to large crowds and even had a title to prove that I was a bona-fide evangelist! It seemed to me that the favor of God was on everything I touched. What a destiny lay before me! What could stop me now?

In retrospect, it’s clear that an enemy called pride had begun to creep into my life. Slowly, stealthily, thoughts of pride began to take up residence in my mind—thoughts that could not coexist with a proper reverence for a holy God. By the time I was 25, I had become far too accustomed to hearing people tell me how gifted I was. I began to listen to this praise. Worse, I was beginning to expect it. People would say to me, “You are so gifted—you can do anything!” And with all the wisdom of my 25 years, I began to believe them. I started thinking, Man, I’m something. I’m successful!

Deep down, I knew I was prideful, but I didn’t know what to do about it. The more that pride grew, the more it seemed to stand in my way. So I began to pray about it, asking God for help. I said, “God, I know I have pride. I know my insecurity makes me vulnerable to it. I need to be free of this, but I don’t know what to do!”

One day as I was praying along these lines, I asked the Lord, “What can I do about this? Is there anything I can do to deal with the pride in my life?”

His answer didn’t exactly thrill me. I sensed Him telling me, “Well, here’s a thought. You could step out of the ministry and just take a regular job.”

I suppose my response didn’t exactly thrill Him either. I said, “Yes, that is a thought, Lord. It’s a bad thought, but it is a thought.”

Seriously though, the religious part of me couldn’t imagine that it would be God’s will for me to leave “the ministry.” (After all, I was being used so mightily by Him!) But try as I might, I could not get rid of that thought. It got stronger and stronger until the Lord orchestrated the circumstances for me to step out of ministry. I finally did what the Lord suggested: I stepped out of the ministry and started looking for a job.

But I couldn’t find one!

I quickly discovered that I wasn’t as valuable as I had presumed. Think about it. When you’ve been an evangelist, what do you list as your skills on a job application? Strong preaching ability? Gives excellent altar calls? Exegetes well? From a practical standpoint, you simply don’t have a lot of qualifications for a regular job.

After much searching, I finally found a job—as a security guard at a Motel 6. That was the only job I could get. Now you must remember, people had told me that I was so gifted that I could do anything. But it didn’t take long for me to learn that wasn’t true. I learned that without God’s blessing, you can’t do anything. It is only the blessing of God that causes us to have true success. And so it was that I learned a very important lesson—a lesson I would never have learned without first stepping out of ministry.

After a month of working nights as a security guard at Motel 6, I felt I had made great strides toward humility. I decided that perhaps I was ready to return to ministry. So I checked back with James Robison’s ministry to see if they had any job openings. I was happy to discover that they needed a morning supervisor at their prayer center, from 5 A.M. to 2 P.M. That sure sounded better than the “graveyard shift” I had been working at the Motel 6. So I took the job.

Keep in mind, I previously had been an associate evangelist there. Now I was back at the ministry, but working as a prayer partner—and God was continuing to do His pride-killing work in my heart. As I said, on that particular morning only Terry and I were left in the room, and I was busy on the phone, talking with a woman who had called for prayer. Before we got off the phone, she said to me, “You sound so familiar.” So I began to “fill her in” on exactly who I was. “Oh, you probably recognize me from one of the crusades,” I said. “I’m an associate evangelist here at the ministry, and I used to travel and preach crusades.”

The room seemed strangely quiet as I hung up the phone. My good friend Terry turned to me and I noticed that he had taken his phone off the hook.

“Can I talk to you a minute?” he asked.

“Robert,” he said gently, “I am so happy about what you are doing right now. I realize most people would not be willing to do what you are doing, and I’m so glad to see that you are allowing God to work in this area of your life. But I want to ask you something. Why did you tell that woman that you were an associate evangelist? You’re not anymore, and you know that. You know what you are—you’re a prayer partner.”

Feeling defensive, I said, “Well, I used to be an associate evangelist, and I just thought it would bless her to know that.” Bless her! My words seemed hollow and contrived, even to me.

I really wasn’t quite sure why I had told her that, so I asked Terry a question. “When you’re on the phone with someone, don’t you ever tell them that you’re James Robison’s son-in-law?”


“Don’t you think it would bless someone who calls in, to know that they got to pray with James’s son-in-law?”

Terry drew a deep breath. “Well,” he replied, “if they are blessed by that, then they are being blessed for the wrong reason.”

I will never forget the words that followed.

“Robert, I love you, Man. But you are going to have to get to the place where you have your identity in Christ, and not in what you do or in ‘who’ you are.”

The words that Terry spoke that day pierced my heart. Yet God took those words and began to use them in my life. In fact, He continues to use them to this You see, although I didn’t know it at the time, I was in the very early stages of a journey toward my destiny in God. God had given me a glimpse of how He wanted to use me and of the destiny He had in mind for me. But now I was in the middle of an important “test”—and I would have to pass that test before I could move into the next phase along the path to destiny.

I’m so glad God doesn’t “flunk” any of us on our tests. If He did, He surely could have written “F” on the pages of my life many times! No, each time we fail, He graciously writes “Redo”—and allows us to keep retaking the test until we pass it. Why? Because it is only when we pass the test that we will be able to step into the destiny He has planned for us.

At that point I had yet to learn that great destiny carries with it great responsibilities—responsibilities that require strong character. It’s easy to get excited about God’s plans, without having any idea about the strengths we will need in order to fulfill them. But He knows. He knows everything about us. He knows the dreams He has for us and what it will take to get the job done. And He wants us to be fully equipped.

Seasons of Testing

We may love God—and we may even have big dreams in our hearts that He Himself has placed there. All of that is wonderful. But without the character of God on the inside of us, we won’t get very far. First Corinthians 10:13 says God will never allow us “to be tempted beyond what [we] are able.” (In other words, He won’t allow us to get into a situation that we don’t have the strength to handle!) That’s why He allows us to go through tests on the way from the dream to the destiny—tests that prepare us to succeed when we get there.

I wasn’t the first young man to find myself seemingly sidetracked from a God-given dream. Thousands of years ago, a young man named Joseph also received a dream from God. And it wasn’t long before he also found himself in the middle of an unexpected test—a test that probably didn’t seem to line up at all with the dream God had given him.

That test was only the beginning of a long season of testing for Joseph. In fact, he went on to experience 10 distinct tests on the way to his destiny. But after passing those tests, he stepped into the glorious fulfillment of God’s dream. Walking out the fullness of that dream was not only a great blessing to Joseph, but also to hundreds of thousands of others who came after him.

I believe every one of us will encounter these same 10 tests on the way from our dreams to our destinies. And like Joseph, we will have to pass these tests in order to see the dream fulfilled.

The Pride Test: Revealing the Pride Within

Interestingly enough, Joseph’s first test was the same one I found myself facing as a young man that day at the prayer center. It’s what I call the Pride Test and it is a very important one. Joseph experienced it. I experienced it. And I’m convinced every one of us will have to pass this test before we can move from our dreams to our destinies.

Genesis 37 describes how Joseph first received his dream from God—and how he handled it when the dream came.

    Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you? And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind (Gen. 37:2-11).

First of all, we have to marvel at the fact that Joseph shared his dream so enthusiastically with older, bigger brothers—especially when the Bible tells us that his brothers already “hated him and could not speak peaceably to him” (Gen. 37:4). I guess it’s no surprise that their response was less than enthusiastic. Still, Joseph was pretty excited about the dream that God had given him. Regardless of the consequences, he just had to let everyone know about it!

Little did he know what lay between him and his dream: Although Joseph was 17 years old when he received his dreams from God, it wasn’t until he was 30 years old that he began to fulfill it (see Gen. 41:46). So we can see that 13 long years went by before Joseph began to walk in the first steps of his destiny. What could explain the long time lag between the dream and its fulfillment?

After all, it seemed obvious from the dream that Joseph was destined for great power and influence. Indeed, his brothers were envious after hearing the dream—although they had mocked the dream to his face. Joseph’s father didn’t discount the dream entirely either. The Bible says that his father rebuked him about it, but then he “kept the matter in mind” (Gen. 37:11).

But there was a test on the horizon for Joseph. Something was standing in the way of Joseph’s moving toward that destiny God had shown him. And Joseph was about to have an opportunity to face that obstacle and deal with it. The reason for that test was really quite simple: Joseph had pride in his heart.

It is important to notice that Joseph had pride in his heart before he ever got the dream from God. The Bible says that Joseph was keeping the flock with his brothers, and he “brought a bad report of them to his father” (Gen. 37:2). Never mind what the bad report was about. Perhaps Joseph’s brothers weren’t exactly perfect, and they may indeed have deserved some correction. But this verse reveals that Joseph thought of himself as someone qualified to make that type of judgment about them. He even took it upon himself to see that they were corrected, although they were older and more experienced. Any time we pass judgment on the behavior of others, it reveals a prideful attitude on our part. And it seems that Joseph had a prideful attitude.

God knew that Joseph was prideful—yet still God gave him the dream. Certainly Joseph’s destiny is evidence of the biblical principle which assures us “The gifts and callings of God are without repentance.” God had a big destiny in mind for Joseph—and He knew that prideful attitude would have to go, if Joseph were to succeed.

You may wonder why God would give such a huge dream to such a  young man—especially when He knew that Joseph already had pride in his heart. Why not wait until he was a little older, a little wiser, a little more humble, perhaps? The answer is really quite simple. God planned for Joseph to step into the dream at the age of 30—and He knew that could never happen until Joseph had dealt with that pride. So God allowed Joseph to see the big dream at 17, so the pride in his heart could be exposed and dealt with.

Joseph failed the first test, yes—but God knew that he would fail it. Remember, although we may fail, we never actually flunk a test with God—we just keep taking it over and over again until we pass it. In giving Joseph the dream, God was helping him to take the first necessary steps toward his destiny. How? By revealing the pride in Joseph’s heart and by allowing Joseph to start working on passing that test.

Every one of us deals with pride, and every one of us must pass the Pride Test some day. We may have to go lower and lower before we finally pass it—but God will see to it that we pass this test somehow. Never forget the truth of the promise found in Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

God has big dreams for all of us, just as He did for Joseph—and He will persevere as He seeks to get rid of anything that stands in the way.

God may have given you a big dream and revealed a big destiny He has planned for you. But if you become prideful about it, you won’t be able to step into that destiny. Remember, if you can’t handle the dream, you will never be able to handle the destiny. And God will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength.

So if you seem to be stuck between your dream and your destiny, allow God to work in your heart. He may have given you a big dream now in order to reveal an issue that was already there—so that you can deal with it and move on. He wants to get you to the place where He can lead you into your destiny.

Dealing with Pride

It shouldn’t surprise us that pride is often the first and most frequent test we face. After all, pride is the ultimate “original sin.” It is the sin that caused Lucifer to fall (Isaiah 14:12-13). And it was an appeal to pride that Satan used to tempt Adam and Eve to fall as well (see Gen. 3:5). Obviously, pride and falling are closely linked (see Prov. 16:18).

If we’re honest, we will all admit to having dealt with pride at some time or another. Even if we’ve passed the Pride Test several times already, we will probably continue to take this test as long as we live, just at different levels. It’s a little bit like a foundational subject in school, such as math. We may pass it at the third-grade level, but then we need to pass it at the fourth-grade level. Once we have passed it at the fourth-grade level, we need to pass at the fifth-grade level, and so on.

The good news is that each time we pass a test with God, we will receive a new level of responsibility in His kingdom. But with each new level of responsibility, we will face a new level of testing in the area of pride.

The Problem Is Your Tongue

Here’s a simple guideline for everyone who wants to pass the Pride Test: When you get the dream—don’t brag about it! Joseph made that mistake when he told his brothers his dreams. The Scriptures say that his brothers hated him “for his dreams and for his words” (Gen. 37:8, emphasis added). It wasn’t just Joseph’s dreams that offended his brothers—it was the way he talked about his dreams, the way he talked about himself. In other words, Joseph was bragging.

Now, bragging is a sign of immaturity, but we have to give Joseph a little bit of a break here. After all, he was only 17. But 17-year-olds aren’t the only ones who brag. Unfortunately, many 35-year-olds, 50-year-olds and 60-year-olds brag as well. It seems that every person is susceptible to boasting and self-promotion, just as every person is susceptible to pride and insecurity.

If we want to move toward our destinies, we’re going to have to learn to control our tongues. Why? Because in the Bible James tells us that whoever can control his or her tongue is a perfect person (see Jas. 3:2)—able to control the rest of his or her body as well. So if you want to deal with the pride in your life, you’re going to have to control your tongue. If you can’t control your words, you’ll never reach God’s destiny for you.

This doesn’t apply to words of vanity only. It also applies to words of anger, criticism or any other words that are contrary to God’s words and ways. But the area of bragging is certainly a good place to start! So don’t brag about the call of God on your life. Don’t brag about the gifts you have. Don’t brag about the things you’ve done for God or the things you’re going to do for Him.

I’ve noticed that as soon as we start talking about all that God has done through us, it seems that He immediately stops doing things through us. God will not share His glory with another. So when we begin to take the glory that is meant for God and bask in it ourselves, the anointing of the Holy Spirit leaves us. Let’s keep the conversation on God and all that He has done, not on us. When the focus is on us, or even on what God has done through us, we are taking a stroll down the slippery slope of pride.

Unfortunately, in order for some of us to get a handle on our bragging, we simply need to stop talking for a while—because when we talk, we brag! When we talk, we talk about ourselves. If that sounds rather harsh, let me say that I speak from experience. I feel like an expert, because I’ve failed at this subject so many times!

Years ago, I asked my wife Debbie to help me in this area. I was beginning to wonder if perhaps I had a tendency to talk too much—especially about myself. So I begged her to be honest with me about it. At first she was reluctant to give me an answer. But after a lot of coaxing, she confirmed my suspicions—and then some.

In her kind and loving way, she let me know I was on the right track. So I enlisted her help in changing my behavior pattern. I said to her, “When we’re out to eat with people, will you nudge me if I’m talking too much? If I start talking about myself, give me a little kick under the table.”

My legs were black and blue for months! (Sadly, I usually didn’t respond to the first two or three kicks!) But I really did want help so that I could grow in this area. I needed to control my tongue, and I’m so grateful Debbie was willing to help me.

The Real Problem Is in Your Heart

It is a good thing to get control of the tongue, but there is another important element we need to understand. If we have a problem with bragging, it is not a mouth problem only. The problem may seem to be mouth centered, but it really begins in the heart.

This is precisely the point Jesus made in Matthew 12:34 when He said, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”And in Matthew 15:18 He says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.”

The Bible makes it clear that if you have a problem with what is coming out of your mouth, you need to take a good look inside your heart—because whatever is in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth.

Have you ever noticed that pride always has to be heard? Pride has to give its opinion every time, whether or not an opinion has been asked for. Pride has to have a voice. Pride has to tell everybody who he is, what he’s done and all the things he is going to do for God. Pride can never just be quiet.

It is good to bridle the tongue, and we all need discipline in that area. But if pride is in your heart, it will eventually find its way out of your mouth, no matter how much self-discipline you apply (or how many kicks under the table you receive).

What really needs to happen is for God to do a work in your heart. Because when God gets inside your heart, He can start to deal with the roots of pride.

The Root of Pride

One reason pride has a tendency to keep cropping up is that we often try to deal with the “fruit” of it rather than getting to the “root” of it. When we see the fruit of pride in our lives, we like to get out our pruning shears and snip away at the leaves—perhaps even lop off a few branches here and there. But if we don’t deal with the root of pride, it will just keep sprouting up in our lives, prolonging our testing and delaying our destiny.

There is a root of pride that must be removed, or we will continue to struggle in this area. That root is insecurity. If you know a prideful person, you know a person who is actually insecure. He or she may be trying to mask that insecurity with big, pompoussounding words (which certainly look and sound like pride)—but it is actually insecurity.

To put it another way, the fruit, pride, is what the world sees—because of what comes out of our mouths. But what they don’t see is the insecurity in our hearts—this insecurity is the cause of the problem. This is why we will never be able to successfully deal with pride until we deal with our insecurity. Our own sense of insecurity and the accompanying feelings of inferiority fuel our prideful behavior.

Insecurity makes us feel that we have to let everyone know who we are and all we’ve accomplished. That’s one reason pride so often manifests itself in bragging. Bragging is really a way of trying to achieve a sense of security and acceptance by making sure that everyone knows exactly how “special” we really are.

If we take a closer look, we can see something lying behind this sense of insecurity. It is fear—fear that people won’t accept us or value us unless they know how great we are. So we talk about ourselves in the hopes of being considered worthy of acceptance by others.

There is a fatal flaw in our logic, however. Our accomplishments, no matter how impressive, are not what make us valuable. Even our dreams from God, as wonderful and awe-inspiring as they might be, are not “who we are.”

As born-again believers, we are blood-washed sons and daughters of the King—that is our true identity. That is “who we are.” We must become comfortable and secure in that identity. And when we do, pride and insecurity will no longer have power over us.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but the President of the United States does not feel a need to tell people that he is the president. Think about it. Can you imagine the president walking into a room and announcing, “Hey, pay attention, I’m the President! Commander-in Chief! Leader of the Free World! Yes, sir, ‘Mr. President,’ they call me.”

No. He knows he is the president—so he doesn’t have to tell anybody who he is.

Do you realize that Jesus didn’t have to tell anybody who He was, either? Jesus knew exactly who He was. But when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the first thing Satan did was try to create insecurity about His identity (see Matt. 4:1-3). The first thing that Satan said to Him was, “If You are the Son of God” (Matt. 4:3, emphasis added); and then Satan tried to tempt Jesus to prove something. But Jesus never even dignified that challenge with a direct answer. Jesus simply replied, “It is written . . . It is written . . . it is written . . .” (Matt. 4:4,7,10).

Jesus could have said, “Oh, yes, I am the Son of God! Just a minute here, Satan! Let me tell you a thing or two about my Son-of-God-ness!” Instead, Jesus set a beautiful example of security. He rested in the simple truth of His Father’s Words. And that is all that He expects of us when we are tempted with insecurity—to go back to what God our Father has said about us and to rest in that Truth.

Let’s explore some of what He has declared about who we are.

Your Identity in Christ

It’s vital to understand that the ultimate key to your victory over pride and insecurity is in knowing who you are in Christ.

Jesus knew who He was in His relationship with the Father, so He didn’t have to prove anything about Himself. In the same way, we must come to a place where our identities are in Christ and in our relationship with Him—not in what we do for Him. If our identity is in what we do, or the name that we’ve built for ourselves, we are failing the Pride Test.

So how can we root out insecurity and prevent pride from thriving in our lives? With two powerful weapons—knowing who we are and remembering who we were.

First of all, we must know who we are.

In short, we are children of the King, beloved and cherished by the mighty, sovereign Creator of the universe.

It’s easy to be secure, because we know our heavenly Father loves us. And it really doesn’t matter whether others know that or not. We don’t need to brag or tell anyone about it. Because we know in our hearts that we’re His children, and that is what is really important.

Knowing this—really knowing it—is the death of insecurity. But what about pride? Can the seeds from its flower still clutter our hearts? How can we be sure that we are never again tempted to be prideful?

The way we must deal with pride is to remind ourselves of who we used to be, to remember that we were adopted. You see, although we are fully children of the King, we know we weren’t born in the palace. Rather, we came into the world as beggars—mere peasants in the village. But the King looked out of the window of His castle and fell in love with us. Then He left the castle and lived as a pauper in the village in order to win our hearts. And when He had won our hearts, He adopted us and took us back to His castle to live as His beloved children forever.

Yes, we are secure in Him. We don’t have to tell anyone who we are, because we live in the palace now—and we are children of the King. We know that we are His beloved children, and we can be secure in that for all eternity.

But we also can have victory over pride, because we know what we used to be. Without Him, we were nothing. Jesus declared it to us in John 15:5 when He said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (NIV).

There is a wonderful sense of security in knowing these two truths. It is liberating to be in a room full of strangers and not feel the need to tell them what you’ve done or who you “are.”

When we pass the Pride Test, we can be a “nobody” or do “nothing” and still be confident, content and at peace—because the greatest joy in our lives comes from knowing Him.

If God continues to use us to speak to people, that’s great. And if He uses someone else to a greater degree, that is wonderful, too. Because our greatest joy is not in proving what we can do for God—it is in receiving all that He has already done for us. It is in knowing Him and allowing Him to work in our lives, helping us to fulfill the roles He has given us.

Abiding in the Truth

I have found a very easy method for keeping these truths fresh every day: I spend time with God.

It is easy to be humble when you’ve stood a while in the presence of a holy God. If you walk into your prayer closet in the morning and meet with God, it is very difficult to come out of that meeting with pride! When you meet with God, you see how big He is, how wonderful He is and how awesome He is. You are reminded of the fact that it has only been because of His grace that you have come this far. You walk out of that meeting knowing exactly who you are—and Whose you are. This is the way to pass, and keep on passing, the Pride Test. It’s also the best way to discover God’s dream for you. If you’re not sure about God’s highest and best for your life, I can tell you the best way to find out. Get to know God!

Get to know the One who is the Creator of the dream. Spend time with Him.

    Then he said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (Num. 12:6-8).

This Scripture states that God spoke to Moses “face to face” and “plainly,” (v. 8) because Moses “[was] faithful in all My house” (v. 7). In other words, because Moses was seeking God first, God spoke to him as a friend. Moses was not seeking the dream, and he was not seeking the destiny. He was seeking a relationship with God; he was seeking God’s presence first. And because of that, God said that He would reveal Himself to Moses “face to face” (v. 8).

Moses understood that there is something much more important than knowing God’s dream for your life. It is knowing God. So if you’re not certain of what God has dreamed for your life, I want to encourage you—don’t pursue the dream, but pursue the Giver of the dream. Pursue the One who not only will reveal the dream to you but will also bring it to pass. When you get to know God as a friend, God will speak to you. He will reveal His dream for you. And then He will give you the ability to carry it out.

Discerning Which Dreams Are from God

I have to say this before we go any further: You may be holding on to some dreams that are not from God. We all have had some dreams, perhaps from our childhood, that are really just worldly fantasies. For example, remember when you played the saxophone in high school? You had big dreams of becoming a famous jazz musician. Well, I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but that record company probably isn’t going to call!

At one time or another we will have to let go of those fantasies in order to fully embrace the dreams that God has given us.

So, how can we know which dreams are from God? The only way is to get to know Him. Spend time with Him—get to know Him as a friend. As we get to know the Lord, as we make a habit of speaking to Him heart to heart, He reveals His deepest thoughts to us. It is then that He lets us know the dreams that He has for us.

On a personal note, I truly believe that I am stepping into the destiny God has for my life. As I walk on the path that God has chosen for me, I realize that God’s destiny is far better than the destiny I thought I had. That’s why it’s not hard for me to let go of anything that isn’t really part of His plan. I’ve come to understand that God’s dreams for us are much better than any dream we could dream for ourselves. God’s destiny for us is much bigger than anything we can imagine. The more we seek to know Him, the more this realization will seep into our hearts and minds.

And as we press in to knowing God, He will show us who we really are in Him. He will help us understand the security that we have as His sons and daughters.

Then we can pass the Pride Test—and move on to discover the wondrous destiny that He has prepared for each one of us.