Dreams, aspirations, recognition, goals, pleasures and ambitions are such powerful motivating forces for us.
Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to accomplish all that you should do in life? Is it through the power of positive thinking? Is it by “naming it and claiming it”? Is it something that is even possible to accomplish? If so, what’s the secret?
The following truths may be some of the most important insight you have ever received from the Scriptures.
Jesus taught in parables which were earthly stories with heavenly meaning. We also see a connection between the physical and spiritual in a particular battle in which the Israelites would win as long as Moses arms were lifted upward. We see this connection between the spiritual and physical in the subject of faith. Hebrews 11 shows how faith resulted in physical manifestations within the lives of those who believed in GOD. Some take Hebrews 11 and James 2 which both show how a soul filled with faith results in physical change, and they try to create a doctrine of works salvation. However, not only does the Apostle Paul refute such damning heresies in his letters to the Galatians and his letters to the Romans, but we also see the same in Paul’s epistles to Titus and the believers in Ephesus. Furthermore, Jesus shows this connection between the physical and the spiritual in John 3 when he teaches Nicodemus that those born of the Spirit are to be likened to the way wind cannot be seen, but it’s effects can be seen. In other words, the spiritual realm impacts the physical realm.
“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I am come for your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make your understand what shall befall your people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” – Daniel 10:12-14
Again, we see here the spiritual and the physical interacting as a messenger from GOD was withstood by the prince of Persia for twenty-one days and then we see who appears to be a chief angel of Israel, Michael, coming to help him. Finally, the messenger was able to deliver the message. In this we see the truth of the Bible coming alive as seen in the following passage which explains that even though humans in our lives seem to be the “problem” sometimes in this struggle called life, they are not the problem:
“Because we wrestle not against blood and flesh [i.e. humans], but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, and we wrestle against spiritual evil in heavenly places; because of this take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to resist in days of evil, and having done all things — to stand.” – Ephesians 6:12-13
We are wrestling against the spiritual realm, and it appears in the physical realm. In other words, win in the spiritual realm successfully and you will find the physical realm becomes a place of exciting and great possibilities. Why am I establishing this Truth?
Because this is one of the most important truths you may ever learn. Within the spiritual realm, the real work is being done, and that work affects your job, your family, your life, your dreams, aspirations, recognition, goals, pleasures and ambitions.
Even the occult and their Hermetic doctrines teach “as above, so below”. Many of the occult symbols seem to imply this philosophy whether it be the symbol of a pyramid overlaid with an upside-down pyramid or other symbols that seem to be overlaid in reverse as each other, almost as if they are shadows or reflections of the right-side-up symbol. In other words, it appears that Satanists understand these truths of the spiritual impacting the physical perhaps better than some Christians. That’s why it’s important to know the Bible. It has the answers for life and when you realize how powerful these truths are, it can completely change your life.
Prayer is quite possibly one of the most powerful but least used weapons in the toolbox that Ephesians 6 recommends to succeed in the spiritual realm.
For example, when you see Balaam in Numbers 22, 23, and 24, he is unable to cast a curse upon Israel because the Israelites are pleasing to GOD. In Numbers 25, 2 Peter 2, Jude, and Revelation 2, we see that Balaam later taught the king of Moab (Balak) to use his pagan women to entice the Israelite men into fornication and into the sin of eating things offered to idols. In other words, by getting a people to sin, they can be cursed and are no longer under GOD’s protection and blessing.
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known.” – Deuteronomy 11:26-28
“Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” – Proverbs 14:34
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
We see this truth in many other passages as well. We see that prayer is hindered by sin and that a curse is placed upon one’s life by living in sin. However, prayers of repentance and prayers for deliverance from sin will be heard by GOD. This is an important truth, and in this truth is a key to unlocking your life into the beautiful prosperous success that GOD wants you to have. Another truth is that of meditating in GOD’s Word day and night. We must also pray for our goals in light of GOD’s will for our lives.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Your Word. … Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You. … I will delight myself in Your Statutes: I will not forget Your Word.” – Psalm 119:9, 11, 16
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” – Psalm 66:18
“And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:13-14
“You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.” – James 4:3
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” – Mark 11:23
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make thy way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.” – Joshua 1:8
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” – Psalm 1:2-3
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” – Luke 22:42
We look at Joseph and Daniel in the Bible who accomplished so much. Both served as top advisers to world-renowned emperors of vast, massive empires. We see their power and achievement in this life. We look at Job who achieved great things in the end of his life. However, we must not look past the previous severe trials and temptations of all three of these men and many others in the Bible who prospered. Job was told by his wife to curse GOD. He did not. He was attacked by his friends, but refused to become bitter against GOD. He refused to allow his eyes to look upon a maiden due to a covenant with his eyes. Joseph resisted the temptation of his boss’ wife and was framed for doing right. He resisted bitterness against Potiphar or against his brothers. He maintained an excellent spirit and great work ethic. Daniel had an excellent attitude and spirit, and his work ethic was also above reproach. Both Joseph and Daniel were proclaimed by leaders in the empires which they helped govern to both have the Spirit of GOD within them. They were obviously walking in the Spirit. Daniel was a man of great prayer as he prayed three times each day. He also lived a very strict lifestyle in obedience to GOD’s laws which some today would call “rigid” as he refused wine and meat offered to idols. GOD blessed His life immensely. Keep in mind that not everyone in the Bible had immense blessings in this life right away or at all in a material sense. Job was not blessed right away, but rather at the end of his life. Job, Daniel and Joseph endured great trials first. Many martyrs had to submit to GOD’s will even when it meant “bad things would happen”. In fact, martyrs are precious in GOD’s sight. GOD chooses what is best for us in this life. Some die martyrs. Others become rulers and materially blessed. GOD makes those choices for everyone on this planet. However, which is better? Great reward in this life or great reward eternally? Either way, it is important to know that you will probably have reward neither now or later (in eternity) unless you practice some basic Biblical truths in your life, while recognizing that GOD ultimately can grant you grace or resist you.
“But God is the judge: he puts down one, and sets up another.” – Psalm 75:7
“And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” – Daniel 2:21
“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever he will, and sets up over it the basest of men.” – Daniel 4:17
“Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5
The Apostle Paul explained to New Testament believers that assimilation was forbidden in Romans 12:1,2 and that identification with pagan practices such as wine and meat offered to idols should be avoided in Romans 14:21. The Apostle further detailed his reasoning in Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 by stating that even though idols are nothing in the world and thus the meat untainted, one must not consume it if they have knowledge that it is identified with an idol, because of the association alone. He also explains how this could affect weaker brethren in Christ. Romans 14 spoke specifically to doubtful matters as obviously the Law must be obeyed. In doubtful matters, Paul states in Romans 14 that we must 1) never do anything that offends another believer as a stumbling-block even if that means giving up our own wants, 2) never do anything if we have a doubt about it, 3) never judge others over doubtful matters but let GOD be their judge someday, and 4) never argue with others over doubtful matters.
So many today have perverted these chapters today and have concluded that meat offered to idols is just fine with GOD (in other words, perfectly acceptable activities that are associated with evil are just fine). Paul does not teach this. He teaches the opposite. Even if the meat is perfectly acceptable, because one has knowledge of association with evil, it can offend another believer and must be avoided. Paul clearly states that he will not eat meat offered to idols and offend a soul for whom Jesus died by his own careless actions. Furthermore, the apostles and the entire congregation of believers in Jerusalem made it extremely clear to the early New Testament Gentile believers that “meat offered to idols” was forbidden as seen in Acts 15:29 and 21:25 regardless of how that impacted the jobs and lives of the new Gentile believers. After all, GOD must be preeminent in all things. No association with paganism was allowed.
If you have stayed with me this long, you are about to hear life-changing truths from the lives of Daniel, Job, Joseph, Jesus, and the Word which will allow you to see your dreams realized. Here they are:
- Repent, believe in Christ’s redemption and give Him your life for His Spirit’s indwelling
- Avoid sin and its curse in your life and live righteously to gain the blessings instead
- Walk in the Spirit by faith rooted in the Word
- Meditate day and night in the Bible
- Share the good news of salvation, sanctification, and the Bible with others
- Every decision, goal and action you have each day should be accompanied by prayer
- Your dreams, aspirations, recognition, goals, pleasures and ambitions must be GOD’s will and must be pure and eternal in nature – for example, any recognition desired should be eternal recognition given to you at the Judgment Seat of Christ someday).
As you obey the above list, you may also see your ‘dreams’ change from self-centered ones to GOD-glorifying ones. If you compare the list that I have created above using major truths that I have spotted time and again throughout the Scriptures, you may notice that it almost mirrors the spiritual armor of Ephesians 6.
In closing, prayer is one of the most overlooked keys to life and our success. You will also notice that Paul emphasizes this very thing at the end of his list of spiritual armor. Do you remember how epoxy adhesive works? There are two tubs of chemicals. Separate from each other, neither tube of chemicals is successful or prosperous. Think of one tube as your physically spiritual actions. Think of the other tube as your spiritually physical actions. In other words, one is your earthly actions and the other your heavenly actions. When combined together, these two tubes can create an adhesive that is incredibly successful. Even so, if you couple your physical actions with spiritual actions you will find everything is far more successful. This is where much power is to be found.
Using the same epoxy example, think of the Power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of GOD; these two working together can also accomplish amazing things. Prayer must work within the boundaries of GOD’s Word and within the will of GOD’s Spirit. Princeton University’s motto many years ago when they thrived as a school was ‘Dei Sub Numine Viget’ which translated from Latin to English means ‘Thrives under the Power of GOD’. Princeton University’s motto can’t be found today on their website, and their thriving has ceased as they now tell old wives’ tales when it comes to the origins of mankind and the heavens and earth, while also telling failed economic theories and loading their student’s minds with lots of other incredibly subversive ideas. Their thriving has ceased, and today they just live off the reputation they once had.
When life has difficulties, whether great or small, I believe it is often an exercise for us in prayer. Pray your way through the challenge and you will find that it helps you pray more frequently all through the day. When you are making decisions about your spouse, job, school, vehicle, or mundane tasks, be sure as a believer in Christ to pray, thinking through Scripture while walking righteously in the Spirit as you use your life as a witness for Him, submitting all to His will. If you do so, you will find your life is truly blessed. Grace to you!