February 14, 2017
Where Is My Voice From Heaven?
There are several words I can think of when it comes to describing what it’s like to pursue your dream. Exciting. Thrilling. Fantastic. Challenging. Etc. Anyone, when they first take the leap to pursuing their dream, will feel all sorts of encouraging and hope-filled emotions like the ones previously mentioned.
As you pursue your dream there are several other emotions you will encounter. Fear. Doubt. Anger. Frustration. These emotions can be detrimental to you pursuing your dreams if you let them control you. However, they also have a way of keeping you focused on God as your source and the reason why you are able to do anything in the first place.
The Voice Of Others
On your journey, you will encounter people as well. Yes… People! Some will encourage you in your dream. Others will not care about your dream. Some might event actually work against your dream.
People are often the most difficult part of working toward your dream. It can be hard to deal with negative voices in your life. The people who think you’re not educated enough, talented enough, famous enough, realistic in your goals, or capable of accomplishing such a lofty notion.
There are several men in scripture that experienced much of what I’m talking about but I would like to focus on just one. His name is… Jesus. Jesus encountered all sorts of “haters” and “naysayers” as He lived out His Purpose.
For clarities sake, I will go ahead and just acknowledge the fact that your purpose and your dreams are directly connected. Actually, I would argue the fact that your dreams are birthed out of understanding your purpose. Once you understand your purpose you begin to dream about how to accomplish your purpose.
So we know from Scripture that Jesus understood His purpose. He was to be the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world. ( See John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 5:12) Even with such a wonderful and glorious purpose as Christ’s, He still had people who tried to kill him. Let me repeat that for dramatic measure. He had people who literally tried to kill him before He could fulfill his purpose.
As I was in prayer one day the Holy Spirit spoke to me a somewhat shocking revelation. He brought to my remembrance the fact that when Jesus was baptized by John, Heaven opened, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the appearance of a dove, and our Heavenly Father spoke in a voice from Heaven and all who were present heard Him declare that Jesus was His Son and that He loved Him. (Matthew 3:16-17) Wow, God, Himself spoke from Heaven to men on earth and declared that Jesus was His Son. In essence, that Jesus was the promised Messiah. This wasn’t the first time that Jesus had been declared the Messiah either. Remember at His birth when the angels showed up and sang in chorus that Jesus was the good news that would bring great Joy to all people, that He was the Savior, the promised Messiah! (Luke 2:10-11)
Here are the point and the climax of the revelation the Holy Spirit gave me. God, could open Heaven and declare to the whole world your purpose and people would still try to kill you. Maybe not literally try to kill you but certainly try to kill your God-dream. So when those negative voices come, and they will, remember Jesus endured similar opposition and look how His story ended. There is no reason to believe that God won’t be just as faithful to you and your purpose.
You don’t need a voice from Heaven to declare to the world what your purpose is. That wouldn’t be enough for the world to believe in you anyways. Just be comfortable with God speaking it to you. Run with that. It was enough for Jesus.
By: Tim LeMaster