Mat 9:21 (KJV) For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
You don’t need all of this world’s faith
To move your biggest mountains
When a mustard-seed-sized faith will suffice…
You need not shout
Or chant vainly for Heaven’s attention
Just a whisper in the name of Jesus would do.
The centurion said,
“Jesus, why visit to heal my servant
When just a word from You would avail…?”
The syrophoenician woman thought,
I don’t need to hug all of Jesus to heal my ailment
Just the hem of His garment and I’d be whole!
The Canaanite woman needed not feast with the children
For her daughter’s healing-
Just crumbs from the Master’s table was enough…
Two hundred pennyworth of bread was way too much
To feed five thousand in the wilderness
Five barley loaves and two tiny fishes served…
The blood of Jesus atones for ugly details of our countless sins
Not by gallons…
Just one drop is enough.
You call for Heaven’s throne
To quell your life’s greatest turmoils?
Please relax… this whole wide world is just His footstool!
God never needed a large army
To deliver His people
When He is mighty to save with many or few…
Legions of angels are too many
For your life’s toughest devils
In Jesus’ name, not even an angel’s feather would be required!
You wouldn’t need all this world’s wisdom
To be reckoned with In life
When even God’s foolishness is wiser than man…
You wouldn’t require all of this world’s strength
To conquer territories
For with weakness His grace doth abound
God is ‘uncontainable’, indescribable
Incomparable with anything on earth
Each time you magnify and fret over your problems
You make Him too small in your life.
Lord, truly I have made You too small in my eyes to have ever exaggerated my life’s issues in your ears. Lord, please forgive me.
Now I know that my problems are incomparable with You. Speak the word only… And I will be whole. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
Mark 5:39-30 (KJV) And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn…
If you’re in the habit of giving up too soon:
The choice is made, and that is conclusive
The case is closed and why press any further?
The damsel is dead why still trouble the Master (*1)
The harm is done and that must be final!
If Thou hast been here, Lord my brother had not died (*2)
It’s already too late, why try any longer…
But why make ye this ado, and weep? (*3)
For yes the case is closed but can be reopened
The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. (*4)
Our friend Lazarus sleepeth;
But I go, that I may awake him out of sleep (*5)
For I am the resurrection, and the life:
He that believeth in me, though… dead, yet shall he live: (*6)
If only you’d let Jesus in with His restorative power…
Then you’ll discover it’s only a break for the script is not over …
Lord, how quick I can be to quit trying and to give up while You are still very busy working it out!
Please grant me the grace to not quit even when it seems all hope lost, but to keep hanging on by faith in Your resurrection power until I see Your miracle indeed. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
(*1) Mark 5:35 (KJV)
(*2) John 11:21(KJV)
(*3) Mark 5:39 (KJV)
(*4) Mark 5:39 (KJV)
(*5) John 11:11 (KJV)
(*6) John 11:25 (KJV)
Jer. 31:16-17 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end… that thy children shall come again to their own border.
Welcome to #DreamSeries!
Was your dream shattered recently? Was your hope dashed? If you answered YES, you are not alone!
Agreeably, nothing in life could be more devastating than when ones expectations suddenly become a mirage and the realities of ones dreams become an illusion, or worse still a nightmare.
… broken dreams don’t have to halt your destiny… if only you’d … dare to live again, you can still have your dreams fully delivered to you despite all odds!
Check out a hurting family torn apart by the pain of death, separation or even divorce; or the pain of someone losing all he’s worth to a miscalculated business venture, to mention but a few.
Sincerely it could be hard to make any extraordinary attempt at life again when it seems like all hope is lost.
However, as we’ve adequately emphasized in this series, broken dreams don’t have to halt your destiny. Through it all, your future lies intact in God’s hands.
Moreover, if you’d realize that it’s up to you to brace up yourself and dare to dream and live again, you could still have your dreams fully delivered to you despite all odds!
…the outcome of a man’s life is not so much a function of what life brings his ways. Our end is rather more dependent on how we respond to life’s circumstances…
Taking it further today, let’s consider how Joseph cooperated with God and handled his shattered dream so well that he had his destiny preserved despite all he had to go through.
Joseph had it rough from the very start. His father’s undivided attention and extravagant affection was never strong enough to protect him from the cruelty of his brothers. Oh how they hated him! Everything he went through in life stemmed from that gross hatred!
The factor which helped preserve Joseph’s destiny despite his shattered dream was one quality he possessed from the very beginning- ever before the real storm started.
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren… Genesis 37:9 (KJV)
Joseph had this unquenchable, resilient, die-hard, adamant (pleasantly ‘stubborn’ if you like) spirit!
This spirit it was which made him dare to dream again despite his family’s reaction to his first dream. Moreover by this same spirit, he was able to sustain and hold a firm mental picture of his dream till the very end. Little wonder he had it fully delivered to him despite all odds!
This shows clearly that the outcome of a man’s life is not so much a function of what life brings his ways. Our end is rather more dependent on how we respond to life’s circumstances, how much we trust in God’s faithfulness and capabilities, as well as how firmly we are able to hold on to His promise to see us to our desired future through it all.
Would you like to see God bring you to your desired end (however He does it) despite the cruel realities of your shattered hopes and dream?
Then how resilient, adamant, ‘stubborn‘ are you willing to be as regards your dream? How insistent would you be as regards your destiny? Are you going to keep dreaming ‘it’ over and over again despite the darkness around you?
Would you accept defeat and take life’s temporary ‘NO’ for an answer, or are you going to be so resilient as to dare to dream again despite your dashed hopes and broken dreams in times past?
That exactly is the first way to your turn around!
Lord, thank You for reminding me yet again that broken dreams don’t have to be show stoppers for me or worse still halt my destiny. Please keep me adamant enough to keep dreaming and insisting on Your good intentions towards me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015
Genesis 37:9 (KJV) And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren…
“He broke my heart and my hope was dashed. But guess what? I’m going to love again!”
“I invested in that business and I lost out. But never mind, I’m going to invest in other businesses over and over again…”
Today on 7 Days on How To Handle Shattered Dreams series, the challenge is Dare to Dream Again!”