There’s a lot of Bible verses about dreams coming true. What people need to remember is dreams are not prayer and they are not miracles.
Dreams are something a person must work towards. Dreams are an aspiration. There are many instances of dreams not even going as planned in the Bible.
However, God still wants us to dream. There are just certain steps people must take. Even God dreams. So why shouldn’t everyone else?
A Place in the Bible Where Dreams Didn’t Go as Planned
Samuel no longer relied on God. He relied on his own understanding and others. He should have been steadfast and continued to rely on God.
Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” “I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”
What’s the point of dreaming if it might not happen?
God wants each and every person to dream. There is nothing wrong with being a dreamer. Chase those dreams. Just remember to make the dreams something that is achievable and understand that dreams might not go as planned.
A person might not receive the dream they want, but something even better might happen. Always remember the saying “you are in a place for a certain reason.”
A dream that has been placed in the mind and heart might happen tomorrow, the next day, month, or even fifty years down the road. That dream might not even happen at all. We must follow steps and do everything according to His word. However, having dreams gives us hope for the future. Remember, as said before, even God dreams.
Steps on how to achieve dreams
1. We must seek him.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7, NIV
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33, NIV
2. Just like any relationship, a person must commit.
Without commitment a person has nothing.
When having a dream placed in the mind and heart, there should be no anxiety. God doesn’t want us to be stressed. Stress and anxiety cloud the mind and make it harder for a person to walk the right path and stay focused.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
3. In all that a person does, trust and obey
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.
4. Give thanks
All a person does, give thanks. Have a grateful heart and mind. When someone no longer gives thanks, greed can flood in and good doesn’t reward the greedy.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalms. 100:4-5, NIV
People must also be confident and keep going. God doesn’t want anyone to quit or to stammer. Keep going. Fight the good fight.
So, do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:36 NIV
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
But as for you, be strong and not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
5. Lastly, be steadfast in prayer and read the Bible.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
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There will be tests
Remember all those tests from school? Well, guess what, in order to follow dreams, there will be trials along the way. It strengthens our faith as we walk closer to God and strengthen our faith.
Remember that God is a person’s biggest cheerleader and he wants everyone to keep ongoing.
because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
But as for you, be strong and not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
2 Chronicles 15:7, NIV
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 13:1-3, NIV
God is a Dreamer too!
God has dreams for everyone that was and shall be going forward. But, if people don’t follow certain guidelines, become clouded in judgment, listen to others or ignore God, then He can not fulfill His dreams and God can make dreams come true beyond a person’s wildest imagination.
God might come to people in dreams or in a person’s day to day life. His dream he might have could come as quietly as a whisper or as loud as a lion’s roar.
When God comes in a dream, it might be to simply steer us in the correct direction.
For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.
Job 33:14-18 NIV
Can imagine if certain people in the Bible had ignored the dreams God had for them?
What if instead of leaning on faith and God, people had these dreams from God and they turned to the interpretation or advice of others instead?
Think about if Noah went to his neighbor Chuck and said, God is speaking to me and he told me to build a huge ark … What should I do? Chuck then tells Noah not to bother or the ark doesn’t have to be that big. Just build a raft.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.
Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”
Genesis 5:11-22, NIV
What if when God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream and said “You are going to have a son.” Joseph laughed it off and ignored him, left Mary, and followed his own dream. Joseph decided to not trust Mary. Relationships come to an end all the time. Joseph could have chalked it up to a no biggie.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Matthew 1:20:25, NIV
What if Joseph ignored God’s dream for what was to become of Jesus and handed him over? Christ would never have died for our sins! Mind Blowing.
Whether it’s a dream God has for each person or a dream you are following, always chase those dreams by following God and walking a Christ-like walk.
The Key to Dreams in the Bible-
A person can follow steps and put in tons of hard work. They can understand that a dream may come true, or might only be partial or not at all. Their heart is even in the correct place.
However, according to Pastor Murray of Hyde Park Baptist Church, the only way dreams are truly Biblical and of God is to understand that He has a plan and purpose for everyone. It’s that simple.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Final Thoughts about dreams coming true in the Bible
It is very important to remember that it’s alright to dream. However, if you go about it by your own understanding or steal, hurt people or lie to get to the dream wanted, it won’t happen. Even worse, a person might gain a one-way ticket to a very warm tortuous place for eternity.
However, God does not want this for anyone. He wants everyone to seek Him. He wants everyone to work toward their dreams with gratefulness and love in their hearts.
Lean not on our own understanding. If you don’t know Christ today and want to take steps to being a true Christian dreamer, all you have to do is pray a simple prayer.
I believe you are the Son of God and you died on the cross so that my sins could be set free as we all have sinned. We are all sinners. I ask today that you fill my heart and to forgive me, Lord God. Make me whole. Thank you, Lord God, for being my God. Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.
Now go and dream all the dreams in your heart and mind. Just make sure to do all things according to God’s Word.
Remember, He is there throughout everything. Follow and trust His plan because God knows each and everyone person and loves them unconditionally before they are even born. Believe there is a purpose for you.
In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 16:9, NIV