Friday, November 11, 2011

10 For 10 Challenge, Pt. 6

10 for 10 11-9-11 from Freedom Life Christian Center on Vimeo.

You choose what you will believe about your own potential & your own future.

If you’re going to be a dream-releaser in your life & in the lives of others, you must see yourself as God sees you!  To often we look at our lives through our own eyes or through the eyes of others.  Today, choose to see yourself through God’s eyes!  The Bible tells us Ephesians 1:4, that, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”  

Dr. Dave Martin said in his bestselling book, '12 Traits of the Greats,' “Belief in yourself is a deep-seated awareness that, at least in one area, God has made you to be very unique. It is an understanding that you have what it takes—all the resources, all the talents, all the abilities—to accomplish that which compels you. It is a self-confidence that overcomes all opposition and the doubts of naysayers and pessimists who might infiltrate your life. It is a strong positive attitude and belief in who you are “in Christ.

Be A Dream-Releaser by believing in yourself & believing in others.  Speak to the destiny in your own life & in the lives of others.

Abraham Lincoln is regarded by many Americans as our nation’s greatest president. But how many Americans also know that he persisted through more failures than any other president? Abraham Lincoln had a very difficult childhood and less than one year of formal schooling. Up until the age of 51, he suffered 2 business failures, 7 election defeats in his desire to become an elected official, the loss of the woman he was engaged, a difficult marriage & the loss of 3 of his 4 sons before the age of 18.  But at the age of fifty-one, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States.  Lincoln’s was well acquainted with difficulties & failure which helped him guide the United States through the difficult trials of the Civil War.  Think about it, in the initial stages of that war, the Union suffered defeat after defeat and setback after setback before they finally were victorious under Lincoln’s leadership.

Abraham Lincoln was the essence of a dream releaser!  Joel Osteen writes in his best-selling book, 'Every Day A Friday,' "On that fateful night of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln was carrying several things when he was killed that are on display now at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  He had a handkerchief with his initials on it.  He had a $5 bill, and he had a newspaper article folded up.  the headline read, “Abraham Lincoln-- One of the Greatest Statesman That’s Ever Lived.  Why would he carry around an article like that?  Lincoln served during difficult times of civil war and upheaval over slavery and other major issues troubling our young country.  He was criticized, ridiculed, and constantly put down.  So even this great man needed reminded now and then that someone appreciated and believed in him."


If you are going to see the dreams that God has placed on the inside of you ultimately released in your life, you need to believe in yourself.  You must choose to encourage yourself when you face the difficulties of life.  The Bible says in 1 Samuel 30:6, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Remember all that God has done in your life & keep reading all that God says about you in His Word!

You can be the right person, at the right place, at the right time in someone's life.  Sow seeds into others by speaking into their destiny.  Look for opportunities to encourage others & remind them of who they can be in Christ!  The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to, "Encourage one another and build each other up.” (NIV)  Mark Twain once said, “I can live for a whole year off of one good compliment.”  Look for opportunities to be a dream releaser in someone's life this week!