“Do you remember how the Lord led you through the wilderness for all those forty years, humbling you and testing you to find out how you would respond, and whether or not you would really obey him?”(Deuteronomy 8:2 TLB). Dreams are never fulfilled immediately. There’s always a waiting period. The Israelites were brought out of Egypt and then wandered around for 40 years before they went into the Promised Land, even though the trip shouldn’t have taken more than a few weeks. Just like the Israelites, sometimes we are delayed by design. Every dream has difficulties. God uses delays to get us ready for those difficulties.
“If you are . . . unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord” (James 1:7-8 GNT). By Pastor Rick Warren In Dr. Seuss’ poem “The Zode in the Road,” a young Zode comes to a fork in the road … Continue reading 4 Decisions That Determine Your Destiny
“A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe” (Proverbs 28:26 TLB). By Pastor Rick Warren God gave Moses the dream of leading the children of Israel out of 400 years of slavery, but Moses had to make the decision to confront Pharaoh. God gave Noah the dream of … Continue reading 6 Steps for Biblical Decision-Making
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). By Rick Warren If you want to know God’s will for your life, you’ve got to look at what you’re good at. Why would God give you certain gifts, abilities, and … Continue reading How to Be Unique and Effective
“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” (Job 37:14 GNT). By Rick Warren Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet. But you have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn off … Continue reading If You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen
“God . . . is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20b TLB). By Pastor Rick Warren If you want your faith to grow so you can claim God’s promise in Mark 9:23b — … Continue reading God’s Dream for Your Life
By Pastor Rick Warren God's Dream for Your Life “Everything is possible for the person who has faith” (Mark 9:23b GNT). As a pastor, probably the question I’m asked more than any other is, “Why is this happening to me? I don’t understand it.” When you don’t understand God’s six phases of faith — the … Continue reading 6 Phases God Uses to Grow Your Faith