Your Hopes & Dreams are in Good Hands (Boot Camp 6)


We dreamers and creators are always working toward a goal or dealing with a problem; waiting and hoping for answers and breakthroughs.
Along the journey to realizing our hopes and aspirations we’ll encounter opposition and setbacks, and we’ll need to be able to endure delays and disappointments. Sadly, when “life happens,” it’s tempting to give up on our dreams and creative pursuits. If we want to stay the course and fulfill our destinies, we’ll need the backing, encouragement, comfort, strength, and reassurance that comes from One greater than ourselves. To get this Divine support, we’ll need some basic training … to follow several important spiritual steps.

6. Trust God for Guidance

Now that you have faith that God will empower your creativity and fulfill the vision He gave you, and now that you’re daily communicating with God, it’s time to follow His lead — wherever it takes you. Even if the direction in which He’s leading you doesn’t seem the right way to go; even when God’s counsel seems foolish, perhaps outlandish; even when His advice goes against conventional wisdom, it’s vital that you trust your Heavenly Father and follow His good guidance. Doing so will depend on your obedience to:

  • “Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 GOD’S WORD) In other words, when pursuing your goals and dreams, you need to let God steer! Simple? Hardly. Once you’re accustomed to being in the driver’s seat, it’s difficult to move over to the passenger side. And even after you do, you may find yourself wanting to go faster (or slower), or to turn “here” instead of
    “there”; and there’s a good chance you’ll also spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror, still contemplating many of the places and opportunities you’ve passed.

It’s usually hard to deviate from the plans we make, or act in ways that are contrary to our own ideas and desires. But that’s where faith comes into play. We need to believe that God knows exactly what’s right for us: where we need to go, who we need to meet, how we need to proceed. And how long it should take to reach our goals. Nonetheless, faith demands that we trust our Heavenly Father in all things, knowing that His way is the perfect way:

  • “A person’s steps are directed by the LORD, and the LORD delights in his [or her] way.” (Psalm 37:23 GOD’S WORD)
  • “After He has gathered His own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice.” (John 10:4 NLT)
  • “And if you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice behind you say, “No, this is the way; walk here.” (Isaiah 30:21 TLB)

Remember, every great invention or innovation, every brilliant idea or achievement, and every masterpiece of creativity or engineering, was accomplished by someone who was willing to think outside the box. The “box” is built from preconceived notions, old ideas, and a narrow point of view. It’s walls are reinforced by rigid thinking, stubbornness, and the fear of failure. Unfortunately, most people find the box a comfortable and secure place, so that’s exactly where they stay.

The Apostle Peter stepped out of the box — and the boat — when His Lord, Jesus Christ, beckoned His disciple to join Him for a walk across the water. Simon Peter had to shrug off fear and logic, and leave comfort and security, to step out onto the Sea of Galilee. Once he did, he out-distanced the other disciples who remained behind. Yes, the apostle eventually started to sink, because he again allowed his narrow-minded view of life and its circumstances to weigh him down, but God applauded his faith and courage to break away from the ordinary and follow His lead.

Although none of it ever made “good sense” or seemed like the right way to proceed: nevertheless the Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah left behind everything they knew, to blindly follow God into the wilderness, where they inherited a fertile land of milk and honey (Genesis 12-17); Moses nevertheless paved an unlikely path for his people to escape the bondage of Egypt, when he parted the waters of the Red Sea (Genesis 14:16); and a young shepherd named David took the first step on the road to being a king, when he toppled the gargantuan and previously undefeated warrior, Goliath, with a single stone hurled from a crude slingshot (1 Samuel 17:40-51). Challenges met and obstacles overcome, dreams fulfilled and history made, all were the result of trusting God and following His lead.

So, are you searching for a fertile land? Do you have a “Red Sea” that needs parting? Are you facing gargantuan challenges and struggles? Step out of the box of what’s comfortable and familiar, safe and sound; step out of the box of following the wisdom of the world, or stubbornly doing things your own way. Instead, listen to God. Follow the course He sets for you — especially in the pursuit of your dreams and all your creative activities.

Walk in harmony with the Lord, always trusting in His faithfulness and sound guidance. Determine in your heart and mind, “…I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, ‘You are my God!’ My future is in your hands.” (Psalm 31:14-15 NLT)


Tap into God’s Blessings (Boot Camp for Creators & Dreamers 5.2)


“I have been driven many times upon my knees by overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” —Abraham Lincoln

In our previous Boot Camp session, “Tap into the Power of Prayer,” we set out to demystify prayer and zero in on how it can aid our creativity and help us to achieve our dreams.

Prayer is just a fancy way of describing a heart-to-heart chat with God, and it’s vital if we want to stay connected to the source of our strength and creativity. Jesus told His disciples that people should pray often. (Luke 11:8) He even offered them some simple guidelines in the form of “The Lord’s Prayer.” (Matthew 6:10-12) As we discussed, it’s a good idea to memorize these Scripture verses, along with Psalm 23, another handy Biblical prayer, — as an easy “icebreaker” to get the “dialogue” rolling. Doing so will ensure we’ll never be at a loss for words when we address the Creator of the Universe.

We highly recommend that anyone who is pursuing a dream or involved in creative activities follow the Apostle Paul’s instructions concerning prayer: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest….” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

Enjoy the ride and let God take care of the destination.

So, don’t waste time and energy fretting over why your dreams haven’t been fulfilled yet, or when God is going to open that special door, give you a breakthrough, meet your needs, or solve your problems. Instead, ask and trust God for everything, and then cast your cares upon Him. In fact, God admonishes us, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)

Jesus Christ furthered this wisdom by saying, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NLT) In other words, BE PERSISTENT — both in prayer and in the pursuit of your dreams. Never, ever give up!

Now, why should we believe that God actually wants to answer our prayers? First, because He said so (in the preceding verses). Second, because of His Divine nature — His essential qualities of love, goodness, and giving, and His ability “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 3:20 TLB)

God illustrates this truth by providing an earthly reference point: “…Parents — if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? …Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.” (Matthew 7:9-11 NLT)

To help get you started — in the practice of asking your Heavenly Father for some of these “good gifts” — here are a few short Biblical prayers you can read and/or memorize and recite.

To prepare yourself for His blessings:

  • “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NLT)
  • “May all my thoughts be pleasing to [my God], for I rejoice in the LORD.” (Psalm 104:34 NLT)
  • “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? [I] put [my] hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:1,5 NIV)

To receive comfort and reassurance:

  • “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your Word.” (Psalm 119:114 NKJV)
  • “Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.” (Psalm 25:20 NKJV)
  • “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame. Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again” (Psalm 71:1,3,9 NKJV)
Always ask while fully expecting to receive God’s blessings.

To request His blessings:

  • “Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord.” (Psalm 35:23 NKJV)
  • The Prayer of Jabez: “[Your name] called on the God of Israel saying, ‘Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory [my readership, my viewers, my listeners, my clients, my customers, my influence, my outreach, etc.] that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted [me] what [I] requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV)
  • The Aaronic Blessing: “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you His favor and give you His peace.’(Numbers 6:22-26 NLT)