He Knows the Plans He Has For Us (pt.3 conclusion)

The First Example of Dream Fulfillment

In Part 1 of this series it was established that God, in fact, does have a unique and determined purpose for our lives.

Part 2 deals with the, sometimes difficult, process it takes to position us in a place where we are able to successfully fulfill those plans and purposes.

In the conclusion of this series I would like to look at our first example in scripture, of dream fulfillment and how that gets walked out. It begins in Genesis Chapter one Where God has a vision and a purpose for, seemingly, purposeless places and things. His execution of these plans was very deliberate and intentional as it should be with us.

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” ~ Revelation 4:11

"Will" in this passage is the greek word. theléma meaning:

what one wishes or determines shall be done, to choose, to have in mind, intend, determine, purpose, the carrying out of that purpose into act, follows deliberation and inclination, includes the idea of delight and pleasure.

The above verse tells us, according to this definition, God, as our example, enacted His purpose and plan for creation by the deliberate carrying out, and acting upon, His intentions and what He did, brought Him delight and pleasure, as will, also, the walking out of our divine will of our Father in Heaven.

From the following definition we might ask ourselves these questions that may help us narrow down what that plan might be:

  • What do we wish for in the sense of life mission?
  • What stirs in us a determination?
  • What causes and interests involving spiritual passions do we deliberate about?
  • Are there causes that roll around in our hearts?
  • What are we inclined to do?
  • What spiritual accomplishment would bring delight and pleasure from a spiritual perspective?

In part 1 we looked at the Hebrew word picture for a dream as in the "plans" He has for us. In this study I would like to look at another Hebrew word for dream or vision that has to do with visualizing the plan.

We looked at this verse in the first lesson:

Where there is no vision the people perish (cast off restraint, become aimless)... ~ Proverbs 29:18

Without focus our lives can become fragmented and disjointed.

“Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time,” ~ unknown author

The Hebrew word for vision in the verses mentioned above is:

chazah; a sight (mentally), i.e. A dream, revelation, or oracle -- vision.

A dream is established through being able to see it. We can't act on something we can't perceive happening.

The Beauty of Understanding Hebrew

Hebrew Word Pictograph for Vision

The Hebrew word picture of "chazah" confirms this concept.

Chet

Chet is a picture of a fence and speaks of boundaries and protecting what is on the inside. A vision is something that God has placed within us and protected until it is safe and ready for fulfillment.

Isn't great to know that there is a purpose already in us just waiting to be revealed as we submit ourselves in humility before him?

who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began ~ II Timothy 1:9

Zayin

Zayin is a picture of a tool with the idea of cutting or inscribing.

The Hebrew word for remember begins with zayin. We can think of remembering something as being inscribed in our minds.

There is also another interesting word in Hebrew beginning with the letter Zayin that has do with vision. It is zereach and it is used in psalm 112 and would translate something like this. " He scatters rays of light in the darkness" The revelation of our dreams is like His rays of light being scattered in the darkness of the purposeless life on this planet without God and the hope of eternity, revealing the inscribed plans and purposes that have been there all along.

Vav

Vav is a picture of nail and means to connect and establish. The dream and plan is established as we focus our attention through our memory by visualizing the plan God has placed within us.

Noon

Noon is a picture of a fish and pictures the concept of perpetual or eternal life. The dream is established when it becomes connected to the eternal plan and its intended purpose of passing on the goodness of God and the eternal life that we have been so freely given.

"Freely you have recieved freely give" Matthew 10:8

Once we discover what the purpose or plan it is important that we remain focused on the mission God has given us. The business of life and sometimes desires for other things can be quite distracting. Our lives are so incredibly busy today, and a lot of times lacking in a clearly defined biblical purpose? which is why it is essential for us to do as God commanded the prophet to do.

“Write (inscribe the vision) And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. ~ Habakkuk 2:2

This has helped me immensely to stay focused and not be discouraged. I wonder sometimes if Joseph had to remind himself of the dream frequently with each opposition he faced

Most importantly stay focused on the person of that goal and dream.

...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

Source

Eyes on the Eternal Prize

A quote from Rick Renner's Sparkling Gems from the Greek:

"The main goal of all believers should be to find God's plan for their lives and then to go after it with all their might and strength...The primary emphasis of reward (in the ancient games) was not material wealth, but on the distinguishable honor bestowed on the winners. These people were only able to achieve victory in the Olympic games by being disciplined, balanced, and committed to excellence;... our task is to find the divine plan for our lives: to get in shape so we can start running our race...You have to remove all distractions and commit yourself to a life of discipline, balance, and devotion."

What enabled Paul to press ahead when he was being assaulted so viciously? How could he maintain such a victorious attitude? How is it that he never surrendered to weariness, exhaustion, or the devil's attacks?...That he would one day hear Jesus say to him, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." (1)

Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful worksWhichYou have done; And Your thoughts (plans -machshav)toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order;If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered. ~ Psalm 40:5

In closing I would like share some scriptures to pray in seeking the Lord for His plans and purposes. His Word describes the needs of our heart in better ways than we can think of ourselves sometimes. I love these scriptures because they really do hit the target concerning our search for Him and the plans He has for us.

I pray to you the God of My Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that you may give to me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You, and the eyes of my understanding would beenlightened; that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward me ~ Ephesians 1

I ask that I may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that I may walk worthy of You Lord, fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You... and I prayer that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ ~ Colossians 1

May the God of peace who brought up My Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make me complete in every good work to do His will, working in me what is well pleasing in Your sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever.. ~ Hebrews 13

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ... ~ Philippians 1:6

for it is You who works in me both to will and to do for Your good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:13

Cause me to hear Your mercy (covenant love) in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. Deliver me, O LORD (YHWH), from my enemies; In You I take shelter. Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God (Elohim); Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. ~ Psalm 143:8-10

(1) Sparkling Gems from the greek by Rick Renner Teach all Nations publishing copyright 2003

© 2011 Tamarajo

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VOICE CIW 5 years ago

Sister Tamarajo, this is DYNAMIC! You are truly God's blessing for all of us who read your writings. I thank God for you, this Plan you wrote about is truly the Master's Plan for His people, and He has enlightened you to tell the people about it. God has truly given you a gift, don't sit on it, I really don't believe you will, when the Holy Spirit moves you, I would say take it to the limit, but, with God, there is no limit, so I say let God have His Way in you. God Bless You! I love you in the Lord.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

VOICE CIW

I was just sitting here thinking that nothing makes me feel more alive than studying His Word and sharing it with others. He is so worthy of our efforts to know and understand Him. Nothing compares to His beautiful truth and especially to comprehend the heights and the depths of His love for us and in knowing that discovering a well thought out purposeful plan for our lives. (Eph3)

I am very blessed and encouraged by your visit CIW thanks for stopping by.


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FriendofTruth 5 years ago from Michigan

I loved how you pointed out we need to be: disciplined, balanced, and committed to excellence. This is a great reminder - wrote it down...

Enjoying this series,

blessing.


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christicue 5 years ago from Franklin, TN

What a wonderful series, Tamarajo. This was so full of truth! I really appreciate how you brought the story of Joseph out as an example of how God works in our lives to remove all that is impure...every motive, thought and attitude. Sometimes it can seem like we've just screwed the whole plan up....but if God is the giver of the vision, then He certainly will fulfill it as well.

He is, after all, the "author" and the "perfecter."

"...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

Also, I love the word studies! I recently made myself flashcards of Hebrew letters and their meanings so I could memorize them in order to study the Hebrew. Do you have any good resources that you would reccommend for a more in-depth study?


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

FriendofTruth yes Rick Renner summed it up nicely with the idea of focus through discipline balance and commitment while walking this thing out.

I appreciate your visit and glad you enjoyed the series.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

cristicue. I too have so many times thought "it's over, there is nothing left, I have ruined it all" and there He is standing with the same plan He began with. My dream began at 13 at 45 I am just beginning to realize and walk in it. He had a lot of work to do in me and I'm still in process.

Thrilled to hear you are studying the Hebrew letter meanings. They are priceless in solidifying His Word and the concepts He wants us to get. I have found that they never disagree with the truth's already revealed they just clarify them.

Some of the resources I started with were.

Jewish Jewels "Hebrew Aleph-Bet" video series. worth every penny!

"Hebrew Word Pictures" by Dr Frank Seekins

some free online resources are

Hebrews4christians website

ancienthebrewresearchcenter (this one is by Jeff Benner and he has a little different take on a couple of the letters.

Also there is a great book out by Rabbi Daniel Lapin called "Buried Treasures" I got it at CBD for 1.99

also on you tube check out wildbranch ministry series on agri bio linguistics fascinating stuff on how the Word is designed with imagery that we might understand.

Bless your studies!!


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christicue 5 years ago from Franklin, TN

Thank you so much, that is all so encouraging to hear. It is evident in your writing that you speak from experience and is beautiful. I'm learning too and it can be hard at times. It sure does help to remember all those faithful ones and how much time they spent in the wilderness or wandering before God's purposes were realized, doesn't it? :) I will definitely check into all the resources you mentioned. I'm familiar with Brad Scott and need to take time to watch that series...haven't as of yet, though. I guess that's a good place to start! God Bless you in your ministry through hub pages and life! You are a blessing! :)


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ, Thanks for this encouraging, motivating series. I especially like this line--"Most importantly stay focused on the person of that goal and dream." That's really what it's all about. Thanks again.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you lifegate I appreciate your encouraging comment and visit


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

An awesome hub, Tamarajo! Thank you for gathering up the scripture prayers and writing them out for us. Very helpful. You're a blessing!


imranhaider 5 years ago

nice


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Betty, I love the scripture prayers and pray them frequently. They say so perfectly what my heart sincerely desires and it is so comforting to know that His Word so perfectly provides for that.

Blessed by your visit and thoughtful comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

imranhiader, Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate your visit.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Thank you for sharing God's thoughts with us. It is so uplifting to read, as I sip away at my morning coffee.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you for reading Dave. I am glad you were uplifted by it. Thanks for visiting and commenting


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I agree with FriendofTruth! I loved how you pointed out we need to be: disciplined, balanced, and committed to excellence. As always you put your best in your writings! Voted-Up!!! Check out....

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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta, agreed... Rick Renner makes great points about what is needed in dream fulfillment.

Thank you for your visit, encouragement and vote

bless you.


His daughter 5 years ago

It certainly is easy to listen to all the voices that compete and cause us to get "off track." Staying focused and steadfast upon God's plan and design requires one to stay close to the Source. Thanks, Tamarjo and God bless.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Another excellent hub from you Tamarajo, full of great and inspiring thoughts. As christians we have to be truly highly disciplined and devoted to fulfill God's purposes for our lives.As christians, we can never settle for less other than God's best.Thank you for sharing these timeless truths in the light of God's Word. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Amen His daughter...staying close to the source and focused. Last night I watched the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness" about a homeless man who becomes a millionaire. The real man whom the show was based upon gave an interview before the show. I marveled at His ability to stay focused through all the failure and resistance he faced while pursuing his dream. He was determined and let nothing stand in his way. He made deliberate decisions of what he would or would not do no matter what.

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Cristina, As I was sharing with His daughter above about the movie "Pursuit of Happiness" that was a true story about a homeless man turned millionaire. His ability to be disciplined and deliberate about everything he did was admirable and inspiring.

I like how you said "never settle for less than God's best"

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

Absolutely fantastic... a great series and profound conclusion. It is so true the power of dreams, especially when accompanied with scripture and prayer. From my own experiece, I sometimes get more revelation on things during the times I am sleeping. Great scripture verses you have also noted with this as well! I'll close by adding one of my own favorites:

"Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction." (Proverbs 29:18 NIV)

Stay in His peace and blessings... Rev.Ted


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Rev. Ted for your affirmation and encouragement.

I have had a couple of profound revelations as well from sleep dreams. They don't come often but, wow, when they do.

Blessed by your visit and comment.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks for this useful hub.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Chemist for reading and commenting.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Very well put together, I am glad that I have stopped by to read. As I have said before I will say again, Excellent job Tamarajo!!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

thank you tinamarie. I am blessed by your encouraging comment and visit. I am glad you liked it and found it useful.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I enjoyed reading your excellent work here. This series delivers a needful message eloquently and succinctly. Well done!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you James I appreciate your encourgement and your visit.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A marvelous read! I am book marking this to refer to often. A beautiful reminder. I especially like, " We can't act on something we can't see happening." What truth! Thank you so much. I must read the other two hubs.

God bless you, dear one. :) vocalcoach


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you vocalcoach. I am glad you enjoyed it. I do think being able to visualize a plan, concept or even a possibility is powerful.

Blessed by your visit and comment.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

God gives to each person a storehouse of resources and a purpose: "Go into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in." "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Everyone has this mandate. With the resources given (like God asking Moses "what do you have in your hand") we use that. If we have a talent we use it for the stated purpose. If we have monies or land or gifts of God WhatEver we have we use it. Don't sit on it. Don't look at it and say someday that will come in handy. Everything that is given, use it. I promise if everyone did that, they would not feel unfulfilled nor unproductive nor unblessed nor unwanted, unneeded, or unloved. Keeping yourself busy in using what God gave us, submitting ourselves to Him, we will be used uniquely, wonderfully.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thanks for reading the whole series nobody. Your insight and input are valuable. I think that you said it right in being busy in using what gave us. I hope that all would discover what God had truly given them. And find that pure motive of loving Him to use that gift.

Blessed to have you stop by.

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