Kill Your Dreams

We live in a narcissistic age. An age of extreme selfishness. Because of this, God is often presented as someone who exists to meet our needs. We are told, that Jesus came to satisfy my desires.
Bernie Cowan

Bernie is a Steiger missionary located in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Website: www.comeandlive.com

I am a champion, and my dreams need to be fulfilled. I am in the center, and God exists to serve me.

We have endless prophetic words and prayers spoken over our lives about our greatness and what a gift we are to the world.

Missions used to mean giving your life for a cause worth dying for but now it’s often hipster Christians that want to have another travel experience sponsored by the church.

One time I was speaking at a missions school in Australia. The leader pointed to a map of the world and said “these are all the places in the world where you can go surfing. Which one of these places might God be calling you to?”

We have reduced God to a cosmic vending machine. God didn’t send His son to earth so that your dreams could come true; He sent Jesus so that you could have a relationship with Him again - so that you could be forgiven.

The problem is the self, and Jesus speaks directly to the problem in Luke 9. He says “ “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

The self is my greatest enemy. It will get me to settle for shallow, empty goals and it will, in the end, destroy my life. Following Jesus is not about self-discovering; it's about crucifying self so I can truly be alive and free.

Following God is not about having your dreams fulfilled - and this is a good thing! If I think about the plans I had for my life, I am so grateful that God saved me from them and gave me His instead.

Kill your dreams and let God give you his. Deny yourself and follow him. You will then become fully alive and experience the extraordinary life you were created to live.

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