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Joan Murray

Joan Murray received Jesus as her Savior at the age of twelve. During the past twenty years she has taught the life-changing Word of God in churches, Bible study classes, conferences, seminars, prisons, and workshops. Her love for the Lord and her study of the Word has equipped her to teach, train...

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02/22/2011 12:04pm
Obstacles To Your Dream

Revelation 12:11(KJV) - And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

You will face some challenges and obstacles from time to time on your way to the fulfillment of your dream. When you face these challenges, you must make the decision to persevere. Perseverance will be the key that unlocks the door and gives you entry. As you approach your dreams, you may be challenged by lack. Often you may lack the resources you need to begin the process. You may also find that you do not have the necessary help in the beginning phase. Some of you will discover that you may not have the necessary skills or knowledge about where to start. Others’ dreams may seem hopeless at first, especially when there are adverse circumstances surrounding them. You will face some time alone and some loneliness in the process of preparing the groundwork for your dreams. Sometimes when you get to your dreams, it may appear that they are occupied, as was the case with the children of Israel. When they arrived at their Promised Land, giants, unholy and ungodly people, were occupying it, and they knew that it would require a sacrifice and a fight to take occupancy. They had to prepare for outright war in order to take the land. Many of them were fainthearted not remembering that God was on their side and that He would bring ultimate victory. God is on your side and will bring you ultimate victory, so do not let fear hinder your progress. When you arrive ask yourself these questions:
1. What do I see with my natural as well as my spiritual eyes?
2. Do I have what it takes to accomplish it?
3. Do I realize that in God it is attainable?
4. Do I know the power that I have on my side?
5. Can I make a difference in the situations I find?

Every dream will come with situations that you must solve. The situations you encounter will allow you to make a difference by providing aid to those who are without the necessities for survival in our society. You will see many needs, and they will be the reasons for the dream. Each dream that you fulfill will provide a blessing to someone else’s life. When you see the needs, you must pour your entire being into their fulfillment. You must pour your passion, heart, and time into making a difference in the lives of those who are around you. Let us look at five obstacles to your dream.


It is amazing to me that the very moment you decide to get serious about your destiny is the moment when difficulties begin to manifest in your life. You will run into obstacles and situations with your family and friends which call for your immediate attention. The enemy uses distractions to keep you disorientated and unfocused. Distractions break your focus and keep you off center. You are then unable to settle in and begin working on the things that are necessary to bring about your destiny. Distractions are a ploy of the enemy to keep you unproductive and in the same cycle day in and day out. You must learn to recognize his attacks and be prepared to counterattack when necessary. The key to not being caught off guard is to be prayed up and prepared, so as he attempts to distract and dissuade you, you are one step ahead of his ploy. Learn to stay focused when distractions come your way by keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus and continuing to follow the instructions He has given to you. If you focus on Him, you will be able to see the solutions you are looking for quickly and clearly.


The weapon of delay can bring discouragement to all of us. It appears as if you are always waiting on something. Often you are waiting on God’s timing or waiting on help from family and friends or even for the right doors to open for you. In this waiting process, you often feel as if these delays will hamper your progress, but delays are not always denials, and you must learn to stand firm in the waiting season. When you encounter delays, you tend to be less motivated about exploring other options, becau


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