Dreams and Disappointments EGP Blog post from January 13, 2019

“God, You’ve gotta do something in me because this isn’t okay. This isn’t okay… Here I am again. Teach me how to pray. Teach me how to dialog with You in such a way that things change around me and You’re honored and glorified. Do something in me and through me, so that when we talk, transformation takes place.” —Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, “Promises Fulfilled”

“DISAPPOINTMENT is the mother of DEPRESSION. … Not dealing with it in early stages DEEPLY affects our EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, and SPIRITUAL health. … Disappointment actually makes us VULNERABLE to SPIRITUAL DISEASE. … Disappointment is a THIEF, … because it ROBS us of a sense of VISION and PURPOSE. … Disappointment is what people HIDE BEHIND who, secretly in their heart, accuse GOD of not being FAITHFUL. …

Many believers—because of DISAPPOINTMENT—have LOST the capacity to DREAM. … You are LIVING and BREATHING because He has hope you and I will BELIEVE for the IMPOSSIBLE. You are living and breathing because, when the impossibilities of life YIELD to a son or a daughter, the Father is REVEALED and He is GLORIFIED. He is EXALTED. … You want to display the NATURE, the KINDNESS, the HEART of God in such a way that people around you are IMPACTED by who HE IS. …

Our capacity to dream is fed, fueled, inspired by our connection to the PROMISES God has given us that we’ve NOT YET seen fulfilled. … And you get ALONE with God and you just say, ‘God, You’ve GOTTA do SOMETHING in me because this ISN’T okay. This isn’t okay.’ … It has to matter ENOUGH. …

So, you get back to the drawing board and you say, ‘Here I am AGAIN. Teach me how to PRAY. Teach me how to DIALOGUE with You in such a way that things CHANGE around me and You’re HONORED and GLORIFIED. Do something IN ME and THROUGH ME, so that when we talk, TRANSFORMATION takes place.’”

Key verses

Proverbs 13:12; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Psalm 119:116; Ephesians 3:17–21; 1 Peter 5:6–7, 10; 2 Corinthians 1:19–22; Luke 5:16; Romans 12:2