“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11
BE A DREAMER
I am a dreamer. It’s part of the fabric of my being. One of my dreams as a kid was to play football professionally for the Minnesota Vikings. I was on that path until a devastating knee injury in college changed the course of my entire life.
That unrealized dream has lead me to dream even bigger dreams. Dreams that will change the world.
Even though I am a dreamer, sometimes the dreams lie dormant in our hearts for many years. My hope for you and me is that we awaken that dreamer in us. That we realize we can create the life of our dreams by stepping into the person God created us to be.
My dream has always been to be an entrepreneur. After God placed that dream on my heart over twenty-five years ago it finally has come to fruition. I believe the possibilities for myself and for you are endless.
What I am learning on this journey of self-realization is that I am the only one who can hold myself back. And how do I hold myself back? Through self-doubt. By not believing in myself. By not stepping into believing I am who God says I am.
I AM strong. I AM courageous. I AM brave. Joshua 1:9 says, “This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
So why do I and so many Jesus followers struggle with self-doubt? It is very clear in scripture what God says about us. I am realizing that this is my challenge to overcome. The only way I can truly live an abundant life and live the life that God created me for is to turn my self-doubt into self-confidence.
The only way to turn my self-doubt into self-confidence is to see myself the way God sees me. When I start to live my life that way is when I will manifest abundance in my life. That is when I will become fully alive and start to take risks that will allow me to live the life of my dreams.
What I want for you is to live the life that God intended for you. That you start to create your dream life by turning your self-doubt into self-confidence.
I have dabbled in I AM statements in the past, but have never stuck with repeating them over and over. There are so many powerful I AM statements in the Bible, but it is easy to gloss over them and not take them to heart.
Here are some of the most powerful I AM statements in the Bible that can help us turn our self-doubt in self-confidence by starting to see ourselves the way God sees us.
· I AM the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)
· I AM the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
· I AM a child of God. (John 1:12)
· I AM a part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life. (John 15:1,5)
· I AM Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)
· I AM a new creation. (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
· I AM the enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 5:8)
· I AM a son of God and one in Christ. (Galatians 3:26,28)
· I AM united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
· I AM righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24)
What if we started to live out those I AM statements? What if we showed up in the world as the light of the world as Matthew 5:14 says. What a game changer that would be. What would the possibility be for your life?
A quote I love from Christopher Reeve says, “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” There are so many possibilities for us when we live with faith, hope and love. We will live the life God intended for us when we start to see ourselves the way God sees us. That’s when we will dream big and start to take big risks for the betterment of humanity.
I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior. My vision is to impact one million men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors. The journey to one million men starts with one. Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams? So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive.
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One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity. The choice is yours.
Troy Ismir, MS
Speaker, Author, Podcaster and Spiritual Warrior Coach