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Dreams Coming Back to Life
By Joel Osteen - May 10, 2019
Years ago there was a forty-six-year-old man in a village in Romania who was about to be buried. In the funeral home, his family and friends walked past his open coffin grieving and paying their respects. After the loved ones said their good-byes, they went home and prepared for the burial. However, the man woke up the next day, got out of the coffin, and walked home. When the neighbors saw him, they nearly passed out. Family members couldn’t believe their eyes. The doctor who signed the death certificate couldn’t understand it. He hadn’t found a pulse; the man had had no signs of life. His only explanation was that the man fell into a temporary diabetic coma. This man was almost buried alive.

I wonder how many times we’re burying things alive. We thought the dream was dead. We tried, but the doors didn’t open. It’s been years, and now we’re convinced that we’ll never start the business or move into a nice house. We bury relationships. “Our marriage is done. We don’t get along.” We bury God’s promises. “I’ll never get well. I’ll never break the addiction. I’ll never live an abundant life.” At one time we believed; we knew God put it in our heart. We talked like it was going to happen, we took steps of faith, but now we don’t see any signs of life. All the circumstances say it’s too late, so we buried it. The good news is, it’s buried alive. You may not be able to see it, but there’s still a pulse. If you’ll get your passion back, God will still bring it to pass. Just because you gave up doesn’t mean God gave up. He doesn’t abort dreams. He doesn’t start something and not finish it. You’re going to see God wake up some things you thought were dead.

Now do your part. Those dreams you’ve buried, you need to dig them back up. Start believing again, start dreaming again. Start thanking God that it’s on the way. Every circumstance may say, “You’ll never get well. Just accept it.” If you agree and go around discouraged, you’re burying it deeper. But when you go around saying, “Father, thank You that You’re restoring health to me,” you’re shoveling the dirt off. When thoughts tell you, “You’ve gone as far as you can. Just accept that you’ve reached your limits,” turn it around and say, “Father, You say my latter days will be greater than my former days.” That’s how you remove the dirt, and you’ll see a dream that you’ve buried come to pass.
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