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Why did you stop believing that your dream could live? – Words to Live by

Lonnie McCowan

By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

Why did you stop believing your dream could live…did someone steal it? or were you talked out of it? Was it fear? Was it a person? Was it an event? Well it doesn’t matter what matters is that you get it back!

Have you ever known someone who seemed to have the Midas touch? Whether it’s athletic ability, musical talent, intelligence, or just pure charisma, it’s easy to identify people who seem to have been born with an extra measure of grace–they are “gifted” and often appear better than the rest of us.

Can I tell you a secret?  Those people are just like you and me. The ONLY difference is they have found the internal drive to succeed and have learned how to sustain it.

Michael Jordan is considered the greatest basketball player ever. But he wasn’t born that way. His success comes from his concerted effort and devotion to his craft. Jordan said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to make that game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” He was unwilling to let setbacks or failures determine his destiny; he chose instead to get back up every time he fell.

Every person who succeeds in life does so by persevering in the face of adversity and by continually applying themselves to their vision. No one comes into this earth with talents and abilities fully functional, but instead they dedicate years of their lives to developing them.

God has given you amazing gifts; some gifts you may be aware of and some you may have yet to discover. It’s time to stop minimizing your potential through comparison and imagine the extraordinary possibilities of all you can be! Embracing your true self and understanding how God has wired you is the first steps toward living in divine authority.

Today is the day you can begin to reclaim your power and authority! You don’t have to allow the enemy to determine the direction of your life one more day. You don’t have to stand by while the enemy kills, steals, and destroys that which you hold most dear. I want to show you how to identify the subtle tricks the enemy has used against you to keep you going in circles and away from your true purpose and destiny.

He use a very little trick called Routine, yes that’s it Wake up, shower, brush teeth, Get dressed, coffee, work, lunch, work, gym, dinner, bed. Must of are day is pretty much the same every day. This all orchestrated the enemy getting you so focus on your routine that before you know it 1year is gone and then 5 years and then 25 years, and we look back and have regrets of what could have been. Well don’t get upset and make excuse of why things are not working just start making changes today. The possibilities are endless. Do you remember when you were a little child and you used to make wishes. Wishing upon a star, Birthday wishes, you used to wish big. You used to believe that they would come true, one day. Why did we stop wishing?  I guess when it seemed “silly” to be wishing for things that seemed imaginary. Here it what you can do turned your wish in to a dream now they are no longer imaginary. Now dream and  dream big.

But don’t stop there say these dreams out loud every day because the more you say them; the more you believe that they will come true. This is one way to nourish yourself with love, joy, patience, and generosity so that I can become my dreams.

I live my dreams every day by living in the present moment and letting the journey unfold itself. My days are filled with rituals instead of routines. My days are filled with cultivating nourishment for my mind, body, & spirit! Stop settling start dreaming again, and then say what you want out loud every day. Don’t say what you don’t want only what you want, don’t worry about how it is going to happen just say it and believe it every day! And give yourself permission to receive all the Good and Love that God has for you and live in the moment…and watch how great your life will become!

Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at or by

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