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“The Dream in the Wilderness” is a book that addresses a missing dimension in motivational literature: what to do when aersities crop up in the quest of success.

Dreaming big is not a firewall against financial challenges, criticism, hostility and unconducive environs.

There is a lapse of time and vision-threatening challenges between the conception and the realisation of a dream.

The most articulate visionaries are often pressured to quit as challenge and resistance to the dream defeat them.

The stellar debut from Pastor John Museredzo is an articulate case for not giving up on one’s dream because there is “life after the wilderness.”

The spiritual begets the physical hence Museredzo’s book is a thoroughly biblical prescription for success against all odds.

Positive confession, investment in information, being alert to challenges, dedication, elasticity, rejuvenation, nurture, energy, stability, humility and the right attitude are urged as some of the keys to having and holding a dream until it burst to fruition.

The wilderness motif is hewn from Exodus where the Israelites’ odyssey from Egypt to the Promised Land only became a success after a series of challenges over four decades.

Museredzo’s analogy concurs with Apostle Paul’s counsel: “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope,” (Romans 15: 4).

What makes the book an indispensable collection of nuggets is that it is angled against a loose end which is seldom handled by motivational writers.

Life enhancement theology is often met with scepticism because it harps on success and maximised possibilities without accounting for the emergence of challenges.

Ray Comfort makes an indirect, nonetheless pertinent, reference to the problem in his “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” presentation, featuring Kirk Cameron.

The duo points out that 80 percent of people making a decision for Christ backslide because they would have been taken in from the wrong entrance!

Modern preachers sugarcoat the gospel and tell prospective converts that once they come to Christ their story instantaneously changes to prosperity, power, influence and health.

While these are legitimate constituents of the gospel package, converts ultimately lose hold of them because preachers forget to repeat Jesus’s warning that “in the world you will find tribulation… ”

When the tribulation and persecution occurs, it finds the new converts unsupported because they would not have been prepared for it and they withdraw from the faith under the impression that they have been sold a dummy.

The same goes for motivational literature where we are dared to dream our wildest without being taught how to withstand the drawback when obstacles are in the way.

Museredzo’s book remedies by providing “a pathway to follow your dream through the wilderness.”

“When you receive a dream about your future, there is development of a tremendous passion for the dream. You feel it’s going to happen in the now or tomorrow,” notes Museredzo.

“The challenge is when after waiting, there is no physical manifestation. The passion for the dream suddenly begins to evaporate.

“Disappointment engulfs the mind of the dreamer and the commitment to the dream gradually fades away,” Museredzo observes.

Why and how to hang in there becomes the tenor of the book. As Joel Osteen articulates, “When your vision is limited, your life is limited.”

The wise man and meticulous collator of proverbs, King Solomon also points out that where there is no vision the people perish.

Museredzo says that for life to have a meaning itself it is requisite for a person to dream. The dream is what provides the drive to live. Without a dream life is purposeless and devoid of a compass.

The preacher explains that a dream can be deposited by God into someone spirit during time of prayer.

The dream comes with euphoria but this can be short-lived as challenges mount and threaten to obliterate the dream. At such times the dreamer is wont to question whether the dream was from God in the first place.

Museredzo takes quality time to explain the importance of cultivating a right attitude during the time of trial.

One thing to avoid is finding someone to blame.

“How often have we judged and blamed people around us for the challenges we are going through?

“We blame people for not reaching our destinies. We swear, scorn and scorn our leadership in organisations as stumbling blocks to our success. We have even blamed God for not achieving our dreams because of the wilderness,” Museredzo points out.

He warns against expending negative energy and framing explanations for their failure as this reduces the capacity needed to go through the wilderness.

Summatively, the quest for success comes down to faith. Growing keeping and nurturing faith. Keeping our faith stayed in God, whatever aersities in the way, is the guaranteed formula for success.

Stanely Mushava blogs at profaithpress.blogspot.com

Source : The Herald

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