Those who succeed in life know how to strategically adjust their lives to their advantage. They know what they want and know how to get it. They have figured out ways to get what they want in the most efficient way possible. These people are masters of their lives. They have achieved a level that not everyone has.
Life is about mastery—of your appetites, your passions, your fears and your ambitions. We are all faced with internal struggles. Do we surrender to our fears or conquer them? Do we give into our baser desires or strive for that which is noble and great? Do we live for next week or have a vision for twenty years from now? Your personal prophecy, you will get to master your life and God’s purpose for you as well. This is what the power of prophecy can do for you.
To life’s constant drama of mastery, you can add self-mastery of your dreams. You are responsible for what you dream and how your dreams play out, because your dreams influence your waking life. Your dream body is your temple, and you should always be master of your temple. Once you begin to master your dreams, you will begin to master yourself, and that mastery will translate into the waking world.
For example, a young husband and father who has not taken good care of his health keeps having the dream that he is a crusader in a pitched battle against a larger force, in his dream, he fights a bloody battle, swords against shields. Finally, one day, he remembers the dream in detail and understands what it means: the army he’s fighting is death and decay, and he needs to change how he is living if he is to defeat them.
The next time he has the dream, he survives the battle and walks away victorious. In his waking life, he suddenly begins eating well and exercising, and gets his body in top condition, ensuring himself a long, productive life.
That is mastery. To take control of your dreams and embrace the message God is sending you through them. Proverbs 16:32 says, “He that ruleth his spirit is better than he who taketh a city.” In other words, the self is the ultimate conquest. Have you discovered yourself? Do you know yourself more than anyone else?