THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM-PART 3-LIVING THE DREAM!-86a
This is my quest to follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far to
Fight for the right
Without question or fault
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will
Lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest
And the world will
Be better for this
That one man scorned and
Covered with scars
Still strove with his
Last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.
That song was written by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion
· I believe this is the most important message that I have ever preached. If you don’t have a personal dream or vision then you are a dead man or woman walking already! You are just killing time. Don’t settle for that!
· I spent a lot of time on the bench in High School. I loved sports; but I wasn’t a great athlete. Anyone who has collected splinters like I did knows that being in the game is much better than just sitting on the sidelines and watching. One of the things I love about the Lord is that he wants everyone to be a starter-No Exceptions!!!
I Corinthians 2:1-5
1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
This is one of things that I love so much about God. He can take a bench warmer like me and turn him into a starter. I don’t say that to brag except on Jesus. Now don’t get me wrong; God wants the star athletes and the bench warmers; but many times, it’s those who have nothing are willing to give everything.
I am challenging you tonight. This is your opportunity of a lifetime. You can intimately know the God of the universe. He will be your best friend. You can have his Spirit abounding in you. You can have revelation from his Word. I often tell people how my first 29 years as a believer (13 of them as a pastor/youth pastor) I could have filled one 81/2 sheet with all my revelation.
Today, I can honestly say before God and man, that I have one sheet a day every day. It’s awesome. It is an honor and a privilege and a trust. It took time to develop.
I wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world. Knowing him and touching others is Awesome. It is better than anything this world has to give.
So, let’s get down to it; How do I live the dream?
1. You must start by just believing the Promises with child-like faith
2 Peter 1:2-4 (ESV)
2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
2. Requires Total Commitment
Matthew 16:24-26 (ESV)
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (ESV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Don’t you want something bigger than you. Something where you have to rely on God himself to do the miraculous. Something where you know him better than your best friend. Something where you heal the sick and raise the dead.
Let me just say this THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE I AM LIVING IT-KNOWING GODS INIMATE VOICE DAILY AND HEALING THE SICK FOR WHICH I GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY
SO, THIS IMPOSSIBLE DREAM CAN BE YOURS TOO. HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT???
Total Commitment (this is what it will take to see that God’s dream for you becomes possible and comes to pass) (You must deny yourself; take up his cross; follow him and then seek him with all your heart
(PRAY THIS -ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT)
-Dear Heavenly Father,
-I am tired of my Christian Walk being just going to church on Sunday and a prayer and a devotional the rest of the week: I want more!
-I deny self and take up the Cross
-I choose to seek you with all my heart
-Show me what how to do that and help me to live it out
-In Jesus Name, Amen