Friday, March 13, 2009

God fills our dreams

1 Chronicles 4:10 (nlt) --- (speaking of Jabez) He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!" And God granted him his request.
Have you ever noticed that when you start to seek God and dream that God fills your dreams and even adds to them in huge ways?  I have, and I can not wait to share some of those things with you in the coming weeks.  I have been in some sort of ministry for well over 20 years and one of the things that gets me excited is watching people with God given passion.  God brings people into the church who want to follow and serve and do what God calls them to do.
Let people dream, and God will fill those dreams as we seek Him.  But some people have a small view of God.  They say that God won't or can't use them.  Not true.  But many people are like that.
Ephesians 3:20 (nlt) --- Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ask God for dreams and for vision.  See what He does then.  The first verse above is one of those kind of verses.  That man asked God for something and BOOM! It happened.  He believed God, and that made a huge difference.  God is able.  He wants to fill your dreams and He wants to use you impact others for His cause and His kingdom.
Here is a bit of this weekend's sermon for ya.  We need to serve others for Jesus, but without a strong relationship with Jesus, serving is empty and hard to find.  Not long ago I started being touched by the lives of homeless people in our area and their needs.  I started reading about the issue, and we even have begun doing some ministry.  I honestly believe that our dreams at The Community Fellowship are about to become reality.  But it is easy to get so obsessed with the dream, the vision and the work that we miss those precious times with God.
When we spend time with God, our dreams get bigger and BIGGER.  Try it and see.  Then, let God fill your dreams.  Think about it!
Isaiah 54:2-3 (ncv) --- Make your tent bigger; stretch it out and make it wider.  Do not hold back.  Make the ropes longer and its stakes stronger, because you will spread out to the right and to the left.  Your children will take over other nations, and they will again live in cities that once were destroyed.
Do you see this truth?  Look around you.  The closer you get to God, the more you serve others for Him, the more you fall in love with God and become part of His plan for changing people's lives.  By the way, it all begins with you.
I am asking God to blow my dreams out of the water.  To make them bigger.  To let our church see and know the bigness of God by letting us touch more and MORE people for Him.  I'm praying God will make our dreams big and that God fills our dreams.
Romans 4:3 (nlt) --- For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith."
If we really believe God, something is gonna happen.  God fills our dreams...

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