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Fulfilling Your God-Given Dream

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Sermon shared by Brian Atwood

April 2005
Summary: Four essential attitudes for fulfilling your God-given dream. First sermon in four-part series, "Dreaming Big for God".
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
William Carrey, considered by many to be the human catalyst behind the modern missions movement, used to say, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God."

This month weíre going to talk about people in Godís Word who lived this very way of life; people who dreamed big for God. By pondering these biblical examples I hope each of us will become big dreamers for God. If you once dreamed big for God but have become discouraged about whether or not those dreams can still be realized, these scriptural models should help you dream again.

Weíre going to cover some very encouraging ground these next four Sundays by talking about "Godís Big Dreams For You."

Our text verse is unique because it contains the first mention in the Bible of two very important words: "vision" and "reward". During these next four weeks weíre going to be emphasizing how being a person of vision leads to a very rewarding life!

Genesis 15:1 (NLT) "Afterward the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, íDo not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.í"

This verse contains FOUR ESSENTIAL ATTITUDES FOR FULFILLING YOUR GOD-GIVEN DREAM:

1. Realize that your dream will need to be tested.

The first word of our text verse deserves further investigation. "Afterward". After what? What had been happening in the life of Abram up to this point? Letís quickly review the three preceding chapters of scripture.

In Genesis chapter twelve God calls Abram to leave his home at age 75. So he sets out, not even knowing the precise location of the Promised Land to which God is sending him. Shortly thereafter Abram finds himself in the midst of a famine. Heís forced to take his family, servants, flocks and herds into Egypt. While heís there he lies about his wife being his sister so that Pharaoh wonít kill him. Pharaoh takes Sarai into his harem but God protects her in spite of Abramís deception and she is returned to Abram untouched.

This character flaw of Abramís is not covered up in Scripture. One of the many reasons we know the Bible is true and therefore trustworthy is that it "tells it like it is".

Abram was weak. He lied. Thereís no excuse for his lying. One can claim, as Abram did, that Sarai was his sister, the daughter of his father but not his mother. (Gen. 20:12) But when she became his wife, this was the relationship by which they were to be known. Thereís no excuse for his lying. Yet Abram did not stop his journey to obey God because of his own sinful failure.

So we see in Genesis twelve that Abramís dream was tested by FAMINE and FAILURE.

In Genesis chapter thirteen, Abram separates from his nephew Lot because of a range war that erupts between their herdsmen. There wasnít enough grazing land for both their sets of herds and flocks. So Abram lets Lot take his pick of land on which to graze and Lot chooses foolishly. Sure, he picked the lush land, but it was also connected to the wicked city of Sodom. Eventually, Lot inches his way into the city. His family life is devastated because he chose the wrong priorities in life.

Abram could have taken first pick due to seniority. Instead he was selfless.

Donít be so sure that just because you can do something that you should do the thing.

So in Genesis thirteen we see that Abramís vision was tested by CONFLICT.
Comments and Shared Ideas
Kurtis Ntiamoah
February 5, 2014
As for me i will not say Abraham lied. because Bible recorded that she is her sister in Genesis 20;12 so he can used to call her sister or wife,as the situation suite him, God did not reprimand him, its also happened in Gerar with Abimelech not pharaoh,for me Abraham should have ask God where the land is when God call him out of his family because he spend 40 years sojourn in the land without knowing, sometimes our promise delayed because we don't ask God right questions , to fulfill Gods dreams in our life we need to ask him question as virgin Marry did, angel Gabriel said you will conceive and born the messiah she ask HOW CAN IT BE ?. Then Angel Gabriel told her the Holy Spirit will come and over shadow you, can you imagine if she did not ask the angel and found herself pregnant ?,in order to fulfill our Gods dream let us ask God needed questions,
Kurtis Ntiamoah
February 5, 2014
As for me i will not say Abraham lied. because Bible recorded that she is her sister in Genesis 20;12 so he can used to call her sister or wife,as the situation suite him, God did not reprimand him, its also happened in Gerar with Abimelech not pharaoh,for me Abraham should have ask God where the land is when God call him out of his family because he spend 40 years sojourn in the land without knowing, sometimes our promise delayed because we don't ask God right questions , to fulfill Gods dreams in our life we need to ask him question as virgin Marry did, angel Gabriel said you will conceive and born the messiah she ask HOW CAN IT BE ?. Then Angel Gabriel told her the Holy Spirit will come and over shadow you, can you imagine if she did not ask the angel and found herself pregnant ?,in order to fulfill our Gods dream let us ask God needed questions,
Michael Curtis
February 4, 2014
Abel .... Genesis 12:14-20 contains the story of the deception to Pharoah. Abraham used the line about his wife being his sister twice.
Great work what an encouragement to those of us dreamers out there!
Abel Akintunlese
April 12, 2008
On the message title: "Fulfilling Your God-Given Dream ", it was stated that Abram while in Egypt told a lie about his wife being his sister so that Pharaoh won’t kill him. Pharaoh takes Sarai into his harem but God protects her in spite of Abram’s deception and she is returned to Abram untouched. I belived it was at Gerar that Abram told a lie to Abimelech and not Pharaoh as contained in Genesis 20:1-12. Please could this be a typing error in the message that can be corrected in the posting on the web site? Let me know your findings. Thanks and God bless you.
Ted Derose of Kibbie Crc
September 23, 2006
Lovely work, nice illustrations.

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