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Summary: Dreaming causes us to think about life in new and creative ways. It is an essential part of the Christian Faith.

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"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12, NLT)

INTRODUCTION

A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?”

“I don’t know, but Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Tuesday, you’ll know,” He replied.

A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream, “This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?”

“You’ll know Tuesday,” He replied.

The night before Valentine’s Day, she again woke up telling him about her dream, “This time I dreamed that you brought me a diamond necklace. What do you think it means?”

“Honey, be patient. "You’ll know tonight." he said.

That evening, the husband came home with a package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it--to find a book entitled, "The meaning of dreams."

God’s Gift of Dreams

One of the most wonderful gifts that God has given is the creative ability to dream. He has given each of us imaginations that have no limit. We can dream as big as we like, we can dream as awesome as we like.

God himself is a very creative being. He displayed his amazing skill and talent in the creation of the world and the universe in which we live. Our world was created from nothing but a dream, and God spoke his word and the dream came to life.

Created in the image of God

Genesis 1:28 says, “God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature.” (The Message)

God, the greatest dreamer that world has ever known, created us in his image. We have the God given ability to dream, to create and to imagine.

Our potential to dream is huge. We can dream as big as we can imagine, and then God takes over.

Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) "God can do anything, you know— far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Because we are created in the image of God, we have the ability to dream.

The questions are; “How can I live up to the potential that God put in me?” and “How do dreams play a part in the process?”

STORIES

Mathew Barnett, at the young age of 20, was asked by his father Tommy Barnett to pastor an Inner City Church in Los Angeles. The first day that Mathew was at the Church it had a congregation of 40 people. But instead of growing under his young and enthusiastic leadership the Church began to lose people. The situation became more and more alarming as week by week there was less and less people.

Mathew’s despair came to a breaking point one Sunday night as he showed up to Church, and found himself to be the only one in attendance. He had prepared a sermon, and because of the sheer force of determination in him, and because of his resolve to endure, Mathew Barnett preached his sermon to an empty Church.

That night he went home with his mind full of questions and doubts. Had God really called him, what was wrong with his leadership? It was a restless night, and around 2:30 in the morning, Mathew Barnett knew that God was talking to him. He knew that God was telling him to go down to Echo Park, in one of the very worst districts of Los Angeles.


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