Summary: Learn how to dream for the sake of the Kingdom of God
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God Is Bigger Than Our Dreams!
Pastor Jerry C. Vargo
Ever since I gave my life to Christ, I have been consumed with the Kingdom of God. I have considered myself a dreamer in many ways. Yet, as I have begun to see my dreams unfold, I have been struck with the littleness of my dreams.
It seems that as I see the ease in which dreams come to pass, I am in awe at how small my dreams have been in comparison to the Greatness of God.
Now that I am doing what I¡¦ve always dreamed of doing¡KI have to start over again.
A. I must, we must, dream bigger¡Kbecause God is bigger than our dreams. In other words, there is no dream, no desire, no prayer, or no goal that is bigger than our awesome God!
B. We just dream too small. We need to begin to believe God for the ¡§hard things.¡¨ We need to grab onto these dreams in God-given faith.
C. Matthew 9:29 says, "According to your faith, it will be done unto you." Our faith in God¡¦s abilities is the key to seeing our dreams come to pass.
D. I want to ask you a few questions:
1. Why have we settled for little dreams when we serve a big God?
2. Why are we content to just ask God for the things that seem possible?
3. Why not ask God for the impossible?
4. Why settle for just a taste of God when we can have the entire seven course meal?
E. Turn with me to 2 Kings 2:1-14. Note the following:
1. Elisha is a dreamer. He follows Elijah everywhere. Why? He had a dream of being like his mentor.
2. Even when Elijah tries to turn him away¡KElisha stays put! He had a dream and he wasn¡¦t going anywhere.
3. Others got the news of Elijah¡¦s departure. Elisha wasn¡¦t about to miss out on the opportunity to become Elijah¡¦s successor.
4. Finally, Elijah says in verse 9, ¡§Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.¡¨
5. Elisha¡¦s response was a speaking out of his dream. ¡§I want a double portion of your spirit upon me.¡¨
6. Remember now who we are talking about¡KElijah!
a. There was no prophet like him.
b. Predicted the 3 year drought.
c. Raised a child from the dead.
d. Stood against 400 prophets and called down fire.
7. Notice what he says in verse 10: ¡§You have asked a hard thing.¡¨
8. My response is ¡§SO?¡¨ I love the next word: NEVERTHELESS!
9. Here is where I believe that Elijah is a type of Christ. Explain how Elisha was told to keep his eyes on Elijah and not on the chariots.
F. I say the same to all of us today. Keep your eyes on Christ and DREAM. Believe God for the ¡§Hard Things.¡¨
G. God is bigger than our dreams! He wants us to believe for the IMPOSSIBLE!
H. I¡¦m starting to dream bigger!
INSERT ALL OF YOUR CURRENT DREAMS IN THIS SECTION. USE THIS SECTION TO CAST VISION FOR THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS LAID ON YOUR HEART AS A PASTOR, TEACHER, ETC.
I. So, how can we develop dreams that are more in line with the BIGNESS of our God? Well, faith is the answer.