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Summary: The world needs men/women with a dream- to stand for the truth of God’s Word,the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the message of the Kingdom of God.

I Have A Dream!

Opening Comments

Aug 28, 1963- steps of the Lincoln Memorial … Dr Martin Luther King, Jr … delivered a speech …

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” ... I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

Dr King believed in his dream/ultimate sacrifice.

World needs men/women w/dream- to stand for the-

truth of God’s Word,

Gospel of Jesus Christ,

message of the Kingdom of God.

Every born-again believer is that man/woman.

We have all been given a dream/mission to fulfill.

Introduction

Church On The Rock Internation (COTRI)- theme for 2005 … The Year of the Dreamer.

Motto: Dreams can come alive in 2005!

I believe God told us 2005 would be a new ERA …

Empowerment, Release, Advancement

God has called us into His Kingdom- as such we are-

1 Pet 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NASU

Proclaim- to publish, to celebrate.

Excellencies- valor/virtue of God.

You/I have been given the message- Kingdom of God.

2 Cor 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. NASU

If they do not see the excellencies of God in us, where will they see it?

If we cannot press through our barriers and limitations, what hope is there for them?

If we constantly struggle w/detours/delays, how can we encourage them?

Today we must live beyond our natural capabilities.

When Jesus Christ ascended to the Father He left us with the mission to complete the work He started.

Together we can do everything He did and more …

Jn 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. NASU

Sam Walker, COTRI pastor- Lifting the Lid on Life’s Limitations.

We all struggle with limitations in our lives.

Look for a moment at the life of Paul …

2Cor 12:7

Here Paul was, walking w/God, he was beginning to understand the things of God.

Paul finds himself hindered, unable to press beyond.

2Cor 12:8

God brought Paul to a place of desperation- no longer able to overcome in his own strength/wisdom.

2Cor 12:9-10

Content- gladly, with great pleasure.

Paul takes pleasure in his short comings/limitations.

Last week I encouraged us to …

Recognize our limitations,

Refuse to let our limitations limit us,

Receive the grace of God,

Rejoice with thanksgiving in your heart.

If we are going to lift the lid off of our limitations-

1. Recognize our limitations

Faith is not pretending something is true when it is not true, it is not denying that we have limitations.

Faith is recognizing the power of God to take us beyond our limitations.

Php 4:13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. NLT

Faith is acknowledging that God is bigger than ourselves and our situation.

Faith is believing that the whole world falls under the power of God, that He is sovereign.

Faith makes the seemingly impossible, possible, the invisible, visible, intangible, tangible.

Heb 11:1 What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. NLT

Our “hope” is based on clear Bible facts, not fantasy.

Faith takes us beyond natural limitations and brings us into the supernatural.

2. Refuse to let life’s limitations limit you

When we bow down to life’s limitations and allow them to control us they become our Lord.

God is not limited by my limitations.

Life of Moses- God gives him a dream/flesh/crushed-

Ex 3-4 Moses had an encounter w/God at the burning bush and receives his call/mission from God.

God begins to awaken the dream- resurrect it (Isaac).

Ex 3:11, 13, Ex 4:1, 6

In each case God is patient with Moses.

He is telling Moses not to worry about his limitations.

Ex 4:10

Moses was on the verge of letting life’s limitations limit him from fulfilling God’s calling in his life.

Ex 4:11-12

What God was saying … I made you that way w/your limitations- I want you to trust in me, not yourself.

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