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Summary: I have a dream… I think. We talked about having a dream… but what if you’re not sure? Is your dream worth giving your life to? How do you test a dream to see if it’s God or if you’re just keeping up the Kardashians… or Jones’…

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I have a dream… I think.

We talked about having a dream… but what if you’re not sure?

is your dream worth giving your life to?

how do you test a dream to see if it’s God or if you’re just keeping up the Kardashians… or Jones’…

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Eccl 4:4

So… how do we do something that is more than just chasing the wind?

RECAP

Bad news…

brother, friends

Jerusalem

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We’re going to talk about mission from God stuff… but you can just think about a dream or vision for your life. I might use some language that’s mostly for followers of Jesus… but I promise… I’ll hook you back in at the end. So don’t check out.

Nehemiah 1:4-11

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4

Nehemiah’s journey is roughly SIX MONTHS

Journey of conviction

Deepening passion

This is about getting serious… God might be waiting for you to get passionate about your passion.

Cultivate conviction

The people who make the biggest difference in the world and the people with the strongest convictions.

Previous generations: you did whatever your dad did

Recently: exposed to more

Today: exposed to too much

…paralyzing amount of info and options

“how do I know what I should do?”

“how can I be special?”

“how can I add value? Everything’s been done… every domain name has been purchased!”

Good news:

There’s no one like you. And there’s still something for you to do

Conviction can be cultivated

Nehemiah becomes more desperate and cultivates conviction in three simple ways:

Nehemiah CARES enough to…

MOURN

PRAY

FAST

For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Mourning

grieving for current realities or past injustice

this is what’s real

this happened

this is happening

I’m going to start by being sad about it

Prayer

setting aside time

praying constantly

When you’re cultivating conviction… do both—set aside time, and pray all throughout the day

If this is a mission from God, don’t you think that God would want to direct you… and give you clarity and courage?

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Another thing Nehemiah does is fast.

Fasting can help remove distractions and focus on God.

Fasting

Fasting isn’t just going without food.

Fasting is being more hungry for God than for food.

Fasting is being more hungry for God and what he wants for your life than you are hungry for what you want.

Fasting: Give up something to get something more

Questions to consider:

Do I care enough to fast?

Do I pray enough to care?

This is how get your WHY

People are motivated by why

If you’re not sure about “WHAT” you’re going to do… don’t worry.


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