Summary: God has something significant for your life. Every life is a plan of God. You are here not by chance or by accident. But you are here by divine providence this sermon is about the purpose, process and promise that God has for every life.
Purpose, Process and Promise
God has something significant for your life. Every life is a plan of God. You are not by chance or by accident. But you are here by divine providence this sermon is about the purpose, process and promise that God has for every life
Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Ephes 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
These verses reveal the fact that every person ever conceived – God had a plan for their lives – there are some purposes of God that are common to all – salvation – relationship with God – worship, to name a few – there are others that are peculiar to the individual - 1 Cor. 12:14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
The secret to the fulfilled life is to find our purpose and walk in it – an easy statement to say but a different one to discover because our destiny involves not only the discovery of our purpose but also the process that leads to the promise.
Genesis 28:11-18 - Jacob = deceiver = when born he grasped his brothers heel, he deceived his father to receive the blessing.
Paddan Aram means “path” or “road.”
He fled from Beersheba the well of seven oaths living water to Haran the place of parched or drought.
A certain place of night, darkness, loneliness, broken dreams, fear, and shame, possessing only what he carried. Exhausted.
This is a description of people, created for purpose and promise, but we sin and lose our way in life. Sin is to miss the mark, we fail to be what God intends us to be and like Jacob leave Beersheba meaning original covenant or the design for God. We end up in Paddam Aram a Path or road leading us away from God and end up in a place of Haran, fear, lonliness and darkness. But God rescues us He is with us and somehow reveals Himself to us and awakens our dreams our purpose. Now to arrive at the promise we go through the process of God. It starts with a:
In Jesus life all things were instigated by The Holy Spirit – that is The Holy Spirits desire today to call us back to purpose – to take us through process and release us into promise – that is why we read these words in Acts 2:17 ’And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.
Prophesy - to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration
Visions - to experience; behold, perceive, see, and take heed
Dreams - vision in a dream
Prophesy, visions and dreams are God-given abilities to see what God wants to do through your life as you dedicate yourself to Him - they are given to release Gods purpose into our lives and the lives of others – notice each area has a present and future outworking – so the Holy Spirit reveals our purpose through these methods and takes us onward to our destiny – continues with a:
When you dream, there will be those who will try to discourage you people hate dreamers. Right after Joseph began to dream, his troubles began. No dreams just happen. But over and over again in Genesis was a phrase that was repeated time and time again – and it was the phrase, “The Lord was with him!”
God’s Process always begins with leaving the Familiar
God’s Process always involves recognizing God is with you
God’s Process always comes from the word He speaks to you
The Process is designed to cause us to trust God in everything - Do you want to favor of God? The favor of God comes to you when God is able to trust you Then all you have to do is put aside your own agenda and begin to allow Him to trust you with His dream. . And when you have the favor of God, you have access into the King’s presence.
There are people in your life that you trust. And there are those whom you do not trust. When you trust someone, you can give them the keys to your car and trust them that you’ll get your car back in one piece.
Three Nevers for Godly dreamers:
Never use your age or your past as an excuse to refrain from dreaming.