Summary: Long distance runners reach a point in every race which is called SPLATTING, to continue in the race takes discipline.
Gal. 5:7 YE DID RUN WELL, WHO DID HINDER YOU THAT YE SHOULD NOT OBEY THE TRUTH?
SPLATTING (or falling towers and dashed dreams)
1. JESUS WAS A PEOPLE PERSON, NOT A PAPER PERSON. Problems are great opportunities.
Peace is not the absence of problems, but rather the presence of the Almighty God.
2. REACHING INVISIBLE BARRIERS.
A. Heb. 12:1 Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
B. REACHING INVISIBLE BARRIERS... splatting!
Long distance runners will always reach a point
in any race that is called SPLATTING OR
HITTING THE WALL. Splatting is when the legs
knot up, the lungs can’t get enough air, the
muscle tighten, This is a MENTAL and PHYSICAL
C. The race started with high hopes, ends in
broken mental concentration. Physical fatigue,
collapsing dreams, and quitting the race.
D. A CHAMPION has learned to expect this
splatting, somehow they discipline their heart
and mind, KEEP PICKING THE FEET UP, KEEP PUTTING
THE FEET DOWN.
3.YOU DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM --- YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING SITUATION!
A. No man is an island to himself.
B. 90% of people will never change UNTIL THE PAIN
IS SO GREAT THEY HAVE TOO...
C. God’s people are --- people PEOPLE, we need to
see the impact of RELATIONSHIPS.
D. RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE COMPLEX AND SOURCES OF
CONFLICT. WE NEED JESUS’ PEOPLE
E. Everyone has an opinion. Each opinion has an
impact on others. We often don’t like or
appreciate other’s impact ... WE SPLAT
4. WE NEED DREAMERS. SOLUTION SEEKERS.
Gen. 37:19 And they said one to another, BEHOLD
THE DREAMER COMETH.
If it weren’t for this dreamer the whole family
and nation of Israel would die.
5. You see things as they are and say WHY? But we must dream things that are not, and say, WHY NOT?
A. LYNN KNOX, setting in his chair in a rehab
center, eyes closed, THINKING ABOUT HOME.
THINKING ABOUT GOING HOME. Exercise and doctor
orders HELP,BUT GETTING well is made easier by
thinking of home.
B. The dream is the small hidden door in the
deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul ...
the dream opens far beyond ability and egos.
6. Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
A. IF I WERE THE ENEMY WHY WOULD I STEAL PEOPLE’S
B. HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT STEALING GOD’S PEOPLES’
C. Joel 2:28 Your old men shall dream dreams, your
young men shall see visions.
D. Aristotle: Hope is a waiting dream.
e. The little child told me, I AM AN ACCIDENT!
I said, Where did you hear that?
My mommy told me. I said, Honey, you are no
accident, maybe a surprise!
7. THE STORY OF THREE TREES.
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,
"Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I
could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest.
People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.
When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be
able to sell the wood to a carpenter," and he began cutting it down.
The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree the woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard."
The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.
One of the woodsmen said, "I don’t need anything special from my tree, so I’ll take this one," and he cut it down.