Sunday, April 30, 2017

God’s Dream – Part Two – Obey and Serve

Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord.”

Pastor Kyle continues with two things about dreams: (1) Time tells if our dream is really from God. A true dream from God is never dead, even when it feels like a dead end street. We can delay or detour the deliverance, but never stop God’s revealed plan and will experience His deliverance. Know that God has a dream and plan for our lives. (2) Obedience, not perfection, keeps us connected to God’s dream over the long haul. We flawed finite humans in a “fallen” world, so we shall make mistakes. Our Creator God desires progress every day in our obedience to His perfect Word, Will and Way, as we are led by the indwelling Holy Spirit and follow our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. All along on journey here, we are being prepared for the next step and phase of life. Focus upon our own self-centered dreams will cast  a shadow over God’s dream for our life.

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Kyle left us with two leadership lesson that Joseph learned the hard way. (10 Great leaders ditch their coat (meaning their sense of power & prestige) willingly. The only way to rid the manmade system of honor and prestige is to have it ripped from our hands by God. The lesson here is “Let God exalt you; not man.” You might just be place in a greater position to progress. Always keep in mind that God has a better way to get where we are going. (2) We cannot spiritually lead until we learn how to serve. The greatest leaders are great followers and servants. Question: How do you do when you are not in charge? In Luke 22:25-26 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor — not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.”

In reality, everyone reports to God. We can all prosper anywhere that we learn to trust, obey and serve the living God of Heaven and Earth.

In Christ, Brian

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