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Everything is Possible With God: Dare to Dream
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    15601 E 24th Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
In order to unpack the 6 phases of faith it is important to have an understanding of what faith really is.


Faith is believing the Word of God and acting on it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result.


Faith is an appropriate application of what we say we believe.


If there is no visible and tangible action on our part to apply what we say we believe, what we believe to be true than it means nothing and it will never bring about change in our life or the lives of those around us.


Faith is a gift… it is nothing that we can earn, it is nothing that we can take credit for; it is a gift that is freely given to us through Christ’s work on the cross and all we have to do is accept it and learn how to operate in it.
God always starts with a dream. Nothings happens until someone starts dreaming.


God wants to work in our life and he does so starting with a dream. He gives us a dream about what He wants to do, and the impact He wants to make through your life in the world. But God always starts somewhere… with a dream, an idea, a vision, a goal or a target for your life.


That is what we are talking about when we talk about God’s dream for our lives. And our big idea for this morning is this: Faith is choosing and believing God’s dream for our lives. We have to Dare to Dream!


God has a dream and a purpose for each and every one of us. We have all been uniquely designed with a purpose.


“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 MSG
How to Discover God’s Dream for Your Life


1. Dare to Care


God has uniquely created us with individual gifts, talents, and abilities and likewise we all have something that stirs on the inside of us when we see it, when we get near it, when we hear about it, when we touch it we just can’t stand it. That thing is what Bill Hybels of Willow Creek church wrote about in his book Holy Discontent.


Each of us have something that stirs inside of us, a holy discontent, that when we see it we just can’t stand by and do nothing we feel called into action.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had a dream that was fueled by his holy discontent of seeing our country torn apart by racial injustice and dreamed of a day when people wouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Moses, one of the biblical patriarchs had a dream of seeing the Jewish people set free from a life of slavery and oppression and see them enter the promise land that God had promised.
What breaks your heart? What is your holy discontent?
Nehemiah was a Jewish man who was part of the exile of the Jewish people from Israel after the they had been concurred and taken captive by the Babylonians. During the period of the book of Nehemiah, about 445 BC, some of the Israelites had been allowed to leave captivity and return to Israel to rebuild and repopulate.


Nehemiah was still residing in Persia and serving as a cupbearer under King Artaxerxes when he first experienced his “holy discontent”. That is where I want to pick up in the book of Nehemiah chapter 1 verse 2
In those days, walls surrounded the cities to fortify them, to provide them protection against enemies and attack but without them they were vulnerable. Nehemiah’s heart broke to hear that Israel was vulnerable and he knew that he couldn’t sit back and do nothing.
2. Dare to Ask


PRAY! Many times, we don’t have God’s dream for our lives simply because we haven’t asked for it. We haven’t taken the time to get with God and ask the simple question “God, what is your dream for my life?”
God has a dream for your life, you just need to key into it. If you don’t know what it is, pray, ask God to give it to you.” -Rick Warren
It started with something stirring inside Nehemiah, something broke his heart, and then he prayed he asked God about his dream. Nehemiah eventually petitioned the King of Persia to let him go back to Israel to rebuild the wall and he did so in a mere 52 days. It didn’t come without opposition, but his faith was built through a dream that started as a holy discontent, which led to prayer, asking God for direction in his life, and ultimately led to victory.


The question is, have you taken the time to dare to ask for your dream? What would you attempt for God if you knew that you couldn’t fail? If you don’t know the answer to that question I want to challenge you to ask God, and get a dream for your life.
3. Dare to Believe


“If a dream comes from God, it is going to be so big that you can’t do it on your own. You can only do it by faith! Because if you could do it on your own you wouldn’t need faith, and if you don’t have faith you can’t please God.”
-Rick Warren
This pretty much sums up a God dream… Most of the time they seem impossible, they seem to monumental, and if you are anything like me you think, “who am I that I could think I could do that for God?” But that is the sweet spot!


But this is most often where you and I get in trouble because we get a glimpse of the dream and we allow fear, trepidation, insecurity, past failures and all sorts of things to set in and we write it off before we can even get going. So what happens… God has a dream, a plan and a purpose for our lives that goes unfulfilled.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”
-Wayne Gretzky


We should never allow the seemingly impossible intimidate us; it should actually motivate us… motivate us to pray more, believe more, trust more, experience more, learn more, and grow more.
If we are going to dare to dream we have to dare to believe in God’s promises.


This is a continual process. As you go through all the different phases of faith this key is something that we will always have to fall back on. Because no matter how long you have been on the journey of faith, we will experience doubt and unbelief that will try to derail from our dreams.
At some point in our journey we will all be like this father… Our faith will waiver, it will feel weak and almost non-existent at times. Our faith is imperfect, just like us. But when our dream is under attack by fear and disbelief it is then that we have to dare to believe and remember our last step and take it to God and ask Him, the author of our faith, to strengthen and restore our faith. Sometimes over and over and over again. Does that mean we don’t have faith? No. When we are weak He is strong and all we have to do is run to him.
4. Dare to dream BIG


“The size of your God should determine the size of your goal.”
-Rick Warren
We serve an immeasurable God, a God who set the stars I the sky who spoke the world into existence. A God who literally shaped the world that we live in. We should be dreaming big for Him!
If we are going to be used in a big way for God we have to dare to dream big. God isn’t concerned with these little baby dreams, the little teacup dreams. He wants you to dream big, that is what faith is.
Are you ready to allow God to rock your faith and not only dare to dream, but dare to dream big?