Sunday, January 3, 2016

Big Dream? Bigger God! BEST YEAR EVER – Part 1 Extended Notes

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Big Dream? Bigger God!
January 3, 2016  · Chris Goins

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV), Where there is no vision, the people perish…

A God-sized VISION / DREAM Does at Least Three Things:
  •        It will cause you to GR0W!

Genesis 12:1-2 (NLT), The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others…”

Genesis 12:7 (NLT), Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

  • It will motivate you to invite others to join the ADVENTURE.

QUESTION: What are you dreaming about in 2016? What’s God’s vision for your life, your marriage, your relationships, your fiances, your health, your ministry?

The “Promised Land” and What
A God-Sized Vision or Dream Looks Like:

1. A God-sized vision starts where you are, not where you think you ought to be.

Deuteronomy 1:20-21 (NLT), I said to you, ‘You have now reached the hill country of the Amorites that the Lord our God is giving us. 21 Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Don’t be afraid! Don’t be discouraged!’

Deuteronomy 1:22 (NLT), “But you all came to me and said, ‘First, let’s send out scouts to explore the land for us. They will advise us on the best route to take and which towns we should enter.’”

Deuteronomy 1:23 (NLT), “This seemed like a good idea to me, so I chose twelve scouts, one from each of your tribes.”

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2.    A God-sized vision is never just about you. It’s always about the glory of God and the good of other people.

“It’s not about you… The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness… If you want to know why God placed you on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.” — Rick Warren

At least six times these words show up in the book of Exodus, “Let my people go, so they can worship me…” (Exodus 7:16; 8:1; ; 8:20; 9:1; 9:13; 10:3). 

According to Isaiah 63:14, God brought Israel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and led His people through the desert to “…make for Himself a glorious name.”

God judged ten unbelieving spies and an entire generation because in failing to believe His promise and purpose,  according to Numbers 14:23, though they were eyewitnesses to the glory of God, “…they treated me with contempt.”

Max Lucado says that you can “…reduce the human job description down to one phrase: REFLECT GOD’S GLORY.”

QUESTION: What if we began to live like that?  What if we began to live for one reason, and one reason alone – to bring God great glory? What if we made Psalm 115:1 the rallying point for our lives?

Psalm 115:1 (NLT), Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness.

3.    A God-sized vision will always point you to your “WHY” in life. It will always point you to your PURPOSE.

John Maxwell says that answering the following three questions that will point you in the direction of discovering your “WHY” – discovering your PURPOSE in life. (I highly recommend John Maxwell's book, Intentional Living for more info.)

Question #1: What makes you CRY?

What breaks your heart? What disturbs you? What moves you? What creates such a burden or heartache in you that you are motivated to take action?

A God-ordained vision will often begin as a burden.

For instance, Nehemiah’s vision began as a burden. As he began to pray about that burden, the burden became a vision and a dream — a dream of rebuilt walls, and a restored and revived nation.

Paul’s vision began as a burden. A burden to preach the gospel where it had never been preached.  

What bothers you? What burdens you? What makes you cry? What troubles you most? What keeps you up late at night? What gets you up early in the morning?

·       For William Wilberforce it was slavery.

·       For Martin Luther King it was injustice and equality when it came to African Americans.

·       For Mother Teresa it was extreme poverty and people dying without knowing they were loved.

·       For Billy Graham it was people who desperately need to hear the gospel.

The people God has used to change this planet are people who looked at an issue or problem and thought to themselves, “It doesn’t have to be like this. We can eradicate slavary, bring justice to every human being, serve the poor and minister the gospel.” A divine discontent moved them to get involved in making a difference.

Question #2: What makes you SING?

What makes you happy? What puts a bounce in your step? What pumps you up? What gets you excited? What gives you joy? What fuels your passion?

When you find something that resonates in you at a deep level. When you find something that you would do for “free,” or even pay to do it. You’ve started to get a hint as to your “why” in life.

I love the way Fred Buechner describes finding the “sweet spot” of your calling and God’s dream for your life He writes:  “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Question #3: What do you DREAM about?

If you could accomplish anything in the world to make a difference in the life of someone else, what would it be?

If you could do anything you wanted and knew you wouldn’t fail, what would you do?

If you could live out your wildest dreams, what would that look like?

4.    A God-sized vision is always bigger than you and will require significant risk(s). It will demand faith!

“From the outset, just about every God-ordained vision appears to be impossible.” — Andy Stanley 

“Some people say, ‘God will never ask me to do something I can’t do.’  I have come to the place in my life that, if the assignment I sense God is giving me is something that I know I can handle, I know it is probably not from God.  The kind of assignments God gives in the Bible are always God-sized.  They are always beyond what people can do, because God wants to demonstrate His nature, His strength, His provision, and His kindness to His people and to a watching world.  This is the only way the world will come to know Him.” – Henry Blackaby

“It is a dangerous business to arrive in eternity with possibilities which one himself has prevented from becoming actualities. Possibility is a hint from God. A person must follow it... If God does not want it, then let him hinder it; the person must not hinder it himself. Trusting in God, I have ventured, but I have failed—there is peace and rest and God’s confidence in that. I have not ventured—it is an utterly unhappy thought, a torment for all eternity.

“We delude ourselves into thinking that to refrain from venturing is modesty, and that it must please God as humility. No, no! Not to venture means to make a fool of God -- because all he is waiting for is that you go forth.” — Danish theologian, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

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