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Pastor's Message

Keeping the Dream Alive

December 2009

Dear Friends,

Let me ask you this question today. Aren't you glad that you are saved? That Jesus is Lord of your life? Aren't you glad that you have been able to come to know Him in a personal way? I know He is glad you did! Do you know that the Lord has put dreams in your heart? He has placed destiny in your heart. Not a destiny that will automatically become a reality, but one that you can choose to walk in. It is the place of fullness, and fulfillment of life!! Jesus was born so that we could partake of His salvation, and walk in the fullness of life that He has designed for us. It is the most fulfilling life there is! It is His life springing forth within us, and through us, bringing us to a place to enjoy the fullness of life, now and in the age to come.

The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:12 that he pressed on to take hold of what he had been taken hold of for. There is a plan for your life. (God's Master Plan for your life). We were taken hold of for a particular purpose. If Jesus is the One with the plan, then He is the One we need in order to take hold of the plan. He is the One we need in order to have this plan revealed.

Psalms 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." These desires are dreams. v5 (AMP) "Commit your way to Him, roll and repose each care of your load on Him, and He will do it." Commit what way? The way to get to the dream, He will cause it to come to pass. We are to stay full of Him, full of His dream revealed to us, stay full of the dream that is found in Him. As we are full of Him, He will lead us, step by step, to the goal of the dream.

One with a dream of being a corporate CEO, cannot fulfill that dream if they are sidelined by addiction to mind altering drugs that incapacitates them. A marathon runner cannot fulfill their dream if they are sidelined, having gone on an overeating binge. They would only be filled with wishful thinking, and empty hopes. Dreams come with direction, and empowerment. If we want God's path, dream, desire in our heart to come to pass, we need to stay full of Him, His dream in us.

Proverbs 8:1-2 "Does not wisdom call, and understanding lift up her voice? On top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand." We go along in our life and come to a place of decision. There, wisdom is calling. Will you be the runner, or one so full of food that you can't run? Wisdom tells you the right way, the smart way, the successful way to go. Do you want to go down God's path? You need to be in the Word of God, in prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit. If we stay full of His dream in our heart, we will know the direction to go. We will reach our destiny, the one He has set before us.

Genesis 37:1-8 This is the account of the dream God had given to Joseph. (A dream can come in our sleep, or it can just come alive in our heart as He speaks to us). God had given a dream to Joseph for his life. No one liked it. He was criticized for it. If God's dream in us makes others mad, it is because it shows up their shortcomings. A fish doesn't wiggle if it isn't on the hook. v13;18 Joseph's problems started and they were not his fault. Problems are not always our fault, but we need to know when they are. The devil wanted to stop the dream, God's dream in Joseph, from coming to pass.

Joseph ended up in Egypt, and was sold into slavery. He served his master well. He kept a good attitude. He was still living for God, even in a place of slavery. God prospered him and his master's house. Joseph's master's wife tried to entice him. She lies and gets him thrown in jail. Joseph still keeps a good attitude, and he prospers, even in jail. Everything was put in his charge.

Two of Pharaoh's people were put in jail. They both had dreams and Joseph interprets the dreams correctly. Pharaoh has a dream 2yrs later, and Joseph interprets his dream also. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of the nation, as 2nd in command to Pharaoh. In the course of time, Joseph's brothers are sent by their father to buy grain because of the famine in Israel, and they bow to Joseph. Now, about 13 yrs after receiving the dream, it comes to pass.

Joseph kept himself right before the Lord in his attitudes, and in his life. The Lord continued to bring him down the road of the dream. Joseph stayed full of the dream, full of the Lord, taking hold of what he was taken hold of for. He knew God had given him a dream, and that the Lord was the One who would bring it to pass.

With his brothers, slavery, his master's wife, being put in jail, interpreting dreams; he stood at crossroads. He had to make decisions to honor God. He made right choices. He chose not to get sidelined. He reached his God given dream.

1Corinthians 14:2 "For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries." Mysteries, dreams, desires. The Holy Spirit will reveal these things, out from our spirit, to our thinking, and direct our path. Our thoughts, coming from our spirit, will become agreeable with His will, His dream.

Ephesians 5:18 "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be (being) filled with the Spirit." Staying full of Him, staying full of your dream. He will bring it to pass. When we are filled with Him, we will follow Him, and finish at the goal of His dream.

This Christmas season, remember He came with the sole purpose of giving. He came to be with us forever. He came so you could come to know Him, be delivered out of the bondage and burdens of darkness, and step into His dream for you within His Kingdom.

As it is His birthday, let's give Him the best gift ever; Our self. All that He has come to bless us with, the dream He has placed in our heart; Let us all dedicate our self to give this blessed life for His purposes. Dedicate to fulfill His dream to accomplish His will on this earth. We have ALL eternity to do nothing but enjoy ALL that He has put into our hand. Let's use this vapor of time here on the earth, to fulfill His dream in our heart. He sacrificed Himself in order to give us a dream. We don't need to sacrifice our self to live it.

Wishing you all a Very Blessed Christmas

Pastor Bob