May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of our hearts be acceptable in
your sight O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen
So here’s the deal, we have come from God and we are returning to God
We are all children of the most high God.
The only difference is some know it and some don’t!
Some at the centre of their being
know who they are
and they rise up on eagles’ wings and they dream great dreams
and they turn their dreams into reality.
So how do you begin to dream great dreams
I mean the awakened dreams?
You connect with the source of Life
you connect with God.
And you discover that the source of life is a love
that won’t let you go.
And when you discover that love
it resonates in your heart
and you know it as the sense of home.
And then you open your heart to that love
and you surrender to it
and then the dreams come.
And the possibilities begin to emerge in your mind.
So you have a dream beginning to grow within
and you wonder is this from God?
Ask yourself the question, “Will it help people who are hurting?”
and if the answer is yes
then you know it’s from God.
But you have to connect with the source of life
and the Source of Life is God.
And when that happens
and you know who you are
and you know you are loved and held and will be,
you begin to discover the potential within in
and something happens
your life begins to overflow with beauty and generosity
and grace and mercy
and so the dreams come.
And you begin to realize you have a purpose
and your dreams are possible for you.
Now it’s my contention that if you never have the sense in your life of the
something, some power great than you,
if you never have a God awareness
if we are trapped within our little minds
that really comprehend very little
and we are trapped into believing we are what we do
and what people say about us we may die
living in the shallows of life.
And when what you do and have and your reputation
collapse around your ears
despair can result
and then depression
and then what’s the point of living anymore.
How do I overcome an addiction to mediocrity
and the disillusionment and depression and despair
Believe in a Power greater than yourself.
Believe that you were created a little lower than God
believe in the untapped potential within
ignored by the greater percentage of the world’s population.
Secondly connect with that source of Power.
And how do you know if you have connected?
Love, grace, joy, peace, patience, generosity, hope, faith, will flow from you.
I believe that such generosity of spirit, and unconditional love, and generosity of money
and goodness, is the sure sign
that a person is connected with God
and the sure sign, if you like to use that term
that someone is a born-again Christian.
And it seems to only happen when our core is changed
and the negative self-image we grew up with,
most of us,
is changed to a positive core
through surrendering to and believing, that you are the beloved child of God.
So you connect to the source of all life
and as the love of God flows into you
the dreams and possibilities arise
and in generosity of heart and mind, as Jesus said,
a stream of life-giving life flows from you.
And ideas and possibilities fill your mind and you believe,
I can do this
or God would not have put it into my mind.
Remember, you were created just a little lower than God.
The interesting thing is that in
the process of putting your God given dream into action
you could become very wealthy
but because that was not your goal
your wealth will not become your god,
you will bless others through it.
If you remember, this was the promise to Abraham
I will bless you with great wealth so that
you will be a blessing to generations to come.
Here’s the thing, you are at your best, I am at my best when I am giving,
when grace and generosity are the way we live.
It’s all through the Bible beginning in Genesis
the overflow of creation
this world that constantly reproduces itself in overflow!
Blessed to be a blessing.
Selfishness and stinginess are always the signs of the absence of love and the
denial of God and negative self-image, a negative core.
Now as it is with us as individuals
so it is with this congregation.
The great picture of the temple in Ezekiel is just this
a river of life that flows from the temple
and the more it flows the deeper it gets.
It reproduces itself;
and of course, wherever it flows
it produces healing and life.
Congregations that know they are created to be an outflow of God’s love
to each other and to the communities that God has set them in
thrive as they produce healing and life.
Congregations that have a shortage mentality die.
Congregations that have an abundance mentality live
because they are connected to the source
even our Lord, Jesus Christ.
So I hope when connected to the source and you have a God given dream
you will believe in the one who gave it you
and make a difference.
And when you have a dream about the difference a congregation such as yourselves can make
you will believe it.
And you will overcome all the negatives you have been told and nothing will be impossible for you.
Question: What could you do, if you didn’t think you could fail?
During the great depression in America, George Dantzig was a mathematics student at the University of California at Berkeley. It was a week before graduation... he writes: all of us who were graduating were anticipating joining the unemployment line, for jobs were scarce. The rumor was, however, that the person who got the highest marks in class would be given a job as an assistant teacher.
"Now," he continued, "I was desperate. I did not want to stand in a soup line. I worked and worked and studied and prepared for the final exam. In fact, I studied so hard that when I went to take the test, I was late. I ran to the desk, picked up the paper and looked at it. It had eight problems. I solved all eight. Then I noticed there were two more that were written on the black-board. I tried the first and I couldn't get that one, so I switched to the other. I couldn't solve that one either. I went back to the first. The bell rang. I said to the professor, `There are a couple of problems I didn't get finished. May I have a little more time?' He said, `Sure, George. You have until Friday, at four o'clock, no later. Put it on my desk when you're done.'
"He writes: I went home and I worked on one of the problems. Couldn't solve it. Went to the other one. Couldn't solve it. Four days and nights I worked. Finally by the Friday I had solved one then the other. I put the paper on my professor's desk at four o'clock Friday. Some weeks later, on Sunday morning, about seven o'clock, there was a loud pounding on my door. I woke up, opened the door. There was my professor.
"He said, `George! You made mathematics history.' I shook my head and said, `What do you mean?'
He said, `George, I was thinking as I came over here. You came to class late for the test, didn't you?'
Eight problems were on the test paper that you picked up off my desk. You solved them all correctly. The two problems I had written on the board were not a part of the test! George, when I handed out the test, I said, to the class, for the rest of your life, if you want to have a little fun with mathematics, keep playing with these two famous unsolved problems.
Then I put those two problems on the blackboard. Even Einstein, couldn't solve them. George! You solved both of them.! And I'm here to tell you, you've got a job, starting next week as my assistant professor!"'
George Dantzig writes, if I hadn't been late for that class,
and if I had heard the professor say that these two problems remain unsolved, that even Einstein couldn't solve them, then do you think I would have believed that I could solve them?
I wouldn't even have tried to solve them!"
Now here's the message! You have more potential to create, communicate and relate than you have been told. You have been mentally programmed to believe in the impossible! Maybe that was true before, but not anymore!
You know who you are. You are created a little lower than God.
You will no longer choose a life of mediocrity
you will go out and live
with your one life
that God given dream
and God will bless you and you will be a blessing.
Now unto God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
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