Great it is to dream the dream
When you stand in your youth
By the starry stream
But a greater thing
To fight life through
And to say at the end
The dream was true
This was a poem that was spoken many times by John Osteen, and since Mark Davy shared it yesterday morning in the service it has been rolling through my mind. The truth is that most people start out with a dream when they are young and idealistic. They believe in the dream and they see no reason why the dream cannot become a reality.
Many people as life rolls along get into the fight of making the dream a reality and grow weary in the fight. they lose the belief that it can come true. In reality in order to accomplish God's will for our life there will be a fight, there will be challenge, and there will be weariness, but the dream is still God's dream, and if you choose to fight the fight, stand up to the challenge, and push through the weariness, you can accomplish the dream.
The choice is yours and the choice is mine, will we rise to the challenge in order to fulfill God's call for our lives? Will we dare to look beyond disappointment and see the prize that God has prepared for us? Will we push past the weariness and persevere until we accomplish our assignment? Each of us as individuals need to answer that question for ourselves, and to a degree Heaven and Hell are waiting to see what we will do and how we will respond.
Here is a quote from Bobby Houston's book "Heaven is in this House"
The Church That I See
The Church that I see is a Church of influence. A Church so large in size that the city and nation cannot ignore it. A Church growing so quickly that buildings struggle to contain the increase.
I see a Church whose heartfelt praise and worship touches Heaven and changes earth; worship which influences the praises of people throughout the earth, exalting Christ with powerful songs of faith and hope.
I see a Church whose altars are constantly filled with repentant sinners responding to Christ's call to salvation.
Yes, the Church that I see is so dependent on the Holy Spirit that nothing will stop it nor stand against it; a Church whose people are unified, praying and full of God's Spirit.
The Church that I see has a message so clear that lives are changed forever and potential is fulfilled through the power of His Word; a message beamed to the peoples of the earth through their television screens.
I see a Church so compassionate that people are drawn from impossible situations into a loving and friendly circle of hope, where answers are found and acceptance is given.
I see a people so Kingdom-minded that they will count whatever the cost and pay whatever the price to see revival sweep this land.
The Church that I see is a Church so committed to raising, training and empowering a leadership generation to reap the end-time harvest that all its ministries are consumed with this goal.
I see a Church whose head is Jesus, whose help is the Holy Spirit and whose focus is the Great Commission.
YES, THE CHURCH THAT I SEE COULD WELL BE OUR CHURCH
I dream that this Church could be our Church, .....Jubilee