Faith Dreams

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In a society that thrives on the thrill of extreme adventure and the "reality rush", people suffer from the passivity and boredom of a life lived in selfishness and egocentric entertainment. They live in an environment that is probable, predictable and controllable yet riddled with discontentment and lack of satisfaction. The despair deepens as they try more and more to fill the gaping hole in their soul that can only be filled with the love and purpose that comes from the deep call of God that calls to the depths of a man's spirit. We, like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, and Nehemiah have been created for a purposed calling from a God that wants to speak to lonely empty people. People are limited to themselves and their feeble imaginations. God wants to give people a dream, a faith dream.

A faith dream is a Rhema that God imparts through His Word to the spirit of a person as He did with Mary in Luke 1. This faith dream comes from a revelation of the character and nature of God through Jesus Christ. This vision builds a fearless capacity to step out onto the water to walk out on the impossibility to meet Jesus Himself on the waters. When Peter standing in the boat saw Jesus walking on the water he saw himself on the water with Jesus.

There are 8 characteristics of a faith dream.
>1. It is something that God puts in the spirit of the surrendered heart at His Cross by His "energeo" - Phil 2.13 - "enthusiasm" grk. "God inside"
>2. A vision that does not originate with us nor centers around us. It may be something that we have run from such as Moses - Ex 3.2
>3. A vision that is much bigger than us than our emotions and mind. It is something that is bigger than our resources and not for our fleshly gain. Nehemiah
>4. It is a dream that is so impossible to the natural man that only God's love working in us can make a way to break through the discouragement and reasons not to go on.
>5. It is a purpose that many may not understand and that we could easily doubt if it were not for God's confirming in our hearts. It is a vision that may make us at times feel alone. Lam 3.28
>6. It is a vision that is accompanied with the presence, liberty and the fruit of the Spirit.
>7. It is very possible that you may not see the faith vision come to pass in your lifetime. Heb 11.
>8. The result of obedience by faith is the deliverance, salvations of many and eternal fruit that never passes away.

Eph3.20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we able to ask or think according to the power that worketh in us

1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. 

Adversaries to the Open Door:
1. Rationalization
2. Doubt
3. Fear of the future
4. Living in the past
5. Circumstantial orientation
6. Looking at yourself
7. Looking at others

 Hear the two messages we preached on this subject:


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Fear - Guised Control & a Feeble Defense

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FEAR today is the greatest foe that many people face. It paralyses the mind and isolates us affectively making us victims of human circumstances and imaginary or real phobias. Fear is the leading cause of mental illness in our nation and is an unprecedented reason for people to never uncover God's Plan for their lives.

The National Institute of Mental Health last year gives these statistics:
~ Percent of things feared that will never take place = 60 %
~ Percent of things feared that happened in the past and can’t be changed = 30 %
~ Percent of things feared that are considered to be insignificant issues = 90 %
~ Percent of things feared in relation to health that will not happen = 88 %
~ Number of Americans who have a diagnosed phobia = 6.3 Million

The NIMH also lists the top 10 fears in America today as follows:
1 Fear of public speaking – Glossophobia ~ 74 %
2 Fear of death – Necrophobia ~ 68 %
3 Fear of spiders – Arachnophobia ~ 30.5 %
4 Fear of darkness – Achluophobia, Scotophobia or Myctophobia ~ 11 %
5 Fear of heights – Acrophobia ~ 10 %
6 Fear of people or social situations – Sociophobia ~ 7.9 %
7 Fear of flying – Aerophobia ~ 6.5 %
8 Fear of confined spaces – Claustrophobia ~ 2.5 %
9 Fear of open spaces – Agoraphobia ~ 2.2 %
10 Fear of thunder and lightning – Brontophobia ~ 2 %

FEAR today is the greatest foe that many people face. It paralyses the mind and isolates us affectively making us victims of human circumstances and imaginary or real phobias. Fear is the leading cause of mental illness in our nation and is an unprecedented reason for people to never uncover God's Plan for their lives.

Fear is really worship. It is negative worship. Fear is worship because it exalts the phobia above God and His Promises. Fear reigns in the absence of Perfect Love. When Israel was afraid of Goliath and hid not confronting him that was a form of worship not knowing that God loved Israel and wanted to give them the victory over the giant.

When we live in fear it is only the guised worship of self. It is the poor attempt to control the uncontrollable. We fear because we lose control, power to direct and protect instead of surrendering to our loving Savior. Fear of losing control results in perfectionism - that drive for certainty in a uncertain changing world. Anxiety is the disposition of the fear of losing control. Depression & Loneliness are twins of their mother Anxiety. Both born from a long pregnancy of Fear. If Fear had a father it would be Guilt.

To know and bask in God's love is to be free from torturing fear. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." - 1 John 4:18

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. - Isaiah 41:13