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Sermon: WHEN GOD SAYS, "TIME OUT!" #2
Series: EMPOWER BY GOD ... TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM (Nehemiah)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
-- Jim Bakker ... PTL fame ... found guilty of misappropriation of funds and sentenced to prison ... In his book, I Was Wrong, he describes the terrible depression he went through in prison and how he pulled out of it.
-- Part of Jim's depression stemmed from the fact that he was facing a 45 year sentence: From his perspective, he was facing 45 pointless, fruitless, wasted years of life.
-- He received a letter from a pastor friend which contained a sentence that turned Jim Bakker's life around.
-- His friend wrote -- "Waiting time will not be wasted time."
-- At first it was hard for Jim to accept ... but as he gradually came to accept it -- he saw just how true it is!
-- Visioneering p. 48-49 by: Stanley
* Waiting time is not wasted time for anyone who has begun to see their dream birthed ... It may be difficult ... painful ... frustrating ... challenging ... thought -provoking -- but it is not wasted.
(A) Series: EMPOWERED BY GOD ... TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM.
... Today -- WHEN GOD SAYS, "TIME OUT!" ... I.E. When God puts you in a waiting period.
1- Every dream has an incubation period... that dreaded period of time when you just can't move ahead ... circumstances don't allow it ... the finances aren't there ... your present job doesn't give you the flexibility ... Everybody says you need more experience ... your family responsibilities leave you no free time ... your children aren't where they need to be.
2- Dreams often die during this waiting period ... because it is discouraging to continue dreaming about something that doesn't appear to be happening.
* You don't think your dream will ever happen -- may have forgotten your dream altogether or never allowed yourself to have one.
3- When Nehemiah heard about the situation in Jerusalem -- there was not one thing ...
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