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Firsthand Dream (4 of 7)
Series: The Firsthand Experience: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own
Pastor Kerry Shook
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"Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of--infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes." Ephesians 3:20 (LB)
1. THE FIRSTHAND FORMATION PHASE
"Joseph, a young man of seventeen ... had a dream ...." Genesis 37:2, 5 (NIV)
"Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more." Genesis 37:5 (NIV)
2. THE FIRSTHAND FAITH-BUILDING PHASE
"Until the time to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph's character." Psalm 105:19 (NLT)
• Problems strip away my pride
"'Here comes that dreamer!' they said to each other ... So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe - the richly ornamented robe he was wearing - and they took him and threw him into a cistern." Genesis 37:19, 23, 24 (NIV)
• Temptation strips away everything but my integrity
"One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by the cloak and said, 'Come to bed with me!' But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house." Genesis 39:11, 12 (NIV)
3. THE FIRSTHAND FORGOTTEN PHASE
Well, we're in this series we're calling the Firsthand Experience. It's about ditching secondhand religion for a firsthand relationship with God that is deep and real. And when God wants to do a firsthand work in your life, He puts a firsthand dream in your heart. Our personal God has placed personal dreams deep within all of our hearts. It's just that the difficulties and disappointments of life tend to bury those dreams over time, but God wants to bring the dreams back to life; and in doing so, He wants to revive your faith and turn it into a real, authentic faith that's alive, that's firsthand. In fact, He has the power to do a firsthand miracle in your life that goes beyond anything you can dream of.
Open your Bibles to Ephesians 3:20. We're going to do a study on the life of Joseph today. But God has really placed Ephesians 3:20 on my heart for some reason this weekend, and I just think we need to read this and just memorize it, meditate on it, and I don't know. Maybe it's for just one person. Maybe it's for someone who is worshiping with us on the other side of the world through our broadcast ministry and online ministry or maybe it's for someone at one of our satellite campuses or maybe it's for someone here at the Fellowship Campus right in front of me. I don't know, but I just know that God wants me to read this today to remind us and maybe just you that He has a plan.
Let's stand together and read it out loud with me.