Dog Days of Summer – Part 1

(Acts 2:14-21 NLT) Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. (15) These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. (16) No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel: (17) ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. (18) In those days I will pour out My Spirit even on My servants–men and women alike–and they will prophesy. (19) And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below–blood and fire and clouds of smoke. (20) The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives. (21) But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.’

Peter said that God in the last days will enable His people to say what He is saying, see what He is seeing and go where He wants to go!

God wants to reveal some things to us about how He sees our lives being lived. He wants to show you how much better our lives can be.

The world is looking for people who see clearly!

God is wanting to make your life exciting and wants you to be excited about living it.

(Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

There are five types of people who have:

  1. No dream.

These people are basically in survival mode.

(Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV) ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Prayer is not necessarily the opportunity to tell God about our reality, but it is the opportunity for God to show us His reality.

  1. A wrong dream.

This dream is not necessarily a bad thing; it could be a good thing, however, it is not a God thing.

A career is something to live on, but a calling is something to live for.

  1. A stale dream

…Sometimes we can feel like our dream has died out because of this thing called delay.

…Sometimes being tired can cause the dream to become stale.

  1. A vague dream.

It might be a good dream but it is not specific enough. Write it down!

God says to write it down.

(Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV) Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.

You will run more towards the vision if it is written down.

  1. A God-honoring, culture-defying, heaven-impacting, seemingly-impossible dream.

What Does a God-honoring, culture-defying, heaven-impacting, seemingly-impossible dream look like?

  1. It will seem risky.

It is a faith step. God requires faith.

(Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

  1. It will require God’s involvement.

Dream a dream that God has to show up for it to happen.

Live life according to God’s bigness and not your bigness.

(Ephesians 3:20 TLB) 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.

  1. It will change lives.

It will always be bigger than just you and yours.

Your life is really about impacting other people’s lives; your life intersecting with other people’s lives.

(Mark 8:22-25 NIV) They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. (23) He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” (24) He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” (25) Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

We serve the God will do it again!