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Is It Your Dream or God’s Dream? - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - Jan. 9, 2016

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Is It Your Dream or God’s Dream?
By Rick Warren

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” (Mark 8:35 NLT, second edition)

How do you know if you are living for your dream or God’s dream?

You may think you were created to get up, go to work, come home, watch TV, and go to bed, to make a little money, retire, and die. Really? You think that’s all God put you here for?

If your dream is truly from God, it will somehow be connected to his Church and his plan for the world. Why would God give you a self-centered dream, unconnected to what he wants to do in the world? He wants to use you for his dream. He wants to use you for his plan.

And what is God’s big, overarching plan? God is building a family, and he’s collecting family members from every nation, every tribe, every language, and every people group. When everybody’s in the family that he knows will be in the family, it’s over. We’re going into phase two, which is eternity. That’s God’s big plan.

Right before Jesus went back to Heaven after the Resurrection, he gave the disciples a great vision, a great dream. It’s called the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20 NLT, second edition).

The Great Commission is your commission. We’ve had 2,000 years of God building his family so that now there are 2.3 billion people in it. The Church is bigger than China and India combined. It’s bigger than anything else on this planet. Why? Because God created it. It’s the whole purpose of history.

And when God gives you a dream for your life, it is somehow going to be connected to his overarching plan, the growth of his Church and his Kingdom, and the building of his family until the day it’s completed and we all go to Heaven.

You weren’t put here on Earth to live for yourself. Ask God to give you his dream for your life so that you can be part of the biggest, best, and most important story.

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it” (Mark 8:35).

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Talk It Over

  • What are your dreams for your life?
  • How will your dreams contribute to the growth of God’s Kingdom on Earth?
  • Why is it important to have goals?

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Daring Faith-The Key to Miracles Study Kit

Do you want God to do miracles in your life? In this series, Pastor Rick shares why faith is the key to miracles and challenges you to grow and be stretched in your faith so that you can experience God’s blessing, spiritual maturity, answered prayers, and even miracles.

 

 

 

 

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