Imagine: The Power and the Cost of Dreams. A Series

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

 Part Three: Imagine With God (Thinking Like God Thinks, Desire His Heart)

  • Psalm 37:3–8 (NKJV)  3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.  6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.  7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.  8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Imagine With God

  • Delight Yourself in the Lord

    • Intimacy
    • Love
    • Rhythm
    • Koinonia
    • Knowing His Mind Requires a Relationship

Imagine With God

  • Commit Your Way

    • Repent and be Forgiven Today
    • OR, Do Your First Works Over
    • More Than Just Sunday, Every Day
    • Live Your Life with Him in Mind Every Moment

Imagine With God

  • Trust in Him

    • Trust is knowing that God Knows Best
    • Trust is Giving Up Control
    • Trust is Seeing the Big Picture Through God’s Eyes
    • Trust is More Than Intellectual Assent, It is a Complete Reliance on God

Imagine With God

  • Rest, Wait Patiently, Do Not Fret

    • Resting in God is a Result Of Trust.  If God’s got this, I don’t need to worry
    • Waiting Patiently is not Easy.  Instant Gratification is not Always the Best Gratification
    • Not Fretting over Evildoers.  It does not matter what anyone else has if God’s will is the most important thing in your life

Imagine With God

  • Cease from Anger and Forsake Wrath

    • Anger Won’t Solve Your Problems or Fix Your Relationships
    • Jealous is an Ugly Shade Of Humanity
    • Grudges Don’t Make You Feel Better; They Prolong the Pain
    • Writing Off a Friend or Family Member Cuts Off Part of Who You Are

Imagine With God

  • How do we think like God then?

    • Stop leaving Him out of the process (Pray and Listen)
    • Stop making plans without Him
    • Stop trying to fix everything yourself
    • Stop letting your flesh run ahead of your spirit
    • Trust God, Wait on Him, Listen to Him, Delight in Him

Imagine With God

  • What happens when we think like God?

    • When you think like God, God will fill your heart with His heart, and all the things you need will be supplied.
    • You will want what God wants
    • Worldly, earthly, temporary things will mean less
    • Living a life of faith and holiness will become the norm.
    • You must start with God in order to walk with God and know God

Takeaway Thoughts

  • The way to realize your dreams is to think like God thinks (delight yourself in the Lord).
  • Your Dreams Will Change When You:
    • Trust God and Commit to Him
    • Wait Patiently on the Lord
    • Stop Worrying and Be At Peace

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