Pastor Dave Sarsons
May 26, 2019
SERMON: May 26th, 2019 “Desires, Dreams and Visions”
Joel 2:28-32 The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.
Dreams and visions are different: visions are what we act upon, dreams are just dreams; visions say ‘it will be done’ while dreams just ‘doesn’t’; visions can’t wait to get started but dreams, well, they just go back to dreaming. Visions are something that we just can’t let up on and can see all the possibilities.
Sometimes our vision is what “others’ have for a vision; sometimes our focus moves over to me even though we start off focusing on God, but our vision only relates to “me”; but what we need to focus on “God” alone in our vision. If our focus remains upon God alone then we know that we will be on the right path.
John Maxwell wrote a book titled Put Your Dream to the Test. He listed 10 important questions to ask yourself about your vision.
1) The Ownership Question: Is this vision really my vision?
Is this something I want or am I just going along for the ride?
2) The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my vision?
Can I write my vision down? Can it be measured?
3) The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors in my control to achieve my vision?
Do I recognize that there are stumbling blocks along the way beyond my control so I will rely on my strengths and those factors within my control?
4) The Passion Question: Does my vision compel me to follow it?
Is the compulsion to achieve my vision stronger than the opposition to stop me?
5) The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my vision?
Do you have a day to day plan on achieving your vision?
6) The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my vision?
Have I shared my vision with others and included them in my quest?
7) The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for my vision?
Am I willing to sacrifice my time, finances, and perhaps spiritually unhealthy relationships to fulfill my vision?
8) The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my vision?
Is there progress being made or am I just dreaming?
9) The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my vision bring satisfaction?
Is the pursuit of my vision an act of labor or love?
10) The Significance Question: Does my vision benefit others?
Is my vision self-centered or God-centered?
If your vision is God-centered then you must bend your will to His and allow Him to speak to you through his reveled word, His Spirit, and others around you.