Days For Dreamers – Ps Steve Penny [17/11/2019 PM]
These are the last days of time. Steve sees a leading in to God doing something great.
You want God to do something. You need to get serious in gathering people.
This is an incredible day for dreamers.
When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them. And we said; The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.
There were two captivities – the Egyptian captivity – the people were bound in sin.
Then the Babylonian/Syria captivity – the Church was captive to the world culture.
God got them to go back to Jerusalem to make it great again.
They said it was just like we dreamt it would be.
Arise, shine for the light has come
This is the day to get a God-dream that changes your life.
Positive, happy people will bring you into the blessing.
Steve grew up as a Pastor’s son. He grew up wanting to by like his Dad who pioneered churches. Steve’s dream was coming to fruition. In 1974, Steve would practice preaching every Saturday afternoon in an empty church that held 200 people. His dream was growing.
In 1981 he pioneered his first church in Logan, Qld. They were very needy people there but there were 200 people.
Someone built a Church for 700 and Steve went to Garden City with 2000 people. His dream kept growing.
He preached to 10,000 people in Phoenix, Arizona. Just like in his dream, it was just the beginning.
Catch the God dream and you will be amazed where it will take you.
Steve was asked to preach for Hillsong Church. They broadcast simultaneously to 40 campuses about 50,000 across Sydney every Sunday. Now they broadcast on Hillsong TV around the world to millions of people.
Steve is just a little kid from Adelaide, one of 6 siblings and the second eldest who got the scrap.
He challenged us to get our God-dream because you will never know where it will take you in life
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see visions. And also on my menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my spirit in those days.”
Dreams and visions will be the evidence of the last days outpoured and we need to grab a hold of them. These are important days for you to grab a hold of your dreams and visions.
1. Know your God dream
God knows your plans. There will be a generation of God-dreamers.
“I know the plans I have for you says the Lord; plans for good and not for evil; to give you a great hope (great dream) for the future.”
God knows the plans He has for you, don’t you know He wants to tell you what they are and show them to you?
There will be a generation of dreamers that will change their world for good and for God.
It is NOT a bucket list. Without a God dream, we will fill our lie with bucket list things. One of the saddest things about being a Pastor is to watch people chase their bucket list dreams.
Find His dream for your life. Your God dream is your calling.
Steve always wanted to serve God. He was called to preach and nothing else really matters. You can miss the mark if you only have bucket list dreams.
We need to be aware of three distractions:
- Pleasure experiences
- Possessions and
- Position or Power.
Find out why you are on Planet Earth. You are created on purpose, for a purpose.
2. Live your God dream
Find your God dream and find it early in life. Know your calling. Don’t chase your dream, because it puts it in the future. Live your dream today,
Now faith – is the substance of things hoped for – the evidence of things not yet seen.
On the day of Pentecost Peter didn’t really know what was going on, but He said this is that. That is going to save the world. He was prophesying to people of all nations that this is going to come to pass.
Serve the Lord with gladness and live your dream now.
Some of you are on the brink of a life change tonight.
Live today as though you are in the midst of your God dream.
3. Believe for increase
Of the increase of his government and peace – there will be no end. Dreams reveal the ever increasing plan of God.
In 2003 Steve’s world was turned around when his son Andrew died of cancer at the age of 27. Steve called on God and God said if you will sow Andrew to my purposes, then I will give you a great harvest. But if you see this as a loss, you will mourn it for the rest of your life. Marion and Steve made a choice when they buried Andrew to sow him into God’s purposes.
Song of Solomon 4:4
Your neck is like the tower of David – a strong armoury upon which hang 1000 shields, all of them shields of mighty men.
God said He would give Steve sons and daughters around the world that hang their life on their influence.
Steve was very ill with a chest infection and after discovered that he had blood cancer. During his period in hospital and afterwards God spoke to him
Believe that God could still increase your dream. Your dream doesn’t stop because you get sick. The dream can change, but your dream is still alive if you will believe in God to bring it to pass. Understand the next phase of the dream.
Travel less – influence more. So he created 1000 shields ministry.
This is that – this weakness is the promise of strength.
Never despise the day of small beginnings. Dare to say this is that.
Believe God that the years ahead for you in these unbelievable days of dreaming – this is that. Something is about to break out on Planet Earth and you can be a part of it if you will only focus.
Get the call of life clear in your life. Place of obscurity learn to say – this is that. God’s hand is on my life.
Suggestions for discussion
- Do you know your God-dream for your life?
- Do you understand your calling?
- Do you know how to live your dream?