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Pastor Shane Ham : Dreaming Dreams

Come & See · 39:43 · Recorded May 29, 2022

Dreaming Dreams

Nehemiah 1:1-4, 6-7, 2:2-5, 17-18 (ESV) 1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, 2that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” 4As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven…6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. 2And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” …17Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” 18And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.

Dream discovery

Set yourself before the Lord.

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Pay attention to the needs.

How do you know your dreams are worthy?

  • Is my dream based on timeless, proven, biblical principles?

  • Do I feel my dream represents the very best that is within me?

  • In my quiet moments, do I feel good about what this dream represents?

  • Do I feel direction, purpose, challenge, and motivation when I think about the dream?

  • What do I need to start doing now to fulfill the dream?

Look for others who’ll share the dream.

Dream delivery

1. Always bet on God.

Propositions you can believe in

  • God knows the need.

  • God knows what part he wants me to play in meeting that need.

  • God is able to communicate that need to me, if I will listen to him.

  • What God communicates to me that he wants me to do, I am able to do.

  • If it is of him, I must depend upon him in order to do it.

Nehemiah 9:6-7,9 11-12, 14, 17, 32, 38 (ESV) 6 “You are the Lord, You alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you. 7You are The Lord, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur…You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea… 11And you divided the sea before them…12By a pillar of cloud you led them in the day, and by a pillar of fire in the night to light for them the way in which they should go. 14 And you made known to them your holy Sabbath and commanded them commandments and statutes and a law by Moses your servant …17You are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 32“Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us, upon our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers, and all your people… 38“Because of all this we make a firm covenant in writing; the sealed document are the names of our princes, our Levites, and our priests.”

2. Expect and embrace the challenge.

Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4:4-6, 18 (ESV & NASB) 19But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20Then Nehemiah replies to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.”… 4Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity…5for they have demoralized the builders. 6So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work… 18As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me.

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 9 (ESV) 1And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the water gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2So Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law …9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.

3. Do it all for the glory of Jesus.

TALK IT OVER QUESTIONS

What is a dream or vision of something you would like to do? Does it meet the criteria Pastor Shane spoke about in his message?

Has there ever been something in your life God has challenged you to do? What was it? How did God guide you in that process? How did you embrace the challenge?
How often do you grieve hurts and difficulties experienced by others? How can you help solve a crisis currently happening in your community?

Can others read what you are thinking or feeling like an open book? Or is your heart under lock and key? Why is that? How can you make your needs known to God this week?
What is one thing you can take from this week’s message and put into action?

Parents: As a family read Nehemiah 2:1-5. In bible times, some kings would kill anyone who upset them. The king asked Nehemiah why he looked sad. Nehemiah was afraid he made the king upset. What did Nehemiah do? He prayed a fast, silent prayer before he answered the king. We don’t know what Nehemiah prayed, but he answered the king’s question right away. Can you think of a time when you may want to say a fast, silent prayer? Remember, God hears all our prayers, the fast silent ones, and the long ones as well!

TALK IT OVER QUESTIONS

What is a dream or vision of something you would like to do? Does it meet the criteria Pastor Shane spoke about in his message?

Has there ever been something in your life God has challenged you to do? What was it? How did God guide you in that process? How did you embrace the challenge?
How often do you grieve hurts and difficulties experienced by others? How can you help solve a crisis currently happening in your community?

Can others read what you are thinking or feeling like an open book? Or is your heart under lock and key? Why is that? How can you make your needs known to God this week?
What is one thing you can take from this week’s message and put into action?

Parents: As a family read Nehemiah 2:1-5. In bible times, some kings would kill anyone who upset them. The king asked Nehemiah why he looked sad. Nehemiah was afraid he made the king upset. What did Nehemiah do? He prayed a fast, silent prayer before he answered the king. We don’t know what Nehemiah prayed, but he answered the king’s question right away. Can you think of a time when you may want to say a fast, silent prayer? Remember, God hears all our prayers, the fast silent ones, and the long ones as well!

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