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Gods Dream, Our Dream


Isaiah11:1-9
How are you?
Is it good that we have come here together? Why are we here today?
Is it just to get some fresh air? To enjoy and to have fun?
Today must of course be a day of joy and fun.
But this is not the only reason that we have met today.
No, we must not only meet like this for that reason. Then why are we here
together?
It is because of a dream.
A vision.
We are here for a dream, a vision that we must all have.
What kind of people are happy?
Dreamers.
We must become people who dream.
Then what kind of dream must we dream?
Todays text shows us what kind of dreams we must have.
Isaiah 11:9 says:
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,for the earth will
be filled with the knowledge of the Lordas the waters cover the sea. A world
with no harm or destruction. This is the dream that we must dream/
Why is there no harm or destruction?
Because it is not the worlds power or authority that rules, but the justice and
peace of God.
It is a world in which the wolf will live with the lamb,the leopard will lie down
with the goat,the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child
will lead them. Isa 11:6-8
There is no violence, oppression, conflict, division, no hate, or detest, and a
place where each other are a joy and happiness to one another.
The world we live in, or at least the world our children live in, must be such a
world.
It must become a place where those who are like wolves are with those who are
like sheep, where those who are like lions will hold hands with those who are
like calves.
It must be a world where those who are rich, are poor, male, female, religious
or not, whatever race they are, are in unity and live in joy.
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It must not be a world where those who are like wolves, lions, and bears kill
those who are like sheep and calves because they are different.
It must be a world where no sin such as the strong attack and hurt the poor,
and violence and death are used to steal.
Rather, it must be united, peaceful, in harmony, and loving.
This is the dream that we must have.
We are here because of that dream.
This is a dream that the prophet Isaiah received from God.
Israel was judged by Go because of their sins.
Gods judgments were brutal and harsh. Israel was in despair because they
thought that they would be destroyed.
And in this despair, Isaiah proclaimed the dream he received from God.
The Israelites may have thought that Isaiahs dream was nonsense.
This was how horrible their situation was.
Even some of us may think that this is simply a vision. It is not a bad guess to
take.
This may be because your reality is also painful.
We know that you are in trials that are as bad or worse as the trials of the
Israelites.
Losing all your possessions, your home, and living every day without enough
food, money, or jobs is a hard and painful thing.
Your lives seem hopeless to everyone.
It may seem as if there is no place lower to go and that you have hit the
bottom.
I know that maybe hope may be the wrong idea to speak about in your
situation.
But we must remember something.
The dreams and visions that God released on the Israelites were given at times
of the greatest despair.
These dreams were proclaimed when no hope seemed available.
So the more in despair we are, the more despair our generation sees, the more
we must be able to dream the dreams that God gives us,
We are so used to looking at our reality instead of Gods dreams.
But those who cannot dream the dreams that God gives cannot escape the
despair that they face.
This is why in the most hopeless situations, we must be able to dream.
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The reason God gives us these dreams and visions is because he earnestly
wants us to be able to overcome our hopelessness.
We can say that this is actually Gods dream for us.
God is the one who most earnestly dreams that our world will become like this.
Therefore we must not give up as long as God dreams of the world full of hope.
Then why is it that we must dream Gods dreams when we are hopeless?
No, what is the reason that we can dream?
The first reason is that A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his
roots a Branch will bear fruit.
Isaiah 11:1
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will
bear fruit. The Branch is referring to the Messiah who was to come.
The Messiah is the hope for our lives restoration and healing.
But where does this Branch come from?
Jesses stump.
This means the bottom of a cut tree that has completely dried up.
How can a Branch come out of a dead and dry stump? It is impossible!
But God said that he would bring life from this dry stump.
Then we must believe this for our own lives: even in the dry and dead places,
life can and will spring up.
God will surely make this happen through our Messiah, Jesus.
Even though our lives seem dry and dead like Jesses stump, He will raise life in
our family, life, and future, and write new history.
This is the reason Jesus Christ came to our land, to fulfill this dream.
God will bring upon healing and change in your lives, however dry and dead it
may seem.
So trust in Jesus.
Trust in Jesus.
And hope and expect branches of life and hope to sprout from within you.
The second reason we must dream these dreams is because God will pour out
His spirit on us.
Isaiah 11:2
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on himthe Spirit of wisdom and of
understanding,the Spirit of counsel and of might,the Spirit of the knowledge
and fear of the Lord
The Spirit of the Lord is one of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and
might,
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To dream greatness from impossible situations, we need more than ordinary
wisdom, counsel, and understanding.
But if through the Spirit of the Lord we are given a wisdom, understanding,
counsel, and power that the world does not know, then we can dream these
dreams and even accomplish them.
So do not look for human powers, but seek for the Spirit of the Lord.
I pray that you will not become those who seek anything else.
God will restore and renew our lives through the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is creations mystery.
And in this mystery we will be newly restored.
The Holy Spirit is also the power of creation.
Through the power that the world does not know, your lives will be healed.
To do so we must have faith.
The Holy Spirit works through our faith.
Therefore I hope you become people who believe and hope.
Seek that the Holy Spirit comes and heals your lives.
And when this happens, your dreams will become reality.
The third reason we must dream is because
Isaiah 11:4-5
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,with justice he will give
decisions for the poor of the earth.He will strike the earth with the rod of his
mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.Righteousness will be
his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
God will be with us with righteousness and justice even through our
weaknesses and failures.
And even though the world may be full of violence, terror, war, and evil, God
will judge the world with righteousness, and he will faithfully carry out its
restoration.
It may seem that evil is winning, that violence and wars will never end, but one
day this world will definitely be full of his righteousness, justice, and
faithfulness.
When this happens, then the dreams you dream will also be fulfilled.
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You will be restored to a life of plenty with your beloved family.
And until these things are accomplished, Gods endless mercy and goodness
will be with you and never leave you.
We may make mistakes, fall into hopelessness and despair.
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But even still we must not give up our dreams because Gods goodness and
mercy will be with us.
So even if we fail, even if we make mistakes, we must dream again.
We must never stop dreaming.
When we can dream again, we can start again.
When you think that you have failed, this is when we must dream this dream.
Through the works that God does, this world and your lives will not have
destruction, and you will become Gods holy mountain.
As the water cover the ocean, the knowledge of God will cover the earth.
Today we heard about the dream/vision that Isaiah received from God and how
he proclaimed it.
Just like Isaiah was the first to dream this dream, we must be the ones who
want to dream this dream before anyone else.
We are here because of this dream.
It is because of this dream that we can be one and spend today in joy.
Put your past hurts and pains behind, and hold each others hand as we head
out onto the future.
As we fellowship we will dream new dreams and say this is how the world
should look like
Todays festival will be part of this dream.
I hope that you can spend today in front of the Lord with joy because of this
dream.
I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ that the dreams we dream will make our
lives more joyful and blessed.