A Praise I Can’t Live Without

By June 29, 2012 Sermon Notes

Introduction
I) The need for dreams
A). We all have dreams
1). Every human experiences dreams when they sleep
2). Dreams are needed to bring balance in our mental and emotional level
B). We all need dreams to drive us on in life
1). We are nothing but the sum of all of our dreams

2). Quote: “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of
their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are
dangerous men, for they act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible…”

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. NIV

II. Definition of Vision
A). Webster: 1. The faculty of sight; 2. Unusual foresight; 3. A mental image produced by the
imagination; 4. The experience of the supernatural as if with the eyes.

B). John Maxwell: Vision is…
The ability to see – Awareness
The faith to believe – Attitude
The courage to do – Action

C). George Barna: Vision for ministry is a reflection of what God wants to accomplish through
you to build His kingdom.

Mark 10:46-52
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd,
were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting
by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to
shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be
quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and
said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”
50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want
me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said
Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus
along the road.

• Vision entails strategically planning for the future. Vision is setting out and achieving one’s
objectives. Vision is not leaving everything to chance and luck, but taking steps to positively
shape one’s destiny. Bartimaeus knew Jesus was coming to town and planned ahead to
receive a miracle through him.

If he did not plan ahead he would have missed the miracle. I assumed that Bartimaues must
had planned where to seat, what to say, how to react to the crowd, and what to request where
eventually called upon by Jesus.

The miracle of Blind Bartimaeus reveals careful planning and execution of an action.
In our individual lives we should devise a Plan to implement our visions.

What Are you Expecting

Expecting God to Act
“But when you ask [God], be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doubtful
mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like
that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
– James 1:6-7 NLT

The Bible says, Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must
believe that He is God, and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
• Are you seeking God with expectancy ???
• Is it hard for you to believe what God says about you?

Therefore, expectation is the key to receiving from God when you pray.
Jesus said in Mark 11:24, Whatsoever things you desire when you pray, believe you
receive them and you shall have them.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!!!!

Believe you receive when you pray!
What good does it do to pray without expecting to receive? You might as well not
pray at all, for faith is required to receiving what you desire.

Surely, God will do His part when we pray, but we must also do our part.
Our part is simply to believe.
So many people are busy asking God, but never really believing what they are
praying for will come to pass. You can tell by the way they talk, or act.

Most people have been raised to not believe in a positive outcome concerning anything, and
actually, taught to believe in a negative outcome. It’s a safety mechanism that says, “Don’t
get your hopes up, so if it doesn’t work out, you won’t be disappointed.”

There’s no logic in that because you will be disappointed anyway. Now, it’s normal to feel
disappointment. It’s what you do with the feelings of disappointment that’s important,
Change your expectations and have faith.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!!!!