Message Verses: Hebrews 12:1-3, Romans 8:1-4, James 1:2-4
Every male in this room has dreamed about playing in the NBA or some sort of “Professional Sport.” We dreamed about having our names in lights; the cheerleaders kissing on the cheeks; the crowd going wild as the announcer says our name; and dreamed about what we would do if we hit the game winning shot- should I drunk or go for the Three.
I believe that every female has dreamed about being Prom Queen their senior year. You dreamed about what you would wear; who you would go to the Prom with, how you would style your hair; and even how you would respond to your haters when you are crowned.
We all have had that dream of all eyes on us and everyone saying your name. For me it was being crowned Prom King after winning the City Champion game against my high school Rivals East.
I dreamed of hitting that "Buzzer Beat Three Pointer" at the last seconds of the Game.
I dreamed about looking like Billy Dee Williams in "Lady Sings the Blue" with a sweet baby soft comb-through with a Butterfly Collar so crisp that you could bounce a quarter off of it; but just like any dream something wakes me up and I'm reminded that it was a dream and that good dreams don't always come true.
Life Story: How can I look like Billy Dee Williams, talk like Billy Dee Williams, and act like Billy Dee Williams when I don't have any hair. Yo boy been going bald since I was 15; and there is no way I can grow long beautiful lushness hair overnight. I grew up in Memphis, TN to a mother who didn't want me and a father who couldn't spend the time that he wanted with me. I struggled in school for most of my childhood years and dealt with so much insecurity that I'm shocked that I'm standing before you today.
Nothing in my life was going right.
Doesn’t it seem like that when Coach finally puts you in the game or when you are finally crowned Prom Queen you don’t feel ready? Those lights that once welcomed you are now blinding you and seem to bright. That speech that you have been rehearsing day in and day out seems to fall flat and has no substance. Those plays that you once knew seem to now trip you up and make you second guess yourself; that dress that you dreamed about, fantasized about now that it is on seems to tight, makes you look fat, and even has a little tear on the seams.
What happened? That moment that you once dreamed of, waited your whole lifetime to do is the very thing causes you heartache. That moment that was once a pleasant dream has become a nightmare and all that you want to do is run away and hide.
You began to wonder or at least, I do wonder how did those before me make it look so good and easy? How did they accomplish so much and leave such a lasting impact? Did they cheat? Did the lair or did so kind of magic trick to fool our eyes?
How were they so successful?
It is the same way with God! Isn’t it funny that when the Lord finally calls you or answers your prayer that you aren’t ready! It’s a bad time. I’m still struggling with this sin! I’m still wondering how I’m going to make ends meet! How I’m going to make it to the doctor next week and now you call me! Serious God! Why now?
How did Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt? How did Noah build the ark? How did Rahab hid the spies? How? How? How?
How are they different from me?
Read Hebrews 12:1-3.
Provide a scripture reference to support this point: Hebrews 11:24-39
Supporting Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-5
So, how do we do this? How do we feel comfortable when Coach or God asks us to do something for Him? How do we focus on the game and not our weakness?
Close by saying this: Luke 4:16-18. Bless the People in the Lord