The Circle Maker, Journey Guide - Week 2 - "The First Circle - Dream Big"

"Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]"-- (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)
  1. The First Circle, "Dream Big" (Introduction)
    • Questions to Consider:
      1. Are we limiting our dreams based on our own ability to accomplish them?
      2. Can you think of other examples in which the word "impossible" is no longer true?
      3. Examples:
        • The four-minute mile.
        • Man on the moon.
        • The IPhone.
        • What are some of yours?
      4. Are you willing to consider that it's not too late to realize your own big dream?
  2. Chapter 5 - Cloudy With Chance of Quail
    • No Escape Clause
      1. Faith Vs. Foolishness
        • If possible, go to the following link on the internet and watch the video clip from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:
        • "Credendo Vides" - (Latin)- By believing one sees.
        • In order to reach his quest, Indiana Jones is trying to see before he takes a step. However, the bridge does not appear until he closes his eyes and makes his leap of faith. (2 Cor. 5:7) - "For we walk by faith not by sight."
        • Ultimately, what motivates Indiana Jones is his love for his dying father. (Galatians 5:6b) "faith working through love."
      2. Consider biblical examples of the foolishness of faith
        • Noah building an ark in the middle of the desert.
        • Abraham starting a new career at the age of 75.
        • Moses standing in at a “dead end” before the Red Sea.
        • David facing an adversary twice his size with a little rock.
      3. Mark Batterson says, "You cannot build God's reputation if you aren't willing to risk yours."
        • ?What risks are you currently facing?
        • "Embarrassment, or the risk of it, accompanies all your important choices." - Roy H. Williams
    • Look at Numbers 11:18-23
      1. When Moses questions God's promise to feed 600,000 people, God asks him, "Is my power limited?"
        • ?Are there any ways in which we are limiting God's power and, if so, what are they?
      2. Who would you recruit to be a part of your "Circle Maker Dream Team?"
  3. Chapter 6 - You Can't Never Always Sometimes Tell
    • 1 Samuel 16:7 - "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
      1. We all have a tendency to underestimate whom God will use in our lives.
        • What are some examples of this principle in your life?
    • It is said, "Resources follow vision."  Have you limited your vision for what God can do by your knowledge or your perception of limited resources?
      1. Meditate on the quote from H.W. Murray,  "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy..." (Full quote can be found in the foyer of the worship center as well as the church website).
    • Are you willing to encircle your promise with persistent prayer?
    • When is failure success, and when is success a surprise?
      1. "Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing." - H. Stanley Judd
      2. Spend some time looking up famous quotes about failure and see which ones speak to you.
      3. Identify 2 or 3 moments in your life in which God surprised you.
    • Prayer Storm
      1. What current plan or plans do you have that must be bathed in persistent prayer in order for them to succeed?
  4. Chapter 7 - The Solution to Ten Thousand Problems "The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of 10,000 temporal problems."
    • Numbers 13:33  "There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
      1. Your misperception of the opposition will limit your perception of your God-given ability.
    • Numbers 14:8,9 "If the Lord is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us—a land which flows with milk and honey. Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”
      1. Your enlightened perception of the One who is for you will embolden your confidence to move forward.
    • Now that you've seen your 'promised land,' what effect has it had on your ability to trust God to give it to you?
    • How would you answer the Lord's question to Moses, "Is my power limited?"
    • Mark Batterson says, “By definition, a big dream is a dream that is bigger than you. In other words, it’s beyond your human ability to accomplish. And this means there will be moments when you doubt yourself. That’s normal.” 
      1. If doubt is "normal," what do we need to do to remove feelings of guilt when doubting?
      2. Can you view doubt as a temporary condition while facing the permanent solution?
      3. What about your "God sized dream" has potential to scare you?
    • Qualified vs. Called
      1. Colossians 1:12- 12 "...and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
        • You are not qualified by your performance; you are qualified by your place in the family.
        • The youngest Rockefeller is qualified at birth to share in the inheritance Rockefeller inheritance.
    • Only circle in prayer the God-sized dream you are called to do and not just something you want to do.
    • What does it mean to, "Work as if it depends on you and pray as if it depends on God."
    • Walking out your "big dream"
      1. Does it seem to be much bigger than you first imagined?
      2. If so, have you stopped circling it in prayer?
      3. Now that you are armed with fresh insight, are you willing to reengage it?
    • Joel 1:17  "The seeds shrivel under their clods; The storehouses are desolate, The barns are torn down, For the grain is dried up."; Hosea 10: 11  "Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods."  (KJV)
      1. Do you have prophetic words that have "shriveled under their clods" due to our failure to water them in praise and prayer?
      2. Since Judah is praise and Jacob is intercession, how will you come to grips with these neglected promises?