As Saul neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9:3-6 (NIV)
  
Have you ever had a dream? Maybe you have a dream right now, and you are desperately trying to live out that dream.
  
God gave us the capacity to dream. It isn’t surprising when we begin to see our lives through the lens of a dream landscape.
 
 
Sometimes, however, God will intervene in our lives and change our dreams. Take for instance Saul – who, eventually, became the Apostle Paul.
  
Saul’s dream was simple. He wanted to remove – by jail or by death – every Christian on the face of the planet.
  
Some dream, huh! That was his dream and he tried to live it out…until, Jesus intervened.
  
Jesus stepped into Saul’s life just as Saul was on the brink of starting to fulfill his ‘dream.’ When Jesus came to Saul, He immediately changed Saul’s dream.
 
 
Saul went from persecuting Christians, to being a Christian himself, and eventually leading many others to Christ.
  
That is what Jesus does when He changes our dreams. He aligns our dreams with His will.
  
Not only does Jesus give us a new dream, but He also gives us the capacity to fulfill that new dream.
  
Jesus gave Saul the gift of preaching. Did you know Jesus has also given you a gift so you can live out your dreams for Him?
  
At Refuge Long Beach, we’ve been talking a lot about our dreams. As a church, we have big dreams.
  
There are so many people to reach in our community, so many needs to be met, so many who desperately need the love of Jesus.
  
Refuge is poised and ready to follow our dreams, and the Lord has gifted us to do so. It is an exciting time, but it takes more than just a dream and gifts.
  
Let me illustrate what it takes by telling a story that was related by Al Maxey:
  
"There is a brother in Christ in Nigeria who is badly deformed; his legs are withered. Unable to walk or afford transportation, he crawls to the worship assemblies! In order to bring his Bible, he either balances it on his head or pushes it on the ground in front of him! Here is a man who knows the value of commitment to the Lord. When the saints assemble, he is there!"
    
Commitment is Necessary!
 
Dreams and gifts do us no good unless we are committed to follow those dreams and use those gifts.
  
 
Will you be committed when God alters our dreams?
  
Will you be committed to use the gift God has given you through the Holy Spirit to accomplish those dreams in our community?
  
Will we stay committed, even in the face of adversity, as the Lord encourages us to stay the course?
  
This is our challenge, but I firmly believe with the Lord’s guidance, Refuge Long Beach is going to do amazing things in the name of Jesus! Stay tuned!
  
Pastor Robbie Boyd