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“TheE Phases Behind Every Dream”
(Start Dreaming Again - Part 4)
May 16, 2021

Preschool Lesson:    The First Sin
Elementary Lesson:  KON Good News

Worship Team: Angela Cano, Bethsaida Gomez, Miguel Torres, Jim Carlile

Sermon: Ruben Ortega

YouVersion link: http://bible.com/events/48698625

THE DREAM: 11 He reached a certain place and spent the night there because the sun had set. He took one of the stones from the place, put it there at his head, and lay down in that place. 12 And he dreamed: A stairway was set on the ground with its top reaching heaven, and God’s angels were going up and down on it. 13 Yahweh was standing there beside him, saying, “I am Yahweh, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land that you are now sleeping on. 14 Your offspring will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out toward the west, the east, the north, and the south. All the peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go. I will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! This is none other than the house of God. This is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early in the morning Jacob took the stone that was near his head and set it up as a marker. He poured oil on top of it 19 and named the place Bethel, though previously the city was named Luz. 20 Then Jacob made a vow: “If God will be with me and watch over me on this journey, if He provides me with food to eat and clothing to wear, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s house, then the Lord will be my God. 22 This stone that I have set up as a marker will be God’s house, and I will give to You a tenth of all that You give me.” (Genesis 28:11-22 )

  • Phase 1: Crisis - I struggle with God and with others.

22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female slaves, and his 11 sons, and crossed the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, long with all his possessions. 24 Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that He could not defeat him, He struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip.”  (Genesis 32:22-25 )

“Before Jacob was born, he struggled with his brother; when he became a man, he even fought with God.”  (Hosea 12:3 )

  • Phase 2: Commitment - God tests my faith in His promise to bless me.

24 Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When the man saw that He could not defeat him, He struck Jacob’s hip socket as they wrestled and dislocated his hip. 26 Then He said to Jacob, “Let Me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.”  (Genesis 32:24-26 )

“So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time  if we don’t give up.”  (Galatians 6:9 )

  • Phase 3: Confession - I confess that I am my biggest problem!

““What is your name?” the man asked. “Jacob,” he replied.”  (Genesis 32:27 )

Jacob = original: “deceiver/manipulator”

  • Phase 4: Conversion - God gives me a new identity and a new dream.

28 Your name will no longer be Jacob,” He said. “It will be Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked Him, “Please tell me Your name.” But He answered, “Why do you ask My name?” And He blessed him there. 30 Jacob then named the place Peniel, “For I have seen God face to face,” he said, “and I have been delivered.””  (Genesis 32:28-30 )

Israel = “Prince with God”

“The sun shone on him (Jacob) as he passed by Penuel—limping because of his hip.” (Genesis 32:31 )

“If anyone belongs to Christ, they are a new creation.   The old things have gone; everything is made new!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) [NCV]

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