Rise Up and Build



Neh 2:17-18 “Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. 18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”

Visions and dreams need legs and hands. A young man by the name of John Goddard at the age of 15 wrote and established 127 lifetime goals (bucket list). His goals included climb several mountains, learn French, Spanish, and Arabic, go around the globe, land on the moon, and read the entire collection of the Encyclopedia Britannica. By his death, he had completed all but a few (He didn't make it to the moon). He was driven.

If you have great dreams for God, set your mind to be driven by those dreams. 

Eph 1:18-23 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Our understanding needs to be right. People who are transformed by God have privileges, but you need to see and understand that.

The vision of your mind needs enough light to see. Let the lights in your mind be turned on. If you can see it, you’ll go after it. If you can have a clear picture of what it is, you’ll pursue it.


  1. Hope—know the expectation of God’s invitation. We hope in things that are not seen. Have vision in your mind to see that hope. There’s a call to some other place upon you. You’ll respond to that call if you can see it.
  2. Wealth of God’s honor and splendor in majesty that you are heirs to—God’s glory and riches are available to you. If you see this, it’ll motivate you. You’ve got to have a dream, a vision.
  3. The power of God’s salvation—There is exceeding greatness of God’s power to give us position and high authority in Him. Joy unspeakable, love unfeigned, peace that passes understanding. If you can’t see it, you won’t pursue it. Let God open your understanding to hope! All things are beneath the feet of the church. There is victory and authority and spiritual power available to you! See it spiritually and pursue it naturally. Major sports figures visualize everything before they act it out. They work and work to make it happen. If you can visualize it, you can make it happen in the natural.

Joel 2:28-29 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”

Paul prayed that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened.

You must have a dream and then be motivated to make it happen.

If you don’t have a dream, get on board with the dream—the dream of Jesus—building the church.

Can you believe God to reach your co-workers and/or your family and do something great through you?

Psalm 126:6 “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Who plants seeds without seeing the seeds grow into a crop that can be harvested?

Wherever the Lord takes you, see the dream come to pass.

God will define, develop, and deploy ministers to see the dream come to pass. God will use you. Hold on and see that vision. Let the eyes of your understanding be enlightened. See past the bars and barriers.

Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Hebrews 11 is the Hall of Faith chapter.

Heb 11:13-16 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

Know what God said to you and pursue it! Watch Him do a great work. It WILL happen!

These people didn’t see the promise come to pass, but they still pursued it, and it DID come to pass.

We seek a heavenly country. Buy into it and publicly proclaim it. No turning back. Until you arrive in that heavenly country, there is still work to be done. There’s a need and a vision. God has given you the city, go and take it.

Abraham never saw the city, but his descendants live there now.

David had a dream and a vision of the temple, but Solomon built it.

A man by the name of Jack Yonts came down from a high-level position and moved at 67 years old to Chicago and gave it his all. His dream is still alive today. Take the dream and continue it. It’s a simple, honest, and good vision.

Jack Yonts went to New York and started several churches. He founded the New York district. Today it’s thriving. His success in New York was all because of a burden and Bible studies. He started the same thing in Chicago. He died before he could see his dream come to pass.

You can’t determine how many days you’ll live, but you can determine how you’ll live those days. Focus on what you can control and work at it. You can’t control the shape of your face, but you can control your expression and attitude. You can’t control the weather, but you can control the atmosphere of your mind, choosing to worry or to trust God.

Everyone needs a dream.

“The mundane man is the man who believes only what he sees, only what is immediate, only what he can put his hands on. He may be a truck driver, a banker, a lawyer, a clerk or a scrap dealer – his occupation doesn’t matter. The mundane man lacks depth. He lacks vision. The poorest of all men is not the one who doesn’t have a nickel to his name, but the one without a dream. The mundane man is like a great ship built for the mighty ocean but trying to navigate in a millpond. He has no far port to reach, no lifting horizon, no precious cargo to carry. His hours are absorbed in routine and petty tyrannies. Small wonder he gets quickly dissatisfied, quarrelsome and ‘fed up’. One of life’s greatest tragedies is a person with a 10-by-12 capacity but a two-by-four soul.” Dr. Ken Hildebrand

Now is the time to say to the captain, ‘Sail on!’

Great men and women dream big dreams and often face enormous odds. It is God who gave this dream and this ship will make it to the other side.

It’s not a rubbing of the lamp thing. You have to work. You have to build the wall and God will cause great things to happen to and in that city.

If you preach it, God will confirm it. Partner with God. Supernatural—you do the natural, He will do the super.

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.

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If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!