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We continue with our message of hope. We all have dreams and vision.
We must realize that despite delay experienced it's not denial (Jeremiah 1:11- 12).
Job 14:7-9 says, “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet, through the scent of water, it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant”. A lost or deferred dream can take away hope but the God that we serve is able to change that story and bring the dream to pass.
When Jacob was about to die, he called all his children together and began to prophesy into their lives.
Genesis 49:22-26, captures the prophecy concerning Joseph, which indeed came to pass in his life. It is my prayer that the blessings of the Almighty God upon you shall exceed the blessings of all your ancestors in the Name of Jesus Christ.
The life of Joseph is a very interesting one; his life spans Genesis chapter 37 to 50, excepting 38. He was regarded as a dreamer. We might not have such vivid dreams that spell out our destinies, but God certainly has a vision and dream for us all. I pray that your own life, story and testimony shall be glorious in the Name of Jesus.
We can appropriate the following lessons from the life of Joseph:
- There is always a purpose for your life. There is a firm dream for your life. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”. Just as Jeremiah was ordained from the womb to be a prophet to the nations, some of us have been ordained to be wonderful worship leaders and minstrels, scientists, sound judges, amazing doctors and all manner of professions. So, as parents, we have the responsibility of realizing that there is an ordination for every child that comes through our families, and we are to nurture and usher them into the place of God's purpose for their lives.Joseph had dreams and he caught an idea of leadership determined for his life. Beloved, what is God saying about you? Jeremiah 1:11-12 tells us, “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it”. What do you see? At times we need to ask Him what He would want us do, like Saul asked when he encountered Christ (Acts 9:1-6). I pray that God will reveal what He wants to do in your life to you and hasten its performance in the Name of Jesus Christ. Habakkuk 2:1-3 tells us that the vision is for an appointed time, and in the end it must speak, even if it tarries. May every vision concerning us come to pass in Jesus' Mighty Name.
- We must exercise caution in sharing our dreams (Genesis 37:4-11). We must be careful who we share the things that the Lord has placed in our hearts with. Ideally, you want to share with people who are also dreamers. Joseph's brothers envied him, but his father observed his saying because himself had had dreams (Genesis 28:10-17). Jacob was used to dreams and had seen those dreams come to pass in his life. Brethren, please let us share our dreams with those who will observe and encourage us. Some of us might have put ourselves in trouble because we shared our dreams prematurely with dream destroyers. May the Lord keep us away from dream destroyers in Jesus' Mighty Name.
- Doing the right thing does not necessary win popularity contests. Verse 2 of our text tells us that the brothers of Joseph were not behaving well and he brought their evil report to his father. This did not endear him to his brothers. Similarly, some of the right things that we do may not necessarily endear us to the world. The Scripture tells us that we are in the world but not of the world (John 15:17). So, we must recognize that certain things we have done that seemingly put us in trouble are part of the turf. The Lord will make a way on our behalf in Jesus' Mighty Name.