Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. – Genesis 37:5
This week on Inspired 2Go, we will be looking at the remarkable life and story of Joseph – who had a revelation, suffered a reversal but still realized his dream at the end of it all. May it inspire you to follow through with your life-long dreams even though you suffer periodic setbacks.
Joseph’s dreams both spoke of greatness; God gave him these big dreams because He wanted him to aim for the ‘stars’ and not limit His abilities in any way. In the same way, when God births a dream in you, it is usually big, because He is a big God. He believes that by His Spirit within you, you can do BIG THINGS!
Not everyone believed in Joseph’s dream; his brothers rebuffed him for his first dream, but he never stopped dreaming. As a matter of fact, the stakes were much higher in his second dream. One price you pay for dreaming is that not everyone will believe or support your dream. Nonetheless, the fulfillment of your dream is not in any man’s hands – all you need is God; so keep dreaming! Keep expanding your dream and make it bigger. Do not let anything contain your mind.
Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery to make it impossible for his dreams to be actualized; however, what they meant to destroy him was what God used to elevate him. In the same way, your dream can sometimes give you reversals in life; but if you are willing to accept those reversals as part of the overall plan in fulfilling your dreams, you will be elevated and be rewarded with the ultimate prize of accomplished dreams for the price you paid in patience.
Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph to sleep with her, but he knew that was not the route to fulfilling his dreams so he fled…that was a huge price he paid for his dream because that decision made him lose everything, worst of all, it sent him to prison. Settle it in your heart now, ‘avoid every form of ungodliness and hasty shortcuts in fulfilling your God-given dreams,’ because you can never use the devil’s methods in achieving God’s will and purposes for your life. That is also a price to pay!
+ Pray that what men meant to destroy you; God will use to elevate you. That those who are trying to push you away from your purpose, will divinely push you into your purpose.
+ Ask for mercy in areas where you have made ungodly compromises to fulfill your dreams.
+ Pray that the Lord will restore to you bigger and better for things you lost because of your stance against ungodly shortcuts.