You Need a Dream
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Scripture Reading: Genesis 37: 5 & 11 (NLT)
26th February - 4th March, 2018
One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever…. But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.
Everyone needs to have a sense of purpose concerning life and existence. God deliberately created each individual with a plan, vision and an agenda, and He implanted the sense of purpose into us (Proverbs 16: 4a). In our main Scripture reading, we see that although Joseph had recurring dreams, it appears that his 11 brothers had no clue about purpose or vision.
Joseph’s brothers hated his guts because they did not want to hear about the dreams of grandeur that he had. When you live and relate with people who do not understand purpose, they will stifle yours, and they will feel compelled to tell you a thousand reasons why your dreams will not work. Nevertheless, the advantage that Joseph had over his brothers was that his dreams filled him with a sense of purpose.
Today, believers in Jesus are also Abraham’s seed (Galatians 3: 9), and our destiny is sealed in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3: 3). Therefore, we can rest assured that God is willing and able to shine His light and divine influence through us because we have become children of God (John 1: 12).
Dreams are necessary; they are the compass through which you navigate life, and the tools by which one exercises influence. A dream will give you a reason to wake up and get out of bed when you do not feel like it. Many people exist, but very few actually "live"… and this is because true fulfilment in life stems from the accomplishment of purpose. God did not create us for empty living. He wants us to know His plan, walk in it and fulfil it. The Bible says that we receive the knowledge of purpose through the witness of the Holy Spirit Who indwells us as believers (1 Corinthians 2: 9 - 10).
Note that the Lord Jesus lived based on revelation, and His primary goal was to fulfil the Father's will (John 5:19). The Bible says that because of the joy set before Him, Jesus despised the cross and its shame, and ultimately sat at the right hand of God (Hebrews 12: 2). Knowing your purpose will determine what you invest your energy in and what you avoid.
Your dream tells you that there is life beyond your current challenges. It tells you that you are on assignment, and it helps you to see possibilities even when your situation seems bleak (Numbers 14: 6- 9). Your dream also tells you that you are necessary and important. It is heaven's validation on your life, and this is why we must not allow our negative circumstances to rob us of our dreams. Joseph went through many challenges, but God knew His plans for Joseph and He knew that Joseph would outlast his pain (Jeremiah 29: 11).
Here are five attitudes to embrace for the fulfilment of your dream:
1. Recognise that you need God.
2. Recognise that God's grace for fulfilment is upon you.
3. Be clear about your dream, and be passionate about it.
4. Step out! Take a step of faith!
5. Never, ever give up!
True fulfilment comes from the accomplishment of purpose…!
For further study:
Proverbs 16: 4a, 1 Corinthians 2: 9- 10
John 5: 19, Hebrews 12: 2
Jeremiah 29: 11, Numbers 14: 6- 9
Prayer: Dear Father God, I thank You for sending Your Word that liberates me and empowers me. I ask Lord, for Your grace to fix my eyes on Jesus. I ask that you fill me with the revelation of Your will for my life and a sense of purpose that motivates me. I thank You because it is You that causes me to will and to do according to Your good pleasure, and so I receive Your grace, Your strength and Your wisdom, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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