“And he dreamed yet another dream” ~ Genesis 37:9
Father in Jesus Name I pray that You illuminate my eyes through the Spirit and help me see myself in this and help me to become all that You want me to do and be. Amen.
“Hope is a waking dream.” - Augustine
Of all of the people in the Bible who could have questioned the goodness and love of God it would be without a doubt Joseph. Joseph was forgotten, betrayed, walked away from by his entire family, shipped into Egyptian slavery and plenty of other things, yet Joseph held firm to faith. (Genesis 37, 39-45) Now, it does not mention him complaining, but we are all men of like passions (James 5:17; basically that we are all the same) and I am sure that he indeed did complain at times, we all do. It’s not always bad, because complaining turns into prayer and prayer turns into manifestation of hope, faith and dreams. Never beat yourself up over complaining about circumstances, but try your best to mold your mind to have a “prayer complain” not merely just complaining without knowledge of the presence of God and Him being sought after. God is not mad at you.
Now, in life we face severe blows from Satan, the world and we even receive chastisement from The Lord. [Hebrews 12:5-7] All things work together for good [Romans 8:28], but those chastisements hurt at times. Keep moving forward they are Gods tools of preparation for greater things later on in life. But we have an enemy and that enemy does NOT want you to fulfill your purpose in life because it’s literally “God’s will” and “God’s purpose/plan.”
In order to dream again it’s important to know that most of the time when we dream we are facing a tumultuous wind that sometimes knocks us to the ground and we give up. We could have started a business and it failed, started a family and its failing to be what you expected, you may have never quite finished the book, “forgot” to join that ministry in Church you were so desirous of because people have titles and you don’t. Let’s not forget the Pastors world-wide who have “quit” ministry either literally or just have given up but still go due to financial need and that being their only outlet to supply their family with the proper necessitates. Dreams shattered are hopes that have been shattered and most of the time it’s because of life not a lack of ability, because God is the supplier of the ability.
However, Satan does want you to stop having goals (dreams) and Satan knows also that if you do godly things godly results take place and that is a threat to him. First off, have you ever thought the reason you have lost hope in the dream is because Satan sees the powerful impact of it? Oh, that’s something you need to think about right now, you might even want to stop for a second and think about it. A dream in God’s plan is designed to help people first and you last, that’s how it goes.
When we fall short of our dreams because of life we need to learn the discipline to dream again, we need to get back up and remember the dream like Joseph and continue to move forward. Life’s blows are strong to a Christian and your greatest trial can be the very thing you are supposed to “dream” or “do” for God. The storm you are in could be your book, the advice your children will need in 10-20 years, the revitalization of the business, godly advice in the future and It’s time to dream again for someone, but now it’s time to wake up (get up and start working on it) again for some people. It’s time for some of us to stop the dream; we already know the will of God in what we need to do, so it’s time to put that into action. Find books, find people, find godly wisdom, find out what the Bible says, pray; find more books on those topics, read, read, read! You can never do enough research.
If you want to start your dream, research as much as possible and never forget, celebrate your accomplishments, reward yourself, even if it’s something small like your favorite drink you haven’t had in a while (non-alcoholic), buying something special that you desire, buying some new shoes (unless that’s a stronghold and you have a lot and have yet to give them away). Basically, reward yourself for small steps and small steps are what cause BIG promotion and BIG impacts for the Kingdom of God on your family, Church and leaders world-wide.
Father in Jesus Name, I pray that You revitalize my hope, take it off the respirator and help me put my hand to the work and start building the wall like Nehemiah with no concern for anything but it. Lord, place a Spirit led focus on the dreams and help us not to take a lot of steps but walk with You through the steps. Let our priorities be in order in Jesus Name. Amen!
“There is still One whose faith in you has never wavered. And how wonderful it is that that one should be Jesus Christ! It was a wonderful dream God dreamed, Christ says, when He created you; it was a stately being that was in His mind when you were fashioned; and I can make you all He meant that you should be.” - A.J. Gossip