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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Following God's Dream For Your Life

God has a dream for your life.  He has a plan, and a purpose for you.  Finding that dream, and following that dream leads to the fulfillment of the will of God in our lives.  Joseph is a wonderful example of a person who had God's dream, and lived to see it fulfilled.  He was 17 years old when he dreamed about his brother's sheaves bowing down to his.  Then he dreamed about the sun, moon, and 11 stars bowing down to him.  He could not have understood what these dreams meant at the time, but he knew God had a dream and plan for his life.  Things got worse before they got better!  The brothers put him in a pit, intending to leave him there to die.  It is in the pit that our true character shows.  We can learn a lot from being in a pit.  A story is told about a farmer's donkey who fell into a pit.  The farmer couldn't get him out, so decided to bury him.  The donkey shook the dirt off every time it hit his back, and soon realized that he could put it under his feet, and it lifted him up.  The donkey got out of the pit by shaking off the dirt, and putting it under his feet.  The pit experience can make us better or bitter, lift us up, or push us down.   The brothers decided they might as well get some money for Joseph, and they sold him to the travelling Midianites, who then sold him to Potiphar in Egypt.  Everywhere Joseph went, he rose to the top, whether in Potiphar's house, or in the prison, or under Pharaoh.  Joseph was hated, envied, betrayed, sold, tempted, and lied about.  Yet he was successful, favored, blessed, prospered, pure, wise, and very fruitful.  He never let the circumstances stop him, or cause his attitude to become negative or resentful.  He served wherever he went.  He acknowledged that it was God who gave him wisdom, and brought him to Egypt so he could save his people.  His life was not his own, he lived it unto God.  In Gen. 49 22-24 we read, "Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.  The archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him.  But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob."  What a testimony about a man who followed God's dream!  We too can follow God's dream for our lives, and leave a testimony of fruitfulness!

Are you following God's dream for your life?

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