IT STARTS WITH A DREAM
by Chris Ferguson
We all know it started with a dream for Joseph. In his zeal and immaturity he shared the dream with those who chose to not understand and in fact became greatly offended. I suspect in our culture we fail to see the shocking audacity of young Joseph’s claim, that his entire family would bow down to him.
The devil doesn’t attack you because of your past. He goes on the offensive because of your future. If Joseph had succumbed and given up on the dream the destiny of two nations would have been deeply impacted! Satan didn’t care about a teenager, a slave, aconvicted felon, he knew that a dream meant there was a destiny! All hell was unleashed to destroy the dream.
How many opportunities did Joey have to give up on the promise of God? Did he really understand the dream?Over and over again he could have tried to fit his circumstances to fit the dream. Over and over he could have imagined he was now a slave, so maybe, his family would be sold into slavery. When he was in charge of Potiphar’s household he could have imagined his family serving there. Even in prison it was plausible to conclude that since he was promoted here too, that his family might become prisoners.
The God given Dreams for most believers die upon the storms of circumstances, resources, and opportunities. The devil used jealously, false accusation, delays, inferiority to try and derail Joseph. If he had lost heart and hope the slide to compromise would be fast!
Steward your God given dreams because they are gifts from heaven!
” As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 NASB