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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Keep the Dream in You Alive

Keep the Dream in You Alive
Genesis 37 : 23 - 24, So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. NKJV
If you haven’t read the story of Joseph, I encourage you to do so. The Lord has given us great wisdom in it that will help anyone who has a dream, yet feels as if it will never come to pass.
The Lord showed me a truth by His Spirit that will greatly encourage “dreamers.” Dreamers are people that God has given an inner-knowing, plan, or vision about their destiny in Christ. When we have this unction or knowing from God, it gives us great expectancy and hope, even when it looks impossible in the natural.
Before I go on any further, let me ask you an important question. Do you feel like your life is on the wrong track and the situations you’re facing aren’t taking you toward your vision? Be very careful that you don’t allow these disruptions to discourage you from pursuing your dream. A pit was never mentioned in the dream God gave Joseph. Therefore, can you imagine how Joseph must have felt when he found himself being sold into slavery, and later, when he was thrown into prison? Life has a way of “throwing” a curve that we don’t expect; nevertheless, it is all a part of the vision.
No enemy and/or no situation can keep us from fulfilling our destiny in Christ, as long as we don’t give up along the way. We can’t see the big picture right now, and we don’t know how the things that we have experienced, or are experiencing can ever get us to our goal. Nevertheless, we must remember to keep our eyes on the Lord.
God used the adversity that the enemy brought against Joseph (because of the dreams) to build character and to develop his abilities to be a leader in hard times. Consequently, Joseph succeeded when he arrived at the destination. Joseph’s example teaches us that we have choices to make when adversity hits us. We can allow them to tear us down and see ourselves as victims of our circumstances, or we can choose to look to God for guidance and allow Him to build the characteristics that we need to sustain us when we arrive at our destination. How we choose to respond to adversity will greatly determine how long we will be in the process.
Paul teaches us in Philippians 1 that God is doing a work in us, and He won’t stop until that work is complete. We are in this world, and God is using it to develop some things in us that we need to fulfill our destiny in Christ. Let me leave you with a powerful truth: When we become a covenant friend with God, the world will hate us. However, if we keep our eyes on Jesus, He will cause our enemies to be used to assist us in completing the process and fulfilling our dream.
Here’s an example: Jesus told His disciples that He was going to Jerusalem, and that He would be tortured and crucified there. At that moment, Simon began to rebuke Him by saying that he would not allow those things to happen to Jesus. However, Jesus rebuked Simon; He said, “Get thee behind me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Later, while Jesus was in the garden praying, Judas leads Roman soldiers to Jesus and kisses him as a sign to them that Jesus was the One they were seeking. When Judas kissed Jesus, He called Judas, friend. Why would Jesus call Simon, Satan, and then call Judas, friend? It was because God was using Judas to fulfill His vision for Jesus, and Satan was exploiting Simon in order to get in Jesus’ way of fulfilling His destiny; it was all centered around Jesus’ suffering.
Satan doesn’t want you to suffer for Christ because you will learn how to obey God through suffering. Instead, Satan wants you to protect “self,” and then suffer the loss of your eternal reward...because of disobedience to your calling in Christ. So once again, we all have a choice to make; when life offers us adversity, what will we do? Remember, your adversity comes because of God’s dream. Allow God to fight for you; you be still and see God’s salvation on your behalf.
P.S. I want to thank all of you that have subscribed to Kingdom Moments. I felt that this devotion was perfect to end on. Keep dreaming and God bless you on your journey.
It’s All About the Lord,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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