Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Stuck, "Family Feud" Day 3

[Genesis 37:5-11 ESV] 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, "Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf." 8 His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me." 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?" 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

*Families Get Stuck Because They Ignore God-sized Dreams*

When our kids get dreams, where do they come from? They could only be a few places or so, right? They could be their own, they could be from others, they could be a lie from the adversary, or they could actually be from the Lord. Pay attention to what your children or youth are telling you in regards to dreams and aspirations. Joseph's dreams were definitely God-sized, but his family got really side-tracked in natural understandings and limitations. Instead of praying and seeking God on the matter, they missed an opportunity to encourage and seek out the matter. God was doing something different in His will and plan. He was coordinating salvation and supply through this young teenager who would one day be next to Pharaoh in power and authority.

What about the American dream? Christians should be about much more than that. Don't settle for status quo, be a world changer through Jesus Christ and His Spirit's power! Go for God's plan and purpose because God will use anyone totally submitted to His design (2 Chronicles 16:9). His dreams are infinitely greater (Jeremiah 33:3)

*Life Point* But his father kept the saying in mind.

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