Sabbath, Feb. 20, 2016. Guest Speaker, One of Normandie’s former pastors Roger Wade. Youth/Young Adult Director of North Eastern Conference. Sermon Title: The Anatomy of a Dream. Supporting Scripture: Gen. 37:1-5 NLT.
So Jacob settled again in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived.
This is the history of Jacob’s family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks with his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing.
Now Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day he gave Joseph a special gift—a beautiful robe.
But his brothers hated Joseph because of their father’s partiality. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.
One night Joseph had a dream and promptly reported the details to his brothers, causing them to hate him even more. Gen. 37:1-5 NLT
People give up on their dreams. Circumstances influence us giving up our dreams. We can be tempted to render our dreams dead. Today our community is in a state of emergency. It takes an enormous amount of work to keep our dreams alive. We need to understand anatomy. Dreams are formed and shaped to come to life. Dreams come together in broken places. Joseph didn’t like being outside of his brothers favor.
Dreams come alive in broken places. Dreams are strengthened in a pit. There is a difference between a grave and a pit. A grave is covered over and a pit is not.
When Joseph was thrown in the pit his looking up strengthened him. When you are in a pit look up and you can get up. The pit strengthens dreams. Dreams are sustained in pain. You can kill a dreamer but not the dream.
The Lord was with Joseph and he became a successful man. You can’t kill a God given dream.
Read Jude 24 and Isaiah 54:17. Joseph didn’t let his pain hinder his performance. Dreams sprout where they are planted.
Joseph’s dream became reality and he went from the pit to the palace.
Understand that God was with Joseph on his journey and He is also with you. Pits strengthen dreams and they can sprout where they are planted.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You so much for being with us on our journey. You have given us dreams and we want them to sprout where you have planted us. Help us to look up when we are in a pit because we have learned if we can look up we can get up. As you blessed Joseph, You will bless us as well if we make the choice Joseph made to serve You in the rough places despite bad circumstances. Help us not to give up when we are challenged and experience losses of any kind that we may not understand. Allow us to study Your Word and be able to sniff out the enemy’s deceptions when the going gets rough. Forgive us for not trusting You. Thank You for our dreams and Your promise never to leave us or forsake us. We pray, praise and thank You. In Jesus name. Amen