We talked about how Joseph was a dreamer and we need to get bigger dreams any one want to tell me what their dream is?
We prayed for these bigger dreams and believe me if you received prayer the Lord will give you bigger dreams because He loves you and every person in this nation
He will give you wisdom because God is faithful to His promises and James told us that if we need it, God will give it.
But God is pouring out an anointing on this generation to be the Joseph generation….God has a destiny for you and He is moving you toward it.
In Acts 3Peter and John are on their way to the temple they pass a man that Jesus must have passed many times but God’s call of action was for Peter and John and this man…he begs them for money and here is their response in verses 4-6
“Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
How does this tie in with Joseph’s story?
It is about the power of God being poured out, let’s look at the story
Joseph had done nothing wrong but ended up in prison…God used his imprisonment to train him in his gifts
Then Pharaoh’s cup bearer and baker both were in prison and had dreams…Joseph had gained such favor with the guards that he was as a prisoner a leader in the prison he saw the two officials In Genesis 40:7,8
Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.
8 And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.” “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”
Joseph was always a dreamer but God stirred in him a gift of the Spirit to interpret dreams so he could change the world.
Fast forward to Jesus…
Jesus walked with and taught his disciples for 3 ½ years. He performed all kinds of miracles and taught them to perform them as well. But the power they walked in rested in the anointing of Jesus.
So Jesus said to them John 14:12
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”
They should do greater works? We should do greater works? How is that going to happen?
Jesus goes on to say
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
How does this all tie in…
When God wants to change the world He releases an anointing to do so
God wanted to save Abraham but he also wanted to save Egypt and allow them to see Him, as God, so he stirred up the gifts in Joseph to be exactly who he needed to be.
Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit to the disciples as part of his final words.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
120 people in an upper room were filled with the Holy Spirit gathered in unity
Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The results the wonderful works of God were heard in at least 16 different languages and I am sure many more
The power is released so that every person could hear and understand the Gospel.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the church but also as we see here for the world to know and understand the great works of God
God doesn’t always do the miracles we want but we don’t always know what miracles he will do if we don’t step out in faith
Jesus died on the cross for our salvation but he empowered us with the Hoy Spirit to bring hope, joy, and freedom to the world
Examples…Get Go, meeting with other non-spirit filled pastors, random people
3000 people die every day without Christ
Daniel 11:32b “but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
You are called to change the world…the empowering of the Holy Spirit does that…
- learn to flow in the gifts of the Spirit and how to use them to impact the nation and world
- God is raising up a generation of leaders who will save the world…leaders in faith, leaders in business, leaders in education, leaders in government, leader in arts and entertainment, leaders in media, leaders in family it happens by not being afraid to dream, understanding how to communicate to this generation and flowing in the power of the Holy Spirit! You are those leaders!
So what do you do next?
1) make the commitment to believe and receive this word! Believe in the fact that you are the answer, and the hope and the freedom because of Christ in you
2) begin to allow the Lord to speak to you about your dream…commit to a certain amount of time every day to talking with God about your dream! God is always talking 2 Chronicles 16:9, Daniel 11:32b and every other scripture comes to life as we weight on Him…. You see if you really believe He loves you, then you will also believe He enjoys spending time with you!
3) write down your vision Habakkuk 2:2-4
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
As you write it down always keep it in front of you so you measure you decisions not based on your circumstances but instead on God’s vision, dream for your life!
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
4) Begin doing the vision! Allow the Lord to open your eyes to all the needs around you that you need to meet using the gifts and callings he has given you. As God has shown you His plan make decisions based on that plan… Further your education, develop your skills, allow Him to stretch your faith. Part of my daily prayer is God help me to see circumstances, people and things the way that you see them!God will begin small with you, be faithful doing the small steps Jesus said Luke 16:10
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much;
As you begin to focus your time, talent and treasure on what God wants he will multiply it all until you are fulfilling every dream and then he will give you new ones until your destiny is complete
It begins today if you will allow him he will open your eyes to everything around you that you are supposed to do! Take the leap of faith and just do it! You can only do great exploits if you begin to take action… You will make mistakes you have to because faith requires you to do things and say things you have never done before and you never do something for the first time perfectly! If we are afraid to make mistakes you will never walk by faith or grow! God’s grace is always sufficient for you
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
Now it will come to life for you!