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Welcome to Week #11 of the Dreamers Series
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“Wow, it must be nice to have a dream come true.” she said.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if she was shocked, being nice or sarcastic in her comment. But I decided to answer authentically.
“Actually, It isn’t a dream come true,” I commented, ready to fill in the rest of the story, but the women interrupted me.
“What?! How could living in a beautiful house on a lake not have been a dream come true?!!” she said with irritation in her voice.
“Well, it’s not a dream come true, because truthfully, we never dreamed that big” I replied. I went on to explain that living on a lake overlooking the water was not something we had ever dreamed about; it was just a place we went to visit and hang out. Our dreaming was limited by what we thought was possible.
I wonder if this might have been the case for Joseph too. Finally after two years, he gets the “get out of jail” summons. As he was being prepared, I wonder if he just had thoughts of freedom and what it would take to stay out of jail. Two weeks ago, in my post, “Free at Last” I mentioned how Joseph approached the king with true humility and servanthood. He wasn’t out to save himself with selfish ambition this time around. He was truly grateful that someone outside the prison walls knew existed and someone had remembered him.
Joseph finally finds himself set free. He’s out of prison and heading to the palace. This much he knows, but I am not so sure he was thinking the palace would be his finally destination. Maybe Joseph was like my husband and me. Maybe he dared not dream that he would be living in a palace. Maybe he was content to just have been set free from prison and being given the opportunity to visit the palace even for a short period of time.
Joseph knew he was being summoned to the palace to meet with Pharaoh. He more than likely knew it was so he could interpret a dream. He probably figured that he wouldn’t have to be going back to prison and that he would be set free and would find a new place to serve. Maybe he even entertained the thought that Pharaoh might let him live in the palace and serve as an advisor. However, I highly doubt he saw what was coming next.
BUT GOD! Yes, God had other plans. God didn’t just want to set Joseph free from prison and brought to the palace for a visit. God wanted to give him a palace promotion and an upgrade in his identity.
#God wants to give our thinking a promotion and an upgrade. Click To Tweet
Joseph not only gives Pharaoh the interpretation for the dream, he goes a step further and also gives him a strategy for success.
My advice is that Pharaoh should select someone who is wise and discerning and put him in charge of the land of Egypt during this time. Pharaoh should appoint officers over the land and direct them to take one-fifth of all that the land of Egypt produces during the seven abundant years, gather it together, store it up, and guard it under Pharaoh’s authority. That way each city will have a supply of food.
Pharaoh (to his advisors): Is there anyone else you know like Joseph who has the Spirit of God within him?
(to Joseph) Since God has shown all of this to you, I can’t imagine anyone wiser and more discerning than you. Therefore you will be in charge of my household. All of my people will report to you and do as you say. Only I, because I sit on the throne, will be greater than you. I hereby appoint you head over all of the land of Egypt. …
As a symbol of his power, Pharaoh removed the signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s. Then he dressed him in fine linens and put a gold chain around his neck. He had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command, and servants ordered everyone, “Kneel!” as he rode by. So this was how Pharaoh appointed Joseph head over all of the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh had one more declaration.
Pharaoh (to Joseph): I am Pharaoh, and I decree that no one may do anything in the land of Egypt without your consent.
Then Pharaoh gave Joseph an Egyptian name, Zaphenath-paneah, and arranged for him to marry an Egyptian woman, Asenath (daughter of Potiphera, priest of On). So this was how Joseph gained authority over all the land of Egypt. ((Genesis 41: 33-35; 38-45 The Voice)
Joseph went above and beyond what Pharaoh was asking of him. Pharaoh just wanted his dream interpreted so he and his advisors could make a plan. Joseph instead gives him the interpretation from God and a Godly plan for success.
Joseph is an example of what can happen when we trust God in faithful obedience. When we do, God reward us. Not because we are expecting it, but because He wants to bless us. He wants to upgrade our thinking about how we view ourselves and show us our true identity as His sons and daughters.
#God rewards faithful obedience with unexpected favor and promotion. Click To Tweet
Last Week’s Top Clicked Post was “Enemies Scoff & Hurl Insults” by Pam Ecrement.
Last week, her post received the most views from you all.
i have always loved Pam’s writing, but her post last week really resonated with me. Maybe it’s because I find myself in a difficult season of leadership, with criticism, judgements and complaints coming at me. Even if I was’t, in this difficult season, Pam’s post is packed full of truth with a humbling challenge to believers everywhere.
“It can be so much easier to complain, condemn, and criticize a leader, whether he or she is a pastor or ministry leader, than it is to pray for him or her. And the passages on this topic don’t stop there. It includes those who govern us—mayors, governors, and the president. I don’t see that happening very often either. Often it is only in the worst of times when tragedy has struck that we set aside our differences and come together to pray as we realize we are incapable of resolving the tragic. Should we not do so before a tragedy strikes? “
Thank you Pam for this challenge. It is hard truth, that we must assess in our own life and commit to change before tragedy strikes.
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Debbie Kitterman is a natural born encourager who is on fire for God. She is passionate about equipping individuals, so they can go deeper in the relationship with God, reach their God-potential and claim their Kingdom inheritance. Debbie is a wife, mother, author, pastor, speaker and the founder of “Dare 2 Hear,” a ministry that trains individuals to hear the voice of God. She travels to churches internationally and is the founder and teacher of d2htraining.com, an online course designed to equip the believer in releasing God’s heart. Her writing and teachings inspire faith and build bridges for people to believe and expect the impossible. She is also an ordained Foursquare pastor, currently serving with her husband, John, as senior pastor of Restoration Church in Lacey, Washington. Learn more at: www.debbiekitterman.com
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YouVersion 7-Day Devotional
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Have you had the opportunity to read my new book “The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Hearing the Words of God for others.” ? This book is about learning to hear the voice of God in our own life so we can respond to those God bumps and little nudges He gives us on a daily basis. God is calling us to be agents of encouragement and to be the gift the worlds needs today.
We live in a time, where those around us are in desperate need of a real encounter with Jesus and in need of encouragement. We are called to encourage one another daily (Hebrews 3:13), and to build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). My book will teach you how to step out and do just that.
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Do you wonder if God still speaks today? Do you wonder if He would ever speak to you personally? Do you long to hear the voice of God in your life?
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God is speaking, Can you Hear Him?
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