Happy new year darlings! May we all be complete in him this year. I hope you are already having a good year. I just want to say many thanks for sticking with us guys!
I realised I never posted the second part of ‘DARE TO DREAM’ by MSM. Apologies for that. Here it is…
Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers to the Ishmaelites who then sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard who is an Egyptian. But even as a slave he was a righteous man. God blessed the house of Potiphar because of Joseph. Genesis 39:2 (NET) says “The Lord was with Joseph. He was successful and lived in the household of his Egyptian master”. I was talking to a friend and he said “I could have made it if I was born abroad” but I disagreed with him, you can be abroad and still suffer. Don’t limit yourself; you can make it anywhere because God is everywhere. Potiphar noticed that Joseph was not an ordinary man and that he could trust him with everything he had. In verse three to four of the above bible chapter, we read said that “his master (Potiphar) observed that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he was doing successful. So Joseph found favour in his sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar appointed Joseph overseer of his household and put him in charge of everything he owned.” If people cannot see God in you then you need to check your life and reconnect yourself to God. Joseph was a man of integrity; he was in charge of Potiphar’s house and was next after Potiphar. Yet, he was faithful and did not steal. Many of us nowadays are not ready to be faithful and we cannot be trusted with little because we see it as an opportunity to rob and if you are not faithful in little, you can never get more as can be seen in Matthew 25:23 (NET) “his master answered, ‘well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master’.
A dream is a raw material on which the foundation of a successful life is laid and built. Whatever way challenges presents itself to you, don’t compromise. Joseph could have fallen for Potiphar’s wife because it was an opportunity and if he did, he would have had a smaller testimony, but he had a focus (his dream) and he knew what he wanted, therefore he did not allowed himself to be distracted. If he compromised he won’t have had a bigger testimony. You have to stay focused. Never settle for less even if less looks attractive.
The part that really amazes me in Joseph’s story is that he was fully prepared spiritually and physically. Genesis 39:6 (NET) confirmed it “…………now Joseph was well built and good-looking”. Don’t be stagnant! Don’t depend only on Sunday or weekly messages alone. Study widely, learn from great ministers of God; don’t be like those Christians that say internet is a sin. Google motivational blogs and books and learn from them. Remember, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 1:15 KJV). And don’t look unkempt. Always look neat and good. Pastor Bose (my pastor) defined success as ‘preparation plus opportunity’. In other words, when you are fully prepared and loaded if opportunity comes your way, you will not miss it. Joseph was thrown into prison for the sins he did not commit, still he helped people right there in the prison; in his trial period. He did not put on a sad look just because he was in prison, he was filled with joy. That was why he was able to put smiles on the faces of others in the prison because the Lord was with him and in return, the Lord favoured him in the sight of the prison warden. The warden put him in charge of all the prisoners (Genesis 39:21-23). See how God works. If you are grateful to Him at all times; He will always interfere in your affairs.
Remember, putting on a sad look any time you face trials is not going to make the problem go away, but God will so be joyful at all times. Joseph was even forgotten by someone he helped Genesis 40:23 “……the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him” but for everyone, there is a remembrance day. So if you are passing through trials, it has an expiry date (James 1:2-8). “Every good word the Lord has spoken to you has a day of fulfillment”. Joseph did not give up. He had a dream but his dream did not look like it would come to pass yet, he held on God’s word and he still kept being faithful. So hold on to your faith; hold onto God’s word and never give up your dreams. See you at the winning side!
“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of changing moods” – C. S. Lewis
“The way to see by Faith is to shut the eye of Reason” – Benjamin Franklin
“Faith implies the disbelief of a lesser fact in favor of greater” – Oliver Wendell Holme.