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Faith Under Fire Administrate The Dream Part Three

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We're studying the sermon series Faith Under Fire 
This part is entitled Administrate The Dream

PHARAOH’S DREAM:
"And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you."
Genesis 41:38-40

WHERE WAS JOSEPH’S DREAM DURING THIS TWENTY YEARS?

Joseph could not have known that, while he was unselfishly giving himself to the dreams of others, that God was making his own dreams come true!
When his brothers bowed before him, it all made sense!  He had been through much pain, but God used it to save an entire nation!

How Can I Help “Administrate The Dream”?

Don’t wait to be asked.

Offer to take care of the details.

Be enthusiastic about the dream!

"Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more."
Genesis 37:5

"Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation."
Genesis 40:5

"And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”
Genesis 41:15

JOSEPH’S DREAM

Joseph had the grandest personal dreams of anyone in the Old Testament.  God revealed to him that his brothers, the forefathers of the tribes of Israel, would bow down to him. In retrospect it is apparent that, had not been for Joseph’s intervention, the future Hebrew nation would have perished in the terrible famine of his day.

But like most Bible characters, the road to Joseph’s dream was long and rough. We have a different perspective on his life than he did at the time; someone has said that “hindsight is 20/20.” Joseph did not know the end of the story!  For all he knew, his dreams had been shattered forever by the cruel actions of his brothers.

"Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
For most people, such a setback would have been the end of the road, because their attitude from that point on would have done them in. But not Joseph! The next time we see him he is involved wholeheartedly in making the dreams of others come true.
Joseph had many reasons to remain uninvolved and not give his energy to the dreams of others:

His dreams were not coming true.

His brethren had done wrong to him.

His circumstances were unfair.


YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ACTIONS!

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.  – William James, Psychologist

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.  – David Brinkley, Television Journalist

The last of our human freedoms is to choose our attitude in any given circumstances.  – Victor Frankl, Psychologist & Holocaust Survivor

Pity is one of the noblest emotions available to human beings; self-pity is possibly the most ignoble … an incapacity, a crippling emotional disease that severely distorts our perception of reality … a narcotic that leaves its addicts wasted and derelict.  – Eugene H. Peterson

Illustration:  Chuck Swindoll, evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher, tells the story of Chippie the parakeet.  The bird’s problems began when the woman who owned him decided to do something nice for her sweetly singing companion, and clean up the seeds and loose feathers from the bottom of his cage using a vacuum.  When the phone rang, the owner turned to pick it up, and with a thud and a whoosh, Chippie was gone.  The owner quickly turned off the vacuum and unzipped the bag.  There was Chippie, stunned but breathing.  Seeing that he was covered with black dust, his owner rushed Chippie to the bathtub, where she turned on the faucet full blast and held the bird under the icy water.  At that point she realized that she’d done even more damage, and she quickly cranked up her blow dryer and gave the wet, shivering little parakeet a blast.  Needless to say, Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore!  People who are unable to overcome their setbacks are a little like Chippie.  They allow their negative experiences to color the way they live their lives.

THE TWO FROGS

Two frogs fell into a can of cream – or so I’ve heard it told.
The sides of the can were shiny and steep, the cream was deep and cold.
“Oh, what’s the use?” said number one, “tis fate, no help’s around –
Goodbye, my friend! Goodbye, cruel world!” And weeping still, he drowned.
But number two, of sterner stuff, dog-paddled in surprise
And while he wiped his creamy face and dried his creamy eyes,
“I’ll swim awhile, at least,” he said – or so it has been said –
“It wouldn’t really help the world if one more frog was dead.”
An hour or two he kicked and swam – not once he stopped to mutter,
But kicked and swam, and swam and kicked, then hopped out, via butter.

BECAUSE JOSEPH REFUSED TO REMAIN UNINVOLVED, GOD BLESSED HIM AS HE SERVED!

"The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian."
Genesis 39:2

POTIPHAR’S DREAM
"So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.  Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate.
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance."
Genesis 39:5-6

JAILER'S DREAM

"And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper."
Genesis 39:22-23

CHIEF BUTLER’S DREAM

"And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.  For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
Genesis 40:12-15

"Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him."
Genesis 40:23

God sees all the windows and doors of opportunity for us,
He alone, knows the perfect time in which to open and close them. 

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass."
Psalms 37:7 

And now may the the Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.


Now and forever, in Jesus' name
Amen

 
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