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Are You A Dream Maker or Dream Breaker (4 of 8)
Series: The Favor of God
Dr. Fred Lowery
Genesis 37:8-20; Genesis 50:20; Proverbs 13:12
We are in a series on the Favor of God and we are using the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. We are looking at the story of Joseph. Let me tell you why I've chosen Joseph. The story of Joseph is a great illustration about how to live right when life goes wrong. It's also a great biblical teaching on how to make dreams come true in your life. Then, I believe it's the most powerful illustration of what it means to have the favor of God on your life. I guess the other reason, it's one of my favorite stories, if not my favorite story in the Old Testament.
Last Sunday we talked about Joseph's dreams. He had five dreams. He had two dreams about himself. He had dreams about the baker and the butler. Then it was Pharaoh's dream that thrust him into power and into prominence. His first dream was about position and power. Remember the sheaves? His sheaf was standing up and the brothers' sheaves were bowing down. So, here was a dream that he was going to be the leader and his family would have to bow down to him.
The second dream was about cash and control and the stars, the sun, and the moon were bowing down to him. Joseph was saying that one day he would be over all the resources of the entire earth. Of course, you remember the response of the brothers in verse 8 of Chapter 37 of Genesis: ‘His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" You can imagine brothers saying that to one another - the thought of a brother having another brother rule over him. By the way, since you brought it up, this past week we celebrated my grandson's second birthday and I was amazed to see the potential in this child. Maybe he will be President. I don't know, but just an unusual brilliance it seemed to me. "And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said." ...
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