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Mar
09

Re-Dreaming the Dream 3

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In his grace, God visited Jacob and restated the dream that He had bestowed upon him decades before. I have to believe that Jacob must have been somewhat overwhelmed with the risk and the challenge that added weight to this revelation. Jacob had a tough life. He grew up in a home filled with sibling rivalry. After he married, his wives didn’t get along and his sons were often rebellious. It was hardly “Little Tent on the Prairie!” But through all of those difficult dynamics God’s purpose and plan remained static.

Like Jacob, we can let life beat the dream right out of us.

Difficulties and adversity will come. Life will happen. But adversity is not the enemy. The enemy is the temptation to simply give up on God’s plan and purpose, or worse still, settle for second best. I want to encourage you today to not quit on what God has already declared over your life. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. You can’t turn back the clock and re-do what has already been done, but you can return to your God given dream and move forward to live in the fulness of his purposes for your life. Don’t be defeated by the desert, and don’t be defined by the desert. Value the voice of God in the dryness and let him lead you to the place where you can fulfill that dream.

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Mar
08

Re-Dreaming the Dream 2

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Overwhelmed by the famine, Jacob must have been torn as he stood at the crossroads. Should he stay where he was? Or should he uproot his entire family and relocate to Egypt? At this precise moment, God came to him in a vision. One might expect God to give Jacob a new dream, but He didn’t. He simply reminded Jacob of the same dream He had given him before.

In Genesis 46:3-4, God gave Jacob four specific words about his life. The first word was a word of perspective: “I am God.” There’s nothing like the self disclosure of God to put perspective on our adversity! When God weighs in everything else is put into proper perspective. Jacob’s life had become so overwhelmed by so many things he needed perspective to re-order and re-orient his life.

The second word was a word of power: “Do not be afraid.” Gripped by fear, Jacob needed a bit of security. He needed the reminder that God was on his throne and in control. He needed to recall that his life was not spinning our of control at the cruel hand of fate. He needed to have the clear security that God was fully aware of the challenges he was facing and that His power was great enough to overcome any fear he might have.

Next came a word of promise: “I will fulfill…” God reminded Jacob that He still intended to make him a great nation. God’s plans and purposes for Jacob had not changed one bit. God was at work to bring it all into fruition.

The final word was a word of presence: “I will go with you.” Jacob would not be sent to Egypt. Rather, God promised that He would accompany him to Egypt. God’s presence in his life would have provided comfort and stability at the cross roads and would go with him as he followed God’s direction.

If you’re in a “famine,” or standing at a cross roads, remember God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! God desires to come to you and help you gain perspective. His words of power, promise, and presence will help you navigate the turbulence you may be feeling right now and enable you to re-dream the dream. Chances are that you don’t need a new dream. You just need to walk in the dream God has already given to you. Tomorrow I’ll finish this week’s series and post some thoughts about living the dream.

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Mar
07

Re-Dreaming the Dream

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Jacob has found himself in the middle of a famine. Two years without rain will do that. The land was dry, barren, and parched. But Jacob is not just in a literal famine, he’s in a spiritual one as well. It had been nearly 30 years since he’d heard the voice of God. Like the land itself, Jacob is dry, barren, and spiritually parched.

Jacob’s famine was not without a great deal of uncertainty. Would there be enough food to sustain his family? Would Simeon be released from prison? Would Benjamin return safely? Would Judah stick up for him should trouble arise? All of those questions and more must have flooded his anxious mind.

Finally the day came. The sons returned, and to Jacob’s relief all 11 of his sons returned safe and sound. But nothing could have prepared him for the news they reported: Joseph was alive! Not only was he alive, he was in charge of the land of Egypt. Not only was he in charge, he had revealed that the famine would last five more years. Not only would the famine last five more years, but Joseph wanted them all to move to Egypt to live.

Jacob was immediately faced with a difficult question. On one hand is the famine, and on the other, the best news he’d received in 25 years. The question? Can I trust God?

At that moment, God spoke. For the first time in nearly three decades, Jacob heard the voice of God. It was clear and unmistakable. What words did God say in the famine? What words would God say to you in your famine today?

Tomorrow I’ll post the content of God’s words to Jacob from Genesis 46:1-7.

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