Joseph a dreamer we can learn from.

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21.

Joseph in prison

In Joseph’s life we see how God’s dream became a root in Joseph’s life. Joseph held to the dream God gave him for his life. It kept him through everything he experienced, betrayal by his brothers, accused falsely, imprisoned, forgotten by man, but not God.

He was restrained from sin, redeemed from sorrow, and restored to honor by holding on to the dreams from God. Here are five guidelines we can learn from Joseph.

  • We need to receive the promise of God with childlike faith, put it on a shelf and trust God to bring it to pass (Gen.37:5-10).
  • Do the best we can in bad situations (Gen. 39:4,21).
  • Grow in integrity in trails and temptations (Gen.37:9).
  • Walk in humility toward God and man (Gen. 41:14-57).
  • Appreciate and see everything in life from God’s perspective (Gen. 45:7-50:20).

In our text God showed Joseph mercy (grace) and chose to make His will known through prophetic dreams. Joseph was obedient to the dreams and God’s will as expressed to Joseph.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 01:29:54

    Each guideline is a great point, Manny.

    Joseph was, indeed, obedient and faithful. He stayed on the ship when many would have abandoned it (figurative). Look how he is blessed because of his faith! He is a perfect example of the type of person you are identifying in this series.

    Looking forward to the next post…

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  2. Delight in Truth
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 02:01:13

    In the country I was born in, Romania, before 1989 there were many godly Josephs who went to prison and many died in prison, not because they were criminals but because of unrelenting faith in God. Pentecostals, baptists and other protestants were systematically harassed by the atheistic govt there. I know people who received the water baptism at midnight in the local lake or river in secret to circumvent approval for such from the govt….

    If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend the book Tortured for Christ by Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand. RW actually testified before the US congress in the 60’s when he took off his shirt to show the scars of the torture he endured for his Savior.

    The book is short. You can read it in one or two evenings, it is only $1 on kindle…

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  3. Mannyr
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 03:34:56

    Delight, I have read it. I vividly remember his testimony, at the time I wondered how he was able to survive. Have you read A Ransom for Wurmbrand by Anutza Moise?
    I just found another of his books entitled In God’s Underground in my library.

    My wife, daughter, and I along with a missionary brother and his sister were in Romania in 2002 we could not link up with a local pastor so we headed to Bulgaria by train. We had to wait for the train I remember all of us trying to keep warm in the train station in Bucharest.

    it was made of tile throughout, and it was real cold and windy. I also remember the oppression we felt in our spirits as we drove through the city. I hope we will be able to return to Romania some day a visit the people.

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  4. Chris
    Jun 28, 2013 @ 23:51:30

    I’ve only been out of the U.S. once so I have never been to the places that you and Delight have mentioned. Yet, I have heard the stories. There are over 1000 Romanians living in Hot Springs, and I have had the opportunity to teach parenting classes to one of them. I have also met the local Orthodox priest for one of the two Romanian congregations here. These folks were very supportive of my efforts to get Act 1 passed the year Mr. Obama became president.

    Act 1 was an initiative designed to keep our children out of homes with homosexual couples. Act 1 was primarily targeted for gays intending to adopt or foster children. We were successful in passing the legislation, but one judge in NW Arkansas said it was unconstitutional and the State Supreme Court struck down the will of the people by a vote of 7-0.

    Mr. Jerry Cox, leader of the Arkansas Family Council and a man whom I highly respect, called the incident “Judicial Tyranny.” I believe I have mentioned this story somewhere on my blog.

    God’s blessings…

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