Genesis 37: 5-7 (NIV)
“Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
Genesis 37: 9 (NIV)
“Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
The above dreams given to Joseph when he was only 17 years old. The prophecy released in these two dreams did not come to pass till Joseph was 30 years old. Lets look at the dreams content. God has released prophecies onto Joseph life through dreams, but those prophecies take time and spiritual maturity to fulfill.
Joseph’s life journey since the day he received those dreams has changed. He needed to go through a tough journey. He was first thrown into the pit, sold into slavery, served in Potiphar’s house, and in prison. Joseph learnt to rise up and rely upon God throughout this journey of life before the prophecies can be fulfilled.
How do we identify dreams that we received from God is in fact God’s prophecy to us?
Dreams normally carry certain promises, or gifting, or events, or callings that is going to happen, but in actual real life situation, we do not see it yet.
For instance, I have received a dream from God in the year 2009. In the dream, I saw myself sitting down having coffee, or fellowship with different pastors, or leaders of churches. When I woke up, I was stunned.
Questions started to flow in my thought, “that was not possible, who am I?” At that point, I am still learning about prophetic gifting.
After years of walking through my spiritual journey with God, I choose to have an obedient heart to hear and listen to Him. Follow steps that God has guided me to walk into.
Soon, I realized that in the past recent years, I have been doing what has been reflected in the dream in 2009.
What am I saying? Often we thought that when a certain prophecy being released into our life is instant. Which means it will happen now.
We often fail to ask God when? How? What? Same as with dreams we receive which carry prophecy. We need to discern further and hear God how this prophecy can be fulfilled. Often it require us to shift our mindset, and get ourselves out of our comfort zone.
Take a closer look at Joseph life, what was his comfort zone at that point of time, and how God takes him away in order for him to rise up and rely upon Him. Endurance, perseverance, and have faith in God, harvest the right attitude and heart towards prophecies that have been released onto your life.
1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I remembered I ever minister to a lady who were actively involved in church prayer. There were promises being prophecies into her life from God, and even in dreams she received the promises.
After years passed by, those promises did not fulfill. She was very bitter about it. When we prayed, God revealed those promises had turned bad. Why? The reason is this lady understand the promises, but the way she chooses to live her life has not changed, there is a continuation of bitterroot judgement, complaining heart, and also no heart of love toward others.
It is important how we see those prophecies that has been released onto our life and our heart has to be in alignment with God.
Colossians 2:2 (NIV)
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.”
1 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)
“The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
Remember always walk in alignment with God, carry the heart of love and witness how all these spoken prophecies in your life come to pass to glory God’s name.
Dream article 10 – 5778
Written by: Mary Chu (Dream team leader)
Copyright: Fire Stone 7 Dream Centre