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A Dream of Many Colors

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Oh to be practical!!  The Definition of a dreamer is someone who is impractical or idealistic.  Guilty!!  I have been a dreamer all of my life.  I dreamed about becoming a famous songwriter and singer….  I dreamed about serving God in a pivotal way and leading a group of people to greatness in their lives…..I have dreamed a lot.  But what is the cost of being a dreamer?  1.  Totally misunderstood.  2.  Thought to be a little  crazy. 3.  Considered to be unrealistic in reasoning….. 4.  Judged as flighty and too “head in the clouds.”  Dreams, by the way, are at times God’s way of leading you to a new plane of understanding.  Understanding that is based on God’s way of looking at things.  In Acts 2:17 God says  AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;  It would stand to reason that being a dreamer is one result of God pouring out His Spirit on all mankind, according to scripture.  Wow, that makes the dream thing WAY more important then.  No longer the laughing stock.  No longer the misunderstood.  No longer the one who is scoffed at.  In Genesis 37 scripture tells about one dreamer by the name of Joseph and it records what his brothers thought of him.  Genesis 37:18-19 18 When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. 19 They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer!  In these verses we can see how serious the prejudice can get against a dreamer as Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him.  When we read earlier verses of a dream Joseph had and what he shared with his brothers, we can see why they were kind of upset with him.  Genesis 37:Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.

So it may be that people don’t mind dreams as long as those dreams are positive for them?  I think that is the case.  God had a great plan for Joseph and God revealed that plan to him through dreams and those dreams were not your run-of -the-mill dreams.  The dreams Joseph had were multi-colored and diverse, but very specific.

They were multi colored like the coat his father had made for him because he favored him more than his brothers because he was the son of his old age.(verse 2) . Jealousy and hatred ruled the brothers hearts because they could not see the big plan that God had given to Joseph in his dreams.  Which helps us realize that not everyone will be a dreamer or understand what dreams are supposed to do. But one thing is for sure…God still gives dreams and in these last days of the earth those dreams should increase more than decrease.  If you have been given a dream by God…take heed and pray to God for understanding, but pray knowing that everything from God has a purpose.  The multi-colored dream Joseph had was diverse in nature as he saw that he was going to be elevated above his brothers. (they hated that).  And that he was going to be an instrument of good and life giving for his people.(they missed that)

Of course, we know that Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and yet became very powerful in Pharoah’s court because he could interpret, get this, DREAMS!!  In Genesis 41 it records that Pharoah had a dream that could not be interpreted by any of his staff and then Pharoah heard about Joseph being able to interpret dreams.  He sent for Joseph and got his dreamed interpreted and because of Joseph’s divine spirit he elevated Joseph to second in command as ruler of Egypt.  Now, keep in mind.  All of this happened because of dreams!!!  I think I can make an observation here and say “dreams are important!”   Joseph’s brothers couldn’t see the big picture in the dreams of their brother, who they ridiculed for dreaming.  Pharoah, who was not a believer in Jehovah God honored Joseph for his dreaming by making him second in command.  Joseph’s elevated position saved his family and his people from ruin and the multi-colored effect of his dreams brought everything back into the order God intended.  Joseph was super impractical and totally misunderstood and his idealism brought him great power that was used to bless all his family and save the people from the ongoing famine.

So, what do you do with dreams?  Pray for God to help you interpret what He is trying to say to you in your dream and then act upon it.  Don’t let anyone talk you out of following your dreams.   I live in the area of the country where Helen Keller lived and Helen said this in a quote.”The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”  Great words from a great lady.  God’s quote earlier in this posting says it all again and again that in the last days God will pour out His Spirit on all mankind and the result will be visions and dreams.  Don’t run from this mult-colored truth.  Embrace it and you will see God do mighty works in the days ahead.

The Pilgrimage continues….

David Warren

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