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Here Comes the Dreamer
By Calvin Dean
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Chapter OneWhat Is a God Dream?
A God dream refers to the purpose, gifts, and abilities that God has designed for your life. The poorest man is the person who has a God dream but doesn't bring it to life. In fact, the richest place on earth is the graveyard because of the many who have died with their God dream still inside of them. A God dream lights a fire inside of you. You will find great difficulty in keeping it contained. It's like fire shut up inside your bones (Jeremiah 20:9), because you think about it every night and day, and you believe that you can accomplish it. Do you have a God dream that is so big, one that you have to tell others about the way Joseph did? His God dream was so big that he had to share it with his family; it was so hot he could not keep it inside any longer.
The potential that God has placed in you makes way for your ability to write best-selling books, to be a great preacher or pastor, to sing and write beautiful songs, etc. A God dream, however, is not about you; it's bigger than you. It's about God using your abilities to accomplish something that only He can do through you. Your potential is born inside of you; a God dream is given.
You see, when God implants a God dream inside of you, you become pregnant. After a while, it will show as it does during a woman's pregnancy. When God implants a God dream inside of you, there will be changes in your actions and attitudes. Both times my wife was pregnant with our two children; I wondered if that was the same woman I had married. Her actions and attitudes changed over a period of time during the pregnancies: She started sleeping a lot. She could not stand the heat. She had mood swings. Her face and feet became swollen. She couldn't endure certain scents, and after a few months, she could not move the way she wanted to. No one had to wonder if she was pregnant, because what was on the inside started to show on the outside. No one has a God dream and remains the same. The way you think will change. Your daily routine will change. Sometimes you don't want to eat because you are thinking about your God dream so much. At times, you can't sleep, or people may talk to you and you won't answer them, because you're a million miles away in your thoughts. You become normal again after your God dream has given birth. What was inside is now being manifested on the outside, and when it is manifested on the outside, people will recognize that it could only have been God who had placed and birthed that God dream in you.
For women, their greatest pain is just before their greatest joy. Just before they give birth to their baby, just before the manifestation of what was inside of them comes out, they experience their greatest pain. That is the way it is when you are about to bring forth your God dream. You will experience your worst moments or your lowest state when you bring forth or manifest what God has placed inside of you. Joseph's worst moment, his last and lowest state before his God dream was manifested, occurred when he was in prison. To some degree, he probably understood the reason for his brothers' actions toward him. But Joseph's lowest moment came when he was imprisoned because someone lied about him. When he was in charge of Potiphar's house, he never asked if he could leave. Nor did he ask for help. But when he was in prison, he asked Pharaoh's cupbearer to remember him. In other words, he was saying, "Help me to get out of here!" Never allow your state of affairs to stop you from crying out for help when you need some.
Other examples of persons who had a God dream include Jacob (Genesis 28:10–22) and Joseph, Jesus' earthly father (Matthew 2:20), whom we will talk about in a later chapter.
A God dream will drive and motivate you to achieve great things for God.
A Road Map to Success
In a well-known story of the Bible, a young man's life is magnified or blessed beyond measure, especially compared to that of his eleven brothers, even though he was the second youngest. The story of this young man's life and death could be found in Genesis 37–50. His name was Joseph, the son of Jacob, who was the son of Isaac, and Isaac was the son of Abraham. Joseph's nickname was "the Dreamer," but it was given to him out of slander and jealousy, not out of meaningful love or what he was supposed to be "affectionately called." No, this name was given to him because he had two separate dreams on two different occasions. These dreams had the same interpretation, and when he told his family about his dreams, they called him "the Dreamer," and the name stuck with him.
Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, "Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf." His brothers said to him, "Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?" So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. (Genesis 37:5-8)
Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, "Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me." But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?" (Genesis 37: 9–10)
Before I continue let me state that to some, it might be difficult to differentiate between a God dream and a purpose. Well, let me help you by establishing this truth. In all of us, there is a purpose, but not all of us were created with a God dream. Secondly, one can have a purpose with a God dream, but you cannot have a God dream without a purpose. Let me give a philosophical example: Joseph had a God dream that his family would bow down before him and worship him. Now there were two unrealistic and incomprehensible things about the fulfillment of this: One, he was the second to the youngest of his brothers, and two, he was to become second in command to Pharaoh in Egypt. (Remember that Joseph didn't come from a nation but a tribe.) This was not only unbelievable but highly unlikely. Only God in His providence could and did bring this to pass. This was Joseph's God dream, but God's purpose was to preserve His family, His chosen people.
Your purpose is about you coming into your potential and discovering your God-given talents, but a God dream is all about God and His assignment for you so that you can show forth His glory and fulfill His ultimate purpose and plan for your life.
The Least Is Blessed for the Better
God is not like man. His thoughts are not our thoughts; nor are His ways like our ways. Most of the time, God goes against the normal things of man, including his thinking and traditions. In 1 Corinthians 1:27–30, the Bible says the following:
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than that of men, for consider your call brethren, not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world; even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are.
See, our God is not ordinary; He is an extraordinary God. Our God is not finite, but He is infinite. We associate success with age, prominence, and wealth, but many times, God took the youngest, the lowest, or the poorest persons and made them rise to the top to do His work. Let's take a look throughout the scriptures, and we will see where God chose Isaac, the youngest, over Ishmael, the oldest. He chose Jacob, the youngest, over Esau, the oldest. He chose Joseph, the second youngest, over Reuben, the oldest. God also chose David, the youngest of Jesse's sons, over Eliab, the oldest. Solomon was the tenth son of David, and God chose him over Amnon, David's oldest son. So throughout the Bible, the least became the greatest or first. Under normal circumstances and because of tradition, these persons would never have been blessed, and they never would have attained the position that they did in their family, if they depended on men who honored tradition.
In a vision, Jacob was given approval to move to Egypt, and it was Joseph, his eleventh son, who would be the one to close his eyes after his death, even though it was customary for the firstborn to do this. Here, God, by revelation, revealed that Joseph would receive the rights of the firstborn in Genesis 46:4.
There are so many leaders who are in second positions in government, families, businesses, and even churches. We have the misconception that the oldest should get the inheritance and that there is no prize for the person who finishes last. But Solomon said by God's wisdom:
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all" (Ecclesiastes 9:11KJV).
Based on their culture, a person like Joseph or David should not have been chosen by God. God chose Jacob, the youngest, rather than Esau, the firstborn. Why? Because He is God and He can. (Read Romans 9:10–17)
But when Rebecca had conceived by our father Isaac (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) it was said unto her, "The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." (Parentheses Added)
You might be the least in your family; however, you could be the first to go to college or own your own business, or you might be the worst in your family but the first one to be saved! You might be at the bottom of the work pool but first to get the promotion! Why? Because it's not about how good you are but about God and how gracious and merciful He is when He chooses to exalt the base things of this world.
Jealousy and Rebuke
When a person's dreams are out of the ordinary and contrary to the status quo or the traditions of men, or if people don't understand what your God dream is all about, they try to kill it through their jealousy and rebuke. They dismiss what you are saying, because they think that you could never achieve it or bring it to pass and make it a reality. Joseph's brothers dismissed his God dream, and his father rebuked him for it (Genesis 37:10).
In Hebrew or Jewish society of that day, as it relates to blessings and inheritance, the younger served the older. It was the eldest that succeeded the father or his father's business, house, slaves, and wealth, and though the younger brothers were not slaves, they were subjected to the older brother like they were to their father. This is why they had to listen to Reuben's instructions not to kill Joseph but to put him in a pit (Genesis 37:21).
We have read accounts about this same family, where God went against the status quo. Ishmael, being the oldest, should have gotten the blessing that Isaac, the youngest, got. Esau, being the oldest, should have gotten the blessing that Jacob, the youngest, got, and it was Jacob who gave the greater blessing to the youngest of Joseph's sons, also God passed over Eliab, the oldest of Jesse's sons, and anointed David, the youngest.
Because of Joseph's dreams, his brothers became even more jealous of him. A lot of his brothers' jealousy and hatred came as a result of their father's open display of favoritism toward him (Joseph) because he was Rachel's, his beloved wife, son. Let's see what the Bible says about this.
If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him children, and if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved, then on the day when he assigns his possessions as an inheritance to his sons, he may not treat the son of the loved as the first born in preference to the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn, but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his. (Deuteronomy 21:15–17).
Many times, it's not the strangers who are jealous but our own family, friends, and even church members. Hence, by law, Jacob should not have shown favoritism toward Joseph because of the following:
1. He was not the firstborn.
2. He was the son of the beloved wife.
They also considered him his father's spy.
... Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. (Genesis 37:2).
And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am." So he said to him, "Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock, and bring me word." (Genesis 37:13-14).
As I was growing up, my siblings hated to have me around as well because they said that I was a news carrier for our mother. Okay, I admit that I did, so they would always chase me away from their company.
When people don't understand you, your dreams, or what God has placed in you, they become jealous. When you read the story of Joseph and his siblings, you find that they placed their own interpretation on Joseph's God dream. If you will examine Genesis 37:8–10, Joseph never interpreted the God dream that was given to him. He just told his family members, and they interpreted his dream, but later on in the book you will discover where Joseph tells Pharaoh that God gives the interpretation of dreams. It is interesting to note that his brothers and father were right in their interpretation of his dreams. This clearly indicates that his whole family had a special connection with God, because they were able to interpret dreams. The difference is that Joseph had a God dream but the rest of them did not.
There are three things that Joseph encountered on his journey to fulfill his God dream: hatred, rebuke, and jealousy, two of which are internal sins. His brothers hated him because he was their father's favorite. Jacob openly displayed his abundance of love for Joseph by giving him a coat of many colors and keeping him at home with him even at the age of seventeen, when he should have been helping his brothers run the family business. This action by the father caused the brothers' hatred and jealousy toward Joseph to increase.
Hatred is such a strong human emotion that it has caused more deaths than any other emotion. The Holocaust was the contrived and systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis, and it was led by Adolf Hitler and his henchmen. In fact, there have been many other ethnic-cleansing atrocities around the world because of man's hatred toward other men. Ethnic cleansing was Haman's plan for the Jews, but it failed. He wanted them destroyed because he hated them for being of a race that was different from his (Esther 3:5–6).
Leviticus 19:17 says, "You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him."
1 John 3:15 says, Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Scripture says that if a man hates his brother in his heart, then he has already murdered him. So jealousy will produce hatred, and hatred will produce murder. Saul's jealousy of David led to hatred and then countless attempts to murder him (1 Samuel 18:8–11). In fact, the first murder took place at the very beginning when Cain killed his brother, Abel, because of his jealousy of and hatred for him. Joseph's brothers were willing to commit the same sin: "They said to one another, here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits" (Genesis 37:19–20).
Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessings his father had given him. Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob." (Genesis 27:41)
People will hate you for things that you have no control over. For instance, consider the way another person may treat you: Your boss may treat you differently from the other employees for whatever reason, and because of this, they may hate you. A parent may treat a child differently from the other siblings. I am not saying that this is right or that anyone should show partiality or favoritism among siblings. What I am saying is that it's not the person's fault that the partiality or favoritism is being shown toward him or her. It was not Abel's fault. Nor did he have any control over the fact that God accepted his offering. It's not Joseph's fault that his father treated him the way he did, because he never asked to be highly favored.
One way to determine how people feel about you is to listen to them talk to or about you. Because of the amount of hatred and jealousy the brothers had in their hearts for Joseph, they could not speak kindly to him. Genesis 37:4 says, "And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him." All of this hatred was just because of his God dream. The Bible says that we should be zealous of good works and not jealous of others and their good works.
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