God wants us to be free to dance in the destiny that He has ordained for our feet.
Our world is in crisis and we have been prepared for this hour and we are powerful weapons in the hands of God.
But there are times when our destiny seems like just “a dream” and there are also many things that can stop the dream:
- Mindsets that develop into strongholds because of disappointments and hurts
- A crisis of trust in God because of previous pain
- Walls put up because of hurt and resentment
- Circumstances that don’t seem to fit “the dream’
If left unchecked these can cause a darkness to creep into our hearts that block out the light of God’s destiny for us so we need to allow God to reveal any area in our life where we have been imprisoned by a “dream killer” and begin to understand how God sees us even in our brokenness.
God will expose the darkness of our hearts so that we can live in reality and not in hiddeness because of secrets that bind us with shame and stop us from moving forward in Him.
God has given to us a dream to walk in and even now our very steps are on that journey though we may not recognize that we are already on that path.
Joseph also had a dream and when we look at his journey we see that he was prophetic from a young age but his timing in sharing his dreams were too early and he needed to mature. Yet, what looked like severe circumstances were actually the beginning steps of walking out his destiny.
Joseph went through shifts and changes and we can see the first major change when his robe was ripped off when he was a child and thrown into a pit, then sold to a caravan of Ishmaelites by his brothers. This beautiful robe of many colours, made by his father, identified him as beloved of his father and here we see young Joseph being stripped of his identity and betrayed by those that should have loved him the most.
Transition times are not easy because they are often the times of the darkest and deepest of pains.
Joseph, meanwhile is brought to Egypt and purchased by Potiphar, an officer in Pharaoh’s court. He is given a garment fit for a slave. A new identity. A season of submission. And in this season another change is coming as Potiphar’s wife tries to seduce Joseph and rips of his coat, which is used as false evidence against him.
The loss of this slave garment was as significant as the loss of the first one because it had a similar effect. Both caused Joseph to descend in rank and this time he was sent to the lowest of prisons. Clothing also has special significance in the biblical world. They marked and identified all classes of people ~ a King with robes of office ~ a priest with distinctive linen vestments and mourners who donned sackcloth for grief. Clothing identified status and circumstance.
But God knew that these were not the coats Joseph was going to wear for the rest of his life.
The same is with us. Destiny has different seasons where we are given robes to wear. Sometimes those robes are torn off in order to make room for something new, even though we cannot see it at the time. It is all part of God’s process and the maturing of what He gives to us.
Over time we see Joseph also in the garb of a prisoner, but it doesn’t last as in verse 41-43 we see Pharaoh arraying him in garments of fine linen and making him a prince over all the land of Egypt.
And God is also at work in us, continuing to birth those things within us and bringing us into a new chapter of His destiny for us.
… this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before…
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