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THE DREAM PART 2 – WHEN PEOPLE HATE YOUR DREAM

Series Launch

1.19.2020

DISCUSS THE CALL TO ACTION

Just because you have a dream does not mean that people will celebrate it or support it.  When this happens, we must learn to handle the disappointment and loneliness God’s way. 

Read

Genesis 37:3-8

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[ robe for him.  When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.  He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We 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.”

His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.

Main Idea

Joseph had a dream and decided to share it with those he was closest to and those he thought would celebrate the dream with him.  He was wrong.  Instead of celebration and support, he received disdain, hate, and isolation from his family members.  Despite the disappointment, Joseph still decided to handle the loneliness with Godly integrity.  We can learn from his example and apply it to our lives. 

DISCUSS: WHEN PEOPLE HATE YOUR DREAM……

01. Share

….KEEP A HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE TOWARD THOSE WHO DON’T CELEBRATE. ( When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him

 

The brothers’ hatred of Joseph and his dream was less about Joseph and more about their father playing favorites.  Like Joseph, when people don’t celebrate our God Dream there are often times underlying issues that have very little to do with us.  Keeping a healthy perspective toward those who don’t celebrate keeps our frustration with others low, enabling us to stay focused on accomplishing our dreams. 

Question for group

How does a healthy perspective ease engagement with those who don’t celebrate? 

02. Share

…DON’T WASTE TIME OR ENERGY DEFENDING YOURSELF.

When Joseph’s brothers didn’t celebrate his dream, and even opposed it, there is no record of Joseph wasting any time defending himself.  We can learn from this.  So often, we feel the need to defend ourselves to people who aren’t willing to understand or support and in doing so, waste precious energy and time that could be used in other places.  If God gave us the dream, He will fulfill it and we can rest knowing He will do what He says He will do. 

Question for group

At its core, why do you believe we feel the need to defend ourselves to others?

03. Share

…CARRY THE BURDEN, NOT THE BITTERNESS  (He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had /  His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us?)

The path toward the fulfillment of Joseph’s dream required more sacrifice and more responsibility than others who doubted his dream would ever understand.  The same is true of our lives.  Where others see privilege, the person with a true God dream will see responsibility.  We must be willing to embrace the burden of what God has placed in our hearts while letting go of the bitterness toward others that in the end will only harm us. 

We can be rich in Grace because we receive Grace from Christ himself, and then can in turn pour out his Grace on those who least deserve it.

Question for group

How does bitterness weigh you down more than the burden of a dream?

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