THE DREAM PART 3 – THE OBSTACLES OF DREAMS
When it comes to your God Dream, the question isn’t “Will I face obstacles?” Instead, the true question is if we can identify the obstacles that will arise and, more importantly, if we can tackle the obstacles in a God honoring manner.
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.
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.”
When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.
When pursuing his God Dream, Joseph ran into two primary obstacles: his own immaturities and the actions of other people. We face the same obstacles today. Studying the actions of Joseph during this time, there are practical lessons on how to grow, rest, and trust God’s plan.
Question for group
THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO MY GOD DREAM IS __________?
THE OBSTACLE OF YOUR OWN IMMATURITIES (Listen to this dream I had…..)
Joseph had a dream and in it saw his family bowing down to him. He made the mistake of telling this dream to his brothers. This was incredibly immature. As we chase our God Dreams, so often we can be our own worst enemy as hang-ups, immaturities, and a necessary learning curve will slow down the fulfillment of our God Dream. It’s in these moments that, just like Joseph, we must cling to two important truths.
A) WHEN YOUR LEARNING CURVE SLOWS YOU DOWN: HUMBLE YOURSELF
B) WHEN YOUR IMMATURITY WEIGHS YOU DOWN: REST IN HIS CHOICE.
Despite the poor choice of sharing his dream with his family, there is no record that Joseph continued in that error. He humbled himself, learned from his mistakes, and never repeated them. He also didn’t wallow in self-pity because God chose him and gave him his dream despite the immaturities that existed in him. We could learn from this example. When we make mistakes on the road toward chasing our God Dream, we can’t waste time making excuses or blaming others. We simply most own our mistakes, learn from them, and never repeat them. We also can’t afford to doubt the dream that God placed in our heart just because we weren’t ready to fully walk in it from the start. God knew what He was doing when He gave us our dream, and we can rest knowing that we were His choice despite our learning curve.
Question for group
HOW IS MY LEARNING CURVE CURRENTLY SLOWING ME DOWN AND WHAT IS MY RESPONSE?
THE OBSTACLE OF OTHER PEOPLE (But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him…..)
Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him, actively making an attempt to stop both him and his dream in their tracks. As we journey and work toward our God Dream, we will inevitably encounter people who will actively attempt to block our paths. Like Joseph, we must handle people like this God’s way.
A) WHEN OTHER PEOPLE HARM YOU: DON’T PLOT YOUR REVENGE
B) WHEN OTHER PEOPLE STOP YOU: REST IN HIS PLAN
There is no record whatsoever that Joseph attempted to get revenge for what his brothers did. In fact, we find the opposite true as later on in life Joseph forgave his brothers and gave them shelter in their weakest moment. Joseph also rested in God’s plan believing that if God spoke it, then He would fulfill it no matter the obstacles. It is imperative we take this example to heart and apply to our own lives.
Question for group
WHEN OTHERS BRING HARM AS I PURSUE MY DREAM, HOW DOES GOD’S PLAN PROVIDE REST?
Feb 16th after the 10a experience
Ready to take the next steps at Radiant? Rad 101 is for you! Rad 101 is a 1 week class, held on Sundays immediately after the 10:00 experience. This class teaches the history, mission, and values of Radiant while also answering some basic questions on how to get plugged into serving on team at Radiant. Our next Rad 101 is scheduled for Sunday, February 16th.
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Week of Feb 2nd
Team week is coming up the week of February 2nd! Team Week is a dedicated week every month designed to allow our Team Leads to cast vision, answer questions, and get feedback from their teams. At Radiant, we believe that “Family Comes First” and love seeing the stories and connections that are produced from the week. If you are already serving on team at Radiant, please get with your Team Lead to know the day, time, and location of your Team Night. If you are currently not on team, but are interested in finding out more about a certain department, then make plans on attending a Team Night to find out more information and to connect with a Team Lead.