Being Tested With Your Dreams
In the book of Genesis there is a story about a man named Joseph. Joseph was favored by his father and his father gave him a coat of many colors. I believe that this was a metaphor of the Lord placing a prophetic mantle upon his life. The Lord gave Joseph two dreams in which He showed him his destiny.
His brothers hated him because he was highly favored and when he shared his dreams with them, they hated him all the more. They threw him into a ditch, took his coat of my many colors, put goat's blood on it, and took it to the father so that the father would think that ferocious animals devoured and killed him. They then sold him as a slave to the Midianites.
During his time in Egypt, Potiphar's wife accused him of molesting her and she took his robe to try to prove this. This was the second time a garment was taken from Joseph. Potiphar knew in his heart that Joseph would not do such a thing, but he put him in prison to honor his wife. Soon after, Joseph was interpreting dreams in the prison as well as Potiphar's dreams.
The Lord is showing me that many of you have a dream from God, but you are allowing people to hinder you from moving into all that you were created to be. Some people may be telling you that your vision is too big, they may be calling you a dreamer or are jealous just as Joseph's brothers were. Be careful who you share your dreams with because not everyone will rejoice with you. Some are envious of you because of personal issues in their own lives.
Psalms 105:19 says, "Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him."
Joseph stayed faithful to the Lord through it all and eventually Pharaoh made him the Vizier, which is the highest official in Ancient Egypt to serve the king. Pharaoh also placed a robe of authority on him. This was Josephs third garment. Pharaoh then placed a gold chain around his neck and put his signet ring on his finger which meant that Joseph now owned and had authority over everything that was Pharaohs, and ruler over Egypt. He then gave him a new name which was Zaphnath-Paaneah which means "Revealer of mysteries". Some of you have been like Joseph. You once had a dream but your life seems to be going in the opposite direction.
"I Am Your Restorer"
The Lord says, "Do not allow anything to steal the dream that I have placed in your heart. Never allow the circumstances of life to weary you from what I have called you to do. I am the restorer of dreams, and My word will come to pass.
"Just as Josephs father, I have given you a coat of many colors. For those of you who have been betrayed by others, I am the restorer of the breach.That which has been broken in your lives shall be mended. Those relationships that have been severed and disarrayed will be restored. Your families will come into alignment with My plans as they continue to observe your dedication to Me.
"Just as Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph, those of you who have been falsely accused and lied about will be recompensed and rewarded for your integrity. As you continue to walk in holiness and not compromise or submit when others try to lead you astray, you will discover the greater plan. There is nothing hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.
"To those of you who have been imprisoned with fear and torment, I have the keys to Hell and death. Trust Me to be your deliverer and set you free. I will release you and bring you into all that I have called you to do. Don't look at things that are happening in the natural because My plans for you are beyond natural reasoning. Never settle for less than what I have created you to do.
"Ask Me for wisdom to make your dream a reality and the faith to step out. Continue to pursue My plans without looking back to your past mistakes and failures. I will bring people into your life to help you fulfill the dream that I have placed in your heart. These will be divine connections with others who believe as you do, and will help to encourage you. Sever any relationships from people that will try to annihilate your dreams and hinder your growth.
"Just as Joseph was raised from the pit to this high calling, I will bring you out of your despair and raise you up in My Kingdom. Never let go of your dream but hold on with the same tenacity that Joseph had. I am the revealer of mysteries and I will also reveal My mysteries to you. You will then have My favor and you will be ruler over adverse situations rather than having them control you," says the Lord.
Scripture to Study:
Psalm 105:17-19, "He sent a man before them - Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true."
Psalm 105:20-25, "The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom. Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. The Lord made His people very fruitful; He made them too numerous for their foes, whose hearts He turned to hate His people, to conspire against His servants."
Elaine Tavolacci resides in Staten Island, New York. She has been a student of the Word for twenty-nine years. She has a prophetic gift as well as a ministry of encouragement, which teaches the Body of Christ to walk in the fullness of what the Lord has called them to. She teaches others how to be overcomers in every area of their lives and understands the power and authority that Jesus has assigned to them. Her ministry, "A Word in Season," has been an encouragement to others for nine years. She has learned the transforming power of the Word of God and encourages others that nothing is impossible with God.