Pits, Prisons & Palaces

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SUNDAY 30 JULY 2017

The Old Testament is full of people - real people; whose lives are messy, their families dysfunctional and their obedience not always full or immediate, yet God used them.  Our study of their lives is to bring perspective, hope and instruction to ours - to recognise that at times we are tempted to sanitise or selectively interact with their stories and in that way make them heroes.  The reality is that their stories are powerful because they are human like us and face the same temptations and frailty that we do - yet God used them.

God has a dream for each one of us - that dream is for us to represent God in our world. Each of us is entrusted with a piece of God’s Kingdom to bring to earth. This representation is multi-faceted and is defined by your wiring, gifting, personality, passions and life stage. This representation is vital - as only you can reach the people in your sphere and only you can create the ideas or products or atmosphere in your specific field.

We see in the life of Joseph some transferable principles for ensuring that we live out the dream God has for us. 

Joseph's dream revolved around him - he was young and arrogant and confident in his sense of how it would play out. God has a dream for each of us - a piece of His kingdom to be extended - in homes or workplaces or further afield. However, there is a way in which it gets extended - God places these dreams in the hearts of people and then he takes them on a journey of learning to trust and follow Him in order for them to be realised.

What we see in the next chapters & 20 years of Joseph’s story is the transferable principles to our world. We see PITS, PRISONS & PALACES.