Joseph couldn’t handle dreaming about the future until it was God’s future more than his. Frame your future around God’s promises more than your preferences.
NOTES AND NEXT STEPS
Genesis 37:2-11 + Message 4 from the series “Dreamer”
How well did Joseph handle his dreams?
While Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison. (Genesis 39:20-22)
Joseph’s future is unfolding before his eyes, but a different set of eyes.
When you think about your future, how do you feel?
- We just have to know what God doesn’t want us to know.
- We don’t know enough about what God wants us to know.
Frame your future not around your personal preferences and plans, but around God’s promises.
SPIRITUAL NEXT STEPS
- Share Jeremiah 29:11-13 on social media and explain the “Spiritual Next Steps” demonstration from worship today. Better yet, act it out yourself and post the video to go viral.
- Read 1 Chronicles 17:16-27. A prayer of David, faith-filled, confident, and joyful about the future. Reflect and pray about these three questions. 1) Is David more focused on David’s preferences or God’s promises? 2) When did David say this prayer? 3) What is God teaching you by David’s example?
- Complete these sentences and tell a close friend about your answers. “I worry too much about _______.” “I don’t need to worry so much because God promises _______.”
- Pray for a specific government official who practices their Christian faith despite pressure to compromise. Follow up with a letter of encouragement and send it to them.
- Google “God promises future” and print at least 5 Bible verses that speak faith into your heart. Post this in a few places where you (and others) can see it through the week.