Lessons from Joseph

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| Written by Andrew and Jamie Wommack |

One of the ways God shaped my life was by showing me that I didn’t have to go out and experience everything on my own. 

Learn by Example

Through Scripture, I’ve learned from both the trials and the triumphs of others. The reason I never went into rebellion is because I studied the Word of God from a young age, and it warned me about things. Everything in the Old Testament was written for our benefit so that we could learn what to do and what not to do.

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1 Corinthians 10:6–11, emphasis mine

Before I really get into Joseph’s life, it’s important to understand his background. Joseph was the eleventh of Jacob’s twelve sons and the first offspring of Rachel (Gen. 30:22–24). He was also the favorite child of his father and was hated by his older brothers for that reason.

The Importance of Dreams

When Joseph was seventeen years old, he had two similar but separate dreams (Gen. 37:5–9). The fact that God gave Joseph two dreams is really important. When God gives someone two dreams that are alike in nature, it means the thing is established and can’t be changed (Gen. 41:32). It will happen. 

You know, God spoke to people all throughout the Bible in dreams, including the pharaoh in Joseph’s story; Daniel the prophet; and Joseph, Mary’s betrothed husband, before Jesus was born. It’s important to know that God still speaks to people through dreams, and when He does, it is always significant. I’m not saying that every dream is from God. But God does speak through dreams. 

One of the lessons we can learn from Joseph is that before God sends you on a journey, He will reveal something to you about that journey and prepare you for the obstacles you’re going to face along the way.  

That’s what God did with Joseph. He gave him a vision of his future, and it became a guiding force in his life. He didn’t know all the details or how he would get there, but Joseph knew and believed in the dream God put in his heart. And I believe this is what God wants to do for everyone. 

God’s Vision for You Is Better Than You Think

People who are driven by a vision are the ones who change the course of the world. God’s vision for you isn’t to just survive, occupy space, and then die and be gone. No! His plan is more wonderful than anything you could ever imagine. 

If you don’t get up in the morning with some degree of excitement about the Lord and where your life is going, then I guarantee you, you’re missing out on what life is really about. 

I can’t overstate the importance of having a dream from the Lord. Whether it’s while you’re sleeping or when your eyes are open—open your heart to God’s vision for you—and then start moving in that direction. It’ll help you avoid many problems along the way.

If this teaching has blessed you, please visit my website at awmi.net where you’ll find additional free teachings and resources. If you need prayer, I encourage you to call my Helpline at 719-635-1111 where one of my trained prayer ministers would love to agree with you in faith for God’s best over your circumstances.

We love you,

Andrew and Jamie Wommack

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