Success is a biblical word. The greats of God were healthy, happy, wealthy and wise. In the Bible, success has a higher dimension. Attached to biblical success is another‘s’ word – and that is significance. Success is what happens to you – significance is what happens through you.
The success that you seek is not outside of God. Ignore the temptation to seek ‘the good life’. You will find it was right in front of you, all along. We can learn 10 things from the life of Joseph that turned him from an ordinary 17 year old young man, into a successful Prime Minister. Genesis 37 v 2-11.
1)Dare to dream
No matter how many people around you dare not to dream, know that there are dreams locked inside of your heart – a dream that is bigger than you.
God is the giver of dreams. Don’t make up a dream, pull down a dream from Heaven. God will never ask you to dream something that you are incapable of.
2)Understand the darkness
Joseph dreamt and was thrown in the pit. The pit is not the end of your journey. What you learn in the dark, you practise in the light.
P.I.T – person in training.
3)Don’t underestimate the power of a meanwhile
The -meanwhile is when you are seemingly at the mercy of another man’s dream.
Meanwhile is waiting time. God is the master orchestrator of your life, so don’t be tempted to race ahead. Joseph was seemingly sold off but he stayed faithful and trusted God. He allows you to go through trials because He is improving you.
4)Run from ruin
When faced with temptation, Joseph was honourable and wise.
5)See through the pain
It doesn’t matter where your prison is, you can shine
6)Interpret other people’s dreams
What you make happen for someone else, God will make happen for you. Don’t be afraid to encourage and serve someone else’s dreams.
7)Stay focused, when forgotten
People won’t always realise that you feel forgotten. Joseph felt forgotten, when He was in prison but God saw. Promotion belongs to the Lord.
8)When you’re ready, God’s ready
Preparation must come before the palace. God is not going to get you out of the oven, until you’re ready. Chicken that is not cooked will poison people. God knows when you’re ready.
9) Be kind, when you make it
Joseph showed kindness to his family, even after they wronged him. He used his authority to bless and provide for them, as he had been blessed.
10) Always keep the end in mind
Genesis 50 v 20&21
God wants to accomplish many things through your dreams.