Fresh Hope – Day 205

‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ is recognised by people all over the world as a major theatrical performance. People like Jason Donovan have made it so popular that it has become one of the longest running musicals in London’s West End.

Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical now continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph (Genesis Chapters 37-50),  his 11 brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.

Yet, how many of us recognise that there is a very similar story line being played out on the centre stage of all our lives day by day, albeit behind closed curtains?

We don’t have to be anyone special or famous to take part, but we must simply recognise that God created within each of us a unique dream to be played out in our lifetime.

Your dream may not be filled with the glamour of the West End stage,  but it most certainly will follow the same reference points that made the Biblical Joseph into the person that helped to save a nation.

Behind the limelight of his stage character lies the reality of what it took to produce the man that became Prime Minister of Egypt.

Take a look at what it took to get him there and see if you can recognise yourself in the very same process..

1) Dare to dream

Get on your knees and ask God.

2) Understand the pit – Person In Training

What you learn in the dark, practice in the light.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

3) Don’t underestimate the power of a ‘meanwhile’

Genesis 37:36 (NIV) Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard.

4) Run from ruin

Don’t walk away from anything that compromises who you are – RUN!

5) See through the pain

Two men looked through prison bars – one saw mud, the other saw stars.

This where most people get it wrong.  They believe that God has turned His back on them, so they quit in the prison cell. They give up on hope.

Prison is where you scars become stars.

6) Interpret other people’s dreams

What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.

7) Stay focused when forgotten

People will forget you, but God never will.

8) When you’re ready, God’s ready.

It’s going to take a pit and a prison, before you can take the palace.

9) Be kind when you make it.   

Always remember the little man.

10) Keep the end in mind

Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Pastor Mark

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