Fresh Hope – Day 78

Don’t give up on your dreams.

For more than 17 years, I dreamt of building a Church building that was fit for the 21st century.

A place that people from all walks of life would be proud to call their spiritual home.

A place where people would be attracted to, in order to find God.

A place that future generations wouldn’t be embarrassed to bring their friends to.

A place where excellence reflected the glory of God.

I never realised that my dream from God would take up so many of the years in my 30’s and 40’s.

By the grace of God, I refused to give up, when on many occasions I wanted to.

Today, that dream is a reality and yours can be too… just don’t give up.

Interestingly, Joseph (the dreamer with the multi-coloured coat) had to hang on to his dream for 23 years.

His story is one of twice as many days of ‘give-ups’, than ‘go-ons’.

Every dream can contain twice as many negative surprises that can greatly discourage you, but the key is to realise that the Lord is with you and He won’t let you down.

Take a look at the headlines of Joseph’s 23 year journey from Genesis, chapters 28-38, and be encouraged to keep going…

Misunderstood by his family – give up?

Sold into slavery by his brothers – give up?

Found himself in a country far from home – give up?

Given favour in Potiphar’s house – go on!

Wrongly accused by Potiphar’s wife – give up?

Thrown into prison – give up?

Put in charge of all the prisoners – go on!

Forgotten for two whole years – give up?

Remained in prison for two more years – give up?

Interpreted Pharaoh’s dream – go on!

Became second in command of Egypt and ran the whole country – dream realised!

Today, I’m dreaming again. In fact, we must never stop dreaming of a better tomorrow.

Hebrews 10:36 ‘You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.’

Pastor Mark

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