By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, D.C.). Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi very much loves the Biblical story of Joseph because it is emblematic of love and hatred, envy and adoration, jealousy and adulation, suffering and enjoyment, sin and forgiveness, as well as dreaming and illusion. On Sunday, he continued with his exegesis of Joseph’s story because of its relevance to the contemporaneous lives of Christians.
Pastor Georges rivetted his attention on Gen. 37: 17-19, where Joseph’s brothers conspired to get rid of him at Dothan because he dreamed. “Dothan means a place of many wells; it is also a place where destiny begins. The brothers hated Joseph because he dreamed. The devil is not after you because you are empty; he is after you because you have a dream.
“He is after you because God has given you the power; he is after you because the Holy Spirit is in you; he is after you because you have a purpose,” said the blessed man of God in an anaphora.
He told the congregation that in the course of their lives, they would be victims of perfidy, betrayal, setbacks, jealousy, and envy from people who are close to them and proclaim their love to them. He then advised the congregation to refrain from harboring any desire to revenge against people who bring suffering, pain, and bitterness into their lives.
“In every situation, remember that God is in control. Leave everything into His hands, and satisfaction will be yours. Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of his own disciples while one denied him completely. He was denounced, beaten, scourged, mutilated, and crucified but He still forgave and died so that we would be saved.
“Joseph was betrayed by his own brothers. He was sold into slavery, imprisoned, suffered, but in the end, his trust in God never wavered, and he became the next to only Pharaoh and forgave his brothers. We face the same problems Christ and Joseph faced in their day, so don’t have hatred in your heart. In all things, trust in the Lord, and He will come through for you,” asserted the blessed man of God.
Crucially, the senior pastor noted that people who have divine dreams are always antagonized by workers
of iniquity. If you have a Divine Dream, people will speak evil of you. The pastor has a divine dream, so people always speak evil against him because the dream is bigger than they are. But if the dream is divine, people’s opinions don’t matter,” said the consul of God.
He asserted that Joseph’s dream was symbolic of Christ because just as Joseph dreamed that everything under the stars, the moon, and the sun would bow down to him in reverence. Every knee shall bow and every tongue in the heavens, on earth, and beneath shall confess to the greatness of Christ at the mention of His name.
“Even in Heaven, every name shall bow at the mention of Christ. He has no limits; His name is above every other name. He has been exalted by the Creator. When you call on Him, the devil gets angry, but he doesn’t matter. All that matters is for you to believe in your divine dream and chase it into fruition,” preached the Consul.
The Consul then asked, “Have you forgotten your dream of becoming a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer? Because it is a divine dream, you would be opposed by others, but divine dreams are powerful; a dream that doesn’t come with opposition is an illusion. It is not divine. A divine dream is written in letters of gold.
“A divine dream is the mountain you stand on to see the other side. A divine dream is your strength; it empowers you every morning. A divine dream gives you a reason to live. What happened to your dream of becoming a lawyer, doctor, chemical engineer,” posed the Consul rhetorically.
Pastor Georges then gave seven provisions that lead to the realization of divine dreams. Quoting Habakkuk 2:3, he paraphrased, “When you have a divine dream, write it down on a tablet and hang it around your neck so that a herald can run with it and carry it to God.” In other words, a divine dream should always be on the mind by writing it down. “When you write it down, you know where God is taking you.
“The Lord will show you the way and how it is going to happen. When you reach a point of indecision, just pray and tell the Lord of your destination with your dream, so He should show you the next step,” said the blessed man of God.
When God told Abraham to leave his land of birth to another land where he would be father of nations, He didn’t show him the way. “Abraham just started the journey and left the rest in the hands of the Lord. Just start the journey, and the Lord will gradually lead you to the final destination,” said Pastor Georges.
In an allusion to the vanity inherent in worldly possessions, the Consul told the congregation not to boast about the number of buildings and other possessions they have because they mean nothing in God’s reality. He encouraged the congregation to talk about achievements they have accomplished to help humanity. ”Dreaming is good but working on it is better.”
The second point of rapture on divine dreams is patience. “A divine dream requires great patience. People sell their souls to the devil because they want to achieve something. Don’t rush, for Habakkuk 2:3 says although the dream tarries, wait for the appointed time for it to come into fruition. In the end, you will become what God wants you to be. Our God is a God of impossibilities. Just be patient and wait on the Lord,” said the Consul.
The third point of rapture on divine dreams is based on experience. “Divine dreams are birthed from uncommon pain. If you were born into poverty, you would want to be rich. If you were sick all the time, you would want to become a doctor. If you always fell into trouble, you would want to become a lawyer.
“Joseph went through pain and suffering for thirty years, and when he became prime minister of Egypt, he understood his brothers and forgave them. God won’t ask you to take somebody to where you have never been yourself.
“’Silver and gold are mine,’ says the Lord. When God says He will make you rich, believe it. The pain of the dream determines its power. As you were growing up, what were your sufferings and pains? That’s what God prepares you for!”
The fourth point of rapture on divine dreams is Providential. “Divine dreams are from God; they don’t come from people. What other people give you is illusion, not a dream. The difference between a dream and an illusion is some of the stories we heard about America before we came here. We heard that in America, money could be found on trees, but when you come here, the reality hits you hard when you see that the trees are full of highways, not money.
“If whatever you are doing now is not your calling, you would be disappointed. Sit down and wait for your dream. Trust in the Lord. He was with Joseph in Potiphar’s house; he was with him in prison. The Lord was with David against Goliath on the battlefield. The Lord of Heaven is your Father, your God. Don’t listen to people’s opinions. Listen to God,” said the blessed man of God.
The blessed man of God didn’t go too far to find an instance when a divine dream prevailed over the illusory opinions of people. He used his son, Christopher’s project as an example. Christopher decided to work on a project for school, and he went to his father and they prayed over it. When he went to school and told his friends about his project, they laughed at him and discouraged him, but he persisted. In the end, his project was adjudged one of the best, if not the best.
The fifth point of rapture is predicated on preparedness. “Divine dreams come from uncommon preparations. The things you can do easily come from you. Things you achieve through pain and toil come from God,” said the Consul.
He revealed that his background is not synonymous with his success story because he came from a poor family, so he was not supposed to emplane to America someday. But, here he is today waiting to realize his divine dream of owning a plane because he travels on weekly basis. “Fate is in God’s hands. You are in the majority. The Lord says in Malachi 3 that He should be put me to the test and H would reward abundantly.
“Be courageous in your own spiritual strength. Fight the good fight by committing yourself to the Lord. If the son of God sets you free, you are free indeed,” noted the blessed man of God.
The sixth point of rapture is a need for a powerful ambiance. “A divine dream needs a powerful atmosphere because it creates enemies. I am a pastor because I have been through life. I have been through pain; I have cried every day, calling on the Lord. Many appreciate this Church from a distance, but because of jealousy, they can’t come here. A dream without opposition is an illusion.”
The seventh point of rapture is the need for team work for the success of a divine dream. “A divine dream takes a team to achieve.” He quoted Amos 3:3 and said, “If there is no agreement, it is impossible to work together. The team should speak the same language of love, same spirit of progress. The team must target every soul. If you have a divine dream, God will bring divine people to push you to realize your dream.
“The Church is organized to attain the kingdom of God. Together we march toward divine glory. Believe, trust, and rise and say ‘the Lord is my strength. I’ll trust in Him,” after regurgitating part of Psalm 27. He also cited Eccles. 4:3 and Eccles. 3:10. He then summoned believers still working on their dreams to come forward special prayers.