Every person has a dream from God and that is our calling, but God also gives us a purpose and that is our destiny. The sad fact is though, many people live with the dream instead of living to step into their destiny.
In the life of Joseph, God gave him a dream when he was 17 years old and he stepped into fulfilling that destiny when he was 30 years old. However, in order to fulfill the destiny God had for him, he had to pass 10 character tests. Pride is the first test.
These same tests have to be passed by us in order to fulfill the destiny God has for us also. These are very important character tests that everyone will have to take in order to step into their destiny.
The Pride Test
Genesis 37:1 – Now Jacob lived in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. (Verse 2) This is the genealogy of Jacob, Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the land was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
Leah had six sons and Rachel had Joseph and Benjamin. Bilhah had two sons and Zilpah had two. These made up the 12 tribes of Israel.
Before Joseph even has a dream, he’s a tattle-tail. (Verse 3) Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age. Also, he made him a tunic of many colors. (Verse 4) But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
(Verse 5) Now Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him even more. (Verse 6) So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: (Verse 7) ‘There we were binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” ‘
(Verse 8) And his brother’s said to him, “Shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. (Verse 9) Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun and moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
(Verse 10) So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” (Verse 11) And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph is 17 when he received these dreams and 30 when he steps into his destiny. What happens in between the dream and his destiny? Tests!
God has a dream for you.
This dream that Joseph had was from God. Joseph bragging about it was not from God. Both of these dreams he had were from God and a dream from God is better than any dream we can have for our life! And his destiny is bigger than the destiny we can pick out for ourselves. So how do we know the dream that we have is from God?
Numbers 12:6 – Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision, and I speak to him in a dream. (Verse 7) Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house. (Verse 8) I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the LORD…”
So, if you’d like to know God’s dream for your life, get to know God. Get to know the One who can reveal the dream and fulfill it. The Bible says that the children of Israel knew His acts, Moses knew His ways. And God will speak to every one of us plainly face to face.
Remember when Jesus said, “No longer do I call you servants, I call you friends?” A servant doesn’t know what his master is doing, but a friend does.
However, we also can have dreams that can be selfish. And those selfish dreams can cloud our thinking from hearing the dream God has for us. There are some dreams we need to just drop! However, when you receive a dream from God and you know that you know it’s from Him:
Don’t brag about it.
The dream leads you to God’s destiny but if you brag about it you will never get to that destiny. I can’t count the people I’ve talked to and heard them say, “I had a dream and I know it was from God.” I would listen to it and it would be the most messed up thing I’d ever heard. They would go around telling everybody that they had this dream and God had put a certain call on their life or they knew they were supposed to be with such and such person. And year after year, nothing like what they told me ever happened. The most amazing thing was that a few months down the road, they weren’t even in church anymore and back doing what they were doing before they were saved.
These people that brag weren’t even faithful in the small thing, not to mention that they were not obedient. Look at what Joseph did. He bragged about both dreams to his brothers and they hated him. Joseph failed the pride test. What happens when we fail a test from God? We end up having to take the test over and over until we pass.
So, why do people brag in the first place? Pride is in the heart. Matthew 12:34 – …”For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” If it’s in your heart, it will come out of your mouth! Pride always has to have a voice. Pride always wants to be heard! Pride always wants to give its opinion. Pride always interrups other people. Pride hardly ever listens to others. Do you know anyone like that?
Look at what Joseph did before he ever got the two dreams: Genesis 37:2 – …”Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.” Joseph was already a tattle-tail. He already has a problem with his mouth. Remember, if we have a problem with our mouth, we have a problem with our heart. Then God gives him a dream of his brothers bowing down to him and he tells them.
The two dreams were only a part of his destiny. His true destiny was not to get his brothers to bow down to him. Joseph’s true destiny was to save multitudes of people! His purpose was to be the second in command in the greatest nation on earth at that time and to store up the grain that during a seven-year famine, thousands could be saved.
So why didn’t God give him a dream about saving the lives of multitudes of people? First of all, that wouldn’t motivate most of us when we are young. When we’re immature in the Lord, it doesn’t motivate us to help a lot of people. It motivates us to be well known or popular. Us being “great” is not the purpose of our life. Us helping a lot of people is! And as we mature, yes, we may have great influence one day, but that influence is for His purpose!
Second, God may have given him that particular dream, because God would reveal what was in his heart. The dream from God is simply what starts us on the path to maturity so we can handle the destiny. If a person can’t be humble with the dream, they will never have the destiny, because the destiny will destroy them. Pride should have no place in a believer’s heart. Once you receive the dream:
Deal with your pride.
How many of us can honestly say that we have had to deal with pride in our lives? If you say that you have never dealt with it, you are being prideful right now. We all have had to deal with this at some time or another.
Why are some still dealing with pride in their lives? Because many only deal with the fruit of pride, what it produces, and not the root, which is the cause. But what is the root cause of pride? Insecurity is the root of all pride. If pride is in your heart, insecurity is in your soul. The soul has to be healed.
Here’s another reason some continue to deal with pride: Because with every new challenge, comes new insecurities. With every new responsibility comes new insecurities. Think about that for a moment. Think about the times you had a new responsibility or a new challenge. More confidence in yourself is not going to solve the problem because then you’ll have pride. We have to be more confident in Jesus!
We deal with pride by coming to a place where we know who we are, children of God! We know that Jesus died because He truly loves us and we know this because of His sacrifice for us. That’s how we deal with insecurity. If we never forget where we came from, we will deal with pride in our lives. We all were on our way to hell before we came to Jesus and that ought to always knock pride right out of our lives!
Understanding that You are a child of the King deals with your insecurities. Remembering where you came from deals with your pride.