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The Dream Police

  • His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, and they hated him, and couldn't speak peaceably to him. Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. Genesis 37:4 WEB

    The Lord gave Joseph a dream when he was just a young boy and showed him that one day, he would be promoted above his brothers. He was so excited that he told them about it, but they became even more jealous than they were before. Joseph was already the favorite son in the family, and now this. "Who does he think he is? He is our little brother."

    Joseph traveled a hard road before that dream came to pass. He was sold into slavery, then falsely accused of attempted rape, then had to serve time in prison. Yet right when it was supposed to happen, the dream came to pass, and his brothers were bowing down before him. The nay sayers could not stop Joseph's dream, and the actions they took to prevent him from being promoted, actually caused it.

    Be careful sharing the things that God has told you with the wrong people. Let the little seed grow and don't cast your pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). Often the ones closest to you, that you think you should share it with, will be the first to dash them to the ground. A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house. (Mark 6:4).

    Hang onto to your dreams, remember them, write them in a journal. There will always be those that want to keep you beneath them, and when you start to rise up, they will try to bring you back down. Just like the real police, anything that you tell them can, and will be used against you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please set a guard over my mouth and give me wisdom about what I share. Give me the grace to keep my mouth shut and smile when needed. Lead me into all that You have for me and make Your thoughts, my thoughts, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Galations 5:13 "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." We have a choice of themes this week, "Freedom" or "Liberty to Love" will be our fun theme choices and will be open for interpretation as usual You are also encouraged to post anything else that inspires you as well! My photo this week welcomes July and all the summer fun we hope to be blessed with. Whether or not you celebrate Independence Day, may God Bless you ALL, prosper you ALL, and give you ALL peace each day!! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Oh Jehovah.......help us to be wise and on guard whom we share our dreams with and protect us from wrong, jealousy and insecure people that can cause harm. Lead us the way Lord for we need you! Thank you, in Jesus’ name, Amen ❤️
July 3, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

July 3, 2018
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

July 3, 2018
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Beautiful prayer. Amen.

July 3, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, help us to remember the dreams you gave us!

July 3, 2018
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Beverly Hagar-Schmerse
Beverly Hagar-Schmerse

Love Joseph's story.  I guess the thing I love about Joseph is that he is authentic and stairghtforward with God, his family, and others he is with.  He does not worry about who he says what to.  At first he is taken aback by their jealousy, and desire to control him...but he turns to God more and more the longer his "trials" go on...because he learns along the way that God will "be there" for him...and that he is going through this for a reason.  Also, it develops patience, new needed skills and training that he didn't have previously or would have had if he hadn't gone through what he did.  How long it takes for God, is God's to know...That is not for us to worry about about.  But even this takes time to develop in us.  A keg of fine whisky does not happen over night...it takes years for get to age in fine oaken barrels.  And to my mind the same is true with us, as it was for Joseph.  :)  Have a good day.

July 3, 2018
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Yes Lord give me grace to keep my mounth shut and to smile when I need to and give me wisdom to share what I need to share. Bless me Lord with that peace that only you can give, in Jesus name, Amen.

July 3, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Praise the Lord. Amen and Amen!

July 3, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

July 3, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord.

July 3, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father please set a guard over my mouth and give me wisdom about what I share. Give me the grace to keep my mouth shut and smile when needed. Lead me into all that You have for me and make Your thoughts, my thoughts, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Thank you Lord 

July 3, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Jesus,lead us and give us strength to live our lives for you.We love and worship you. Amen 

July 3, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

July 3, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father You know my dreams and I know You will deliver for me in due time. You are my support and Savior, in Jesus name I pray. Amen .

July 3, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! May this prayer be mine as well oh Lord! Pastor, true words and good advice, and I like the idea of recording everything in a journal, thank you! "Happy 4th of July to each and everyone, and let the freedom ring that we have in Christ Jesus, who set us free from sin!!!

July 3, 2018
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Yes that is the only true freedom we have is in Yeshua. Well said Liesel.

July 3, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father please set a guard over my mouth and give me wisdom about what I share. Give me the grace to keep my mouth shut and smile when needed. Lead me into all that You have for me and make Your thoughts, my thoughts, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

July 3, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

AMEN!!!!!!!

July 3, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 3, 2018
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen so true pastor Dion we have to be careful who we share our dreams and our secrets with. Heavenly Father please help me to be careful who I share my dreams and things in Jesus name I pray. Good devotion there is a lot we need to learn from this morning devotion. It not every one we smile and talk with wants the best for you.

July 3, 2018
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Today's message really spoke to me! Thanks as laways, Pastor Dion, and may God continue blessing you and your ministry.

July 3, 2018
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

AMEN!

July 3, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank You Lord for all You do for me! Please help me find a home where my animals and I can be happy. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

July 3, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 4, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williamsedited: July 5, 2018

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you for this, Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father please set a guard over my mouth and give me wisdom about what I share. Give me the grace to keep my mouth shut and smile when needed. Lead me into all that You have for me and make Your thoughts, my thoughts, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 5, 2018