The Danger Of A Dream | Pastor Steven Furtick

this is a scripture in Genesis chapter
37 verse 5 that has in it so much so so so many of you who know the story of the
biblical character Joseph will be tempted to fast-forward again to the end
of the story and I would challenge you not to because this is where the Sermon
starts today in Genesis 37 verse 5 for a few weeks out of every year I plan my
teaching to be independent of a series a lot of times I teach around one theme
but then I clear parts of the calendar intentionally I’ve learned to do this
now in 13 years of pastoring that you just need to leave a little room for
some things that have been in your heart this particular message I was able to
share some of the content with our staff last year and really been waiting for an
opportunity to share it with you and so I’m very excited about it today but just
one verse to get us started in Genesis chapter 37 verse 5 the Bible says Joseph
had a dream and when he told it to his brothers they hated him all the more so
for everybody who’s thinking that when you get a good idea everybody’s gonna go
fund you they’re not and that everybody’s going to support you and
understand you don’t expect that because this message I want to speak to you
about your dreams today the dreams God has put in your heart but I want to talk
about it from an unusual subject heading called
The Danger Of A Dream and this message comes with a warning label if you like
your nice little comfortable version of the way life is supposed to be slip out
now click off now watch your TED talk but this message is for somebody who has
a god-given dream or you’re starting to sense it and I just pray fact let’s pray
right now Lord open our hearts to receive what you say and then give us
the courage to obey it that’s our prayer in Jesus name Amen you may be seated I wonder a lot of the time what my kids
will remember about their childhood and I’m scared they’ll remember all the
scenes I want them to delete it seems like they remember the times I got mad
more than the times I bought them stuff and I don’t like it but I would say that
some of the things that stand out to me about my childhood particularly my
teenage years are some of the more random incidents one thing that I
remember from my childhood and my mom remembers it a little differently than I
do but she’s out of town today so I can tell this story the way I want to tell
it is when I was auditioning for this band and I won’t bore you with the long
story but my dream from age 17 on was to be a pastor but before that I wanted to
be a punk rocker and I almost had the chance because I was at the North
Charleston Coliseum have I told you this story Robert best story ever Green Bay
was playing at the North Charleston Coliseum and Billy Joe Armstrong called
me up on stage and gave me his guitar to play a guitar solo and it was something
he had been doing every night on tour he was looking for the most talented kid in
the room which that night was me or just whatever kid looked the most excited or
whatever the case was and he put his Fender Stratocaster around my neck true
story I’m 15 years old and I played the guitar solo for a 3-chord song called
knowledge by the band Operation Ivy I still remember how the song went but I’m
not gonna sing it for you right now because it’s a waste of time we need to
get better Genesis 37 but what that set off was kind of like a chain of events
where I became a lot more popular in school and I was so excited the next
morning I woke up and I was listening to the radio and the DJ his name was the
critic was talking about the Green Day Show and I was getting ready for school
listening to the radio still excited only slept about an hour excited to get
to school excited to be like how you like me now
to all the girls who didn’t pay me attention the day before and and he goes
oh he said the Green Day show last night he said it wasn’t a very great show but
there was one part he said there was a kid who got up on stage and ripped on
guitar he was the highlight of the show he
stole the show his words not mine I’m very humble I would not say it that way
but that’s the way he said it that’s the way the critic said it and and so I
called in I called the radio station I was like you gotta put me through that’s
me he’s talking about I’m about to go to school right now I gotta leave in like five
minutes my mom’s waiting for me but that was me he was talking about on stage
that played guitar put me through to the critic and they put me through to the
critic and I said hey that was me you’re talking about he said well hey kid bring
your demo tape by cause I told him I had a band and he was like bring your demo
tape by and we’ll play it on the air but we didn’t have a demo tape but that’s
alright because we uh we eventually saved three hundred dollars made a demo
tape I took it to the critic he played it on the air and when I was leaving
this is several months later he said by the way I am putting together a band
it’d be kind of cool to have a fifteen year old kid in the band so if you want to
audition for it and learn these songs and you can audition from my band well I
thought that’d be amazing because we’d be playing at the music farm
and we’d be playing all around Charleston South Carolina and that’d be pretty cool
gig for a 15 year old so I lock myself in the room I start learning all the songs
on the tape a tape a tape is and my mom walks in one night this is
all I’m gonna say about this because I promise I know you didn’t come to hear
me talk about my nostalgic 15 year old memories but I’m talking about a dream my mom walks in picks up the tape and all of the songs on the tape had cuss words in
the title and and then even the name of the band had a cuss word in the name of
the band and Buck’s laughing because the name of the band is so inappropriate I
can’t say it in church I can’t even allude to it in church but
that was the band I was auditioning for and my mom who was a Methodist ministers
daughter had old-fashioned Monks Corner values and she’s like what is this and I was like this is the band I’m auditioning before and she said if you think I’m
gonna let you go audition for this band you’ve lost your mind if you think I’m
gonna let you audition for a band called the [beeps] then you’ve lost your mind
to which I said then I’ll run away from home you will not stand in the way of my
dream right because a dream will make you bold and we never got to find out
whether or not I would have had the courage to pack it all up and head out
on the mean streets of Monks Corner on my own to chase my dream because I
auditioned for the band and I didn’t make it but the point of the story that I’m
trying to tell you is this that a lot of times the dream we start out with the
dream that we think we see in one stage of our life will show up later in our
life in a different dimension and it will be such a different dimension that
we will not even recognize the dream as the original dream the Bible says that
when Joseph was 17 years old he had a dream and his brothers hated him all the
more for it that phrase all the more lets me know that Joseph’s brothers
already didn’t like him and we can argue if we if we want to about whether Joseph
was wise to share with his brothers the content of his dream there is such a
thing as talking too much posting too much there is such a thing as sharing too much there is such a thing as as thinking that
everybody else wants to hear what God has put on your heart but one thing that
we can conclude from the text even from a biological perspective is that Joseph
was different and one thing I’ve noticed about having a dream is that a dream
makes you different Joseph was different from his brothers
not only in his aspirations but he was he was from a different mother they
shared the same father Jacob and if I listed their names you might recognize a
few of them they were the patriarchs of the tribes of Israel but Joseph didn’t
come through the same mom that his brothers came through he was the son of
Rachel the pretty one that his dad really liked and when Joseph saw that
Rachel his favorite wife Holly you’re my favorite wife by the way just wanted to put that in this message had given him a son he liked him he liked him extra special
and he treated him special and he felt differently about Joseph than the other
boys to the point I don’t know if you if you’ve read the story lately but you
remember he bought him a Gucci coat and and Joseph’s always wearing it around
all the time he’s like you like my coat and his brothers are like we hate your
coat you like you like my coat you you like my coat either they’re like we hate
we we hate you we we hate you because you’re different okay now I have a
teenage son right now and one of the things that I’m trying to work out with
him in real time is that people accept what is the same but they eventually
respect what is different people eventually come around and
respect what stands out but what happens to most of us is that the the moment we
start to realize the differences between us and other people we downplay our
distinctives in order to fit in and conform with culture one thing I’m proud
about when I read about Joseph and and and I know it’s weird to say that I’m
proud of Joseph like he cares but I’m proud that he had the courage to wear
his coat anyway you know what I mean it may it may have been unwise but I’m
proud of him that he was not afraid to show up in the room looking different
because he was clothed with the fabric of the favour of his father and I wonder
are you courageous enough to wear your coat because a lot of times what I found
is that God will begin to show you things about yourself about your life
about your calling about your direction about what he’s put inside of you about
the gifts he’s given you but someone will someone will actually beat the
distinctive out of you if you don’t know clearly enough that I have a calling
from God who is greater than people and if he is for me who can be against me
touch somebody next to you and say I’m gonna wear my coat even if people
criticize me for it I’m not ashamed to walk in the love and the favor of God oh
we need some Christians who don’t check their coat at the door of culture who
are unashamed to be optimistic about the future because you know God is already
there if he is the author and the finisher of your faith you see what I’m saying a dream will
make you different and it takes courage to be different it takes courage to
speak different if you get up if you get a hold of a dream or better said if a
dream gets hold of you from the throne of God
it’ll make you walk different talk different think different eat different
drink different party different text different it’ll make you different dream
will make you different and I’m glad that Joseph had the courage to be
different and I wonder do we have the courage to be different the weird thing
about our church is that a lot of times people will be attracted to our church
because it’s different and then when they get to the church guests start
trying to tell us how we need to make it like the church that they left to come
to the church that was different I don’t want to say Amen to the preacher today
it’s the truest thing like you’re attracted to something because it’s
different and they even said it’s a marriage that before marriage opposites
attract and then opposites attack because you’re attracted to what’s
different you’re drawn to what’s different not at first at first you fear
it that’s why they had to take the old town road off of the Billboard charts on
country music because it was too different they couldn’t they couldn’t
find a category for it and they said it’s not country enough but it’s not rap
enough and we don’t know what it is it’s different that’s why they crucified
Jesus you know you don’t have many preachers they can put Lil NasX
and Jesus in the same paragraph but he was so different we don’t know
what to do with him he’s grace and truth he’s different
somebody shout I’m different and I don’t mean different in style I mean different
in substance I don’t mean different just for the sake of difference because
that’s frankly kind of annoying and there’s always a temptation you know
I’ve noticed that some people just want to be different just to be different but
there’s nothing different about being different to be different there’s
something about being different because you have a different set of values and a
different dream see I don’t just I don’t just dream of making it through the day
I don’t just dream of surviving my life I don’t just dream when you get a dream
it’ll make you different you’ll start sacrificing and people will
think you’re crazy because of what you sacrifice even if you go on a diet
because you have a dream to lose 20 pounds the first thing that everybody
around you is gonna say is you’re now fun anymore you used to be so much fun you used to just eat all the time… don’t let the fact that they don’t have
the discipline to eat something different cause you to give up on a goal
that you set that’s real for your life and if it’s true with the diet it’s much
more true with destiny I wonder have you been dumbing down yourself because to be
different is too painful and if you’re not careful you will be conformed to the
patterns of this world rather than being transformed by the renewing of your mind
Christians are supposed to see different think different understand different
it’s a different perspective I always thought that Joseph’s life was a story
about perseverance you know Joseph had a dream when he was young and then he had
to go through a lot of things but you know don’t give up because eventually
you will achieve your dream yet that is a cultural understanding of dreams not a
Christian understanding of dreams it’s not a scriptural understanding of dreams
and we have a really bad habit of taking a concept like a dream and then
overlaying our own preferences and our own prejudices on that concept and so we
make it what it’s not and we miss what it is because it’s really common for people to
say follow your dreams yet if you study the life of Joseph and I
mean really read every single word jot and tiddle every single indention every
single period and comma like I did preparing to preach this you will see a
phrase iterated over and over again no matter what he went through that says
the Lord was with Joseph that’s a statement about God’s presence you will
see that wherever he was God promoted him and that’s a statement about purpose
but the story of Joseph is not about getting a dream and holding on tight to
the dream and persevering because I used to think this was the story of Joseph
like don’t let anybody talk you out of your dream if your mom told you that
you’re gonna be the next you know the next whatever just hold onto your dream
and then anybody who doesn’t agree with your dream is a hater maybe not maybe
your mom just loved you too much to hear the bad notes you were hitting and
you’re not supposed to be a professional singer just a thought no I’m sick of it I’m really sick of it
because we take Joseph it’s not fair to Joseph Joseph went through this whole
life he was he was called and chosen and there was all kind of conflict that came
along and we’re like Joseph had a dream do you have a dream would you like to
open your own company be like Joseph have a dream and then you can make it
from the pit to the palace hold on in the pit because there’s a palace on the
other side let me go into it for a moment that is not the story of Joseph’s
life the story of Joseph’s life has nothing to do with if you have a dream
that you can think of that’s big enough God is obligated to bless it watch this
Joseph didn’t ask God for a dream Joseph did not make a vision board that doesn’t
mean you can’t make one I’ve made a few myself let’s just be clear that we mean
the same thing when we say a dream and then and then it becomes very
devastating watch this because your dream can become a distraction Joseph’s
dream was very specific and epic and it had broad implications you know and
he tells his brothers his dreams he comes out in his coat one day and
they’re like oh god this guy and so he comes over and they’re like you talk to
him this time I’m sick of talking to him he’s like hey guys guess what I had a
dream you want to hear my dream they’re like no we hate your dream we hate your
coat we hate your voice we hate you you’re different but he didn’t really he
didn’t really care if they wanted to hear it he was gonna tell him anyway
Joseph needed a journal by the way so he could write some of this down and not
tell other people he needed somewhere he could just process his dreams where he
didn’t let other people get involved too soon nevertheless even Joseph’s
inability to discern the nature of the dream and who was capable of handing it
played a part in leading him to the place where he could do the dream that
God put in his heart did you feel God on that one I just said because God’s dream
for my life will involve my decisions even if my decisions are immature God
will use some of the desires in your heart that aren’t good desires at first but Psalm 37:4 says if you delight
yourself in the Lord he will give you the desires of your heart and he will
take the desires that you had and purify them and he will rinse them and he will
separate the wheat from the chaff to bring you to an ultimate place of
purpose but when Joseph started sharing his dream with his brothers it was all
about him he had a dream and we it was it was awesome we were binding of
sheaves of grain and we were in like your sheaves started bowing down to
my sheaves and and isn’t that awesome and they’re like no it’s not awesome we hate
your dream we hate your coat we hate you and he’s like but but then I had
another dream and in this dream there were 11 stars I don’t know why
Joseph sounds like Keanu Reeves there are 11 stars and a Sun and a moon and
they were all bowing down to me isn’t my dream awesome and they’re like no we
don’t we don’t like your dream in fact we hate your dream so much that we are
about to push you in a pit and leave you for dead and if it hadn’t have been for
Reuben who decided we should at least get 20 shekels of silver out of this boy
there’s no need to kill him when we can profit off of him
they wouldn’t have sold him to the issue like caravan they would have left him
for dead but understand that even Joseph’s decision to speak about his
dream prematurely was part of what God used to motivate his brothers to push
him in the pit at the same time they did that an Ishmaelite caravan was setting
out to bring whoever they would pick up along the way back to the place of
slavery now it was a place of slavery at that point but it would ultimately
become a place of deliverance I’m gonna teach the Bible today because when
Joseph was picked up and put in Potiphar’s house he served so well in
Potiphar’s house that everything Potiphar put under him prospered and so
when Potiphar saw how Joseph served he promoted him to a position of influence
but he wouldn’t have been in Potiphar’s house to begin with if he hadn’t been
pushed in a pit and he wouldn’t have been pushed in a pit if he didn’t wear a
coat and so when you leave your coat in the closet and downplay your dream to
fit in with people who don’t like you because you’re different you can’t end
up in the position you need to be in I’m preaching to somebody
who’s different the more like Christ you become the more different from culture
you will be and it’s alright to be weird and it’s alright to have hope and it’s
alright to have vision and it’s alright to know who you are
and all of this happened because Joseph had a dream and yet Joseph’s dream
looked nothing when it finally happened like it looked in the distance when he
first saw it can you relate to this how sometimes marriage looks different
in the distance than it does after 20 years I need all my people who have been
married over 20 years to just wave at me real quick and let me know that it’s so
much different so much different so much better so much harder so much different
not like the movies that I saw not like the songs that I heard different
it’s just different because when Joseph is young he sees shiny stars but
sometimes when it comes up closer it’s not so shiny anymore having kids is
different this is where me and Holly are different she always dreamed of being a
parent I didn’t dream of being a parent I dreamed of being a punk rocker and then a preacher
but one of our staff members was having a baby the other day and he was telling
me how happy he was and he was like I always dreamed of being a dad and that made me
feel sorry for my kids cuz I’m like I didn’t even like kick in as a dad
until they were five you know that’s so worthless in fact if we can really be
honest and not put this one online I dreaded being a dad because all I ever
saw kids do was make people have to leave restaurants before they finished
their meal so you know like now there is no greater delight in my life than my kids 30% of the time there’s no greater investment there’s nothing
I’m more passionate about there’s nothing that can just wake me up more
and make me realize what matters more but it wasn’t the thing I dreamed about
it was the thing that I did and when I did it God gave me the desire for it but
it didn’t start as a dream it started as a duty this is so critical for a world
in a time where all we’re ever told is follow your dreams there is no record in
Genesis 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 where the Bible says and Joseph remembered his
dream and pushed on through because when life gets hard you gotta have a dream
and sometimes life will give you hurdles but you know this is really awkward this
little motif I’ve gotten myself into right here this little this spastic
motivational speaker thing that I’ve set up here but just follow your dreams you
know what I can’t find in Genesis where Joseph followed his dream what I saw in
Genesis was Joseph’s dream followed him so watch this I don’t follow dreams I
follow Jesus and when I do dreams follow me Joseph’s dream followed Joseph it
followed him to Potiphar’s house it followed him to prison
it followed him into Pharaoh’s court because dreams follow me when I follow
Jesus if you look behind your life you will see very clearly that some of the
things that God did for you and some of the doors he opened for you and some of
the ways he made for you and some of the opportunities that he granted for you
were accidental from your perspective but I’ve got good news for you God’s
dream for you is bigger than your dream for you just because it doesn’t look
shiny when you see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real God said you’ve got the right
dream you just need to see it differently the fact of the matter is
that some of us are standing in the middle of our dream but we can’t see it
because it feels different than we thought it would when we first saw it and I believe in dreams I had a dream
about you I dreamed that you would be here in this church and God did that but it’s
a lot different than I thought it would be cause y’all are different and it’s it’s different y’all are different you’re different than the person 3 seats down from you and you
grew up in Vacation Bible School and they’re thinking like Joseph wasn’t
that Jesus’ dad and they’re like this I don’t and I’m trying to preach to all
these different people it’s just different it’s different
cuz you picture like you Joseph had a dream have you got a dream everybody’s
got a dream you know the dream Dr. King had a dream you have a dream
it’s not the same kind of dream you don’t think this was a this was a dream
that Joseph didn’t decide for himself don’t follow your dreams
because what if your dream was just the first draft are you open to a revision I wanted to I
wanted to be a punk rocker I wanted to sing songs but I didn’t know God was
gonna let me write songs and pastor a church that churches around the world
would sing as an expression or as an anthem of faith
it wasn’t my dream but God took that desire and he gave me the dream and I
don’t have to be the one singing the song I just want to be a part of it
it’s the value of a bigger picture but your dream can be a distraction because
now you’re not following Jesus you’re following your dream and when your dream
takes you down an unexpected path you start to complain and freak out and get
frustrated and you are missing the dream because you will not wake up to the
reality sometimes we don’t know the difference between a dream and a fantasy
I told our staff recently this is the dream when you’re when you’re frustrated
in ministry remember that some of you were watching Elevation Church online
before you came to work here and you thought oh if I could ever get there one
day but you didn’t know that the baptism tank was gonna be half full when you got
here and you’d have to fill it up right before next time you next time you have
to get here and the volunteers don’t show up and next time you have to just
just say to yourself this is the dream huh waking up in the middle of the night
as a new mom this is the dream even if you have to fake a smile the devil won’t know
the difference all he’ll see is that you’re smiling this is the dream and yet
it won’t feel like American Idol and yet it won’t feel like an Olympic gold medal
ceremony because it’s not that kind of dream by the time Joseph’s dream finally came true because dreams do come true
it was two decades later not only had he been falsely imprisoned not only had he
been forgotten about not only had he been misunderstood not only was he
incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit but in the process of it he was
unappreciated for his part in someone else’s freedom yet when he finally got
to his dream he realized something that is very hard for us to comprehend in an
Instagram world that God develops dreams in the dark room
and the issue is that we have an Instagram expectation but we serve a
dark room God for the four of y’all who are clapping Imma keep preaching when
you get your picture really developed by a professional
they don’t post it 10 seconds after they took it with a prefabricated filter by
Instagram incorporated they take it into a special room and they do special
things in a special room if any of y’all ever had to drop some film off at CVS if
any of you ever had to go through a season of your life where you had to
trust a professional where you had to put something in the hands of God where
you had to hand him the negatives and trust him to take the negatives and take
them into the secret place of the Most High and take them into the place of his
purpose and take them into the place of his wisdom and take them into the
mystery and trust him that if I put it in his hands and if I have the patience
to let it develop if I have the patience to know that every scene of my life is
playing a part in the bigger picture not of the dream that I had but of the
desire that was in God’s heart and I might be standing in the middle of a
dream that I don’t have the clarity to see right now because the picture does
not match my preference but watch this I’m willing and ready and able to trust
God even in the dark places of my disappointment because I understand that
some of God’s greatest work happens in the dark where I don’t understand and
I’m feeling around and I thought I was gonna be done with this by now and I
thought I’d be different by now and this is not how they put it on the box and
this is not how the hamburger looked on the commercial but here I am God and I
trust you not my dream I trust you not my idea I will not make my ideas my idol
I’m worshiping you I’m serving you it’s not about position
it’s about purpose so when he finally had his dream come
true it was not in the form of shiny stars it was in the form of his 11
brothers who betrayed him coming to him and asking for food and Joseph is in
pharaoh’s court distributing the grain for not only that nation but for all the
surrounding nations and he looks up at his brothers who hurt him who are
standing with their hands out and realizes this is the dream I’m at the
center but it’s not for status it’s for service has God been trying to get you to see
that in your own life lately we we attach ourselves to a version of a dream
that may not have even come from God to begin with and what if the greatest
thing God is gonna do through your life is what he is going to allow you to
contribute to somebody else’s are you open to that dream when when the angel
came to Mary he said you’re gonna have a baby when the angel came to Joseph in a
dream he said you’re gonna help her what if the dream God has for me isn’t even
about me it’s the danger of a dream to start thinking like this is what my kids
are gonna grow up and do okay like get your Harvard mug out of your
coffee mug cabinet and what if your kid doesn’t turn out to do what you wanted
them to do what if God has a different dream for them
what if it’s better what if it’s deeper what if the reason God let your dream
die is because it wasn’t big enough when we put too much pressure on a dream
to come true we allow our dream to become a distraction from the season
that we’re in and I preach this way because if Joseph had gone around
looking for stars for his dream you know reach for the stars but it wasn’t in the
form of a star that the dream came it was in the form of his brothers it was
in the form of his responsibility it was in the form of a duty you don’t have to
have some grand dynamic dream to serve God stop feeling guilty because you
don’t have some huge dream to to end cancer or to or to start anew to start a
new ministry or to maybe like be the next Bill Gates or Elon Musk or go to
space maybe you don’t have the talent for that you don’t have to have a huge
dream but you do need to serve a purpose in this season and I wonder is there
somebody here watching online who is standing right in the middle of the
dream but it looks different than it did in the distance this is the dream to
know him to serve him to love him and there’s two types of people in the room
some of you are discouraged because you had a dream and it didn’t happen
hasn’t happened yet don’t know if it will and others are disillusioned
because you’re in your dream but it’s different than you thought it was gonna
be you’re standing at the middle but it’s your brothers around you it’s your God said that today was going to be a
day for you for you to see the dream for what it really is and let go of the
illusion of what you thought it would be if you stand right now I’ll pray for you you could put your notebook down I’m
done teaching it’s one of those things that we all have to deal with at
different points in our life to realize that this is what I saw but it just
doesn’t feel the same are you open to a different dream maybe it’s not even a
different dream maybe it’s just a more mature version of it the disciples had a
dream for Jesus you know he’s gonna restore the Kingdom of Israel when they
saw him hanging on the cross they didn’t know what to do with that that wasn’t
the way they saw liberation but that’s the way he did it and it is in the
process of doing it and it is in the process of accepting it that greater
faith is born Father today I thank you for the illumination that you’ve given
us through your word and by your spirit I felt like you were using me while I
was preaching to speak to somebody on a personal level and I want to thank you
for that because I want to be used by you but now
God I want to step out of the way and I want them to hear what they need to hear
from you because it didn’t turn out the way they dreamed it’s different it
doesn’t look so shiny anymore it doesn’t look so sexy anymore now it’s time for
them to embrace the purpose for the season that you’ve placed them in and
let go of the one that that may never come or let go of the one that was this
is the dream somebody make that confession this is the dream
so God give them the perspective to go back into their lives go back into their
homes go back into their jobs and see it how you see it in a world that’s
obsessed with status and position make us servants of purpose to serve your
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100 thoughts on “The Danger Of A Dream | Pastor Steven Furtick”

  1. Dreams can be good but it can't ruin you I learned something that a dream shouldn't be first before God dreams also warn us Reggie you are a very great person keep doing well and preaching the truth Steven furtick

  2. My dream is to become a singer encourage the lost youths as well as earn well and open a big orphanage ….is dream to become a singer bad ?
    But I get blurred out sometimes .coz I think it's not gonna work out and my family Don't really want me to go for that
    M still confuse ๐Ÿ˜ข …
    Pray for me because I'm really confuse ….and I hope that I'll fulfill God's purpose as well as my dreams..

  3. WOW I REALLY needed this, my life at the moment is way diff then what I dreamed of, I was confused and This just helped me so much!! Thank you God for Pastor Furtick โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

  4. He is right, dreams in your heart, what up and say nothing to as few people as possible, cause they gonna hate you for it.

  5. Greatful to God for the Power of His alsome Love and His gentle hand that leads me beside the still waters. This was a Psalms 91 walk with the Holy spirit for me during this message. Truly thankful for you my brother. Your gifts are a blessing to me .Thank you for your unique insight into the WORD.

  6. God has a purpose for us all. We must find a space to seek God where we can hear his voice. We have to stop trying to control our lives and be open to what he is telling us. His will not our own…listen hear do by obeying…these 3 steps will unlock his purpose for you..and it is a daily purpose..

  7. wow… This message really hit me hard…
    I'm like Joseph I did say about my dream and people don't believe I did freak out years are passing by and no dream come true… now I will rest in the Lord and let that dream come to me…

  8. Amen ๐Ÿ™ it's all about you Jesus. To renew our mind and not conform but be transform. It's not about our success it's how we become one with you to carry out your purpose.

  9. i follow Jesus and my dreams will follow me….God bless Pastor Steven Furtick and his ministries…Gods great work been done as you touch us with His word..Amen

  10. This was happening.. And I people hates you because You are God Special Child having wisdom from God Thru Dream..

  11. I was getting disappointed about not having a big dream and having a dream that seemed to be not so important. This message went straight to my heart! Do not follow your dreams…follow Jesus! Thank you very much! May God bless you even more!

  12. Okay I just went to the eye dr. Yesterday and now I see that maybe Steven has pink nail polish on I guess your daughter painted them pink
    Thank you for your preaching you have getting me threw my grieving
    God bless you Son .

  13. Only 11.13 mins into this sermon and i just want to say, "Thank you Jesus!" Thank you Pastor for taking the time to lay out what's on your heart. I just want YOU to know that your preaching is sooo "DIFFERENT" that Satan hates you bad, yup real bad; but God has you.

  14. I've never felt so lost in my life. I belong nowhere. My dreams were shattered when my husband of 27 years left and he managed to alienate me from my now adult kids that I raised. The family that I loved walked out the door and it's been revelation after revelation of the hidden life my husband had. Letting him go isn't hard but my kids are my heart. This has been the most painful road I've ever walked. Like Joseph I've been accused of things that I didn't do and I feel the prison walls. So many of my dreams from my perspective died. But I've always believed God has a plan. I needed to hear this. I need to dream again. I don't know what God has instore but this message is one of hope. It's been 7 years of this mess, for Joseph it was 20. It's hard to be alienated from the the children you love and gkids you've never seen, but in today's world it seems to be more comon. Please stand with me in prayer. I hope that my kids eyes be open and they see Jesus again. I'm so glad I found you Pastor Stevens. You open up the world of the bible and Jesus to me on a way I've never heard it or understood. I thank God for your dream.

  15. Thank you for this session ….when i was listening to this message i got burning sensation in my heart its like God put something in my heart….when i was in my 20…i was a dreamer ….now m 42 ….u reminded me many things…thank you soooo much….now again i dare to dream

  16. 7:01 – The dream we start with, will show up later in our lives in a different dimension.

    8:13 – A dream makes you different

    10:42 – Are you courageous enough to wear your coat?

    14:45 – I wonder have you been dumbing down yourself because to be different is too painful

    18:01 – Your dream can become a distraction

    20:45 – Now it was a place of slavery at that point but it would ultimately become a place of deliverance

    24:12 – But it didnโ€™t start as a dream it started as a duty

    25:04 – I donโ€™t follow dreams, I follow Jesus and when I do, dreams follow me

    29:53 – God develops dreams in the dark room

    32:54 – Iโ€™m at the center but itโ€™s not for the status itโ€™s for service

    33:54 – what if the dream God has for me isnโ€™t even about me

    34:26 – What if the reason God let your dream die is because it wasnโ€™t big enough

    35:47 – This is the dream, to know him, to serve him, to love him

  17. Pastor Furtick's sermons are God sent for me, God absolutely provides all our needs according to His riches in Heaven

  18. Yes! God just gave me such a breakthrough of this a few days ago and now listening to this sermon, such confirmation! Thank you Jesus!

  19. You are an amazing preacher. Thanks for sharing. I have learned so much from you. You inspire me . Thank you.

  20. I just had a dream two days ago I had a bad wound and was bleeding out of my elbow idk what that means…. I'm watch this to see ๐Ÿ‘€

  21. Wow. I started watching this at 3 AM (in Jamaica) after waking up from a dream where a demon was snarling at me. I told the demon to get out of my house and he fled fearfully. Something was saying to me, "go on YouTube" and bam, a sermon about dreams….now I've just gone through what feels like the worse time in my life. I was full of anxiety, fear and disappointment in myself and in others for things not turning out the way they should by my standards, but this has given me so much peace. Thank you!

  22. O agree to disagree. Don't ever let anyone keep you from conquering your goal or dream in life. But by all means keep God first!

  23. This is what I need right now, coz I dreamt something last night….
    I will follow Jesus because my dreams will follow me… ๐Ÿ™โค

  24. God does not put dreams in your heart. Everything is about JESUS and God's will for you. Is it not written our heart is deceitful and God's will be done, not our own?

  25. Apparently no one understands that the story of Joseph isn't about YOU or YOUR DREAMS. This is narcissistic drivel. The whole story is about JESUS…NOT YOU! Run from this false teacher who fills your head with how great you are instead of how great Jesus is.

  26. Taken the story of Joseph out of context, making it about you, Mr. Furtick is narcistic. God gave Joseph that dream and it was a prophecy that ultimately points to Jesus, grace and the Gospel! Steven, you twist the scriptures like Satan! you're a wolf in sheep's clothing and misleading people into pride and selfishness! You do not know sound Biblical teachings and it pains me to type but, you're demonstrateing the false teacher/convert of 2 Timothy 3…

    1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

    Read and study the whole story to get what the true context is. God gave Joseph dreams to ultimately save people, to show His grace and mercy. It was God pointing towards the coming of Jesus, His death, burial and resurrection, all according to the scriptures. It's not about you, Mr. Furtick!

  27. Thank you Jesus this is right on time. I'm 41 yrs old and starting my journey to pursue my dream to become a doctor. Asking God to help me get out of my own way, and order my steps.

  28. thank you so much. coming from a place where i feel my tires constantly spinning in place, i needed to get a fresh perspective on everything. this message did just that. God, please let it linger in my mind and let me reflect on it through my day to day life.

  29. It's so hard to have a dream and have family that doesn't support it. I feel hopeless. I gave my life to Jesus 3 years ago and my family claims to be christians but they're stuck in the past. In traditions and they're very judgemental.

  30. Wow, this biblical story is totally not about your dreams. This was just a me centered motivational talk. Furtick is one of the worst!

  31. Joseph the child of poligamy.? You would think poligamy is acceptable in Gods eyes after reading exodus 21:10 and parable of 10 virgins

  32. Thank you. This is what I needed. This reached to me in a personal level. I don't normally cry but today I cried, for something I didn't believe would make me cry.

  33. I needed this sermon 3 years ago. I had a dream bigger than myself and God wasn't in the equation. Now that I'm older and more mature, I give my dreams to God. One of them is to get married and have children of my own. I'm in a complicated relationship with an Army soldier. He is a Christian and that makes the relationship a whole lot easier. It's just the distance and not being able to have constant contact. I've been praying for him that God would keep a veil of protection over him while he's protecting our country.

  34. I will stop chasing my dreams, rather will make my dreams run after me as I live my life for and with Jesus.

  35. Pastor Furtick another dead RINGER I sure do love when God convicts me with your words his words your mouth… you meant what I knew.
    Amazing amazing amazing words thank you Jesus


  37. The Danger of a Dream๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿง Joseph had a dream & told it to his brothers and they hated him all the more! ๐Ÿง๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  38. Your Dream Will Make You Bold, Your Dream Will Make You Different & Just Because It's a Good Idea To You, Your Friends & Family Will Not Fund You, They Will Not Support You!๐ŸŽฏ Jealousy & Envy Is Real.๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ฃโ˜น๏ธ

  39. Be Courageous Enough To Wear Your Coat๐Ÿงฅ Even When Others Criticize You, Walk in the favor of God anyhow. Dress In The Blessings God Gave You. After All Jesus Wanted You To Have Them. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‡

  40. God said no weapon formed against you will prosper, he didn't say there wouldn't be weapons, they just won't prosper. The plans the enemy meant for evil, to do you harm, will melt! But Joseph didn't understand this! All This Because His Brothers Were Jealous of his coat ๐Ÿงฅ& He Was His Father's Favorite Son.๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿง๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  41. Because You Are Different, God Will Favor You With Position, Because of The Desires of Your Heart, Your Dream. Your Hope, Your Vision.๐ŸŽฏ Don't Be Afraid To Walk It Out๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ

  42. Ironically, Joseph Was Also The Man God Chose To Be Jesus StepFather, The Son Of The Virgin Mary.๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿง๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฃ

  43. Goodness And Mercy Shall Follow All The Days of Your Life. You Just Have To Follow Jesus & Your Dreams Will Follow You.๐ŸŽฏ

  44. Ummm actually Joseph's dream was not "his" dream. It was a prophecy given to him by God. This message is taking that scripture completely out of context. Isn't it a sin not to honor your mother and father. But this guy laughs about it??

    Also where is the actual sermon. I learned a lot about this guy's failed rock star career and nothing about preaching the actual scripture.

    The story of Joseph is actually a parallel to the story of JESUS. I am a new Christian and already question if this dude us a false teacher. Test your spirits people ….

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