As we have walked now over 30+ years in ministry, we have many times seen the stealing of dreams and visions by the enemy. Over and over we’ve met many who had been given dreams and visions from the Lord and yet those dreams and visions were derailed by the devil. We often talk now about some of those scenarios and what might have been accomplished for the Kingdom had the dreams and visions come to pass as Father had originally intended. Our heart’s cry is, “Oh Father, let us never give up on the vision You have given us.”
In June of 1982, we left full time employment and joined the staff of a Christian retreat center in North Alabama. In the Fall of that same year, two very significant words of prophecy were given to us, both by virtually strangers. The first one was, “Roger, you are a type and shadow of Joseph.” The second was, “No matter what happens in your ministry, don’t you EVER give up on your vision.”
Those two words pierced our hearts and we’ve never forgotten them. Over the years, many times we HAVE wanted to give up, and then the ringing of those words would sound the alarm and we’d look at each other and say, “We CANNOT GIVE UP. We simply cannot.” Then onward we would go encouraged by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you have a dream or vision that you believe Father has spoken to your heart? If that dream is something you can accomplish in your own strength then it likely isn’t from Him. If you have a dream or vision that you know you absolutely cannot accomplish without Him, then you can be encouraged. Father needs you to need Him to accomplish what He places in your heart. It does not matter how many times you have been discouraged that your dream hasn’t yet come to pass. It does not matter how many nay-sayers have crossed your path or how many have spoken negative things to you about your vision. DON’T YOU EVER GIVE UP…EVER!
Here is a word from Elaine Tavolacci that came into our email this morning. It has deeply encouraged us and we hope that it will encourage you as well. God is always faithful to what He calls for so DON’T EVER GIVE UP!
Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams
In the book of Genesis there is a story about a young man named Joseph. Joseph was a dreamer. His father favored him and gave him a coat of many colors. Because of this, his brothers threw him in a ditch and sold him as a slave. He was beaten, falsely accused and thrown into prison. Joseph never gave up on the dream that God gave him, but pursued God’s promise’s through difficult times.
Because of Joseph’s faith and tenacity, Pharaoh made him the Vizier which is the highest official in Ancient Egypt to serve the king. Pharaoh also placed a gold chain on his neck and put his signet ring on his finger which meant that Joseph now owned and had authority over everything that was Pharaohs. He then gave him a new name which was Zaphnath-Paaneah which means “Revealer of mysteries”. Some of you have been like Joseph. You once had a dream but your life seems to be going in the opposite direction. The book of Psalms chapter 105 verse 19 says that “Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him”.
The Lord says; do not allow anything to steal the dream that I have placed in your heart. Never give up on what I have promised to you. I am the restorer of dreams, and My word will come to pass. Just as Josephs father, I have given you favor. I have given you a coat of many colors. For those of you who have been betrayed by your brothers and sisters, I am the restorer of the breach. That which has been broken in your lives shall be mended. Those relationships that have been severed and disarrayed will be restored. Your families will come into alignment with My plans as they continue to observe your dedication to Me. Just as Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph, those of you who have been falsely accused and lied about will be recompensed and rewarded for your integrity. You will discover the greater plan as you continue to walk in holiness without compromise and don’t follow when others try to lead you astray. There is nothing hidden, that will not be revealed; nor anything secret, that will not be known and come to light.
To those of you who have been imprisoned with fear and torment, I have the keys to hell and death. Trust Me to be your deliverer and set you free. I will release you and break off all shackles that confine you. Never settle for less than what I have for you. Ask Me for wisdom to make your dream a reality and the faith to step out. Continue to pursue My plans without looking back to your past mistakes and failures. I will bring people into your life to help you fulfill the dream that I have placed in your heart. There will be divine connections with others who believe as you do, and will help to encourage you. Sever any relationships from people that will try to annihilate your dreams and hinder your growth. Just as Joseph was raised from the pit to this high calling, I will bring you out of a place of despair, and raise you up to a higher place. Never let go of your dream, but hold on with the same tenacity as Joseph had. I Am the revealer of mysteries and I will also reveal My mysteries to you. You will then have My favor and you will be ruler over adverse situations rather than having them destroy or control you says the Lord.
Psalm 105:17 -19
He sent a man before them- Joseph-who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.
The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom. Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. The Lord made his people very fruitful; he made them too numerous for their foes, whose hearts he turned to hate his people, to conspire against his servants.
He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Roger and Gerri