When Dreams Become Crisis

When Dreams Become Crisis

Sermon Notes
A God ordained dream will always bring difficulties with it. Our faith is never complete until it is subjected to intense pressure. Those gifted with great destinies are also blessed along with that privilege great palpitations or sufferings. Joseph was a young man that had a dream and a sense of greatness. He started out like any one of us. Pumped up and excited about taking over the world. But what he didn’t realize was that between him and the dreams in his heart is a great chasm. A road that leads through the valley of the shadow of death.
Depression is a result of unfounded optimism. The realities of life will always come down like a flood on men on earth. We now live a society where our kids are rounded up on TV because some social media site says that 2 million people watched your video so you are now successsful, you have reached your dreams. These generation of people grow up thinking that life is that easy and that they can be whatever they want but as soon as crisis hit disappointment sets in and then his evil his sister, depression, will always tag along and it’s only in a matter of time before their father, death shows up.
Joseph was sold into slavery and betrayed by those he loved the most. For 12 years he was in obscurity, deprivation and slavery. It wasn’t a choice he made, it was rather what his dreams demands. Crisis serve as a tool to reduce us to our needs. Every one of us is filled with somewhat ambition and selfishness of what we want rather than what God wants for us. 
Faith comes by the word of God but it is strengthened and made to have deep, authentic and meaningful roots when pressure is applied to the core of our souls. 
James 1:3
“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭AMPC‬‬
Being a Christian does not exempt you from trials and difficulties, in fact, the moment you profess faith in Christ, a mark is set on you by the forces of nature, the gates of hell and the those who do not seek the good of man and society.
Jesus said if you have not troubles in this world check if you are still in the faith
In Psalm 23, David talks about how he came through the valleys of the shadow of death. He says he feared no evil. It is not that he wasn’t afraid but that he didnt fear of any harm coming to him because he knows that jehovah is with him in the midst of the storm and daily challenges and realities of life.
As Christians, we must learn to endure. The prosperity preachers will tell you that hardship, failures and difficulties are signs that God is not in that thing. So we give up too soon. God is more interested in the process that in the prize. The process is the prize. We pray for blessings but often than not we miss the it because the blessing is disguised in the form of work and labor, and it’s always coated with pain and decorated with work. 
There are things that are meant to rub off on you in the season of crisis – separation, waiting and silence. It is active and real. Just as cosmic space is not empty but dynamic and carries infinite energy, virtues and divine realities are being added into your life. Perseverance is having it’s way. It is doing it’s work and as you allow it to finish, it will make you a perfect child of God, lacking nothing in character and moral rectitude.
Depression and loneliness doesn’t always have to be the case. We must learn to deal with deprivation.  For some, crisis could mean just about anything from peer pressure to the death of a loved one or the pains of pioneering a new initiative or business to taking on injustice in the society. We are called to carry our cross daily and labour for that which has eternal value (Ref. Jon. 6:27). 
But Paul the apostle of Christ admonished us to labor, to contend so as to stand and even after we have done all that the crisis demands to stand ready to do battle over again. Ref. Ephesians 6:13 – 19 (AMPC)
1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith—more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
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