Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
The End Of Dream Haters
Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Exodus 24:4 (NAS)
Alycia, a child star, had a father who hated her dreams. He discouraged her talent, overlooked her success, and disdained her faith, asking her not to pray in public. Nevertheless, Alycia and her mom persevered. Gradually her dad came to see the goodness of her gifts--even her faith! He is proof for Alycia that God can change hearts.

Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham, had ten brothers who 'plotted against him to put him to death. They said to one another, 'Here comes this dreamer!' ' (Genesis 37:18-19). Joseph endured 13 years slavery and imprisonment before becoming the governor of Egypt. Still, Joseph forgave his brothers and saved their lives. They rose with Joseph to become the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Even Jesus suffered dream haters within His family, 'for not even His brothers were believing in Him' (John 7:5). Yet, Jesus' brothers became His passionate disciples and two books of the New Testament, James and Jude, are attributed to them.

Are dream haters jealous people? Joseph's were. Are they skeptics? Jesus' were. When we face dream haters, God gives us the strength and courage to walk beyond them in faith, as He performs signs and wonders through us. God will use us to teach them. Your determined faith will transform their lives.

If you stay faithful to forgive them, the end of dream haters is a happy one.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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