Your prophetic dream may be a dream of the night that you have had in the past. You believe it speaks of the future and something God will do in your life. A dream can also be a vision that is very personal and heartfelt in nature.
One definition of a dream could be, ‘a desire of the heart that has a picture attached.’ You can close your eyes and imagine that dream’s fulfillment. You believe it is of God.
Between the birth of a dream and its fulfillment, there can be a process and a delay. Our Father is allowing a time-lapse to grow our faith and to set up the circumstances, timing that will lead to the dream’s fulfillment.
Joseph is one example of a prophetic dreamer whose dreams came true.  Here are 4 things that Joseph’s story can teach us about participating with God in the fulfillment of our prophetic dreams.
1. Source Your Dreams in God
‘Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ (Ps 37:4)
The promise of God is that as you delight in Him, He will impart His own desires and dreams into your life. You will discover your calling: the place where your dreams and God’s dreams intersect.
As prophetic dreamers, we are frequently going to be living in seasons when dreams are not yet fulfilled. You may have more than one dream—or one dream may come true and then God entrusts a new one to you.
During times of transition, your Father wants to be your delight and the source of your satisfaction.
At the time Joseph’s prophetic dreams about ruling became a reality, he was able to honour God fully for the gift on his life. Joseph journeyed the long and painful season of transition with God, keeping his heart pure and God-focused in the process.
2. Attach Your Dream to a Cause
‘Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”’(John 18:37, NKJV)
Our Father wants us to dream with Him, and one of the reasons is that He wants to imprint a cause—His purpose—on our hearts.
As Christians, our dreams are not for self-gratification. We dream to honour God. Prophetic dreams are powerful when those dreams are hitched to a God-given cause. Our cause is our ‘why’. Our cause is our reason, our ‘be-cause’; it is what draws us towards our destiny.
The cause God places on your heart may be a problem that you can be a part of the solution for. It may be to help people, to make a difference. A cause can relate to family. I believe God is saying, ‘Will you allow Me to place my desires in your heart? Let me show you how your gifts and calling fit into My bigger plan.’
By the time Joseph ascended to rulership in Egypt next to Pharaoh, he knew clearly the ‘why’ behind the dreams God had given to him. He was called to save Israel and bring his tribe into Egypt for God’s season. He was called to save nations from decimation during drought. And he was called to bring honour to God at a high level.
3. Dream Big
‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…’ (Eph 3:20)
God-sized dreams are large dreams—they are dreams that we cannot fulfill in our own strength. Joseph had prophetic dreams about being a ruler one day. Then, the opposite of his dream’s fulfillment took place. He suffered slavery and imprisonment. But God’s hand was on his life.
The fulfillment of your prophetic dream will bring glory to God. When it takes place He will receive the credit, because people see Divine intervention and the favour of God on your life.
4. Act on Your Dream
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’ (Col 3:23-24)
The fulfillment of a prophetic dream is a partnership between God and us. Our Father is a God of relationship and we must play our part. So steward your dreams. Invest in them. Anticipate and prepare for what lies ahead. A dream without diligence will die.
Joseph worked hard every step of the way. In his lowest place he was faithful to serve, to continue developing his gifts of business and stewardship. When the door finally opened, he was ready and prepared.
Cooperate with God in the fulfillment of your prophetic dreams and your faithfulness will pave the way, along with God’s favour, for your dream to become a reality.
 You can read this story about Joseph in the Bible in Genesis chapters 37-41
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