Placeholder Image

Subtitles section Play video

  • I'm speaking

  • about dreams.

  • I want to ask you about when

  • you were 17, what did your life

  • look like when you were 17?

  • What was your dream

  • at the age of 17?

  • Were you encouraged to dream,

  • or were you in an environment

  • where you'd be frowned upon

  • if you dared to stand out

  • and dream and live a big dream?

  • I want to encourage you to

  • dream and to dream big dreams.

  • I want to speak into your dream,

  • whatever it is

  • and in whatever area it is.

  • I want to speak into God's

  • purpose in your life, and I want

  • to encourage you to dream.

  • Joseph was 17 years old and God

  • gave him this incredible dream,

  • just 17 years old.

  • It was an outrageous dream.

  • His brothers didn't like it

  • at all.

  • The Scripture says they were

  • angry with him then it goes on

  • says he dreamed another dream

  • and they were even more angry

  • with him.

  • And a third time it says they

  • were angry with him even more.

  • In other words,

  • they didn't like his dream.

  • "Now Jacob dwelt," Genesis 37,

  • "in the land where his father

  • was a stranger,

  • in the land of Canaan.

  • This is the story

  • or the history of Jacob.

  • Joseph, being seventeen

  • years old, was feeding the flock

  • with his brothers.

  • And the lad was with the sons of

  • Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah,

  • his father's wives; and Joseph

  • brought a bad report of them

  • to his father.

  • Now Israel loved Joseph more

  • than all his children, because

  • he was the son of his old age.

  • Also he made him a," Technicolor

  • dream coat, the Scripture says.

  • But when his brothers," verse 4,

  • "saw that their father

  • loved Joseph more than all

  • his brothers, they hated him

  • and could not speak peaceably

  • to him.

  • Now Joseph had a dream,

  • and he told it to his brothers;

  • and here it is,

  • they hated him even more.

  • So he said to them, 'Please hear

  • this dream which I have dreamed:

  • There we were, binding sheaves

  • in the field.

  • Then behold, my sheaf arose,

  • stood upright; and indeed

  • your sheaves stood all around

  • and bowed down to my sheaf.'

  • And his brothers said to him,

  • 'Shall you indeed reign over us?

  • Or shall you indeed

  • have dominion over us?'

  • So they hated him even more for

  • his dreams and for his words.

  • Then he dreamed still another

  • dream and told it to his

  • brothers, and said, 'Look,

  • I have dreamed another dream.

  • And this time, the sun, the

  • moon, and the eleven stars

  • bowed down to me.'

  • So he told it to his father

  • and his brothers; and his father

  • rebuked him and said to him,

  • 'What is this dream

  • that you have dreamed?

  • Shall your mother and I and your

  • brothers indeed come to bow down

  • to the earth before you?'

  • And his brothers were filled

  • with envy, but his father

  • kept the matter in mind."

  • Joseph dared to dream.

  • I encourage everyone here to

  • dream a dream.

  • Do you know Proverbs 29,

  • verse 18 says that where there

  • is no vision, people perish?

  • So much God-given potential

  • perishes because of a lack

  • of a dream.

  • Other translations of the same

  • verse says, "Where there is

  • no vision, people cast off

  • restraint, they break out."

  • In the New Living Translation,

  • it talks about those who have

  • no vision and it says

  • the people run wild.

  • You build a family around

  • God-given vision and you watch

  • how, with vision in young

  • people's heart, it will keep

  • them on course with purpose,

  • it will give them the motivation

  • to make the sacrifices and

  • count the costs if you can just

  • instill vision, if you can just

  • instill dreams inside of them.

  • In Acts chapter 2, verse 17, it

  • actually quotes the Prophet Joel

  • from the Old Testament and it

  • talks about visions and dreams.

  • It talks about prophecy and

  • then it says "Your young men

  • shall see vision, your old men

  • shall dream dreams."

  • Young men see vision,

  • old men dream dreams.

  • I'm a visionary myself but can I

  • tell ya this seriously, fathers,

  • think about this for a moment,

  • when fathers lose sight of their

  • dream, they no longer will

  • instill vision in their sons

  • and their daughters.

  • If a father knows how to dream,

  • and to pursue that dream, and to

  • live out that dream, he will see

  • that he surrounds himself

  • with visionaries.

  • I would encourage every father

  • everywhere to live your life

  • no matter age you are, not just

  • settling down, drawing back,

  • going down the golf course and

  • hitting a million balls, you can

  • play golf if you want, but live

  • your life with a God-given dream

  • and watch how you will inspire

  • vision in the people

  • around and about you.

  • Well, three things about

  • dreamers, the first thing

  • is your dream will threaten

  • some people, and Joseph's

  • dream threatened a few people.

  • It seems that people

  • that threatened the most

  • were the ones who were

  • closest to him.

  • His father rebuked him

  • for dreaming but at least

  • the Scripture says his father

  • kept the matter of mind,

  • but his brothers hated him and

  • then increased that hate for him

  • and then finally more

  • increased that hate for him.

  • And the Bible says they were

  • filled with envy and your dream

  • may cause envy in people who

  • you love, people closest to you.

  • And to me, it's the saddest

  • thing that sometimes

  • the greatest opposition to your

  • dream doesn't come from people

  • on the periphery of your life,

  • it can come from your own

  • siblings, your own brothers and

  • sisters, the ones who you love

  • the most, the ones you would

  • love to see encouragement

  • from the most.

  • It can come from your peers,

  • those you grew up with, those

  • that you've done life with.

  • And you dare to stand up and

  • live your life with a dream,

  • something God's birthed in

  • your spirit and not everybody

  • is going to like it.

  • Your dream is gonna

  • threaten some people.

  • Second thing about dreamers is

  • dreamers never stop dreaming.

  • They keep dreaming new dreams.

  • You know, if you look at these

  • verses it says in Genesis

  • chapter 37, verse 9,

  • "Then Joseph dreamed still

  • another dream and told it to

  • his brothers, and said, 'Look,

  • I have dreamed another dream.

  • And this time, the sun,

  • moon, and the stars

  • have bowed down to me.'"

  • But firstly, it was like

  • he saw there was a crop

  • on the field

  • all bowing down to him.

  • It was a dream of leadership,

  • now he's gonna a step further

  • and he says, "I can see the sun,

  • the moon, and the eleven stars

  • all bowing down."

  • And you see,

  • he never stopped dreaming.

  • I want to encourage you

  • never stop dreaming.

  • Dreamers keep on dreaming.

  • When our church was 10 years

  • old, we're now 32 years old,

  • I sat at a desk 1 day

  • and I was inspired.

  • I felt, you know, I felt like I

  • wanted to write down what was in

  • me in terms of the dream for

  • our church, and it's the kind

  • of dream when you dream with

  • your eyes closed, not open.

  • I started to think about

  • the church that I see and slowly

  • I began to write it down,

  • the church that I see.

  • It talked about a church where

  • buildings would struggle

  • to contain the increase.

  • It talked a church where

  • the city and the nation

  • could not ignore it.

  • I talked about many other

  • things that relate to our church

  • now including television,

  • the influence of the worship,

  • the Hillsong International

  • Leadership College, and all

  • sorts of other things were there

  • but I have to tell you,

  • it was audacious.

  • It was almost embarrassing to

  • show people because the church

  • that we had right then, it was

  • a good church, it was a medium

  • church, it was kind of growing,

  • it was a healthy church, but it

  • looked nothing like what

  • I put on that paper

  • but I dared to dream.