This is Keeping You From Your Dream

Pastor Herbert Cooper

October 22, 2023

Acts 2:17-18 (NIV)  //  ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

Genesis 37:5  (NIV)  //  Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.

Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)  //  When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

5 Obstacles That Stand In Between You And Your Dream: 1. Details stand between you and your dream

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)  //  We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

Psalm 17:5 (NLT)  //  My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you.

Job 23:11 (NIV)  //  My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

Psalm 119:133 (NLT)  //  Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.

Jeremiah 10:23 (NIV)  //  Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.

Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)  //  The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

2. Adversity stands between you and your dream 3. Temptation stands between you and your dream

Genesis 39:6-12 (NIV)  //  So he left in Joseph's care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7 and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!" 8 But he refused. "With me in charge," he told her, "my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9 No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, "Come to bed with me!" But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

4. Selfishness stands between you and your dream

Genesis 50:20 (NIV)  //  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

5. Haters stand between you and your dream

Genesis 37:17-18 (NIV)  //  So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him.

Genesis 37:19-22 (NIV)  //  "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other. 20 "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams." 21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. "Let's not take his life," he said. 22 "Don't shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don't lay a hand on him." Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father.