Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Awake: To wake up; rouse to action, to come or bring to an awareness (dictionary.com).
Many people are sleep walking through life without realizing it. Sin has cast a veil over the eyes of humanity and blinded them to their royal heritage and consequently, the glorious life that they were created for. We were designed to glorify our creator. How do we glorify our creator? When we bear fruit in line with our purpose, we glorify God.
The world systems are designed for us to work for others until we retire or die. It will not encourage you to go after your dreams, or to step out to pursue and fulfill purpose and destiny. Culture and tradition dictate that we live and do things a certain way, and those who deviate from the status quo are sometimes branded negatively. Disrupting the normal flow makes people uncomfortable because most people fear change. Even so, these rebels with a cause are the ones who become history makers and world changers.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. (Matthew 1: 20, 24 NIVUK).
Joseph was poised to become a history maker but he almost missed it due to cultural and traditional obligations. He was not conscious of his purpose to become the earthly father of the Messiah. This knowledge was dormant, or inactive, until the angel appeared to him in his dream.
What are your dreams telling you?
What direction or instructions are they giving you regarding your purpose and destiny?
Are you even aware that God instructs you through your dreams?
What potential lay dormant within you waiting to be unlocked?
Joseph would have aborted his destiny if he had not heeded the instructions he received in his dream. What seeds of greatness have you forfeited because you either missed or ignored divine instruction? After the dream Joseph woke up, or awakened, to a new reality. He became conscious of a cause or purpose greater than himself, one that would serve humanity. Joseph was called to operate at a higher level of consciousness, or in a higher realm of thought. This required him to change his thinking, i.e. renew his mind, in order to believe what the angel told him and act on it.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking… Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you (Romans 12:2 MSG).
Do not allow anyone to lock you in a box or squeeze you into their mold. You have only one creator and it is he who designed your purpose and destiny. Discover the True You. Be bold and dare to follow the path that He is leading you to take. When Joseph made the decision to defy his culture and obey the angel, he changed his destiny to become the father of Jesus, the Christ. Who, or what, has been holding you back?
In 2018, you are being called to awaken to a higher realm and take action toward fulfilling your destiny, but you will have to dig deep for the faith and fortitude to do what you need to do. Joseph had to put aside the things that were familiar to him – culture, tradition and old ways of thinking, to step into purpose. You will have to do the same. What are those familiar things that could hold you back from pursuing your purpose? You will have to learn to let them go and forge a new path for your life. You must wake up to the reality that you have to be different and do different to get different results.
If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing to do is wake up. JM Power
From the look of things Joseph felt like he was dealt a bad hand. It looked like his fiancée had been unfaithful, and that was unacceptable, so he planned to leave her. Even though things didn’t look good, it was a divine setup to fulfill the most important role of his life. Don’t wait for conditions to be ideal to start pursuing your purpose. Opportunities show up in unlikely situations. Mary’s pregnancy was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Your dreams come to you as thought-seeds. Your mind is a part of the spiritual reproductive system so when those seeds hit your mind and you think about them, they eventually get into your spirit and impregnate you with purpose - a divine vision, or divine ideas and strategies to serve humanity.
When a woman is pregnant she can feel her baby’s movements as early as sixteen weeks all the way up to the time of birth. Kicks and rolls mean the baby is healthy and developing normally, but an inactive fetus could mean the baby is in danger, or has died. What embryonic seeds lay dormant in your spiritual womb? Protect them from miscarriage and premature death by nurturing them. Breathe life into them and bring them to full term and give birth to your destiny.
Mary became pregnant under unusual circumstances. The normal way of life for her and Joseph was disrupted when Heaven stepped in and called her out of the ordinary. They accepted the call, and by faith, stepped out of the ordinary into their extraordinary destiny of becoming the parents of the Messiah. Be aware of unusual circumstances in your own life. It may be the catalyst to unlock your hidden potential and push you into your great destiny. It’s time to wake up and Discover the True You, think differently and step into your destiny!