Shake It Off

Inspiration from the life of Joseph

  • Continue to wear your mantle of blessing
  • Joseph’s father put a mantle of love and blessing on him
  • Keep taking off what God has taken off of you and putting on what God gives

  • Develop your capacity for dreams and visions
  • Joseph’s whole life was surrounded by dreams and visions (Genesis 37:5)
  • Dreamers and visionaries live life out of a different center: they live by a different compass
  • They see what can be, not just what is or what has been
  • God is a dream-giving God: you are created to be a dreamer, a visionary
  • You can have a dream or vision for your work, ministry, health, relationships, etc.
  • Your future is formed by the vision you carry for it
  • Make your decisions and choices out of the potential of your dream
  • A dream gives you direction, unlocks your potential, adds value to your life and work, and predicts your future
  • Proverbs 29:19 “Without a vision, people perish.”
  • We have to learn to love dreams and visions
  • Find people who support your dreams and visions
  • Develop strategic plans for your life, business, family, and ministry
  • Genesis 41:33-37; Joseph proposed a plan of action out of a dream
  • Dreams and mantles are important, but you direct your life with the plans you make
  • Proverbs 21:5 “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
  • Have a dream, make a plan, take action and then course adjust
  • It’s all about what your plan or goal makes you become
  • Genesis 41:45; Joseph is named “Zaphenath-Paneah” which means “God speaks, God lives”
  • Joseph’s wisdom, insight, and leadership brought glory to God

  • Shake the dust of the past off of you
  • The pit, the prison, the lies, and the family drama was all part of Joseph’s training
  • Those experiences could have made him bitter or better
  • He had a dream at 17 but wasn’t ready to fulfill it yet
  • Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.”
  • We need faith for our past as well as faith for our future
  • Don’t let what others have done wrong to you in the past continue to control you now or in the future
  • Don’t keep making decisions about your future based on protecting yourself from all the pain of the past
  • Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
  • Shake off your past and wear your mantle of blessing: people need you!
  • Name your future well instead of out of your pain of the past


Facilitating Discussion

  1. What dreams and visions has God given you for your future?