YOU CAN RISE ABOVE YOUR BEGINNINGS

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Genesis 39: 2 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. Joseph did not come from an ideal family. He was the 11th son of Jacob, a con-man and conniver. By this time, however Jacob had got his spiritual act together. But his 10 older sons took after their dad. They once deceived and killed an entire town of men because one of them raped their sister (Genesis 34). Now they’re about to commit another deed of treachery, selling Joseph into slavery. Yet Joseph turned out to be a man of greatness.

The bottom line is you can rise above your beginnings. Look at Joseph. Perhaps you’ve been rejected, or discovered the people you thought loved you really didn’t. That’s Joseph’s story. But, the Lord was with Joseph. Regardless of what happened yesterday, if you remain faithful to God, He can rearrange tomorrow in your favour. Many people who have been mistreated are still focusing on the people who hurt them, waiting for them to make things right. In a lot of cases that isn’t going to happen.

If you’ve been wronged you need to turn to the One who won’t hurt you, and who is there to help and heal you i.e. Jesus. Some relationships aren’t going to get fixed! Your parents may never accept you. You may not be able to escape the problem you’ve been living with or resolve it to your liking. GOD’S NOT LIMITED BY YOUR PAST, HE’S ONLY LIMITED BY YOUR LACK OF FAITH. So trust Him… (Roman 8:31 what shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?). If God is for you, in the final analysis it doesn’t matter who’s against you.

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