One of the things that I have seen happen so much is that there are people walking around and enjoying life, but then all of a sudden they get hurt. They can’t seem to BREAK FREE from that hurt they get stuck right there in that hurt. That hurt turns to ANGER, RAGE, AND BITTERNESS. They wake up and realize they have been STUCK in this hurt for 10, 15, 20 years.
There are also people that are walking around in their life and everything is fine and then there is a trial of some sort that is hard. Yes, it is difficult // it presses you // you have to EXERCISE FAITH, but some of the mentalities of the trial stick with you. Maybe the frustration is “why did God let this happen; why did this have to happen to me? God, what are you doing?” There is a remnant of negativity or lack of faith or doubt that you get stuck in because you experience that trial. I’m not belittling your trial!!! There are some INCREDIBLY difficult things that God has asked people to walk through. For some of you, it may be a relationship and you thought he was the one, he promised you the world, and then all of a sudden he’s gone and you’re stuck on this person // STUCK on this hope of something happening // you get stuck right there and you get caught in a mentality that you just can’t break free from.
THIS IS FOR YOU!!!
I want you to OPEN YOUR EYES to the fact that this is one situation. God wants you to move through your life FORGIVING, FINDING FREEDOM, and EXERCISING FAITH!!!! If Satan can’t get you to sin, he will get you stuck somewhere in a place where you just can’t seem to BREAK FREE. His job is to get you in BONDAGE. Jesus said that He came to set the captives FREE!!!
Joseph was one of the children of Jacob, the beloved one with the multi-colored coat. His brothers hated him because of a dream he had, stripped him of his coat, threw him in a ditch, and left him for dead. Joseph could’ve gotten stuck right there. He could’ve gotten stuck in that bitterness. BUT GOD was the one governing Joseph’s life, NOT HIS EMOTIONS!!!! Sometimes we allow our emotions and mindsets to govern our lives, not the Lord. God was governing!!! People came and bought him as a slave in Egypt. The Lord ended up giving him major favor. He ended up working for Potiphar, whose wife falsely accused him of making sexual advancements towards her. Potiphar believed his wife and threw Joseph in jail. He could’ve gotten STUCK right there in jail. He helped a couple of buddies in jail, and said “Please remember me when you go before Pharaoh, because I interpreted your dreams.” They forgot him. He could’ve gotten stuck, BUT GOD was governing Joseph’s life, not Joseph’s emotions. Because he knew that God was governing his life, not his own emotions, it allowed him move through his life with FORGIVENESS, with an understanding that SOMETHING GREATER was at work!!!
We come to the end of Genesis, chapter 50, and we see that Joseph has been made (because he was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream) second-in-command of all of Egypt. He was given the power to execute his brothers or forgive them. He chose to forgive them. He was able to forgive them because he didn’t get stuck.
After all the horrible things that his brothers said to him, there was a moment of FORGIVENESS and RECONCILIATION.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
It’s AMAZING how God will govern a life when He is ALLOWED to govern it!!! He SEES what you’ve gone through. He sees what’s been done to you. He WILL bring you something MIND-BLOWING out of it!!!!!
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
His brothers had done him so, so wrong. As you go through your life, people will do you so, so wrong. People will betray you // lie about you // hurt you // say bad things about you // leave you.
Joseph’s response was very telling on where his mind was. He knew he COULDN’T GET STUCK, because GOD WAS GOVERNING his WHOLE LIFE – not just the one moment, not just the one trial. God was governing his ENTIRE LIFE. At that point, he was able to say “You meant it for evil, but I didn’t get stuck in that evil, because I knew that God was going to use it for GOOD.”
Joseph basically saved so many people because GOD GOVERNED HIS LIFE!!!
I want those of you who feel stuck // you just can’t get past it // you just can’t get over it to understand that if you’ve faced a trial, if you are currently facing a trial, if you’ve gone through a heartbreak, if you’ve gone through betrayal, if you’ve gone through any of that: PLEASE DON’T GET STUCK THERE!!!!! Your emotions will SUFFOCATE the life that God wants to give YOU!!! He is governing your life. HE SEES. He wants to give you a Joseph’s end result. You have to TRUST HIM. Move past whatever it is you’re dealing with or you’re stuck on, and believe that God WILL bring something great from it!!!
I HAVE DECIDED NOT TO GET STUCK NO MATTER WHAT IS DONE TO ME. I WILL NOT GET STUCK, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT GOD IS GOVERNING MY LIFE AND WILL BRING GOOD FROM IT!!!