#ATLdevo: 10/21/16

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But God

Victim To Victor

Scripture: “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” -Genesis 45:8
Power Chapter: Genesis 45

If you’ve ever experienced any kind of trauma, Joseph is your guy. He was betrayed by his brothers, his own flesh and blood. They sold him into slavery! Take a moment to think about that. Going from belonging in a family to being stripped away from your home, loved ones, and comforts. Joseph kept walking with God and God helped him along the way. God gave him visions and great wisdom, and so Joseph gained miraculous influence and power in Egypt. Now that part of the story might be hard to relate to, as the radical forgiveness and perspective Joseph had. He believed that God sent him to Egypt, not that his brothers did. Either one would get the glory or blame for his pain, right? He saw his pain as redeemed, and shifted His perspective from blaming his brothers to glorifying God. He was no victim in his own eyes. He was a man walking in the holy purposes of God Himself, and he received the reward and the sacrifice it took to arrive where God intended. Would you look at your biggest hardships and ask the Lord how He has redeemed it or plans to redeem it? When He shows you, step into Joseph’s example, and forgive those you’ve blamed. It’s time to give God the glory for making you an overcomer. When you look back, that’s how your story looks: “so then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.”

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