What is your painful past?
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What is your painful past?
Have you dealt with your past? How long did it take for Joseph to deal with his past?
God used the pit and the prison to shape and mold Joseph into a man of God. He went from prison right into the palace and governed Egypt. Yet there was still a matter of his unresolved past which needed to be confronted.
Joseph was betrayed by his family. They sold him into slavery. He had all his years in Egypt to forget what was done to him by his brothers. He had a new life, family, and an important political position to keep him busy. He could not escape nor ignore his past forever, and he knew facing his siblings would be difficult. It took him awhile, but he had to allow God to deal with his heart before his past could be turned for God’s glory.
Joseph experienced emotions such as a spirit of offense, rejection, bitterness, grief, anger, resentment, revenge, and unforgiveness. When first confronted with his past, he tried to hide from it, but his past was still with him. Though he tried to hide it, the pain was very real. He could not move on to healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation until he was face to face with the reminders of his painful past: his brothers. His brothers had tried to kill him and finally sold him into slavery. What is your painful past?
Your past is a part of who you are. You can try to lie to yourself and pretend things in your past never happened. When there is deep hurt in your past, it is harmful to put up a “NO TRESPASSING” sign. Instead give the keys that open your mind and heart to the Lord Jesus and allow HIS word to work in you. Let HIM shine His light through you. Only then can you be free to heal and move forward. Knowing the truth sets you free! Confronting the truth sets you free. Walking in the truth sets you free.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:4-7
Lord, I receive your forgiveness as I forgive those who have caused me pain, loss or grief. I loose any desire for retribution. In the name of Jesus, I loose any stronghold in my life protecting wrong feelings I have against anyone. I repent for partnering with Satan allowing bitterness, anger, resentment, revenge and a spirit of offense into me. I nail all bitterness, anger, resentment, revenge and the spirit of offense to the cross and cover it with your shed blood.
Thank you for your forgiveness.
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