Author: Britton Brown
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It’s kind of strange how life seems to be working out for most of us these days, especially in this worlds current economic climate. To be honest, life isn’t as easy as it should be based on what we faith people call “living a victorious lifestyle”. At least that’s my own personal take on it.
As a matter of fact, this pattern is very likely the same pattern that you have in your life as well and it’s this very pattern that I want to expose and help you get the breakthrough that I am receiving so you can live a life of promotion rather than demotion. I’m talking about that feeling like your taking two steps forward and one step back. Sound familiar?
You see, I’ve noticed over the years that there is a pattern that emerges from life’s up and downs. Let me explain…
Ever notice how just when you begin to get out of one battle or predicament, you are cast once more into a new one? It’s as if the very moment you begin to indulge in feelings of security, God seems to make a point of just how fragile that security really is.
Well, there’s a reason for that and instead of getting frustrated with God, maybe it’s time we take another look at what He is trying to show us?
For most Christians, unfortunately they never seem to understand that God has bigger plans for them than they actually do for themselves. You see, God has a divine plan for each and every person and in order to live up to His will for our lives and to follow our true calling, we are going to have to go through some stuff.
In essence, we need to be battle tested or battle hardened if we are ever going to see promotion. It’s kind of like we are getting on the job training as we go through life and until we learn from our own lessons, we aren’t going to move forward to bigger and better things.
Let me give you an example:
Remember the story about Joseph? It starts in Genesis chapter 37.
We read about how Joseph began his odyssey in Egypt, following him as he was sold to the royal butcher (Potiphar), promoted to the position of chief-administrator of his masters household, incarcerated on trumped-up charges, and subsequently promoted to chief administrator of the prison. While imprisoned, he interpreted the dreams of his fellow inmates, predicting that one of them would shortly be freed and asking him to intercede on his behalf upon his release. But it didn’t quite work out that way now did it?
The pattern I want you to see is one of descent followed by illusory ascent. Both times Joseph appears to be on his way out of his predicament, he is cast once more into a new one: the moment he began to indulge in feelings of security as the butchers (Potiphar) trusted administrator, he was shown just how fragile that security was; after he again felt secure when he was promoted to chief administrator of the prison, he was shown how hopeless his prospects were. Both instances in which he ascended to power thus served to bring home how little independence he really possessed; how, even from the best imaginable vantage point under the circumstances, he was still merely a slave, a prisoner. Interestingly enough his apparent successes, rather than providing him with hope, only made a mockery of his situation, leaving him desperate. Does that ring a bell with you?
So, is there a way to break this pattern? And, what is God trying to teach us so we can move forward and enjoy the promotion we so desperately seek?
The answer is found in Genesis 40 where Joseph interprets the dreams of the cup-bearer and baker.
You see, Joseph had asked the chief cup bearer to remember him on the day he was restored to his position with Pharaoh.
Yes, Joseph was correct in trying to extricate himself from prison, but he erred in thinking that once God had chosen to help him by means of the cup-bearer, he was now dependent upon the cup-bearer’s advocacy/help rather than upon God’s mercy. This error in judgment demonstrated that he was not ready to ascend to the higher social status for which he was destined and in order to correct this character flaw God postponed Josephs release.
However, I want you to take notice that once the character flaw was corrected, Joseph ascended to the highest position in Egypt and fulfilled his divine call by feeding a nation.
So here’s the point, just in case you missed it. Just like Joseph, you are going to have to deal with your character flaws and learn to put your trust in God, not in man! It’s when you learn to humble yourself and put all your faith in God that you will put yourself in the position of promotion and it’s there that you will walk with power and begin to fulfill the destiny that God, not you or your boss has planned out for you.
So now it’s up to you. Take this spiritual truth and begin to examine your life and patterns and go to God with your needs. Let Him know how wonderful He is and how you acknowledge that He is your provider, the He is your promoter and that the only promotion your interested in is the one that comes straight from Him and watch your life ascend to heights you may never had imagined.