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Setback? Step forward!

Why do they call it a “setback” if in reality is a necessary step to move forward?

The king of setback is of course Joseph. He dreams of greatness and leadership. Instead, he narrowly escapes death and winds up a slave. If that weren’t bad enough, he then is thrown into prison. He spends some 20 years in forced labor and then as a convict.

But the dude never stops dreaming. In fact, he interprets dreams. Overnight, he’s freed from jail and set upon a throne second only to Pharoah. He orchestrates a seven year famine survival for nations and brings the fledgling nation of Israel down the the Egyptian incubator. Four hundreds years later, they’re a few million, ready to take possession of the Promised Land.

Every step was necessary. Any one of them could have caused moaning. Discouragement could have overpowered the poor kid’s heart. But Joseph maintained perspective! They shackled his hands but never his heart.

Don’t despair with today’s setbacks. In reality, they are steps towards tomorrow’s successes.

The beauty of Christianity: forget the past

The beauty of Christianity is you’re never condemned to the past. The future is always bright.

No matter what failures, struggles and curses lay behind you, they ARE BEHIND YOU. God holds beautiful things ahead. The past is over and done with, forgiven and forgotten. You don’t have to repeat evil habits. People talk about moving on, but Christianity actually does it.

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. — Phil. 3:13 NIV.

If your past ministry is one of scarcity, tomorrow will be one of prosperity. Pray to break out of the prison of sameness. When you enter your prayer closet, treasure in your heart the reality that while yesterday was ugly, tomorrow is beautiful.