FORSAKEN AND FORGOTTEN BUT STILL FAVORED

forsaken and forgotten but favored by God

 

Do you feel abandoned, forsaken, and forgotten? Does it seem like your future is shattered and you see nothing ahead but struggle? The devil will try to make life so hard at times and such a struggle to try to destroy a person’s expectation of good things ever happening. If that is not bad enough sometimes you may even hear that the people who have forsaken you claim it is God behind it, that God’s blessing them, God’s leading them to move on, or that He is promoting them? They can claim they are free in the Lord and have no responsibility to the relationships they leave behind.

 

You have to know that when God blesses, leads, and promotes He doesn’t do things that violate His Word or hurt the ones left behind. He is big enough and good enough to bless everyone. That is often just “spin” to cover their bad behavior. The Word of God which discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart in 1 Peter 2:16 says “… using liberty as a cloak of maliciousness…” or using a claim of liberty to hide bad behavior.

 

You may have been forsaken and forgotten by people but you can still experience favor from God. Joseph was thrown in a pit by his brothers, forsaken and forgotten. They left him for in a pit. Once he was rescued from the pit, he ended up in prison through lies of another.  When life is the pits or circumstances seem to have us confined, like Joseph in the pit and prison (Genesis 37:23, 24; 39:4, 21), don’t forget you have favor with God and His favor will promote you. Genesis 39:21says, “The Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”

 

Don’t allow what you go through to change your good character qualities to something bad. Joseph didn’t allow the evil done to him to become a stumbling block but rather allowed it to become a steppingstone to something better and promotion. Stay true to growing in Christ-like character and godliness. God can still manifest His gracious kindness, generosity, and goodwill in your life. God’s favor in your life, because you are the righteous, can bring you into favor in the eyes of men. “For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield Psalm 5:12.” The people, the pit, nor the prison can stop God favoring you.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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