It’s week five, and todays devotion sits well with my soul. Talking about the story of Joseph, one of the most hopeful men in the bible, and one of my personal favorites. He had a dream, and from a very young age knew what God had for him. From the beginning, his own family hated him and never believed in him. His own brothers sold him into slavery and Joseph didn't enter into his calling until 13 years later. The one thing I take away from Josephs story is, he never gave up hope, nor did he put his dream to rest. He waited on God, and like God always does, He delivered.
Today, we would refer to Josephs family as #haters and we wouldn't be wrong. People don't like to see other people succeed, and that is the sad, ugly, disturbing truth. What’s even worse is, it’s usually the people closest to us that are the biggest haters. They want the best for us, until the best for us actually happens. But how do we know when someone is straight hating verses constructive criticism? Mark Batterson says it best:
“Don’t let the arrow of criticism pierce your heart unless it first passes through the filter of scripture.”
In other words: Good Vibes Only. It doesn’t matter what people say to you, it matters what God says to you. God will always use people, believer or nonbeliever, but you have to make sure that what they say lines up with scripture. At the end of the day we’re not here to please people we’re here to please the Lord. Never live your life within the boundary of another persons discretion.
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“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Phil 2:1 -2
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