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It’s Your Move
By Joel Osteen - Apr 29, 2022
We all go through disappointments, things that don't make sense--a friend walked out on you, you were overlooked for a promotion, you came down with an illness. I talked with a young lady who grew up in a home filled with abuse. The people who should have been loving her were doing just the opposite. She said, "I don't understand why I was raised in such hurt and dysfunction.& "It's easy to let what's unfair be an excuse to not pursue our destiny. "I can't be successful. My company let me go." "I had a rough childhood. I'll never be happy."

Here's the key: It's not your fault that you got knocked down, but it is your responsibility to get back up. The Scripture says,"For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again" (Proverbs 24:16). It was wrong that they hurt you. It was unfair that you went through the injustice. It was wrong for them to walk away. I'm not dismissing what you've been through or excusing their behavior. It's okay to feel hurt, to feel violated. God made us with feelings. But I am telling you that you have to get back up. Your move when unfair things happen is to go forward in faith, trusting that God will make it up to you.

You may have a reason to stay down, live bitter, and give up on your dreams, but you don't have a right. God still has a great purpose in front of you. He saw what they did, who left you out, or what you lost. He says He will pay you back double for the unfair things. He says He has beauty for those ashes. But you can't sit around nursing your wounds and asking, "Why did this happen to me?" Don't put a question mark where God has put a period. Part of faith is trusting when life doesn't make sense. We're never going to understand everything that happens. You can't let one betrayal, one divorce, or one bad season sour the rest of your life. It may have been painful, but you have a responsibility to get back up.

That means to quit reliving the hurts, quit thinking about what they did, and quit believing that you've seen your best days. God knows how to make it up to you. When He sees you moving forward when you could be sitting in defeat, when you're praising when you could be complaining, when you're being good to someone even though you've been through hurts, God is going to show out in your life. You will see greater favor because of the unfair things. The enemy meant it for harm, but God will turn it to your advantage.
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