Have you ever done or said something stupid? Who hasn’t? The aftermath is that once the error is recognized we usually kick ourselves.
Worse Satan does too—often through people.
It’s hard enough to forgive ourselves…but what about when others refuse to forgive?
I’ve heard anointed ministers and leaders who have said things over the years that I think, “Why on earth would you say that?” And we all heard President Trump make comments that we wished he had kept his mouth shut–or chosen different words.
I don’t think any of us intend to say or do stupid things do we?
It’s in the aftermath that we need learn what to do.
The life of Joseph is a great example. He made what I think was a really stupid comment when he shared his dream with his already jealous brothers. There was no other interpretation but that his father and brothers would bow down to him.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornaterobe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said (Gen 37:3-8 NIV).
Joseph’s brothers, already extremely jealous, (which is the beginning stage of Infection) were inflamed when they heard the dream. What was Joseph thinking? What was his purpose in sharing the dream? Can we say stupid?
And yet, God used it to promote Joseph to the position and destiny which He had planned for him all along.
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This is a word to you. If you find yourself in a position in which you did or said something stupid, which then provided an open door to an attack against you—perhaps even got you removed from a position, rest assured, God can use it for your good.
Satan will always work to bombard us with thought bombs, especially at night, to remind us and condemn us for the incident. He will shame and blame us—and looks for others who will as well.
Recognize it for what it is.
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Remember the Holy Spirit never condemns, he convicts and corrects. He doesn’t shame and He always forgives. Satan, on the other hand, condemns and uses every opportunity to destroy relationships and break down communication.
He plants seeds in the heart of people, especially friends and family, who become unwitting vessels of abuse as they turn their backs or condemn you for the error.
But what does God do? When we repent, He forgives. He throws the incident into the sea of forgetfulness. If we remind Him of it, He says, “What are you talking about?”
Just as He gets rid of it, so should we.
We are living in a day in which pride, jealousy and offense are pouring out like a tsunami. There are good people everywhere who believe they are doing God’s will by shunning others because they disagree with their action. I had a Christian “friend” who told me they were going to turn me into the FBI if I didn’t turn myself in because I was in Washington, D.C. on January 6.
“Why would I turn myself in?” I asked. “For simply being in the city and attending President Trump’s rally? I wasn’t at the Capitol building until much later,” I reminded her. That didn’t matter. In her mind I was guilty and she felt compelled to inform on me, assured she was doing a “godly” thing.
That is the anti-Christ spirit in operation. Don’t be used in such a manner.
Was Joseph stupid in telling the dream to his brothers? Gee it would seem so wouldn’t it? But what if he hadn’t shared the dream? Then when Joseph was moved into position as a great leader under Pharoah, his brothers would have never known it was God’s plan and purpose from the beginning.
Sometimes what seems stupid, is stupid. Repent and move on. Even if others refuse to offer forgiveness, God will always forgive a truly repentant heart.
But sometimes what seems stupid, is actually revealing truth…and God will use it for good.
Put it in His hands and trust Him with the outcome, even if it was stupid.
Lord, help us to know wisdom and instruction. To discern the sayings of understanding and to receive instruction in wise behavior. May righteousness, justice and equity give us prudence and to the youth, knowledge and discretion. May we be wise so that we will hear, increase in learning and acquire wise counsel. More importantly may we walk in the fear/reverence of the Lord rather than the fear of man. (Prov 1:1-5 & 7)