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Before he was reunited with his family, Joseph married in Egypt and had two children.
Genesis 41 (NKJV)
50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came…
51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.”
52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
Forgetting the painful past enabled to keep on believing in the dreams God gave him, and enabled him to embrace his future. It’s time to forget all your unpleasant experiences. According to Philippians 3:13 you should be “ …forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Then your dreams can come true and like Joseph, you too will be fruitful.
How can you tell that some people have not forgotten their painful past? All you have to do is listen to the way they talk about it. You can tell that the wounds are still raw and that they are still feeling the emotional pain. When a wound has healed, a scar remains, but when someone touches the scar, you don’t feel the pain anymore. It is important to point out that by forgetting the past, we don’t mean to imply amnesia! Of course you will still remember what was done to you, but because you choose to act on the Word of God and forgive, the memories of the events will cease to be painful and damaging.
Joseph was fruitful in the land of his affliction, and you too can be fruitful in the land in which God has put you. Joseph was able to let go of his past and let God bring his dreams to fulfilment. If you can do that too, you and all those around you will reap the benefits, now and eternally! No devil is big enough to steal your dreams; and no sin should be enticing to cause you to abort them. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and together you will see the fulfilment of all the dreams that God has given you!