God’s System of Promotion

by Taffi Dollar | 18 Sep 2019

Summary

In the new covenant under which we live, God has prepared some wonderful things for us that are far better than we could ever imagine. He is well able to make unprecedented things happen in our lives. Because of what Jesus did, promotion is available to us and we again have access to what the enemy stole from Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Jesus brought restoration and supernatural progression. To be promoted is to be raised up, elevated, and exalted. God promotes because He is good; this was demonstrated when He promoted Joseph, Daniel, and the Samaritan woman at the well. When God gets involved in the process, we experience acceleration on every level that is beyond human comprehension.

  1. God is looking for ways to promote His people. He is responsible for advancement.
    1. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
      1. We have neither seen, heard, or ever been aware of, the things God wants to do in our lives. God has prepared some wonderful things for us; they are ready for us to receive them.
      2. God wants to work through His people and do something amazing that has never been done before.
    2. Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope (1 Corinthians 9:10).
      1. God gives us promotion above and beyond the world’s natural level of promotion.
      2. The dictionary definition of promotion is the act of being raised up in position or rank, to ascend, advance, or upgrade. The Hebrew Bible definition is to lift up, elevate, raise up, or exalt.
      3. Supernatural promotion takes place when God gets involved in our lives and causes us to bypass natural and physical laws. He changes the laws on our behalf.
      4. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20).
      5. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us (Ephesians 3:20, MSG).
      6. Promotion from God is not limited to just our finances or our health; it also includes an expansion of our influence. God expanded Abraham’s influence so that all families of the earth could be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).
  1. God is well able to turn things around. Promotion on any level comes only from Him.
    1. Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another (Psalm 75:5-7).
      1. God lives in the north; promotion comes from Him.
    2. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (Psalm 40:2).
      1. Supernatural progression happens when the God of the surprise favors us by reversing, interrupting, or suspending natural laws to intervene for us.
      2. He pulls us out of the pits we fall into, and elevates us.
      3. “The miry clay” is the uncertainty and unstable situations we face in life. The rock is the Word of God.
      4. God lifts us from fear to faith, from grief to joy, and from oppression to optimism. We can move from terrible pain to peace and joy, from deficits to surplus, and from the back of the line to the front of the line.
    3. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand (Genesis 39:1-3).
      1. Joseph was the least likely of all the brothers to succeed, yet God showed favor to him.
      2. Joseph’s life demonstrated that even in the midst of hard times, we can be blessed.
  1. Jesus removed the curse of the law. He causes promotion for those who trust in Him.
    1. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm… All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions… Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime…. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee (Daniel 6:3, 7, 9, 10, 16).
      1. God can do amazing things when we recognize that He is the source of our promotion. He even delivered Daniel from the lions.
      2. The relationship Daniel had with God allowed him to expand his influence.
    2. The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him (John 4:28-30).
      1. The Samaritan woman at the well experienced promotion when she encountered Jesus. This encounter had an immediate effect because His influence rubbed off onto her.
      2. This changed the customs and traditions of the time. Normally men and women did not speak to each other; neither did Jews and Gentiles.
    3. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
      1. We have been elevated to the highest place in the universe. If we do not understand this, we must change how we think and begin using our spiritual eyes instead of our natural eyes.
      2. Under the law, men and women, Jews and non-Jews, rich and poor, were seated separately. Jesus removed the barriers and brought everyone back together.
    4. Inequality was part of the curse of the law.
      1. The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low (Deuteronomy 28:43).
      2. The transient (stranger) among you shall mount up higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower (Deuteronomy 28:43, AMPC).
  1. God lifts us up and causes our influence to be expanded. He does this for His glory.
    1. Because of Christ, we have great influence; we are part of a heavenly kingdom. We are above all principalities, power, and might when we are in Him.
      1. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church (Ephesians 1:20-22).
      2. Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church] (Ephesians 1:21, 22, AMPC).
    2. A lifting up is available for God’s people. When we are elevated in Him, we see supernatural advancement; we simply must lay hold of it by faith.
      1. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands (Job 22:29, 30).
      2. He will even deliver the one [for whom you intercede] who is not innocent; yes, he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands (Job 22:30, AMPC).
    3. Don’t work yourself into the spotlight; don’t push your way into the place of prominence. It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted (Proverbs 25:6, 7, MSG).
      1. We are warned not to use our self-efforts to manipulate and work our way into the center of attention.
    4. So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you (1 Peter 5:6, 7, MSG).
      1. We must trust God and His timing. He uses the issues we are going through to prepare us for advancement in His time.