Have you ever felt like you were replaced by someone else?

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Feeling like we’ve been replaced is so, SO hurtful because it allows tons of room for thoughts of “I’m replaceable” “I am missing something” “I am not good enough” “I was not valuable” etc. When you are replaced by someone, or something, it makes you feel so unimportant and thrown to the side. Feelings of being replaced devalues us and it’s so easy to believe we have lost our chance when we don’t know the truth about who we are and what God has promised us. A lot of things can make us feel like we have been replaced.

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The truth is you CAN’T be replaced. No one else in this world has your finger print. No one else in this world can do things exactly like you do. And no one else in this world can carry out the life you were designed to carry out.

So what is actually happening when it seems as though you’ve been replaced?

Look at Sarah and Hagar.

Sarah was promised a child and then Hagar stepped in and had a child by Sarah’s husband. I can bet money Sarah felt replaced. “Hagar took my promise. Hagar took my destiny. Hagar took my husband. Hagar took my child. Hagar took my place.” But did she actually? NOPE. God made Sarah a promise and while it FELT like she had been replaced, no one could have replaced Sarah and the promise God gave her. She ended up fulfilling her destiny just as she was supposed to.

Look at Joseph.

Joseph was replaced for 20 shekels of silver by his brothers then replaced AGAIN when he was master and overseer of the Egyptians house and wrongfully accused by the master’s wife. But was he actually replaced? Or was he re-placed? And still went on to fulfill the destiny God had for him?

When we know the promise God has for our life, for our marriage, for our friendships, for our businesses, it is not possible to be replaced….only re-placed!

God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
— Genesis 17: 15-16
The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did.
— Genesis 39: 2-3
But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did
— Genesis 39: 20-23

The Lord was with Sarah even when it seemed as though she had been replaced. He kept His promise and she fulfilled exactly what she was promised. The Lord was with Joseph even though it seemed he had been replaced and put into an even worse situation. Joseph still fulfilled his promises. The Lord is with YOU even though it may seem you have been replaced by someone or something else. The Lord is truly just re-placing you so you can, and WILL, fulfill your promise!

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Was there a time you were replaced but God used it as a re-placing to fulfill your promise? Share your story in the comments!

Are you currently in a season that feels like you’ve been replaced and you can’t see what God is doing? Share your story in the comments for encouragement!