When God Demotes You


Why God’s Demotions are Better Than Man’s Promotions


It’s one thing to be demoted at your job… by your boss or superiors, but it’s quite another to be brought down and demoted by God. It can be quite disheartening.


As we will see today, through a study in the life of Joseph, God’s demotions serve a higher purpose for us.


His demotions are His way of pulling us back on a sling to launch us in the right direction.


As believers, we are not always called to go up, sometimes God brings us down by demoting us… on purpose.




In This Episode You Will:


  1. Learn entrepreneurial and life lessons from the life of Joseph
  2. Learn the reasons why God may demote you
  3. Learn what to DO when God demotes you
  4. Understand why His demotions are so much better than any of  man’s promotions



Memorable Quotes:


“His demotions are his way of pulling us back on a sling to launch us in the right direction.”


“Joseph was from a wealthy family, excessively handsome, spiritually gifted, and highly educated. So, from a human standpoint – he was the whole package.”


“Until you are humbled, you will not feel the need to learn new lessons.”


“If you not careful, your talent will take you places that your character can’t keep you.” – Eric Thomas.


“There is just something about blisters, cuts, bruises, bodily aches and pains, caused by physical labor, that puts everything in perspective for us as human beings.”


“Even if God demotes you, He is still with you.”


“Your present demotion does not define your future condition.”


“There is always a great purpose behind the pain of God’s demotions.”


“It is better to be demoted by a loving God, than promoted by a self-serving man.”


“God’s demotions often get us ready for His big promotion.”


“God’s demotions are the furnace where we are refined into more usable tools for His glory”


“The trials you undergo carve the road you are meant to follow.”



Resources Mentioned:


The Bible 

The Book of Jasher



Be Blessed and Thrive On!


Sebastien & Elisabeth


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About the author, Sebastien

Sebastien Richard was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1974. He is happlily married, has three children (Jason, Marissa, and Katelyn), and now resides in Prince Edward Island (Canada). He is a sought-after Bible teacher, and speaker.

In 2015, God led him to found Thriving on Purpose (thrivingonpurpose.com), a Faith-based organization where (along with his wife, Elisabeth) he provides Kingdom knowledge for today's believers, helping them to build up the Kingdom of God and tear down strongholds.

Aside from his next books, Sebastien is most active in producing impactful content for his weekly Facebook broadcasts.

When he's not busy with ministry, or courageously leading his family to further happiness and bliss, he enjoys masterminding with Elisabeth at breakfast time, family road trips, researching fringe theories, cryptozoology, geek culture, and movie nights with the kids while chowing down pizza.


  1. Aureona Shaw on 09/24/2018 at 8:01 PM

    I really needed this …

    • Sebastien Richard on 09/25/2018 at 2:18 PM

      Aureona, so glad this has blessed you. Be blessed and thrive on!

  2. Hannylyn Gañgan on 07/04/2019 at 7:13 AM

    I thank God for demotion. I was once a master but one day I woke up that I am now a slave of young people. Sad but I need to face the reality of faith that God wants to teach me something.

  3. Lori on 10/10/2019 at 4:04 AM

    What if you got demoted on many jobs? I was in these types of trials for years. Sometimes bullied even by church authority. After a while it got to be overbearing being treated poorly and some people like to rule with iron fists especially in the church.

    • Sebastien Richard on 10/10/2019 at 12:41 PM

      Hi Lori,

      Thanks for taking the time to write in.

      While you read my answer, keep in mind that I don’t know the full extent of your journey or your circumstances – so take my advice with a grain of salt.

      This particular episode was about being demoted despite offering stellar character, integrity, and competence – like Joseph. When undergoing demotions, we must always keep ourselves in check. Why? Because, since nobody’s perfect, sometimes we’re the problem through our own biased views and expectations. So, we must ask ourselves the right questions. Although we may at first see it as unjust or unfair, or even bullying, we must always be willing to look at ourselves honestly and seek the Lord – especially when there seems to be a repetitive pattern. We must ask ourselves tough questions such as:

      ♦ What is God trying to show me here?
      ♦ Am I pursuing the right thing?
      ♦ Am I working my strengths and aiming to add value to others?
      ♦ Could I be the problem?

      Jim Rohn, the late great business philosopher liked to say: “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Oftentimes our own perspective needs to change if we’re gonna get out of a rut.

      That said, you mention religion and church a lot. At Thriving on Purpose, we tend to warn people to be careful when treading in the realm of religion. While church can be a great place to grow, a lot of people can get hurt in Church by putting their hope in the wrong place while doing church. I did this for years myself, trying to get ‘approved’ or ‘promoted’ by my pastor or by the church elders. This can only lead to disappointment. Jesus said to “Seek first the Kingdom of God”, not the approval of men, or promotions, or recognition. This can sometimes mean to got it alone for awhile – like Joseph when he was in prison.

      Finally, if you have a growth mindset and you’re trying to present your ideas in a Church that has a closed mindset, you’ll only get frustrated and find you are wasting your time. Maybe it’s time to look for another Church where your your ideas might find their place and align more with their philosophy.

      Les Brown said: “Go where you are celebrated, not where you are tolerated.”

      Lori, I hope this helps you on your journey.

      Be blessed and Thrive on!

  4. Wasani on 09/18/2020 at 5:07 PM

    What do you do when you’ve been demoted spiritually by exposure to witchcraft? What do I do?

    • Sebastien Richard on 11/19/2020 at 9:55 AM

      Hey Wasani. I’m sorry to hear about your predicament. Now, if the exposure was because of something you did, you need to repent of it and break off any stronghold it might have on you. As believers, we must learn to fight back through spiritual warfare when we get cursed by witches and warlocks. There are ways to breaks these bondages for “Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” ~1 John 4:4. Many authors have written on these matters… Derek Prince, Ryan Lestrange, and Jennifer Leclaire to name a few. Their books might help you to regain the advantage over the Enemy in your life. God bless you as you do.

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