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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Looking Back So We Can Move Forward

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day and we were talking about the tendency that we have to not want to have things change.  We like things to be the way that they were.  We remember the good old days and wish things could just be like they once were.

We know that God is always asking to grow and to step out in our faith but we are comfortable with the way things are so we just wish and hope and hang on to a past that is just that--past.  Yet, this tendency of ours keeps us from living the present and experiencing the power of God for our future.  It keeps us from receiving anything new and it never helps us to grow in our faith and trust in God.

In the scriptures every time that people were called to look back at their past it was not to glory in it but to encourage them to take the next step of faith.  They looked back at the past to  remind them of what they knew about God and to remind them of what God can do when they trust him and walk by faith. They looked back so that they could move forward.

God wants us to live today and to trust him with our future.  Maybe today you are in a place or a situation that has you out of you comfort zone?  Maybe you are in a situation that you don't see a way out and you just wish things could be like they once were?  Maybe you are in a struggle and it seems hopeless?  No matter what you are going through I encourage you to trust not in what you know about your situation, but what you know about your God.  It is time to take a step of faith.  It is time for you to grow Spiritually.  Look back at other times in your life that you have trusted God and remember God's faithfulness and that God got you though them.  Look back and remember that God is faithful and has never let you down.  Look back.  Not to hold on and wish you could go back or just stay, but to take the step of faith that is needed to move forward.  Look back to be encouraged.  Look back to be inspired.  Look back to reminded of the power of the God that is with you and leading you into what lies ahead for you.

Each time that we take a step of faith, trusting God, we are blessed.  Each time we grow.  Each time God is faithful to keep his promise.  Each time we are able to do what we could never do under our own power.  Each time we discover a future that we never even dreamed was possible.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

1 comment:

rsctt603 said...

Thank you for your thoughts, brother


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