September 2, 2014 Don’t look back!

02 Sep

Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 137-139, 1 Corinthians 13

I wonder if Lot wished someone had told his wife those words as they were leaving Sodom? Remember what happened when the Lord rescued Lot and his family from Sodom? They were fleeing the city just before…

lots wifeThe LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah–from the LORD out of the heavens. Genesis 19:24 (NIV)

Just before the heavens let loose, the Lord sent an angel to lead them and save them from the destruction of the city. Sadly, while they were all running for their lives,

Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 (NIV)

Letting go of the past often means you can’t afford to look back, ever. Did Mrs. Lot leave a “lot” behind? (Sorry, I couldn’t help it!) Was she not ready to leave the past behind her? Did she not trust God’s leading? Did she want to stay in Sodom not believing that God was leading her to something greater? To greater blessing, greater joy, a better life?

Holding on to the past can be dangerous. Holding on to bad habits can be dangerous, especially when those bad habits are unhealthy or hurting ourselves and others. Any habit that keep us from living the life God has planned for us to live IN CHRIST is dangerous.

let goAre there dangerous habits in your life? (Remember, anything that keeps you from living a God-pleasing, God-blessed life is dangerous).

Are you seeking pleasures that are keeping you from seeking God’s best?

Are you living a destructive life that is taking away from what God has in store for you? It’s not just actions that are destructive, our thoughts can be equally destructive and dangerous. Here is a truth we may often struggle to believe…

You won’t miss the old if the new is better than what you left behind. But you’ll never know until you do!

Before Joshua and Caleb came into the Promised Land they had to trust God and cross the river first.
Leaving the old behind often requires faith. When they entered the Promised Land, they knew there were enemies to conquer, and that required faith in God. Admittedly, they had seen the power of God in Egypt at the Red Sea, and for the past 40 years in the wilderness. So when they came into the Promised Land, God had already demonstrated his trustworthy track record. And what was true for them is even more true for us…

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

We have the ENTIRE history of the Old and New Testament written down for us. God’s record stands firm. His Word and promises are true. We have the cross before our eyes and, just like Joshua and Caleb, we must choose to trust God and follow His leading. We have to believe that God, who loves us enough to offer His only Son on the cross…

…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

faith isMoving forward requires faith.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Faith in God. Faith IN CHRIST.

…and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) 9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 2 Peter 2:7-9 (NIV)

Jesus …said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Whatever is holding you back, God won’t turn His back on You. He made a way out for you. That way is IN CHRIST.

May Your peace, O God, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. Help us, Holy Spirit to know whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable. Help us, Holy Spirit to think about such things so that whatever we have learned or received or heard we may put into practice. And may Your peace, God our Father, be with us in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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