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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stop Looking Back!

How many of you heard of the story in the bible where Angels rescued a man named Lot from Sodom & Gomorrah?  God was putting the city's to destruction because of their detestable ways. The angels rescued Lot, his wife and two daughters from the city before the destruction.

Book of Genesis chapter 19
17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

When God is making a prepared way for you (out of Danger, into a better place from which you are coming from) he is instructing us to trust him!  

What looking back might feel or look like

1) We doubt that God has put to destruction the past - questioning can we go back? 
2) We doubt that God has prepared a better place for us 
3) We show God that we don't trust him 
4) It shows us the deepest desires of our hearts (the past is almost always full of failures, wrongs and sinful mistakes) yet there is power in the old way of life. Not all power is good. We tend to enjoy doing things that make us feel bad, despite if they are morally wrong for us.

 God has prepared a special straight path for you. It's a circumcised path.  Angels may be put in your path to save you from the past? God has moving you in a spiritually stronger position to live out his personal will for your life. 

We are called to abide in God's Love and follow Jesus without hesitation. 

How might looking back at all your past be affecting your life? Not only do you die spiritually but you die in the flesh too. How can you move forward into full life and fullness of love if you are always thinking of your past? How might this be affecting your current relationships or friendships? How might this be affecting your ability to be an effective partner? I can't believe I just wrote effective partner when it comes to marriage, but that's actually what you become when actually willingly engage with your partner and leave the past behind you! Are those harbored emotions causing you to overeat? Become Careless or carefree with your body? Are you simply existing and going through the motions of life because you keep looking back? 

Challenge yourselves today. Is there a person, event or situation from your past that you keep looking back on? How might overcoming this impact your life now? 

 Luke 9:62
  Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

Philippians 3:13
  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

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