Hey everyone!! I just wanted to share my devotional that I received yesterday. It hit home for me especially since I been dealing with issues from my past. Hope ya’ll enjoy! God bless! ~Venus
“No Progress” by G. Craige Lewis
Phil. 3:13 – ‘…….but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’
One of the worst feelings we experience in our walk with Christ is the feeling of making no progress! You know the one……when you look around and see the same negative friends, the same negative situations, always going back to the same stuff that messed us up before. It makes you feel like you are at a standstill or sometimes even worse, you are going backwards. God does not go backwards! When you are going backwards and reaching for the stuff that was unfruitful in the first place, you are not following God. If you are going back and finding yourself in the same old fellowships with unfruitful works of darkness, things that brought you hurt before, you are not following the course God set for you. If it seems oh so familiar and it was hurtful the first few times, why in the world are you doing it again? God wants to move you forward, not backwards. Why would you allow the enemy to constantly pull you into your past and stop your progress? Let go of those silly things that brought you false security and grab hold of your future in Christ. It’s finally time for you to move forward.
And don’t think about searching out your past hurts and trying to go back into your childhood to find peace about certain issues and situations. God never told us that the answer to our issues are in our past hurts but the answers are in HIM. God can make a new creature out of you without you ever revisiting the old hurts and pains of your childhood or youth. Whatever happened to you is done and gone and all you need to do is make sure you are not harboring unforgiveness or hatred in your heart about it. Once you have forgiven and been delivered from it, you can move forward and never have to go back and deal with it again. I don’t believe we should ever go back into our childhood searching for answers to our grown up issues. Forget that mess! Let God heal you in the now and work with who you are now! You have been reborn and remade so your childhood is irrelevant at this point. Trust in his power to move you forward in life and not go backwards. If you want to progress in him, you have to keep moving forwards. Don’t let the enemy stop your forward progress by causing you to revisit your past. You are healed of that, and God has forgotten it, and you should be trying your best to live past it and not with it! Then you will see the fruits of forward motion in your life and be able to minister healing to your own mind and heart when it tries to creep up again. Stay focused on your forward motion and don’t look back. If you keep looking back, you will never truly make any progress.
Suggested Reading: Psa. 103:12, 2Cor. 5:17, Gal. 5:1,
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