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Focus On What’s Ahead

 

(Philippians 3:13-14) “Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus.”

(Isaiah 43:19) “Watch! I’m about to carry out something new! And now it’s springing up—don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the wilderness and paths in the desert.”

 

 

One cannot drive a car by only looking at the rearview mirror, you have to keep your focus on the road ahead. The only reason to look behind you is when you want to make a change in your speed, direction or just to make sure you are aware of what is around you. It is for precaution that you look back, not for direction.

Most of us live focusing on our past mistakes, past victories, and what others have said about us, either good or bad. We have forgotten that we need to move forward with God’s plan and to put our faith in His promises, His rewards, and His purpose for our lives. We only need to look back for precaution so that we don’t make the same mistakes, but not for direction as God might do things differently as we mature in our walk with Christ.

Joseph has to be sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused, and sent to prison where he was forgotten for years, and then finally he became prosperous and entered God’s plan. All David had to do was to defeat Goliath and He immediately entered his days of glory. Sure he had a season of being on the run because of Saul, but he already knew he was to be the next king.

By insisting that God does things for us the way He did in the past, we indirectly try and put God in a box. His promise is that there are things that eyes have not seen and ears have not heard about the great things God is doing for us. He loves to do new things and to surprise us beyond our expectations. Sure, He might do the same miracle again for you, but it’s better if He does it His way.

Peter denied Christ three times in his past, but his future was bright and he was used to bring thousands to Christ in one setting. David eventually ended up committing adultery and even plotting murder, but God continued to use him to write Psalms, to conquer the enemy and it was David who prepared all the material and got the designs for Solomon’s temple.

 

 

Your last chapter has not been written yet. Don’t worry about how things were done in the past. Look ahead to the wonderful thing God is about to do for you now, which will leave everyone astonished.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, Your mercy toward me is great. Lord, You command Your loving kindness in the day time. Your loving kindness is better than life.
• Thank You, Father, that You make all things new for us.
• Thank You, that there is so much more we can learn about You and so much more we can expect from You.
• Forgive us for always trying to do things the same way as in the past because of our fear of change.
• Forgive us for depending on our past victories only, when You have prepared so much more for us.
• Give us today the desire to expect a new thing, greater things, and amazing things that will bring glory to Your name.
• We declare that we will be renewed today in our vision for the future and our expectations from You.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Andrei Crasto
    6 July 2023 @ 16:09

    Very inspiring

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