Your Past is not Your Future
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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NIV)
Analyzing the past in an attempt to protect yourself from being hurt in the future never works. The only One who can properly guard and protect you is God.
It is so easy to believe that we can handle our own trials; it is easy to believe that our problems are too specific, or too insignificant, for God to get involved.
But we can’t dwell on a problem, past or present, and hope for an answer to appear. We must take our problems to the only One who has the answers: Jesus.
Do not let the enemy deceive you into believing that your problem is too big or unique for God. God sees our trials. He knows our pain. And He so enjoys turning our wastelands into fertile plains.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
It is time to let go of your own plans and take hold of God’s promises. Do not settle down into the dust of your past any longer.
There is no problem—past, present, or future—that God can’t handle. Do you believe this?
Adapted from Out of Control and Loving it! (Charisma House, 2006)
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