Daily Devotional – 3/24/14 “Stop turning around!”

The only way you’re going to move forward, you have to stop looking back. Yea, I understand you’ve been through some things but if you’ve made it through, the only way you go back through them is if you turn around and go back. Please understand, you will go through other things and some may even seem similar to what you’ve already been through but it won’t be the same. I mean, no one has ever said it’s easy to walk straight with your head turned looking back yet you continue to try and then wonder why you keep walking into dead end situations. You’re looking back and then question God on why YOU keep bumping your own head. Don’t you know the bible says in Philippians 3:12-14 (King James), “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: 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.” Oh, but The Message Bible says it like this, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back.”

So, why keep going back to that same dead end relationship when you’ve already been bought out of it? Why do you keep harping on the fact that you used to be addicted to this or that when you’ve been delivered from it? Why do you keep going back down the same road that God has closed when He closed it for a purpose? For 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.” See, if you’ve placed your hand on God (the plow) then you should know that Isaiah 43:18 says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.” Yes, your past experiences make way for your present but leave them in the past because they can’t hurt you unless you open the door to let them in. The past is behind you so stop turning around to go get it. Live in your now and make it better, no make it greater than anything you’ve been through. Stop turning around when all you need is right in front of you!

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