THE PAST IS GONE!
Isaiah 43:18-19 (18) – “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. (NIV)
Every season represents another opportunity. What you do today is what counts because yesterday is history. Whatever loss or success you experienced in the past should not affect your productivity or how do you work towards perfection if you do not learn and make God your guiding compass.
Indeed, you might have failed repeatedly in that project, made mistakes in the choice of marriage, and wasted time in the wrong career. But wait! Have you not heard of Paul, who spent several years on an anti-Christ mission, persecuting the Christians? Thankfully, after he encountered Jesus, he was transformed. He began to use the same energy, with even more power, to propagate the gospel. To date, Paul is one of the greatest apostles and wrote most books of the new testament (1 Corinthians 15:9-10). Have you also been promised marriage but jilted, which has left you thinking of where to start? You need to lean on God, let go and move on, as our Bible reading admonishes us (God can give you a fresh beginning).
Beloved, whatever might have happened in the timeline of your life, be it your poor background or abuse that you find hard to forgive, please bury the hatchet (Matthew 18:21-22). Let the Holy Spirit work in you to quench the pains and your panting for rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Finally, be optimistic; open your eyes to opportunities. It is a new day with a glorious future, and your best is yet to come!
Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour – Annie S. Hawks & Robert Lowry (1872)
1. Thank God for the good, bad, and ugly.
2. Father, help me to live my life one day at a time and to forge ahead beyond my pasts.
1. Father, grant me the grace to forgive all offences done against me.
2. In every unfavourable situation that I have found myself, Father, pull me out and into the limelight.
3. Father, please cause me, my family, and the Church to prosper in good works.
LOOK FORWARD, UP!
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