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No matter how BIG the glasses,IT won’t be any clearer:)

How often is it difficult for us not to look back on our past?

nerdy-girl             And even more difficult to look forward to our future?

 

 

 

 

This question comes after several encounters this week with other believers.

We can feel as if we are in a place that seems so unfamiliar to us. At times,
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we may even long to go back to the familiarity of when life was comfortable for us!

PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14

12 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.
13 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,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul said his goal was to know Christ, to be like Christ, and to be all Christ has in mind for him. This goal absorbed all his energy. This is an example for us. We should not let anything take our eyes off our goal-Christ.
Paul had reason to feel sorrow about the past-he held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 7:57, 58), he is called Saul here). Most of us do not have the type of guilt that Paul had due to his past when he was a persecutor of Christians. We all have done things for which we are ashamed. Because our hope is in Christ, however, we can let go of the past guilt, as well as the comforts of familiarity and look forward to what He will help us become. We should not dwell on what we had (that which we thought was so good), instead, grow in the knowledge of God by concentrating on our relationship with Him now.

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FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: We know that we are forgiven, and then we move on to a life of faith and obedience. We need to look forward to a fuller and more meaningful life because of our hope in Christ. He has the BEST PLAN FOR US!Ph.3.12.14-224x300c5dedfbdd02f26863e9afa85b2ae5bf5

Let’s start living the life that Christ wants us to have today and every day! 🙂 No looking back…only FORWARD FOR HIM:) Take the first step!

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6 thoughts on “No matter how BIG the glasses,IT won’t be any clearer:)

  1. Amen! Philippians 3:8-14 is VERY dear to me: it was one of multiple clear words the Holy Spirit gave me as He called me to retire (at a young age) from the practice of medicine (which had taken such great time and effort) in order to give my attention to prayer and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4, which was another key word, along with Colossions 1:28-29).
    Thank you again for your video post about Psalm 119; of course I was blessed to review it upon the Holy Spirit’s prompting via you. 😊❤️

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  2. Wonderful !!I retired too just a year ago and I miss a lot of the perks that went along with my job, but like you, I feel that God has called me to work Spiritually harder and not as physically hard:) Now to keep my focus on the goal and prize that He has. I thank you so very much for your encouraging words. Positive feedback certainly makes us feel like we are indeed a step in His right direction. I’ve never blogged or videoed before so the devil like to whisper that ‘it’s silly’ But I believe that God is using this site as an encouragement to others and that is the Goal:)) God Bless you as you do His Work too:)!! Thanks for your support!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your writing! Living in the present moment is often a challenge for me. And yet, it is the present moment that is God’s gift!

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  4. Brittany on said:

    Reminds me of one of my favorite songs-“I have decided to follow Jesus!” And I am ready to move my feet! Amen!

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