When I took my car to the mechanic today, I parked in a spot that looked out on the road I drove in on. When I looked the way I came, I was struck by the message on the sign saying “Wrong Way” (picture posted below).
Because I was looking back where I had come from, the following scripture came to mind:
“…one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b-14)
If you have given your life to Christ, do not look back on your old life, your old habits or old mindsets. Things like regret, condemnation, bad choices and harmful associations belong in your rear-view mirror. Looking back will not take you in the right direction…the righteous direction. Keep your eyes on Jesus and keep walking forward…He will lead you in the way you should go!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:1-2a)
Come home and spend time with Him.
The word posted below spoke to me, reminding me of the joy and the peace that comes from spending time in my Father’s presence. I miss the intimacy of His love when I become too busy to do anything but check-in every now and then.
Forgive me Lord- thank you for drawing me back to the secret place, to the cleft in the rock. I am yours and You are mine.
“Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.” Song of Solomon 2:3
“Come now, My people, let us meet together. Let us communicate once again as we used to. Come to Me and talk with Me and express yourself to Me. For, the things that you are troubled with I already know of. But, if you can give them to Me then I can work with them. I can do something with them and I can bring them out of your sphere and into Mine. So, again I say, let us talk. Let us once again enjoy one another’s company in sweet conversation. As I speak to you, you will be strengthened. You will be encouraged. The word that I speak to you will become fresh manna and it will become the strength of your purpose in these days. Come in faith, says the Lord.”
(posted February 11, 2017 from The Trumpet, Bill Burns ~ Faith Tabernacle in Kremmling, CO)