My study of spirit and soul may continue next week. I had to write on this topic today.
For those of us who’ve submitted ourselves to God, have received Jesus and His Holy Spirit within our hearts and are allowing the Holy Spirit to change us from glory to glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:18 below); while at the same time really trying to change our life styles and circumstances, we ought to print the words “Don’t Look Back!” on something really large as a daily reminder. How many times a day do I endure thoughts that bring me down? I can’t tell you.
I have to say “Get behind me, in Jesus’ name” all day long! Every day there are reminders of every type. Things I see, hear, and smell remind me of painful events in my past, and they pull me down from an otherwise good mood, and so I tell myself “Don’t Look Back!
I speak the Words, “I am a new creature in Christ, my past is gone!” This is based on the following Scripture: “17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
My Lord is changing me, and the past has no hold on me or my emotions. I am free in Christ Jesus! Hallelujah! I can rejoice with the joy of our Lord!
“18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”. 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Lord reminds me quite often that He’s in control of me and the entire world! People think the devil is in control, but he only has the slack God has given him. God can yank his head and mountains, too, for that matter, when He wants to shift things to accomplish His purpose. Those of us who are walking in the Spirit know that.
And what better reminder (to not look back) than what was written in Isaiah 43:18-19 “18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
What I get from this is “Don’t Look Back!” Also, our great God can do anything, and even if it looks as bleak as a dry desert, God can put a river flowing in it; or a road through cedars and cliffs. He can move mountains, causing them to tumble down or erupt in a new place by “acts of God!” Insurance companies even recognize Him in their policy clauses~!
If we have our faith in Him and are also seeking Him through prayer, reading of His Word and actually applying Jesus’ teachings to our daily lives, He surely blesses us and hears our prayers because we’re made righteous through our faith in Christ Jesus.
Luke 18:7 “7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”
When we look back we are often discouraged and saddened by our mistakes, pain from others, and perhaps even tempted to fall back into the old life of addictions and hardships. How can we think it’s easier? Because our friends (and family) may be back there? But the Lord gives us new friends and grafts us into His family, when we receive Jesus. He gave me many new friends in Christ and I’m so blessed to know them, because they pray for me and my family! Thank you, if you’re one of my friends who have prayed for us.
In Luke 17:32 Jesus said “Remember Lot’s wife.”
Genesis 19:17 “ 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”
You see, the angels told them not to look behind them. Jesus said “remember Lot’s wife.”
Genesis 19:24-26 “24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”
Don’t let the devil steal your new found joy in our Lord by reminding you of sorrow or guilt. Don’t look back! Rely on God, who never sleeps, to make a road in the wilderness and a river in your desert.
Psalm 121:3 “3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.”