Awake and Arise - Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
I'm not sure if you have ever thought about this very much, but if you ever look down, which way do your feet point? What about your eyes? Which way do they look? What about your nose? Hopefully, most of you would say 'forward.' Could it be that God is telling us something? Try standing up and taking three steps forward. Now, without looking take three steps backward. Does it seem weird or uneasy when you step backwards? Of course it does! Friend, it's because God has uniquely designed and called you to move forward in Christ. This is the medicine that Paul prescribes and exhorts us to as followers of Christ.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The first part of this verse can easily read in the Greek 'Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended but one thing.' Wow! God says it all to us right here doesn't He? The unforgiveness, the dark past, that area you have messed up in last year, last month, last week or in the last five minutes can be repented of. We can begin moving forward toward Christ again.
When does your Battleground Road turn into Victory Street? As soon as your focus changes. Don't focus on unforgiveness, pain, the past, or what you don't have. Focus on your blessings from the Lord and all that He is and begin moving forward into what He has in store for your life.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.
Life Lesson: Focus on good things, the heavenly things and the eternal things.
Please forgive me when I have taken my focus off of moving forward toward You. Please forgive me when I fail at this and help me to trust in Your forgiveness for my past and focus on all the good You have given to me and the eternal and heavenly things that You desire for me. Give me Your grace to move forward in trusting in You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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