This is apart of a series on change. See last five days to catch up on this topic!
Philippians 3:13 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
In Genesis 19:17 the angel told Lot, his wife, and children to run for their lives and don’t look back or stop anywhere! It wasn’t to hurt them but to save them from the destruction that was to hit Sodom and Gomorrah. In verse 26 it was recorded that Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt, all because she was unwilling to walk away from her past entirely.
I read in one of my study bibles “you can’t make progress with God as long as you are holding on to pieces of your old life”. This could be bad habits, sin, people, jobs, places, or anything God has told you to walk away from. This is so
true and I have experienced this in so many ways whether it was letting go of a relationship, organization, or even a stable job.
A couple of years ago I was led to leave my home church, which I was overly involved in. There was no big reason for it besides God saying you’re done there. Although I was obedient and left physically, mentally I remained there for at least a year and a half before I was able to fully release. Then and only then was I able to start accepting reasons God had me move and where He was trying to take me. Then and only then was I able to appreciate where He moved me and the people who were there. And then and only then did He start revealing my gifts and how I would begin to use them to fulfill my purpose for Him.
It wasn’t until I stopped looking back in longing desire of what I could have been missing that I was able to step into another realm of what I was really missing. Into a place God wanted for me and needed for me to be in order to flow in the authority He has given me. Looking back kept me stagnant and I was no good to the kingdom or myself as if I had turned into a pillar of salt.
One of the hardest things about change is leaving what has made you comfortable for so long. Leaving friends, status or titles, significant others, jobs, material blessings, places of worship, and financial security could cause anyone to remain stuck even if they aren’t completely satisfied where they are. Because the known is comfortable and the unknown is scary!
But may I encourage you, if God is telling you to hurry and flee believe He sees what you really need and He will provide and protect you on your journey to the next place. Trust His sovereignty and run even when it hurts! The rewards are well worth it, even before they have fully unwrapped themselves! And who knows, it could very well save your life!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; shall you know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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