Lost In The Past

We, humans, often spend more time dwelling on the past than focusing on the day or planning for the future.

Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26. He destroyed the city behind them and instructed them to move on, leave the past behind. All too often we are frozen in our past.

In Philippians 3:13, Paul said, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”

Looking back to gain perspective, acknowledge wrongdoing to learn how to avoid it in the future is beneficial. Looking back to good memories is beautiful. Looking back to define who you once were is debilitating, and in some respects, you are no better off than Lot’s wife.

It is difficult to change how we perceive our life, no matter what our past offered, it is easier to stay in the muck and mire than forge into the unknown. The Egyptians cried out to the Lord, ”why did you bring us out to the desert to die?” Exodus 14:11. They were not focusing on the day and looking at how the day is preparing them for the promised land. The Israelites were only focusing on loss. Our hope is in today. Our faith equips us for the promised land, our tomorrow.

We should fight to release old characteristics that defined us, look to today and live the life the Lord provided for us. Honor God. Rely on Him. Define your life by who He says you are today, not who you were yesterday. Develop new habits, change your approach. Don’t give away your power to your past. Don’t live in the rearview mirror. Don’t look back for direction into the now and your future.

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Rotating Sphere, Depiction of the Chaos in Life

The rotating sphere is an example of our life. Things have symmetry, they function in syncopation, and they do not slow down. It is our responsibility to discipline ourselves to step away.

It is vitally important that we take time out of our day to communicate with the Lord in prayer. He provides our symmetry, syncopation, and flow.

The absence of prayer leads to chaos in our lives, we are not anchored by the Lord’s plan for our lives. The evil one works to speed up the rotation of our lives and the force pulls us from all that we know.

After Jesus dismissed the crowd, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Matthew 14:23

The crowd can be compared to the chaos that is rotating around us today. While the crowd was there to hear him, they also took his energy. Long days, little rest or quiet weakens our relationship with the Lord. Jesus found it necessary to escape to regain balance. We must do the same to remain sane and maintain a healthy dialogue with our Lord.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solidarity place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

Jesus knew prayer anchored him to his Father. Throughout the Bible, there are instances where Jesus and his disciples began their day in quiet communion with God. He knew the importance of removing himself from his work to commune with his Father in whom he gained strength, guidance, and direction.

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father. Matthew 6:6

Practice breaking away from life in the rotating sphere of chaos. Prayer strengthens your relationship with the Lord and unlocks the truth in the Bible.

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Relationship Balance

So many marriages and partnerships fail today because we run astray of their intent. Marriages and partnerships are negotiated like business deals. Love and commitment only survive as long as the ‘deal’ supports the contract. When situations arise that are not part of the deal, people bail out, unwilling to sit down and work through life’s challenges. I am reading a 6 Day Devotional Plan in Bible.com entitled, What Hinders Answers to Your Prayer by Dr. Michael Youssef, ltw.org.

I married in the early 1970’s when marriage was neither binding or eternal. ‘Shacking’ or cohabiting, going to the justice of the peace, or marrying in a church were one and the same. Relationships were negotiated, the commitment was agreed upon, and partner swapping and multiple partners were embraced as a part of the times. Communal living was part of the acceptable experimental norm. Walking away was written in as an accepted norm.

Our society, the human community, has suffered dramatically from this breakdown. Today, more than 40% of marriages (in the US) end in divorce. In 2012, the average marriage lasted 8 years.

I feel we should all read this devotional study, if for no other reason than referring to it as a reminder of who we are in Christ and the expectations for our lives.

The Delicate Balance
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave the first man an incredible gift: a wife. She was the one who fit him perfectly – custom-designed by God to be his ultimate partner in life. But marriage is not automatic. It must be maintained. Husbands and wives must live out their callings as God intends. Otherwise, things get off-balance, and it’s not only the marriage relationship that suffers.

It’s a delicate balance in a Christian marriage, like a chemical formula. Husbands are to love their wives sacrificially, and wives to submit to their loving sacrifice willingly. If these two ingredients are not balanced, the marriage relationship gets out of whack. And sometimes a mistake in the formula can burn the whole chemistry set. Peter counsels husbands to guard this delicate balance “so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7).

It’s not only the marriage relationship that suffers when we abandon God’s design. The husband’s relationship with God suffers, and so does his wife’s.

Back in the Garden, we see this very scenario play out. When Satan spins his lies and tempts Eve to taste the forbidden fruit, where is Adam? The Bible tells us he is right beside his wife (Genesis 3:6)!

Adam knew God’s command and the consequences of their failure. To love his wife like Christ, Adam needed to confront the serpent and his lies and remind Eve of God’s goodness. But Adam failed her. What was the result? They lost the close relationship with God that they had enjoyed in the Garden.

Satan is powerless if we will keep our eyes on Jesus. But if we allow the enemy to gain a foothold in any part of our lives, including marriage, our relationship with God will suffer.

Husbands, are you loving your wives as Christ loved the church? Wives, are you submitting to your husbands, as you do to the Lord? If your relationship is not being lived out according to God’s design, ask for His forgiveness and take the necessary steps to bring your relationship into alignment with His will. As soon as repentance, confession, and restoration of that marriage formula takes place, joy is restored. And you can be confident that your relationship is not a hindrance, but a gateway to communion with your heavenly Father.

Prayer: Father, show me the ways in which I need to nurture my marriage and restore and maintain the beautiful, delicate balance that You have designed. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“To this, you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

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Ask. Seek. Find. Receive.

We all communicate with God through prayer, petitioning/asking Him for things to meet our needs, but what does the scripture really mean? I think we read these scriptures incorrectly. We assume we can ask for material things, that God is a box store like Macy’s or Harrod’s, or Amazon online. We read it in a secular sense and respond in a secular sense.

We often approach God asking like children with the ‘give me’s’, you know – ‘give me this, give me that.’ The truth is, prayer is the basis for approaching our Lord and asking for his mercy and his grace. It is a spiritual dialogue. Matthew 6:25- 33, paraphrased, says do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. We cannot add a single hour to our lives through worry. Our Father knows what we need. He created us before the earth and all that is on it. He knew us before we were born. He knows our destiny and the exploration of our life. There is little need to make these types of requests if we do not first seek the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. If we begin in faith, all the things we need will be given to us.

If we ask according to the will of God in the name of Christ, under the direction, guidance, and influence of the Spirit, in faith and fear, with submission to the divine will, we shall have what we ask for, not because we deserve it, but as a gift from God. God’s gifts are in reference to our needs, as he sees them, not necessarily what we want. The two are not necessarily synonymous.

“God will always give us good things. Our job is to understand what is good so that we know what to ask for. The natural mind cannot understand this. But, when we offer ourselves as “a living sacrifice” and are transformed by the renewing of our minds, then we “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1–2). Then, asking for what we need in faith, we will have all we need for life and godliness and fullness of joy (John 16:24).” [Gotquestions.org] The scripture, knocking, seeking, finding and receiving is so much more than crying out to meet our daily needs, though if our wants are in line with His needs to move us forward, they will be granted.

The key is – When we seek God’s face and favor in prayer, we shall find Him. When we knock, we are knocking at the door of mercy; faith is our door knocker. When the door is opened, we receive God’s grace and mercy used to assist us in time of need. Seeking is the object of our prayer. The door that is opened, is the door to our salvation.

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Scripture – Bible.com; Crosswalk.com

Resources – studylight.org/commentary/Matthew/7-8;Bible.com/Matthew/6:25-33; gotquestions.org/What did Jesus mean when He said, “Ask and you shall receive”?

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Is The Last Word That Important

Learning to humble ourselves is a task. It takes effort and willingness to place ourselves second, even when we feel justified to do otherwise. We are not floor mats, but it is not always necessary to make a statement or get in the final word. Ego is destructive. I wish I listened to my Mother and learned this earlier in life. My path would have been much more pleasant and calm. Bold egos make for brash people. Egos do not honor God when not kept in check. To honor God means, not thinking we are more than we are. Set aside self-righteous pride. Live in peace, peace of mind, peace of position, peace that is greater than our understanding.

A bit of History

I visited Stonehenge yesterday. Learned it is part if a cultural practice. Stonehenge represents the end of life, there is a corresponding Woodhenge, recently uncovered, representing the beginning of life. Both are believed to be part of an annual cultural practice. People traveled from near and far to honor new birth and bury the bones of those that died during the year, thus the end of the theory regarding aliens.

Stonehenge was built in phases over many centuries. It is now believed to be 4,000 years old. Archeologists found human bones and teeth from the Neolithic period. Another tidbit, the Romans conquered the area for a time.

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