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May 16, 2014

May 16, 2014

"Avoiding the Rearview Mirror"

“Put your heart right, Job.  Reach out to God….then face the world again, firm and courageous.  Then all your troubles will fade from your memory, like floods that are past and remembered no more.”

Job 11: 13, 15 – 16 GNT

You can learn a lot by looking at your past.  You’ve heard the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”  That’s true, but it’s only part of the story.  You can’t heal the costly wounds in your life by focusing on your past alone.  To defeat those giants, you’ll have to look ahead, too.

When we try to find healing by looking in the rearview mirror it normally doesn’t happen.  You’re more likely to crash.  Did you hear what God said to Job?  “Face the world again, firm and courageous then your troubles will fade from your memory.”

What steps do you need to take to do that?

1.  Put your heart right.  Do what’s right, no matter what the other person does.  It’s always right to forgive those who’ve hurt you.

2.  Reach out to God.  Invite Jesus into every room of the house of your heart.  A lot of times we invite Him to be a part of our life but we don’t want Him to be in every part.

3.  Face the world again.  Don’t hide in a shell or a hole so you don’t get hurt again.  Move forward; learn to live.

Your past is not your future.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or who has done it to you.  Throughout scripture, God forgives people of great sins and He uses them to do His work in the world.

You have a great future ahead of you.  Put your heart right, reach out to God and face the world again. Then let God do something incredible through you.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don