God tells us not to let our past hold us back from our future.
Matthew 10:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Jesus is sending out his disciples into a very hostile world and because of that He instructs them with these words. What an encouragement that is for you and I today. As He sends us out this tells me that in the midst of those pre-ordained appointments that God will set before us today and this week, we will find the Holy Spirit ready with the exact words that we will need. The Holy Spirit will be there with words of comfort and encouragement, words of truth and hope, words that are perfect for the situation in order to accomplish God’s will in that encounter.
So as you move into this week and God sets an appointment in front of you, be bold to seize it. You can know that God has orchestrated it and already has the words ready which you will need to accomplish His purpose in it.
Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14;
“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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul here tells us to forget what was behind, but is that really possible? Scientists tell us that we really never forget anything, that all our experiences are stored someplace within our brains. That is an amazing thing to consider and something that causes us to praise God for – we truly are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
That being said, how is it that we not let our past hold us back from our future. I believe as we move into 2015 that God has great opportunities planned for each of us. The problem with us seeing those opportunities in front of us is that many people are too busy looking backward. What Paul may be saying here is that we mustn’t let our past deter us from our future. Our past can either be an anchor which holds us back or a rudder which helps guide us forward.
Our past when put into proper perspective in light of what God is doing in our lives today can be a great strength to us. The question is are we looking forward or backward. My prayer is that as we move into this new year we would be fixing our eyes like laser beams upon Jesus Christ and all that He has for us. I pray that none of us miss the myriad of opportunities that God will put before us this year but rather that we will seize upon each one of them to bring Christ into the middle.
May this be a year where you grow closer to God than you have ever been and that you see life, others and opportunities through His eyes.