Birthdays allow us the privilege of looking at where you have evolved from and what you have developed into. Most of us give God the glory, praise, and thanks while others attribute it to what they did or what some earthly person did. Some say it’s luck to live to see another birthday.Unfortunately most people give credit to everything and everyone except the one who can literally take your breath away and not just for a moment but forever. On my birthday I looked back and just had to thank God for the amount of times he saved my butt from death and destruction, so that I am alive to celebrate another day, much less a birthday (that’s my bonus).
Most people like to tell folks not to look back, but it’s what you are looking back at. Are you looking at how God brought you through or over the hump, or are you still in the hump trying to figure your way out? Are you looking at the faith you had to move the mountain and developing the confidence to do it again? Are you looking at the size of the mountain, or the God who made the mountain? The God who gave you His son(Jesus), who tells you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, that you can move a mountain. Take a look back at Luke 17:19-20…
“Afterwards the disciple asked Jesus privately, ‘Why couldn’t we cast out the demons?’ You didn’t have enough faith, Jesus told them, I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to the mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it would move, nothing would be impossible.” So what are you looking back at? The hurt and pain or the solution to the hurt and pain. Folks you have to look back in the Bible to see how Jesus and the others did it. Hebrews 11 gives you a summary of a few of them. If you are looking back, look back to gain strength, to encourage yourself, to know you can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you(Philippians 4:13).
Looking back I can rejoice and give God the praise, glory, and thanks, for never leaving or forsaking me, for waking me up every morning to see another day and for keeping me in perfect peace, because I kept my mind on Him. Five decades later, I can say I survived because He kept me. So on December 12th, my birthday, He sent me this message from Romans 12:1-2 and Romans 12:12. To continue to present my body as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable unto God, which is a reasonable service; and not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, so that I will be able to know what His good, acceptable and perfect will is for the rest of my life…
Then in Romans 12:12, it says that I should rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and continue instant in prayer. That was God’s text message to me about my future when I look back at His word in the Bible. When was the last time you looked back in God’s word for a message He has for you? So how will you know what to do if you don’t look in His word? How will you know the things He did for you? How will you know who to follow or listen to? Take this opportunity and get to know God and His son (Jesus). Go to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions.
Then don’t stop there, find a church that knows and follows the God of the universe through His son Jesus.May God give you the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to make the right decisions and keep and guide you in all truth in Jesus name, Amen.
Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the Immortal, Invisible, the Only Wise God, be glory, praise, honor, and thanks for using me to inform His children that they should look back at Jesus’s examples and follow them because He gave us the victory and power over the enemy (Luke 10:19). Lets exercise it and evict the enemies of God out of our lives in Jesus name.Amen.