2019-09-25 - Keep Moving Forward
“I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be. I have not yet reached that goal, but I continue trying to reach it and to make it mine. Christ wants me to do that, which is the reason he made me his. Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above. All of us who are spiritually mature should think this way, too. And if there are things you do not agree with, God will make them clear to you.” (Philippians 3:13-15 NCV)
This week, moving forward toward to what is ahead has presented itself in movies, shows, songs, quotes used in my typing practice, and inspirational words from someone with whom I once worked. It may just be one of those scenarios like the mid-70’s Ford Pinto gas tank safety problems-not really given much thought until there is more of a reason to focus on it. In that case, the thought of a potential explosion in a rear-end collision had me and a lot of other people paying attention to them. And lately, moving forward, toward, what is next for me, has returned to the forefront of my mind during the last couple years - following recovery from my own surgeries, as well as those of my dear hubby.What were once reasons for not finding another avenue, knowing we needed to care for each other, could now easily turn into excuses to not be obedient to what I may be called to do next. If we find ourselves noticing themes of change coming up all around us, perhaps more diligently seeking wisdom with some action is the next right thing to do. And so prayer about where He wants me began again. With an educational background in Fine Art, and as the kids grew up, doing much of my work outside of the home in administrative support, it left me at a loss, for how to search. The prayers led me to a few online tests that would highlight strong skill areas that could be combined with my areas of interest. After a few application rejections, it occurred to me to focus on those results as part of the compass to my current destination of God’s will, rather than thinking of them as any personal failure.
The enemy wants us to look back and have regret about anything and everything. In short, he wants us to doubt who we are serving and forget what successes and joys have befallen us. And if we somehow imagine we are immune to it, then we need to review how Jesus, too, was subject to temptation.
“Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days, he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 2:4-8 KJV)
We are to take time to heal, so we can be our best in God’s service. Healing can entail spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects. If we ever find ourselves feeling a sense of overwhelming fear rather than healing - particularly emotionally - for an extended period beyond the normal scope of an illness, injury or loss, we should speak to a trained professional. The right guidance can help us return to the balance of a sound mind.(And not everyone heals at the same rate, or has the support they need to navigate through their situation.) The adversary wants to get us off course from God’s purpose. But keep in mind that God always wants the best for you, and he made you and me for a specific purpose in His plan. So anything that keeps us from moving forward, in the time we each need, is not helping us or His purpose for us.
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life, which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,”
God had the entire plan in mind, before the world began. Just thinking about that makes my heart overflow with love and amazement. And He knows just how much time all of it takes. He is the holder of all the minutes. I want to use the ones I have been given just as He intended me to use them.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted