Remember what happened to Lot's wife – Luke 17:32
As I come to the end of 2014 there is a tendency to stop and take a look back over the highs and lows of the past twelve months. This time last year I posted my highlights of 2013 and over the past few days I have been enlightened on Facebook with a kaleidoscope of some of my friend’s 2014.
Thinking about 2014, one verse from Luke keeps coming back into my mind, “Remember what happened to Lot's wife.” Most of us know the story, God told Lot and his family not to look back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Lots wife unfortunately did glance back and she was reduced to a pile of salt. The temptation not to look back proved too great, because in reality the desire of her heart was still with the burning cities. If she would have kept her eyes focussed on the future, on the road ahead, she would carried on walking into all God had for her.
We too have a choice we can look back on our failures and fears, on the times of regret and missed opportunities and be captive to another year of the past in our lives or we can recognise the bad times, cast them into the ocean of God’s mercy and move on into all God has for us in 2015.
The enemy would try to hold us captive to the past, the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to scare us and distract us away from all we have in Christ.
So as we come to end 2014 and start 2015 let us:-
- 1. Remember the victories and meditate on God’s faithfulness
- 2. Forget and destroy the memories of failures, God does not remember or recall them neither should you.
- 3. Remove the focus from the past
- 4. Remove the distractions of the world and listen to the whisper of his voice
- 5. Delight in the lord with all your heart
Let our focus and eyes be on God and the finished work on Christ because all the promises of God are yes and Amen In Christ and:-
- 1. He is faithful to His word
- 2. He is patient, not impulsive or hasty
- 3. His voice will always leave us with hope, not discouragement or depression
- 4. His voice instils confidence, not fear or intimidation
- 5. He will never leave us, he is with us every moment, every second of every day.
He has promised to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that works in us, and let 2015 be an ever increasing opportunity to experience the grace of God overflowing in our lives.
So here is my 5 little heart exercises to mediate on as I start the New Year: -
- 1. Enjoy and abide in the presence of God
- 2. Keep a “YES” in your spirit to God at all times
- 3. Get rid of “Never” from your vocabulary with God
- 4. God trusts you, act like He spoke to you.
- 5. Keep your eyes on Jesus, Keep your heart open to people and keep your focus off yourself.