Don’t Look Back

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Don’t Look Back

It is easy to become attached to things, people, and places. We often become “used to” our affiliations and even some of our circumstances. If we are not careful, we allow those people and things to become a part of who we are. They begin to define us or cause us to feel lost without them; all making it harder to move on, depart from, and truly let go. God wants to inform you today that as His child there are some people, places, and things that He wants to pull you away from. Though physically it may hurt and you don’t understand, God knows the bigger picture. He has more in store for you; bigger, better, and a blessing to you spiritually that will manifest physically if you endure, follow Him, and believe. Not all things or people in your life can go with you on the journey that God has planned for you. Don’t get too attached because when God decides to move you forward…when He says that it’s time for the relationship to end…when His plan requires you to move out of your comfort zone or your familiar territory…when His will causes you to have to let go of certain people, places, and things, you must do what sayeth the Lord. You must count up the cost and choose to lose your life (as you know it) and gain so much more in Christ Jesus. Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it’s the plans and purpose of the Lord that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).

Jesus saves. He saves you from sin, He saves you from yourself, and He wants to continuously save you from hurt, harm, and danger. What looks good in your eyes God may see as harmful or potentially dangerous. Therefore, He saves you from it. In the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, God is planning on destroying the city due to its wicked and evil influences. However, before the destruction God wanted to rescue or save Lot, Abraham’s nephew and his family. The instruction was for Lot to take his wife and two daughters out of the city or they would be swept away with it. The instructions were to “Flee for their lives, not to look back, and not to stop anywhere in the plain” (Genesis 19:17). God was protecting them. He warned them that if they chose not to flee, that they too would be swept away. But specifically they were told to not look back.

Know that God wants to take you higher. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has plans for us, plans that are good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope. In order to reach our destination in Christ, we cannot keep looking back to our past. We can no longer hold on to what He wants to save us from. What are you holding on to that may be hindering your growth and promises of God? What is it that God has delivered you from yet you looked back, as Lots wife causing her turn into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26), and now witness that your life is at a standstill or downward spiral? Praise God that because of Jesus on Calvary and His rising from the grave that we are now under His grace. If you know that you have looked back, confess and repent today. My prayer for you is that you are able to move forward in God’s victory and promises for your life; that your eyes will be open to see His best and for your heart to know that you deserve nothing but that.

In running this good race of life, do not allow anyone or anything to cut in on you and keep you from obeying the truth; for that does not come from God (Galatians 5:7-8). We must live out our inner beauty and adhere to God’s instructions whether we understand them or not. Lot’s wife failed to follow the instruction and it caused her, her life. I leave you with this Scripture and pray that it will penetrate your heart; therefore encouraging you to continue to move forward and not to look back. Blessings!

Hebrews 12:1-3, “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (NIV).

~Alexis Piper~
Beauty Untold Founder
www.beautyuntold.org
Live Your Inner Beauty Out Loud!

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