Chris Underwood’s Encouragement note January 2019 b

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13, 14

Who does not remember looking or thinking back at what could have happened if I had made another choice?

What if I had swerve right instead slowing down when a car spun out of control toward me? (His car spun in a circle around me somehow)

Should I have been a world champion professional chess player instead of an engineer? (Maybe not)

Should I have eaten 20 White Castle burgers, and a large shake? (Probably not)

Did I really help or hurt the situation when I was talking with that person that I met one time and talked about God? (Will I ever know)

Chances are you and I have reminisced over the past 20 years, 2 years, 2 hours or 2 minutes on decisions either we made, or were made for us for better or worse. When those decisions led to sinful thoughts, words, or acts they can burden us until we fully release them to the Lord through repentance and confession.

One strategy of Satan is to use guilt of past and present sin to cause you and me to think we are not able to be forgiven so why try to repent, and why ask God to forgive and strengthen a loser like me?

The writers inspired to write the Gospel of Jesus Christ never would have been able live faithful Christian lives if the burden of the past was constantly staring them in the face.

Many others would not have been profitable in the church if the past paralyzed them: The apostle Paul who forced many into prison and death; the 11 apostles who abandoned Jesus on the night before he was crucified; the hundreds of disciples who did not come to the defense of the Lord for fear of the mobs, even though some had been healed, fed, and brought back to life.

You and I have human minds that cannot totally forget our past sins and successes in the past. Many former relatives, friends, neighbors may remember our past as well and they enjoy reminding us our weakness when living outside of Christ.

God has given us the tools so that we not dwell on the past and can enjoy the mercy granted to us as a chosen generation not living in darkness of disobedience. (1 Peter 2:9, 10)

Psalms 130 tells us “with the Lord there is mercy.”

If you are carrying a burden today, ask God for it to be lifted and walk with the joy of the Lord.

Let your day be full of prayer and love of the Lord for all he has done for all of us.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9, 10.

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