Oct 03 2014

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 4:15-16 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (NIV)

Well you might have noticed over the last few months I have not gotten as many devotions out as in the past.  And each day I don’t find or make the time to write devotions I feel as if satan is telling me once again “See I told you weren’t good enough”,  “It wouldn’t last”,  “You’re nothing more than a quitter”, “You don’t have what it takes” etc.  I believe one of satan’s greatest weapons he uses against us is to continuously remind us of our past and where we have failed or made mistakes. He wants to drag us back into the muck and mire of past hurts, shortcomings, disappointments, and failures in order to hinder, distract, discourage or derail what God is doing or has done in and through us. 

One of the other things satan is good at is busyness. If he is unable to change our mindset and drag us back into our past failures using them as an anchor he will fill our lives with busyness. And if you are like me or a lot of other people I know, what is the first thing we usually let slide if there are more tasks in the day than there are hours in the day? I’ll let you answer that question for yourself, but for me I know it affects the time I spend with the Lord. Prayer time seems to get shorter, quiet times are less, making time to read God’s Word becomes more of a struggle and writing devotions, well they just don’t happen as often.

Well, like any ship that sails on water has a rudder and an anchor on board to help guide or stop the ship, we also have our past which can act like a rudder or an anchor in our life. The question is will you use your past to be rudder to help stir and guide your future or an anchor to hold you back from what God wants you to do in and through Him. For me I have learned that my past failures and shortcomings are just that “The Past” and I will not allow satan to use them against me anymore. So while I might not be able to get devotions out on a regular basis I will not allow satan to deceive who I am in Christ. 1 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 

Here is one of my all-time new favorite quotes that Pastor Jeff sent me the other day. “The devil knows your name, but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin, but calls you by your name.” (Unknown author)“ I like that! Whenever someone is addressing you with those things that embarrass you, know it is NOT God!” (Pastor Jeff). 

Life experiences have a way of either guiding us to something better or holding us back from our true potential in Christ. When we allow the Lord to use our past experiences in life bad or good as a rudder for our future in Him-for His glory-satan will no longer have control to tempt, divert or deceive  us back into the muck and mire that holds us back from God’s blessing and His glory. So remember this while “The devil knows your name, but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin, but calls you by your name.”  

Romans 8 : 1 & 31  Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free ….31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  (NIV) If your past is feeling like an anchor why not take some time to read the entire chapter of Romans 8 and allow Christ to speak to you today.