Today certainly is a present and we are to rejoice and be
glad in it, because this is the day the Lord has made! Every
day we rise to begin anew is definitely a gift from God.
We've all heard the saying, "There is no time like the
present". When you think about this, it's true. Each and every
one of us is given this day as a free gift to be used in
honoring our Creator in everything we do. We are however,
given the choice to use this time any way we want. This
special gift is very often times taken for granted but so often
leaving us empty, wanting more. What more do you want?
Do you want material wealth, power, fame or do want true
contentment, peace, happiness and joy?
Many times we will say that someone is, "living in the past,
or living in the future". Why is it that we are everywhere but
here? I believe that God intended for us to use our
memories of the past to benefit our todays. We learn from
experience, we learn from the past in order to make our
lives better. God instructed us not to stay in the past. For one
reason, that's where our sins are. Once we surrender to
Christ, we give Him all those past sins, not to mention the
present and future ones too. To remember these is not
God's intention because Christ paid the price for those sins
and when God says He has forgotten them, then we too
must go forward and let them go as well.
"As far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed
our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:12 (Amplified)
Jesus Himself warns us about not looking to the past
anymore because it's not healthy for our life here on earth or
the one for eternity.
Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow
and looks back (to the things behind) is fit for the kingdom of
God." Luke 10:62 (Amplified)
When Jesus asked the man to follow Him, he replied, "Lord,
permit me first to go and bury (await the death) of my father."
Jesus replied by telling him to let the dead bury their own
dead, but as for this man to go and publish abroad
throughout all the regions the kingdom of God". Luke 9:59
In other words, Jesus is telling us to leave the death of sin
and come forward today with Him into Eternal Life and
spread the good news to others. Obviously there is no life in
Coming forward doesn't mean that we should run ahead of
Him either. We tend to get in a hurry and wish our today
away because..."we'll be happy when..."
A life without Christ is not knowing how to be content and
happy right now. But this is where our true happiness lies.
The reason we will never find happiness if waiting on
certain circumstances to happen first is because we are
seeking temporal things. The truth is that even when and if
we do obtain these material or carnal wishes, we still won't
be happy, because by then some other priority will have
taken its place. When God is first in our lives, we then find
happiness in any situation.
"Do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow
will have worries and anxieties of it's own. Sufficient for each
day is it's own trouble." Matthew 6:34 (Amplified)
Christ knew the secret to happiness and He told us not to
worry about anything that was not in our control. Face it,
there is not much that we can control, so why worry? He
knew this would create anxiety and fears, and this is not
what God intends for His children. Fear and doubt is a trap
that the enemy sets up for us to fall into. Fear and doubt
takes us out of fellowship with God and that is exactly what
Satan wants from all of us.
God wants us to learn from His Words and the examples
that are written in it. One example is when the Israelites ran
ahead of God falling into traps of idolotry, complaining and
doubting that the Lord would actually deliver them. As a
result of their disobedience, God turned their wilderness
journey into a 40 year trip that should've taken only days to
complete. They created all their own trouble by doubting
God. This holds true today, when our lack of faith and trust
turns into a wilderness journey. God will keep us going
around the same old mountain over and over until we are
ready to submit to Him. This is how He gets our attention. If
the journey seems too long, then we really need to search
our relationship with God.
The true fact is that when our carnal desires take
presidence over God, we will always be led down the wrong
path. One that is wide and tempting and holds many
detours and dead ends. This wide path holds all the sins of
yesterday, today and tomorrow. Why not make today the first
day of the rest of your "eternal" life by submitting to Christ
and living righteously for today? Let Him lead you down the
straight and narrow path.
Don't allow the enemy to tell you anything differently.
Confess Jesus today as your Lord and Savior and admit
that you are a sinner and need to be forgiven. If you say this
from the heart, you will soon see a big change in your
outlook on life. Live for today, live for Jesus!
If you are heading in the wrong direction, remember...God
allows U turns!
Vivian Gordon is inspired by the calling of the Holy Spirit to
write inspirational arcticles. Also has a calling for teaching
the news of the Gospel. A creative person, she makes
original one of a kind inspirational gifts for any occasion,
called "Blessed Memories"