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Paths Crossed

Recently, I had to travel through my old stomping grounds. As I drove on by, I remembered some things of old. It was nice to reminisce a little; however, as I continued onward, I rejoiced in the now. There are moments that our paths will cross over our past. We may find ourselves seeing those we once spent a lot of time with in school, or perhaps we head back home to where we “grew up.” When we do this, it doesn’t mean we return to the past. Paths cross, but we can never return to the way things once were.

When I look around, I often see people trying to get back something they lost—something they once had in the past that is now missed. Consider how much money is spent on hair loss treatments and facelifts. Many people try to get back their youth. Others try to live in their high school glory days. But visiting your old high school doesn’t mean you are to return to that time. We look back and remember what God has done. The paths cross for us to see what He has done. To remember. To give Him glory.

Today, we recognize that He is doing a new thing. He is creative and He is making all things new. As He is leading you to something new, don’t cling to the past. If you are grabbing for something from the “good ‘ole days,” you will miss what God has for you now! Today, embrace the right now! Remember, you have been changed. You have been pruned. You have been made new. You cannot return to the old days. Seek His will for this day.

“Do not say, ‘Why is it that the former days were better than these?’ For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this.” – Ecclesiastes 7:10 [NASB]

 

Oh Everyone Makes Mistakes

Oh everyone makes mistakes. Oh, yes they do; Your sister and your brother and your dad and mother too; Big people, small people, matter of fact, all people! Everyone makes mistakes, so why can’t you?

I used to sing that Sesame Street “Everyone Makes Mistakes” song as a child. It was the first song I learned. When I sing that song (and I still do today), I cannot help but consider Romans 3:23, as this song is definitely a song about us all falling short of the glory of God. No matter where we live, who we are, how young or old, etc., we all fall short. We all are sinners. And we often make mistakes.

Some mistakes can easily be forgiven. Some mistakes cut a little deeper. But no matter what the case, a mistake is a disruption of the glory of God for He cannot look at sin for He is holy. Thankfully God made a way to bridge the gap caused by sin. Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose again so that we could have new life through Him.

We will continue to make mistakes, but it is important to not focus on those mistakes. Instead, focus on your God. He is an awesome God. Where sin abounds, His grace abounds more. Though hate and judgment can cause discomfort, His love wins. Where there is only weakness, we see His strength on display. Our mistakes show our brokenness, but the blood of Christ washes us white as snow. Today, let us not focus on the sins and transgressions that have broken us—instead, fix your eyes upon your God. Follow His will. Focus on His purpose.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” – Proverbs 4:25 [NIV]

Don’t Look Back Outline

Here’s a sermon / devotion outline for Genesis 19. You can download the outline below.

Don’t Look Back

Genesis 19

“We are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it” (v. 13 NASB).

LOT HESITATED – v. 15 – so the men seized his hand and the hands of his wife and daughters. FOR THE COMPASSION OF THE LORD WAS UPON HIM.

When they were outside city, “Escape for your life. DO NOT LOOK BEHIND YOU and do not stay anywhere in the valley” (v. 17 NASB).

“BUT HIS WIFE, FROM BEHIND HIM, LOOKED BACK, AND SHE BECAME A PILLAR OF SALT” (v. 26 NASB).

Lot’s daughters – got dad drunk – got pregnant – Moab and Ben-Ammi — Moabites and Ammonites.

You can take Lot’s daughters out of Sodom but you couldn’t take Sodom out of Lot’s daughters.

  1. Remember what the Lord has said and done in your life – journal, remind yourself when you need reminding. Ex: Passover Meal – reminder of Exodus and God seeing His people out of Egypt. “Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth.” – Psalm 105:4-5 [NIV].
  2. Don’t look back desiring your old life. Lot’s wife looked back because she didn’t want to let go of what was back there. Isaiah 43:18-19 says “Forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland” (NLT). Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus” (CEB).
  3. Seek the Holy Spirit to help you in your weakness and to help you pray (Romans 8:26) and to live your new life in Christ (Romans 8:11).
  4. Keep yourself in God’s Word and remember to focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, good repute, excellent, worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8)
    1. Belt of Truth
    2. Breastplate of Righteousness

Download the Don’t Look Back Outline