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Don’t Look Back!

November 7th, 2011 Posted in sermons

I find it interesting how we can look at the past through rose-colored glasses.

Remember the children of Israel? They had been delivered from the tyranny and bondage of Egypt, where for years they had languished in slavery. In their deep distress they cried out to God for deliverance, and the Lord answered their prayers through a man named Moses.

Manna again?

As they made their way through the wilderness, God supernaturally fed them with an incredible bread-like substance called manna. They had it daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But after a while, they got tired of it. They said, “We are sick of manna (manna literally means, “what is it?”). We remember the good old days back in Egypt, where we ate garlic, leeks, and onions.”

Table Scraps

They spoke of the good old days in Egypt, but as slaves they basically ate table scraps. They barely scraped out a miserable existence. Yet in their imaginations, they magnified these scraps into some sumptuous feast they had each and every day. Don’t build up the past in your mind. Remember it for what it was. Don’t allow the enemy to pull you down by fantasizing about it. Protect your mind, and don’t look back. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” These words contain an implied promise that ought to challenge us to the core. The Lord is telling us, “If you do not move forward for My glory, then you will not be fit for My Kingdom. But if you move forward, then you will have an honored place at My table . . . forever.”

4 Responses to “Don’t Look Back!”

  1. KarlaI. Souve' says:

    Pastor Greg,

    but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.

    Phi. 3:13

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi, I am thinking about bringing my son to your church. He is a 22 year old
    Single father. He doesn’t have his son but he feels very deprest and
    Alone. My son needs and wants to feel loved, needed and wanted.
    I am scared he’s going to give up on live. I’m hoping and praying someone
    Can help him. Please let me know when is a good day to visit your church.

    Thank you

  3. Lori says:

    I just wanted you to know how touched I was by Sunday’s (11/6/11) sermon. I don’t know how else to say it: Man! You can tell a story. Between Harvest Worship Band, the community, and the message, I can’t bring enough Kleenex to church. It’s getting embarrassing. Thank you so much. God is blessing us! Much love.

  4. Rosie says:

    Looking back is, for me, a time to reflect on how I was, how things were before saved by the Grace of God, not to relish on what life was before,but to be thankful I am not who I was, or where I had been before knowing God’s grace and mercy on me. The journey itself, if reflection is “real” and not through rose-colored glasses can be remembered and seen as God’s work in us and through us. All for His glory. He travels with us as we grow in Faith and trust in His promises. Holy Spirit be with you and all those who seek Him. Blessings!

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