Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Past

Everyone has a past...be it good, bad, or indifferent. I feel a person's walk (whether with the Lord or with a rebellious heart filled with resentment and bitterness) contributes to what the individual looks like as an adult. When dealing with the past (no matter to whom it belongs) I feel Omartian gives some excellent advice.

During my reading of Stormie Omartian's THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE, I came across the following:
"The past should not be a place where we live, but something from which we learn....God is a redeemer and restorer. We need to allow Him to be both. He can redeem the past and restore what was lost. He can make up for the bad things that have happened (Psalm 90:15). We must trust Him to do those things." (p.144.)

God's word tells me,

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39. ESV.)

The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes
. (Proverbs 21:1. NKJV.)

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31.NKJV.)

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
16he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him; his water will be sure
.(Isaiah 33:15-16. ESV.)

I am so thankful God directs my steps (Proverbs 16:9). I can always feel it when my eyes are not gazing at the cross and I am not seated at the foot of His throne. My flesh is so easily distracted and things become out of focus. It is times like these that my daily dive into God's word is so refreshing. The longer I stay immersed, the more I feel relief from the stifling heat of worldliness, sin, and death (Romans 6:23).
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