Time to Look Forward

I can hardly believe we are in November – almost December. What a year.

The Bible says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy and he certainly attempted that in 2020.

Throughout this year he has attempted to steal peace, joy, love and even gathering together. He went on a rampage to kill and destroy. But, this is nothing new. This is his agenda every day, year after year. How we respond to it is up to us entirely.

As I was thinking about the time we find ourselves in, I thought of a scripture from Philippians.

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:12-14

I love how the Passion Translation says it…

I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

What is he saying here?

· I run with passion into the abundance of God.

· I seek His face to discover all the things He has for me.

· I don’t depend on my own strength.

· I have one rule – I forget the past and lock my heart on the future instead.

· I gain victory through Christ.

It is my prayer, as this year comes to a close, we do the same thing – beginning today.

May we determine in our heart we will discover all God has for us this year. 2020 isn’t over yet. God has not changed His mind. What He said in January, before all this hit, remains truth. He knew full well what was coming. It does not affect His promises to you. Nothing can change the promises of God if we refuse to let go of them.

May we remember we can’t attain these things through our own physical strength. These things come by faith and by trusting in an unfailing God. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We only need to read our Bible to discover all things are gained by faith in God and His word. We must continue to trust God above all else.

Finally, may we refuse to look back. May we cast our eyes, our hopes, forward, knowing God has a good plan for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”

This year is not over until God says it is over. His plans for us are good and peaceful. There is hope in our final outcome – it will be just as God has said it will be. Don’t you give up.

“Don’t you give up on your original prayer.” These words God spoke to me this week concerning one of our partners. He prompted me to text her and give her this message. It was a word in due season for her, and I believe it is for all of us.

We cannot let go of His promises. His faithfulness shines brightest when the odds are stacked against the fulfillment of His word. Think of Daniel and the lions den. Remember David and Goliath. Don’t forget about Abraham and his promised son. God is not moved by circumstances – what He has promised He will fulfill. Every. Single. Time.

Stop looking back at what this year held. Set your eyes on the future – the one God has for you. Great is His faithfulness. It’s time to look forward and behold His never failing faithfulness.

Meditate on this:

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
2 Timothy 2:13

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