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Guarding Ourselves Against The Lies of The Enemy

Do not say,  "Why were the former days better than these?"  For you do not inquire wisely concerning this. Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NKJV)

Back in the 60's four British lads rocked the world with their new style of music, and millions upon millions would be moved by every word they sang. The group was known as The Beatles, and they were one of many new groups that began what was known as the British invasion.

One of their popular hits was a tune called Yesterday.  It featured lyrics pointing to the blessing of the past, with lines such as, "Yesterday, All my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they're here to stay, Oh, I believe in yesterday..."

It seems as though people do in fact love to look back to their past with fond memories.  They somehow forget much of the truth, including the pain from various trials they may have faced.  There seems to be something within us, allowing us to look back at our former days and conclude they were somehow much easier than they were in reality, and definitely easier than what we are facing in our present time.  

Now, before I go any further, I want to point out that we can learn from our past mistakes and it can actually be a very strong factor to guard us from repeating these bad choices.  That being said, we need to forgo any romance with our past paths because it will only hamper us in our present challenges and compound any current problem, trial or test we may be facing.  

Let's take a relationship for example.  Supposing a person is having a difficult time in their marriage and they begin to look back to the times when they were single, or maybe even dating someone else - they can begin to look at the past as if it were better than the present.  When this happens, it can potentially cause them to miss what they once had and tempt them to seek out those old relationships rather than facing the real issues causing their struggles.  Many believers today are turning to Facebook friends rather than seeking Christian counsel, and reading their Bible.  Instead of abiding in God's Word, they look to see what others may have to offer.  This is not some random occurrence either, but one that is reaching epidemic proportions.

When we look to the past it's not just about our previous relationships either, it can be that we are looking back to a time when we had a better job, more money, or simply a choice of what we wanted to eat.  When this happens, we can find ourselves looking back and longing for the good old days rather than trusting in God's promises, or choosing to seek the Lord in prayer for our provision.  This is exactly what happened to the Israelites.  

Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat?  We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!" Numbers 11:4-7 (NKJV)

We must guard ourselves against looking back at any point where we find ourselves being tested.  We must train ourselves to look to God for all provision and to trust in His perfect plan for every situation we face.  God has not abrogated His throne.  He is fully capable of saving us and hearing our petitions of prayer.  

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. Isaiah 59:1 (NKJV)

And Jesus has given us a great message to remember -  one giving clear instruction, encouragement and a promise of provision when we are temped to look to our past when facing challenges.

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25, 32-34 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, don't fall for the deception that money will somehow fix your problems or be your provider - it won't.  God is the source of all provision.  Let's seek the security of God's wisdom found within His Word, rather than the security of money and all that it can buy.

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn about looking to our past when facing challenges according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you tend to look back to your past and wish you were there when going through trials?

APPLICATION: Never look to the past to escape your current trials, or challenges.  Look to God and put your trust in Him.   Read your Bible and ask God for wisdom and His leading.

Father, thank You for Your promises to supply our needs.  Thank You for never leaving us nor forsaking us as Your children.  Father, I apologize for those times where I have looked to my past in an attempt to escape from my current challenge.  Help me to remember the promises contained within Your Word when I face challenges in the future.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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