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Taking a Look in the Rearview Mirror

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 (NKJV)

I will be the first to encourage people to be careful when they are looking back on their past mistakes.  I do this because the enemy will attempt to use these times to try to get us to reengage in the misery, shame and guilt we once experienced as a result of our poor choices.  Of course we can, and should quickly counteract these fiery darts from Satan and his emissaries (Eph. 6:16) with God’s truth about what Jesus did upon the cross of Calvary to deal with our sin, once for all (1 Cor. 15:13; Heb. 7:27).

There can however be something very positive about looking back, because we can then get a proper perspective of where we once were, and how far we have come. The Apostle Paul reminds his readers of this very principle in 1 Corinthians 6 when he tells them, the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”  He then tells them, “And such were some of you.”

Paul chose to remind them of how they once lived in sin apart from a relationship with Jesus, and how they once had no hope of eternal life with God.  He then quickly reminded them of how they were now washed clean by the blood of Jesus and set apart to live in a new righteous way. 

I personally find it to be very healthy for me to look back with this type of perspective, as it encourages me in how I will choose to live the remainder of my life in Jesus Christ. I don’t ever want to become jaded to what God has done for me, and if looking back periodically allows me to identify with where God has brought me from, and with what He has given to me, then I am willing to take a look in the rear view mirror for a moment every now and then before setting my sights back on the finish line of this great race.   

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Hebrews 12:1-2 what should we be doing as Christian believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you laying aside every weight and sin that ensnares you?

APPLICATION: Let’s not play with the very things we were once in bondage to, lest we become trapped in them again. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for freeing us from the bondage we were once in.  Help us to see everything properly Lord; just as You see them, so we don’t become ensnared in sin once again.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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