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Guarding Ourselves Against The Lies of The Enemy
12/10/2013

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 to begin what was is now 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. …”

There seems to be something within us, allowing us to look back at our former days and conclude they were somehow much easier than what they were in reality—and definitely easier than what we are facing in our present time.  We need to guard ourselves when this happens, because the enemy loves to use this type of thinking to compound our problem, or even to tempt us to bail out of any trial or test we may be facing.

Let’s take a relationship for example.  Many marriages fail simply because of old relationships being rekindled through social media—the good old days seem to look so much better, along with the temptation to start a new relationship, rather than facing the real issues causing their struggles.  Many believers today are turning to their social media friends for their advice, rather than seeking biblical counsel, and reading their Bible.  Instead of abiding in God’s Word and doing their part, they look to see what others may have to offer.  This is not some random occurrence either, but one that is reaching epidemic proportions.

Another place where we can be tempted to look back is in the area of our finances and provision.  When we go through tough times financially we can find ourselves looking back to remember better days, but is this is not God’s will for our lives.  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 abandoned 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 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)

I want to encourage you today.  Let’s guard ourselves against the lies and temptation of the enemy when looking back at our past.   Let’s trust the LORD with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding.  In all our ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths. 

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: Let’s choose to not look to the past to escape our current trials, or challenges.  Let’s be committed to look to God and put our trust in Him.   Let’s read our Bibles 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, we apologize for those times where we have looked to our past in an attempt to escape from our current challenge.  Help us to remember the promises contained within Your Word when we face challenges in the future.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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