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Its as Easy as 1-2-3

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, Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)

I am sure you have heard the saying, “It’s as easy as 1-2-3.” It’s a phrase describing the simplicity of accomplishing something, as long as we follow the basic steps to accomplish it. I thought about this expression after someone shared a lesson they had recently heard utilizing the numbers 1-2-3 — specifically, how these numbers can relate to our spiritual daily walk. This is how it goes.

The number “1” represents the past, both good and bad. The enemy loves to get us to think about all those things we wished we hadn’t done — those past experiences of pain and suffering because of sin. If we look to our past it is imperative to see it in the proper perspective as to who we are in Christ now—to marvel at what He has delivered us from. We can learn from the past, but we are not to look on those sinful actions with fond memories. Nor are we to allow the enemy to condemn us for any of them, because through our confession and the blood of Christ we have been forgiven. 

The number “2” represents today. It represents both the challenges and opportunities we are facing today. God has numbered every hair on our head and He knows every detail of our life. In everything God has a perfect plan for us because He cares for us so much (Jer. 29:11). 

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

The number “3” represents the future. It should represent the hope we have in our eternal life with our Lord. It should represent the hope we have in God’s great plans for each of us. Unfortunately the number “3” can also represent a future filled with great anxiety, doubt and fear for each of us if we choose to improperly place our hope on the things of this world, rather than God. 

We are commanded not to be anxious for anything (Phil. 4:6-7), but instead to bring it to the Lord in prayer, and to then cast down those thoughts conflicting with God’s promises contained within His Word (2 Cor 10:5). We are told to fill our mind with what God wants us to think upon (Phil. 4:8). Jesus told us as well, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt. 6:34). In other words, let’s deal with today.

So, how can you use this 1-2-3 number system to help you in your Christian walk?

· Choose to not focus on those things of the past, lest they cause you to stumble again today. Choose to let them go every time the enemy tries to remind and hurt you with them. Choose to bring them to God and allow Him to use them however and whenever He chooses for His glory.

· Don’t allow yourself to be consumed with the potential challenges of tomorrow either, lest it bring about confusion, doubt and fear, and keep you from believing God is in control—lest it keep you from walking in faith.

· Choose to be focused on the Lord, and what He wants to do within your life today. When you seek God through His Word and in prayer, you can be sure of His guidance, protection, and comfort continuously. You can be confident He will see you through every situation. 

I want to encourage you today — Don’t worry about those things tempting you to fear. Trust God and His plans for tomorrow, and then choose to walk in faith today. If you are going to look at the future, it should be with enthusiasm for all God has planned.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about looking to our past, facing our challenges presently, and looking forward to our future?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to trust God’s plan for your life in everything you face, and allow Him to lead you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek the Lord in everything and allow His leading through His Word.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your guidance, protection and love. Thank You for helping me to face every challenge I encounter. Give me Your wisdom, discernment and strength today. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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