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It's as Easy as 1-2-3
4/25/2011

It's as Easy as 1-2-3
Staying Focused On Today

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 is 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 and how they 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 we must 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 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 when we 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 - don't worry about tomorrow - let's deal with today.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

Q:    How can we use this 1-2-3 number system to help us in our Christian walk?

I don't think we need to focus on number "1" because we need to forget those things of the past causing us to stumble today.  I think we need to deal with them one time and then let them go.   Once we have dealt with them properly we can then be free to bring them to God and allow Him to use them however and whenever He chooses to for His glory.

I don't think we need to focus on number "3" either, because we don't need to be worrying about what tomorrow may bring.  Worry and fear will only paralyze us, keeping us from believing God is on the throne and is in control, and keep us from walking in faith.

Hey Christian, I believe we need to be focused on number "2".  When we seek God through His Word, and in prayer we can be sure of His guidance, protection and comfort to see us through every situation.  We need not worry about those things tempting us to fear, but instead we need to trust God and His plans for tomorrow and walk in faith.  If we are going to look at the future, it should be with enthusiasm for all God has planed.

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?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in everything and allow His leading through His Word.

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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