Sunday, September 03, 2017

"What About Yesterday?"

Reflections4Life September 3, 2017
“What About Yesterday?”
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth…” Isaiah 43:18-19a (NASB)
Scripture Contemplation: Isaiah 42; 43; 2 Corinthians 5; Colossians 3; Revelation 21…
©Ruthe McDonald.
Whatever is going on in your life right now—be assured that God is doing a new thing. However, you will never be able to see, understand, or recognize it, if you are too preoccupied about yesterday. It is time to let some things go so that you can make room for what God has for you right now.
I decree that this week’s Reflections are a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. There is so much that the Father wants to reveal to you; so much, He wants to do in your life. There is so much greatness waiting to manifest. Yield to His love and covering this week. Open your heart and receive all that God has been longing to give to you.
This week I will celebrate my birthday (Should God grant me continued life) and I truly grateful. However, this particular birthday, I feel a different current working through the atmosphere. There are major shifts in my life. Though it may not feel good right now, I know it is for the better; for a great and mighty tomorrow. I am grateful for another year of life. Although all is not as I desire, I am blessed nonetheless, because I trust the Father to keep His promises. I am determined to concentrate on the good and not allow sadness; heartache, disappointment, and discouragement dictate the happiness of my present or future. I am truly blessed and thank the Father for a new year of His grace, mercy, love, direction, and supernatural happenings in my life! Thank You, Lord!
There is so much of today, of the present, that we miss out on in life because our focus is continually on yesterday: What happened yesterday…Who did what to you on yesterday…What didn’t go right yesterday…What you didn’t get yesterday…And so on, and so on. We miss many opportunities that God has placed before us today, opportunities waiting for us to seize.
Often times, fear is a part of yesterday. Because yesterday did not happen the way we desired, or something bad happened yesterday—we have a fear of moving forward or hoping in today. Relationships did not work out, so we fear we are not going to be loved or love again. Friendships fall apart and we fear we will not trust another person again. The career we desired did not pan out the way we wanted, so we fear trying something new or different because we do not want to be disappointed. Beloved, all of this is a part of life. These things happen sometimes. However, we should never give it the power to rule and dictate the rest our lives. That was just a season. Yes, it has an impact but the story God has written for us is bigger than the heartache and pain. It is far greater than anything else we could have ever known.
Yet, most of us have made fear our companion. Fear can immobilize us; keep us from moving forward in the promises of God. We can become fearful of ever trying again or stepping out in faith on the path that God has ordained for us. Faith and fear cannot operate together. We are either walking in one or the other but never both. I can testify that faith is a whole lot better!
 It is time, Beloveds. It is time to move forward and into the new things that God has ordained for your life. It is time to stop pondering on the former things, and allow Holy Spirit to lead you into the path of today and the promises of the Father manifesting in your life.
Are not you tired of carrying those old bags? Are not you tired of fighting that same old fight? Are not you tired of feeling like you are missing out on something? Are not you tired of not living life to the fullest? God is waiting on you to decide if you truly want what He has already promised and done for you.
Isaiah 43:16-19 (The Message Bible) “This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves the God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.”
Amen! I do not know about you but that makes me excited! It not only makes me excited, it gives me hope and strengthens my faith in the God that I serve; knowing and understanding that my Father has already made a path for me to walk on that will lead me to an expected end. That, through the harshest of places and the roughest of times, God is doing something brand new just for me. All I have to do is let go of the past and what didn’t work, and who did whatever, and follow what God is saying right now!
Yes. It can be difficult to let go of the past, not to dwell upon what has taken place when you are currently dealing with its aftermath. However, yield to the Father. Give it all to God. Do not keep going over what was and what did not take place or what someone did. Be alert and present. Be in the here and now, and allow God to lead you to the place He has long ordained for you. Think of it this way: Every hurt, pain, failure, heartache, are tools and experiences that God has used to strengthen you for the abundance and overflow of blessings He is about to manifest in your life. Those trials and tests? The heartache and heartbreak? They were all making room for the divine blessings of God that He has ordained for you from the beginning. Think about Job.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity finds permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Let the Father’s healing consume you—reaching every barren, hollowed, and hurting place. Let God do that new thing in you, and bring you to a place of rest and completion. He loves you and has already ordained a path filled with hope, love, faith, and greatness. You are blessed. Now go…and be a Blessing!
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