|Friday, December 7, 2018|
St. Ann's, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
ost, if not all of us, can look back at our lives and see things that we wish we had not done. There are also many, who would probably have said "I wish I get the chance to do that over". This is usually because we generally believe that we were not at our best, at that time, for whatever reason.
Natural life, does not afford us the opportunity to do things over. Even when we get to repeat things, we never really get the "do over" effect, that we wish we had. Beloved, I have good news for you, wipe your tears, so you can clearly see the brightness of where you are and the better future that is ahead of you. Here's what the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church;
"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day" - 2 Corinthians 4:16.
He literally stated that in order for us not to faint or give up, we need to appreciate the difference between our natural and spiritual lives.
This natural life, does not afford us, real time "do overs" because, our outward man is perishing or dying daily. However, our spiritual life affords us multiple opportunities for "do overs" because, it is being renewed daily. God is therefore not just the God of a second chance, but the God of ANOTHER chance! Praise God! Paul went on to state;
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.
In essence, the effect of everything you did wrong, that you were wishing you could "do over", is considered as light and its lasting power, is only for a moment. Paul says that it is actually temporal, meaning that, it is subject to change. However, the effect of embracing your spiritual life In-Christ, is considered an eternal weight of glory. To experience this life changing, past errors correcting, glory, we are simply asked to pay attention to the realm of the spirit and not to be sidetracked and derailed, by the things we see in the natural.
You are created in God's image and likeness; hence, you are a spirit. This is why you can worship God in spirit and in truth. The realm of the spirit is therefore the realm that you have been called to walk and live in. Yes, we can walk and live in it, because it is our "natural" realm.
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" - Galatians 5:16, 24-25.
God told Abraham, after Lot left him, to look from where he was, not where he wished he was, not where he could or should have been.
"And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward" - Genesis 13:14.
From where he was, he was to look in all directions and God guaranteed that he could have everything, as far as his eyes could see. In essence, he could go anywhere from where he was. Beloved, this means that right now, irrespective of your past, you are standing in the place of limitless possibilities, once you embrace your spiritual life In-Christ.
In the days of Prophet Joel, God told Israel, about His ability to reverse time and grant them a supernatural "do over";
"...And I will restore to you the years (notice, that He said the years, not just the things), that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm…" - Joel 2:25.
God is not just the restorer of things, but He is, the restorer of time, that means He can, and indeed does give us, spiritual or supernatural "do overs". Hallelujah!
Yes, your spiritual life In-Christ can give you a phenomenal "real time do over" that will annihilate every negative result of your previous mistakes, once you choose, to embrace this spirit life In-Christ and not yield to the dictates of your flesh.
Beloved, stop the tears, stop the regrets, stop wandering in the wilderness of life, stop wondering and become the wonder you were designed to be (Is. 8:18), by embracing your God ordained spiritual "do over" and restoration, In-Christ.
"Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion" - Isaiah 8:18.
Summarizing The Keys:
1. Repent To repeat means to change your mind. You cannot progress from a place where you know you ought not to be unless you repent or change your mind. This can and should involve admitting that you were wrong.
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us" - 1 John 1:8-10.
Admitting that you were wrong is a key way to demonstrating humility. Remember that it is the humble who can access the grace to progress in life.
"…Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time" - 1 Peter 5:5-6.
Even Abraham had to change his mind about continuing with Lot.
"And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left" - Genesis 13:5, 7-9.
Do not embrace anything that gives you the impression that God is against you. See Him as having your best interest at heart. This ensures that you can embrace His love and experience the "do over" that He has ordained for you.
2. Let go of your past Your past is past, so, let go of it. You do not want your past, you want a "do over" not a "go over". You want a chance to correct what happened previously, not a chance to live through it again. You requested for this "do over" because, you do not want to be identified with your past. Hence, there is no way you can experience the "do over" if you choose to hug your past and hold on tightly, to it. You cannot keep embracing something you do not want to identify with. I encourage you to cremate your past and stop embalming it.
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before" - Philippians 3:13.
Paul admonishes us to forget the things that are behind. This speaks of our past. Do not even limit yourself by the quantity or quality of your past successes. Remember that those successes you experienced were "powered" from a place of limitation. However, you can embrace the principles that you applied, because the principles are eternal and not limited to your past. Applying a principle "IN" the past, does not limit the principle "TO" the past. This is the key to knowing what to forget and knowing what to remember. We are to forget past failures and also forget the quantifying of our past successes. No matter what God gave you in the past, you cannot limit yourself to that, because He can give you a lot more. Moses told Israel;
"The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude. (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)" - Deuteronomy 1:10-11.
We are to remember God's goodness (His benefits) and the principles we have learnt over the years. This is because principles are eternal and cannot be bound or limited to a time period.
"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" - Psalm 103:2.
"This book of the law (principles of God) shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success" - Joshua 1:8.
3. Appreciate your current state with the consciousness of God's help. Getting a "do over" does not mean that you are completely blinded or oblivious to your current state. Walking by faith does not mean that we deny the existence of a problem, it only simply means that we deny the problem the right to rule over us. The Bible tells us how Abraham did this:
"And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb" - Romans 4:19.
To "consider not" here in the original Greek, speaks of not giving attention to or not fixing one's eyes or mind upon something. I know it is there but I consciously choose to ignore it. I choose not to live my life in respect of it. This is because I am more conscious of God's presence with me and with God, all things are possible. Never view your current state aside from the reality of God's help for you. Always look at your current state through the lens of God's Word. This is what Abraham did, he only looked at the fields when Lot left on God's direction and He faced his childlessness holding on to that which God said.
"And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever" - Genesis 13:14-15.
"Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" - Romans 4:18-21.
If you simply look at your current state without the lens of God's Word, you will be discouraged and unable to overcome it. Remember, that we are told, not to focus on things that are seen (naturally i.e. your current state) but rather, on things that are not seen (naturally i.e. God's Word) - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.
This means that your current state is always a place of great opportunities and possibilities, once you view it through the lens of God's Word.
4. Embrace the limitless possibilities presented to you by God. Beloved, with God, all things are possible and with God, nothing shall be impossible. This speaks of limitless possibilities.
"…for with God all things are possible" - Mark 10:27.
"For with God nothing shall be impossible" - Luke 1:37.
The truth is also that when one believes God, all things become possible to that person.
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" - Mark 9:23.
Beloved, never let what you've seen (naturally i.e. your current state) derail you from what you've been shown (supernaturally i.e. God's Word) and can see (the manifestation of God's Word to you). Once you focus on what you've been shown, then you can eventually see it manifest, in your life. Supernatural revelation is the foundation for natural manifestation.
Your "do over" is guaranteed as you embrace the supernatural revelation of God's Word, for it is power of God, unto salvation or wholeness - Romans 1:16.
I remain committed to making your life better. Until next time keep feeding your faith and starve your doubts to death. Stay strong. I love you.