DVO April 16, 2019

Title: “Rear View Mirror Living”

Scripture: Philippians 3:13 (NASB) – “Brethren,…one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.”

The late gospel preacher Adrian Rogers once said that life should not be lived in a rear view mirror. How vital and precious a truth that is!. I’m not at all discounting the blessedness of remembering past experiences through which God has brought us safely and with a deeper capacity for trusting Him. I’m referring to mental rehashings of past hurts and offenses, or missed opportunities—real or imagined—that hinder our present growth in Christ! Such defeatist regurgitations of a hurtful past surely grieve the heart of our Savior. To persist in “rear view living,” (of which I, too, have been guilty), stunts our spiritual growth and grieves the heart of our closest loved ones, if we do not earnestly engage the good fight of faith, putting the past behind us, doing so every time those thoughts try to reposition themselves at center stage in our mind. We’re to take every thought captive to Christ’s obedience, saints!

Consider the Apostle Peter’s discussion with the Lord Jesus in John 21:15-19. As our Savior clarified to Peter the premium type of love He requires of all His followers, the Lord never reminded Peter of his past three-time denial of Him following the Savior’s pre-crucifixion arrest. Our Savior always views us in the light of what He saved us to become and never browbeats us for our past failings; neither are we to do this to ourselves, nor to others! (That is and has always been the modus operandi of the one called “the accuser of the brethren.”) In our Lord’s mission to save us from the penalty, the power, and presence of our sins, He ever lives to be our constant Intercessor, leading us to life more abundant, especially in the spiritual battlefield of our thought life. (John 10:10; Hebrews 7:25)
When it comes to things past, our beloved Advocate Christ Jesus, urges us to reflect upon His past deliverances from oppressive circumstances, says Deuteronomy 5:15 and Ps. 42:4-11. We’re called to remember God’s provision for our physical or material needs, says Matthew16:9, 10, and we’re always to remember His everlasting lovingkindness toward us. (Ps. 103:17, 18) Now these are the kinds of remembrances that edify us and rejoice the heart of God.

Prayer: Dear ABBA, forgive us for the times we’ve failed to walk in the gracious liberty of all the spiritual blessings that Your precious Son died and rose again to make available to us! Thank You for Your continued compassion, grace, and new opportunities to glorify You in our thought lives. Amen!

(by Denise Diggs)

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