Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 5

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. Exo 14:13

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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Grace is the free and unmerited favour of God. Every time God bestows it, it is for His reason and not yours. God’s grace grants victories in life affairs because of God’s good plan.

It is difficult for most people to look away from the travails of the past. It is however necessary for everyone to know that if the departure from the past was on a note grace-given victory, the past should not be part of the concern again.

Human tradition disagrees with the bit about the past not being your concern again, especially since the victory was won by God’s grace. Human tradition celebrates weakness and vulnerability while the grace of God on the other hand makes one confident (in the Lord) and graceful.

Gracefulness comes when you have experienced and can remember what the grace of God has done for you.
Gracefulness is bold: calm like David before Goliath; at rest like Christ while blessing the five loaves and five fishes; and confident like Him while by the grave of Lazarus. Gracefulness is enthusiastic. The world will not like that and it doesn’t have to like it for being enthusiastic is being filled with all of God.

In spite of the circumstance, gracefulness thinks about the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done; all that is within shout hallelujah, praising God for all He done.

Gracefulness remembers. An average person forgets grace so soon. Thank God for David when faced with Goliath, her embedded the grace-given victories from the past – 1Sam 17: 32-3; gracefulness is why the slave girl would ask Naaman to go to the prophet in Samaria; it is why Joseph will say to the butler, remember me. It is why paul will say all these have been to me for the furtherance of the gospel; it is why Peter will say silver and gold I have not, but such as I have ….

Don’t Forget God’s Grace. Ex 14:10-12; When you forget grace you lament; you regret; you blame others for your unpleasant experiences. When you forget grace, you prefer the past and forget the future.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 4

And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness. Exo 14:8

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31
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The past will rage, but there is a way to handle the past – Ex 14:8.

When you face the future and there is no direct challenge in the offing, you represent the ideal status of someone for that future. The children of Israel did not know there was any pursuit behind them or from the past. Look at their status: “… Israel went out with boldness”.

When the pursuit become obvious, they were scared and consequently plunged into a state unfit for the future.

When the past comes up after you what do you do?

God wants to teach someone here some strategy for spiritual warfare.

The best way to deal with the past that comes up after you is the way you face the future when you do not know what is after you.

Go out with boldness; be willing to take risks; be confident and courageous.

Don’t ever allow yourself to be plunged into a state that is unfil for the future awaiting you.

Be bold; be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 3

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psa 46:10

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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The Lord just instructed the people to camp at Pi Hahiroth. a camp is a place of temporary accommodation typically used by traveling people. When you are in transit, you will dwell in camps. Each camp represents the completion of a stretch in your journey, while every breaking of the camp indicates another phase or move of God in your life’s journey.

Could God be asking you to camp now?

Camping sure has its advantages: it is for rest; for contemplative worship and for guidance. Before God would ask the Israelites to camp, He knew what was likely. Pharaoh had released the people but he was still thinking about them, Ex 14:5.

It is difficult for the predator to let go, for your bondage is a gratification to his oppressive enterprise. Everyone in bondage renders services to the predator. The past that you have escaped will still attempt to come up after you, especially when there is still a connection to it within your mind.

How do we know that there was still a connection between Israel and Egypt? Just listen to what they said when the past came up on their heels (Ex 14:10-12): They were afraid; they would have preferred to die in Egypt; they would have preferred to be left alone in Egypt; they would have preferred to serve the Egyptians.

The past will rage, but there is a way to handle it. Look within you today. Do a sincere check. You may need to take time out for a practical purging routine to rid yourself of the preoccupation with the past through prayer; meditation on the word/promise and a contemplation about the destination ahead.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 2

And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God broought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstreched arm …. Deut 5:15

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31
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If you truly recognize the Lord and maintain a walk with him, you will admit that every past you exit, like Israel coming out of Egypt, is the work of His grace. Ex 12:40-41, 50-51.

You will so admit, especially when that past has exercised a strong hold on you; you will, when your struggles and efforts met with a brickwall that plunges you into a state of despondency, low spirit, or dejection as a result of loss of hope; you will, because when it seemed all hope was gone, heaven felt your pulse and responded to your cry; worked out some clear intervention to effect your release or exit.

You will admit it was grace because it wasn’t ordinary. What happened can only be the expression of the almightiness of God. The storm ceased, the wind subsided, everything was calm and the only dynamics was your exit.

The predator that said you will neither get out of the rut nor move forward had gone quiet. This was the doing of the Lord, marvelous in your sight.

You can defeat the past practically when you celebrate the grace of God which delivered you from it, if not, you will dwell on the troubles than on the victory, making yourself susceptible to the troubles from the past.

Never, ever, forget His benefits.

You need the memories of the working of His grace from the past to to face the future successful.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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The past can haunt when the future is being pursued, Ex 14:1-9. People are often mindful of the past unconsciously. They call it the past but it is not really in the past as they still accommodate it in their mind.

The past can however be put to where it belongs permanently. Everyone needs to do this. If the past is not put where it belongs, the future is blurred each time that past is entertained. Abraham and the patriarchs were safe in respect of their vision and the future because they stopped minding the past, Heb 11:14-16. Little wonder then, that for them, there was no return to the past.

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