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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Past or Present

February 10

(Isaiah 6:5-7 NIV) “Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty." {6} Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. {7} With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."

(Isaiah 43:18 NIV) "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

Many Christians seem to be continually asking God for the power to forgive themselves for who they were. That’s a waste of precious prayer time. Perhaps it’s time to ask God for the power to change who you are. Instead of continuously lamenting the past, ask God to help you live well in the present. The past only has power over us when we foolishly gaze into its eyes for too long. Quit looking back. When we look back too much, we just run into stuff. You cannot make much forward progress when you spend most of your time looking back. Be encouraged today. Have hope for tomorrow. Victorious Christian living is about attitude as much as morality. It’s about direction as much as destination. You can’t change yesterday. Don’t let it change you! Don’t allow it to dominate your today and contaminate your tomorrow. Bury it. It’s dead and gone and can only come back if you resurrect it. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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