February 4 2019
As I look at my life, I have to face the reality that I have more days and years behind me than in front of me. This makes me even more aware of how important it is to live a Carpe Diem life. Cease the day to make sure that not a moment is wasted. I have hinted at this a few weeks ago, but I was challenged again to look at how 2019 was NOT going to be 2018. My verses for the year are found both in the Old and New Testament. In Isaiah 43:18-19 scripture says “remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Paul, in Philippians 3:13-14 wrote, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own, but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
My word for 2019 is “new.” We are a new creation in Christ. The old has passed away, and behold all things are new. “Don’t look at the former things.” Don’t dwell on the bad AND don’t dwell on the good. Sure we can remember those, but only to encourage us to look forward. Those of you who know Nathan Lorick might remember him saying often that the front windshield is always larger than the back, because we need to spend more time looking forward rather than backward. Oh yes! A good driver always is aware of what is behind him as well as in front, but we dwell (concentrate) on the front.
I hope you will join with me in looking at the “new” rather than dwelling on the old. I will sing to Him a new song. Again, I want to be clear. I, and certainly not Scripture, is saying to forget everything that you have walked through. But it has to be there to spur us forward. If we dwell on the past offenses or even the past successes, we possibly can miss what God has for us now and the future.
99% of all complaints I have heard in ministry is comparing “the way it used to be” to “what it is now.” (The good ole days). God is doing a new thing. We can’t afford to miss it.
For the next several weeks, I want to talk about focuses for 2019.
This Sunday we begin with “Open Up the Heavens,” and the Israel Houghton song “I Know Who I Am.” We are going to concentrate on the message of “10000 Reasons” and how wonderful He is. We will also sing “At the Cross (Love Ran Red).”
I will see you Sunday.