March 4 2019
Last week we talked about accountability. Part of being accountable to someone(s) is to make sure we don’t get stuck and not keep moving forward. There are two passages that 2019 is built on for me. First, Isaiah 43:18-19 which says “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things in the past. Behold I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” The second one is Philippians 3:13-14 which says “Brethren I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s talk about movement. Not just any movement though….but moving forward. In all of our lives, there are scars and wounds from countless things. We can choose to use those to justify our actions today, or we can move forward. Here is a little thing though about Philippians 3:13-14. We can’t really move forward without dealing with the past. So before we move forward, is there anything that is holding us to the past and as Isaiah says keeping our minds fixed on the former things? Here is a big ask of us. Can we move forward without closure or resolution, especially if it violates the first two things I talked about weeks ago? Does it make me complicit in my own oppression and is it steeling my peace?
There is one situation that I can think of that has held me captive because two people that I am supposed to have great respect for hurt me deeply by point blank lying to me. They knew they were not telling the truth especially when I was very clear about the subject. I have so wanted a simple apology from them. That is not going to happen. If expecting that holds me captive, it is my fault, not theirs. I would venture to say that many of us have a situation just like that. It is a great chance that the very people we believe owe us an apology will never do that. It has been said that if we expect people to apologize, they won’t. (BTW, God has freed me of this.)
Here is my challenge for this week for all of us. Take some time and reflect on those things that keep us from moving forward. Walk through each of them. For some of us, this might take a while. As we identify them, we need to take each one of them and lay it at Jesus’ feet. The hardest part comes next. WALK AWAY! Leave them behind. That way we can move forward.
I pray this week will be a week of freeing for all of us.
On March 10, we begin with a Crowder song titled “All My Hope.” We sing the chorus of “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone,” “Glorious Day” by Kristian Stanfill, “Healer” by Kari Jobe, “and “You are Lord” by Chee. Antony Castillo, our drummer sings the song “Fullness” for offertory. I hope that you will have time to listen and take these into your spirit before Sunday.