This is a continuation of the previous post by the same name. If you have not read it, please click this link to read it first.
There are primarily two things that will keep us from moving forward, fear and pride:
Fear is a tool that the enemy uses against everyone to keep us from trusting God and ourselves. Fear, when allowed to have place in our lives, can be as powerful as faith! It is counter-productive and serves no good purpose for you or I. The Bible teaches: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7. Fear is a spirit, not one that God wants you to live with, but rather live without! Say no to fear!
Confess this: I am a person of faith, not fear! My God has given me the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
Likewise, pride is a tool that is used against us to make us feel more important than we are, and thereby failing to submit ourselves unto the love and mercy of God. The Bible is full of examples of people who allowed the spirit of pride to take them over, thereby leading them down a road of selfishness, self-absorption and self-deception. Pride says it is all about me, look at what I have accomplished, and I don’t need anyone! The scriptures call such a person a fool! My friend, walk away from and denounce all elements of pride in your life—it is deadly. The Bible teaches: “Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.”—Proverbs 16:18 (Good News Translation)
Confess this: I am a believer in God! Therefore, I don’t need pride because Jesus came to give me abundant life and I receive that abundant life now!
The Apostle Paul spoke on this when he wrote to the church at Philippi. Paul knew what dangers lay ahead for anyone who trusted in their own ability more than God and he made a conscious decision to forget all things (good and bad), in order to look ahead to the future God had for him! I’m sure it was not an easy decision to make but necessary nonetheless. Paul put it like this:
(13) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, (14) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.—Philippians 3:13-14 (New Living Translation)
I also, like the way the Message Translation puts it: “Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”
We all need God! From the homeless person, to the street sweeper, to the corporate captain, to the leader of a nation—we all need God!
My friend, let’s not spend our time looking back on things that will hold us back; nor let us allow fear and pride to tangle us in a web that can lead to the destruction of our lives; but let’s set our sights on the things that God has for us and has called us to do! Let us move forward with Faith in a God who cannot and will not fail us! For He has promised:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.“–Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
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