Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Philippians 3:16 (NIV)
In Step With Me
Keep moving forward with me. Forget the past. Don’t look back. Keep your eyes on me. Watch where I am leading you. Listen to what I am teaching you. I thought you wanted me to remember the past. Yes, I do. I want you to remember what I have taught you. I want you to hold on to what you have learned. I want you to remember all that I have done for you. I want you to remember how I have worked in and through your life. Those parts of our past together you will do very well to remember. You will be encouraged and spurred on by what I have already done in your life. What from my past do you want me to forget? You tell me. I’m not sure. Take a guess. I think you want me to leave behind anything that would hinder me from following you right now. I think you want me to forget what you have forgiven and forgotten. Like what? You want me to leave behind the baggage of my old life before I met you. You want me to leave behind my old sins, setbacks and failures. You want me to let go of anything that has discouraged and depressed me in the past. Yes, I do.
Think of your life in this way. There are many things to let go of that will weigh you down. There are many things to hold on to that will help you to keep in step with me. Like what? Hold on to me. Hold on to what I have done for you. Hold on to how I have worked in and through your life. Hold on to my word. Hold on to all that I have taught you. Hold on to the people that I have brought into your life. Hold on to what I have given you to do for me. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. Then let go of anything that will hinder you from keeping in step with me. You have already mentioned some of these hindrances. Let go of your setbacks and failures. Let go of your doubts and discouragements. Let go of condemnation. Let go of guilt and grief. There is one thing that you can be sure of. What’s that? If I am asking you to let go of something I have something else for you to hold on to instead. I’m not sure what you mean. I think you do know what I mean. If you let go of doubt what can you take hold of? As I let go of doubt I can take hold of faith. Let’s try some more. If you let go of failure what can you take hold of? As I let go of failure I can take hold of victory that you have brought into my life. Yes, you can. Let’s try another. If you let go of sin what can you take hold of? As I let go of sin I can take hold of the forgiveness and cleansing I have in you. Yes, you can. You now have the idea. Let go of what I don’t want you to carry so you can hold on to what I have done, am doing and will do in your life. Then you will be able to keep in step with me. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, thank you for directing my life. You have been my counselor and my guide. You have taught me what I needed to know. You have led me where I needed to go. Help me to hold on to you and keep in step with all you are teaching me as I follow you. Amen
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