MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: Heb 10; Night: Jer 43-44
THEME: FORGET THE PAST
TEXT: ISAIAH 43: 16 – 19
HYMN: EMHB 238 – My faith looks up to Thee
When God determines your future; He does not remember your past. At times when a believer decides to take a new step, either in business or marital relationship, the flesh recalls to remembrance his/her past mistakes. Recalling to mind of the past which God has forgiven and forgotten is the work of the flesh which wants to make one to remain stagnant.
The people of Judah were taken captive to Babylon for 70 years when they forsook God. Only the remnants returned to Jerusalem. The psychological trauma of slavery in the foreign land beclouded their mind. God saw this as a hindrance for them to have a new life. He sent Isaiah to remind them of His mighty deeds at the Red Sea (where Pharaoh and his horsemen perished) and admonished them to forget the sad memories of how Nebuchadnezzar and his army had treated them in Babylon. God assured them of doing a new thing which everyone would perceive. He would pave for them a way in the wilderness and cause streams to flow in the wasteland.
Your past might have been full of unpleasant experiences like the Israelites had disappointments from friends and relations…. Betrayal of trust by your business partner God is saying that you should forget the past; He is giving you a new beginning.
Saul of Tarsus persecuted the Church, before he got converted but when he became a follower of Jesus, he did not allow the past to hunt Him and he became a vessel in the hands of God. Peter denied Jesus Christ three times, but when he realised his sin and confessed same, he was forgiven and he became one of the 24 leading apostles after the ascension of Jesus Christ.
Forget the past. Remember His word “I even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake and remember your sins no more.” (Isa. 43:25). Forgetting the past will help you to move gracefully into the future.
MEMORY VERSE: Phil. 3: 13- “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…”
PRAYER: Father, who knows the end from the beginning, help to make my future better than my past for I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.