Fresh Hope – 7th March 2020

How many of you are people who are always looking back?  Looking back to the good old days or even the bad old days. 

There’s something very important about not looking back. In Genesis 19, Lot and his family were instructed not to look back. Because of all the wickedness, God was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. God promised to save Lot and his family as long as they didn’t look back.  Vs 17 “As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

The problem was that Lot’s wife couldn’t resist looking back at what she had left behind and she turned into a pillar of salt. It killed her. Maybe she cared more about the past and what she was leaving behind, than about the future and all God had in store for her.  What a shame.  She missed it!

In Luke 17 vs 31-33, Jesus tells them to not look back either and He refers to Lot’s wife On that day, let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve his possessions. Likewise, let no one in the field return for anything he has left behind.   Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.…”
There’s a big importance here in keeping your eyes forward!

You can’t do anything about the past, you only have the present and hopefully the future. The only thing that is promised is the NOW. 
You can lose your future by looking back.  Lot’s wife did. Stop it!

If your memories are bigger than your dreams you have a problem. If your old life is more important than your new one, then there’s something you haven’t grasped. If your old thoughts are more powerful than your new thoughts, then you need to change your thinking.  “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” – Romans 12 vs 2. 

Yes, by all means use the past as a learning curve for the future, but don’t keep going back to it.  
Frank Lloyd Wright the famous architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum was asked, when he was over 80 years old, which was his favourite creation?  “The next one” he said. 

Three things to remember:
-Don’t be someone who trades in their future and lives only with regrets.

-It takes strength and determination to let go of the past. 

– If we keep looking back at yesterday, maybe it’s time we started doing something significant today.

Pastor Gillian

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