overcoming the past
The first step to overcoming the past is realizing that no matter what others do to you, if the Lord is with you, you can still get somewhere. So your assignment is to stay with the Lord. Joseph was rejected by his family, but he was accepted by the Lord. Even though he was mistreated, he didn’t turn against Regardless of what happened yesterday, if you will stick with the Lord today, your yesterday doesn’t have to control your tomorrow. If you are still thinking about the people who caused your problem, you are focusing on the wrong thing. You need to focus on Someone who is there to help you. If you will walk with the Lord, He can do the same for you. All Joseph did was allow God to use him. The problem with the past is that it can become a dictator that rules you today. The only way to overcome that is to change dictators—to allow the Lord to dictate your life today.
There are things from the past that you may not be able to fix. You may never be able to get your parents to accept you, your brothers and sisters to talk to you, or your boss to atone for previous injustices. But with the Lord in your present, He can always make something happen. I want to encourage you with that reminder if you’re a husband and father who can look back and see bad decisions that messed up your family. You may not, by your own effort, be able to fix what is broken. You can’t raise your children over again. But if you will start walking with God now, He can make up some of those lost days and years and opportunities. He can fix what you can’t even touch anymore because it’s behind you.
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GOD’S IDEA OF A REAL MAN
What is the Bible’s definition of a real man? What is God’s idea of a real man? How does God define maleness? If God were to draw a picture of a real man, what would he look like? Would he be bulging with muscles because he works out at the health club five days a week? Most of us better hope not, because most of our bulges aren’t muscles!
Is a real man somebody who can get girls pregnant? No, my dog lives like that. Is a real man someone who slaps his wife and shows her who’s boss? Obviously, we know the answer to that. We know what a real man isn’t, but what is he? And where is he? We’d better be finding him fast, because we have another growing problem in the church, particularly in a minority-led church. This is the problem of a generation of very godly women with no men to marry who have the spiritual qualities they are looking for. First of all, a real man is one who has a spiritual legacy to leave behind. This is a man who cultivates and develops a spiritual foundation in his life so that he can leave behind a spiritual legacy. Look at verses 1-5 of Job 29: If you don’t have a history with God, if you can’t see the footsteps of grace in your life, then a slice of your life is missing. If God didn’t do anything in your yesterday, you won’t have what you need to hang on to in your today so that you can make it to your tomorrow. And you won’t have a spiritual legacy to pass on to your children. In other words, you have to prove yourself. You can’t just say that because of your physical size, chronological age, and overactive libido, you are now a man. Perhaps we need some kind of initiation rite that our boys go through so they can earn their manhood and earn respect. Job earned respect because when he showed up, a higher standard entered the scene. A third trait of a real man is that he is a person of mercy and justice. Job says in 29:12-16: A real man hurts with people who hurt. A real man helps people who need help. A real man isn’t cold and hard and insensitive and calloused. A real man is like Jesus; he weeps if he needs to. Job was a successful businessman, but he was compassionate.
I like that last phrase in the New American Standard Bible (“I investigated the case which I did not know”). Job got the facts of the
case. No, every problem isn’t racism or classism or culturalism. A real man is a man of justice who doesn’t allow people to threaten him because they bait him or use other illegitimate means to make their point. Sometimes charges like racism can be legitimate. But then, that’s part of getting the facts. The Bible says only a fool speaks before he hears the whole matter. Job blended justice and mercy, and so must we.
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In his relentless campaign to destroy our faith, satan employs two powerful weapons, two devastating enemies of faith: fear and doubt. Fear and doubt are related. Whenever one shows up, the other is never far behind. One of satan’s top faith-stealing strategies is to try to sow fear into our lives. He will do all sorts of drastic things and bring all manner of adversity across our paths in order to make us afraid because he knows that where there is fear there is no faith. Fear produces torment, and torment stirs up hopelessness, a feeling that there is no way out of the current torment. Another word for torment is worry. Prolonged, unrelieved worry causes all sorts of health problems. In fact, worry is the number one factor at the base of nearly every disease. So fear can actually make us physically sick. The last thing we want in life is to give in to fear. Living in fear destroys our potential and debilitates our faith. Living in faith, on the other hand, will empower us to reach our fullest potential and even do the impossible. One day, as an object lesson to His disciples, Jesus cursed a fig tree that bore no fruit. Immediately the tree withered. In amazement, the disciples asked how this had happened:
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (Matthew 21:21-22).
As long as we try to live under Kingdom culture in this world, we will always have to battle between faith and fear. Our challenge is to make sure that faith wins. Fear will keep us away from the mountain; faith will move the mountain. I don’t think Jesus was talking about physical mountains necessarily, although that too might be a possibility. What He was talking about is anything that looks like a mountain to us, anything that seems to be impassable, that seems to block our progress. Kingdom faith will drive all obstacles away. They may not all disappear at once, but ultimately faith will win out. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
We make prayer out to be so hard, but in Kingdom culture it should be the most natural thing in the world. Consider the simplicity of Jesus’ statement: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” What could be simpler? It’s straightforward and precise. The only requirement for effectiveness in prayer is faith. If you believe, if you exercise Kingdom faith, then not even satan and all the powers of hell can stop you. Fear cannot stand in the presence of faith. By faith we know that God is love and that He loves us. Faith teaches us to love God, and as this love relationship grows, fear flees because love drives out fear: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
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