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Lest We Forget To Learn

November 12, 2014

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Play away! (Therapeutic for those with wrist injuries)! Sometimes things learned in the past are forgotten in the here and now. Forget the past hurt but not the lessons learned or face the fact that history has a bad way of repeating itself at the most inopportune moments. Like the child that repeats what they heard at home in a crowded Store during the Holidays and everything around you suddenly becomes quiet. Looking forward to the day when the words of God the Father of Jesus Christ and us becomes true, and the Devil get cold cocked for lying. Prisons are full because people who think murder is okay to do to innocent people and Death Row inmates have only has one option. Death by lethal injections, firing squads, electric chair and gas chambers depending on which State you live in. Breaking the law is a one way trip to prison. Live and learn like the Apostle Paul he killed a lot of people, tortured and beat them, but he had an encounter with the Lord for persecuting Him. How you treat a Christian is the same way crooks treat Jesus Christ and get sharp pain, in their hearts, lungs and throat all at once.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014 by Greg Laurie

DEVOTION
Don’t Look Back

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 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, 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 3:12–14

The end of a year is a time of reflecting and remembering what God has done. But there comes a point where I say, “That was then; this is now.” And I put the past behind me. Paul says he is forgetting the past, the things that are behind. The word forget doesn’t mean to fail to remember. What it means is that Paul no longer will be influenced or affected by what happened before. To forget, then, means that we break the power of the past by living for the future.

Now that’s wonderful when we think of sin. Because when we sin and then come to God and repent of it, and He forgives us, we can trust in God’s promise: “For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). God isn’t suggesting that He will experience a lapse in His memory concerning your sins. What He’s saying is that our sins no longer will affect our standing with Him or influence His attitude toward us. So if you have sinned, if you have failed this last year, you can put it behind you. You can forget the things that are behind.

Remember, to be His disciple, Jesus said we must take up the cross daily and follow Him (see Luke 9:23). Let’s not be satisfied with what has happened in the past. Forget about it and move forward.

Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013 (2014)

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