Monday, May 17, 2010

past failure, future success

Don't let your past failures destroy your future success.


Galatians 5:1 (NASB) --- It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.


Paul asked the people he cared about in Galatia why they went back to the old way.  Why did they throw out the grace of God for living by the law?  This happens often.  It happens when we don't understand what it is to live for Jesus.


At that point we go back to the old ways or to what feels natural because faith doesn't feel natural.  Grace is supernatural.  It believing what God says, not what Satan tells you and is a lie and not what you feel.


Here is what Paul said:


Galatians 5:7 (NASB) --- You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?


God wants us to live in freedom and not go get the handcuffs and pain and shame and guilt we carried for so long.  He has forgiven our sin and removed the punishment of sin from our lives forever.  But when we don't trust God or believe what He says, we are in trouble.


It is time to believe God.  It is time to forgive ourselves for the wrong we have done.  It is time to stop believing Satan's lies.  It is time to not let our future go down the tubes.


We can allow our past failure to destroy our future success.  Or we can learn from our past failure, believe what God says and begin to live out what God says.  Dudes, that is freedom, and I want some of that.  How about you?

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