Look Ahead

Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you
(Proverbs 4:25 – Living).
To walk in the best that God has for you, it’s important to
look ahead, not behind. Think about how many people live in the shadow of what
they have done. If it’s negative, the
past becomes a weight, or a strong chain, holding you back and keeping you from
progressing. If you only in the light of past
accomplishments
, you’ll feel depressed, thinking that nothing could get
better than that.
 
But our best days are ahead of us. I heard Lester Sumrall
say many times, Nothing that I have done,
nothing that I am doing, is to be compared to what I’m going to do for Jesus!
  
Paul encourages us to focus on the future: Brethren, I do not count myself to have
apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and
reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for
the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
(Philippians 3:13-14)
  
During an era of great personal hardship in my life, my mind
wanted to focus on where I had been,
what I had accomplished, and how God had used me. It made me feel as though
my days of usefulness and adventure were over. The Lord graciously showed me
the dead end street I was on, and urged me to look ahead and believe Him for
greater things.
  
During this time, as I was working one day God used a song
by Steve Green to adjust my focus from behind to ahead. I broke down in sobs of
thanksgiving as he sang: He who began a
good work in you, He who began a good work in you, He’ll be faithful to
complete it, He’ll be faithful to complete it. He who started the work will be
faithful to complete it in you.
 
Let you daily confession be that your best days are yet to come!  Think of all things that the Father has put in
your heart, and make them the focus of your mental attention. If you want them
badly enough, as you seek God, and pursue diligence, the Father and you will
find a way to bring those desires to pass.
 
Remember that the path
of the just is as a shining light, that shines more and more until that perfect
day
(Proverbs 4:18). Remember that He
will perfect that which concerns me
(Psalm 138:8). Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in
you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
(Philippians 1:6).
 In the end, we
become what we really expect. Expect God’s best!

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