Daily Devotion

Refuse to Go Backwards
"But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,"  Romans 6:17
The events of the past two weeks of my life served to remind me of what God delivered me from.  The devil sought so hard to take me back to where I was earlier this year: an angry, bitter, broken, and callous woman.  God delivered me from a lot, and I do not want to go back to where I was, to who I was at that time.  Sometimes God's ways of cleansing us are harsh; if anyone had asked me this time last year where I would be and what would no longer be in my life…I know I couldn't have said the things I've been delivered from.  What has God delivered you from?  Who? And ask yourself the more important question: why?
For me, I know God could not use me as I was.  I was very naive, I was very impressionable, still even at that time.  I was still carrying around so much hurt, and truthfully, God could not use that person to do His work.  Now don't get me wrong, I still have a great ways to go, but I am moving forward.  I have become obedient, in many areas, to what He is molding me for.  I have truly learned that resisting God is much worse than obeying Him, because some of the consequences are worse than one can imagine.  Looking at the scripture above, God has called us all from a life of sin–from a life without Him.  How can we dare go back?? How can we turn back to a life of certain death–a life without His favor, His grace, and His mercies?  How can you turn back to a life that damns you to His wrath?  Going back to things you had once done, to a way you once lived, to something that leaves you without hope separates you from God.  It dawned on me how God has favored me–it took something one of my best friends said–look at how God has blessed you.  I refuse to turn back, to go back to that person I used to be.  My life is so much better now, to abide everyday in God's presence, to be filled with His joy, peace, and love is like no other love I have ever felt.  I ask you tonight to look at your life and be cognizant of where God has brought you from.  Look at the areas that the enemy tries to attack you in and ask God for strength to stay on the path He has laid before you.  Even if that life separates you from people you once knew, go in the footsteps of the Lord and keep walking on your journey.  He has blessed my life with new friends, family, and loved ones so that I do not turn back.  He will give you WHATEVER it is that you need to keep you going to that prepared place He has for you.
"But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life."  Romans 6:22 NIV

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of God and their righteousness is of me," says the Lord.  Isaiah 54:17


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