Tuesday, October 4, 2011

One Day At a Time!









Live Your Present and Change Your Future

By Abraham Israel



There is a beautiful adage that says, "Don't cry over spilt milk." In other words, it is no use for us to keep thinking of the past events that we have foolishly done and have failed. We need the past to learn how to avoid the same mistakes from happening again. Other than this, there is no use to store this garbage in our mind which saps the energy out of us and also makes us worry more about what we cannot change.

Do you know that even God cannot change you past, only He has promised to work together your useless past for the good of your future if you continue to love God and live for Him
(Rom 8:28). See, you cannot change you past, you do not know your future, but you can choose to live in the "present". It is rightly called as a "present" because it is a "gift from God".

One thing that always amazes me is that, God himself has designed for humans to live one day at a time. This is the reason God's mercies are not given newly for a year though He can if He has chosen to, not even for a month at a time but each morning His mercies are given anew
(Lam 3:23). And also the anointed Psalmist David beautifully wrote, "...Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psa 30:5). David had learned to live the abundant life of God even in those times of Old Testament itself. This is why in his understanding, he knew that all the troubles he faced each day will last until the night which might cause him to weep for it. But the next morning he had trained himself to look to the Lord and his word to receive fresh joy to start his life anew.

David when He was caught up in the chastisement of God for his sin of adultery and murder in his life, God struck the child of Uriah's wife ill which she bore to David illegally. David really with all his heart pleaded for the child with God by laying on the ground all night. He would not let himself go from that wretched position even when his servants wanted him to let go of this fast citing and worrying about the king's health. So seven days David was immovable and stubborn in asking God for a miracle for the little child. When the child died, his servants feared to tell David of the news fearing the harm he might do to himself
(2 Samuel 12:15-18).

But hear what happened further,
"19 When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.” 20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”" (2 Sam 12:19-23).

What can we learn from this man David who was called the man after God's own heart by God Himself
(Acts 13:22). We can learn the way He shifts his mindset when he knows that nothing more can be done to the child of his as he has already died. In other words, he knew that he cannot waste his precious time on earth crying much for some one dead. But he renews his mind to hope immediately, through spending time in the presence of God and says I will not cry for the dead baby anymore but "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me". He knew that he should eat well to stay healthy if he had to live an abundant life in the present, so he did that. David knew that fasting and praying for a particular thing is good as long as the final answer doesn't come from God, because God in His mercies might change his mind to show mercy to the undeserving like himself. But once the answer comes whether yes which was expected or an unexpected no, nothing could be done further up.

I have known people who have wasted their lives completely by living in regret for losing their mother and father. All these people really did not have hope that they will go to see their mother or father one day in the future, and that they shall not return to them anymore. This is the difference that can come to a person who lives a life of faith in God and the other who is a believer but is living a worldly life. Most people have great regrets, anger against God and man, unforgiveness, wrath, malice and chaos in their lives because they have chosen wrongly to live in the past rather than in the present and look to the future with much hope according to the word of God. So we should learn to renew our mind based on the word of God and live in the present and look to the glorious hope that God has given through His promises in the word.

Season's change, weather change, people change, places change and everything on planet earth changes to makes us understand that we too should change our mindset each day and live depending on the mercies, grace and love of the Lord each new day. Great and exemplary apostolic men like Apostle Paul did only one thing, forgetting the things which were behind them and reached forward to those things which are ahead
(Phil 3:13). Because he lived like this, he was able to say at the end of his life that he fought a good fight and was ready to go to heaven, he was sure that he had fulfilled all the will of God for his life (2 Tim 4:7-8). If we too like this wonderful Apostle Paul fight to live our life in the present, we will not only be joyful everyday now but also we too will be able to say the same thing at the end of our lives for the GLORY OF GOD! It is not easy, but it is worth it. Fortune favors the brave who chooses to throw away their past and live in God's gift of present grace that comes anew everyday.

Pray with me saints : Dear Heavenly Dad, I now realize that you want me to throw away all my useless past which causes unforgiveness, anger, malice and all kinds of evil things to clog my beautiful mind that you have given me. It completely saps out my spiritual health and causes great grief in my soul. I pray now and release all the old things of my life in to your hands, heal all those wounds and scars which I cannot change with my own strength. I know that you will work all these bad things that have happened to me to work together for my good in the end because I love you with all my heart. Now from today I choose to live in the present time, one day at a time. Help me to receive your mercy of forgiveness, grace of overcoming power and the comfort of your love every morning afresh. Let your joy bubble out of my life as you have promised (Phil 4:4). In Jesus name I pray. Amen and Amen.


Much Blessings......







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