Living in The Past Part 2

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This post is part 2 of a 3-part series on living in the past. Stay tuned for more!

Are you someone who “lives” in the past? Someone who is sustained by memories of the past?

If so, you are not alone. Today I’ll be sharing more of the verses I found regarding living in the past, along with some quick insights. If you haven’t read Part 1 of this series, I highly encourage you to go ahead and read that as well!

And now for today’s post!

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As Christians, we sometimes view sorrow negatively, because we’re supposed to have the joy of the Lord, so why are we sorrowful?

I used to think like that too. I would hide my sad feelings when I was around others because it would make me a “bad” Christian girl. I still catch myself thinking that way. But during a recent meeting with some friends, we had a discussion on what it meant to mourn, and concluded that mourning can actually be good. But how so?

Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Think about that verse, then put it with 2 Corinthians 7:10. We realise that when we mourn for the same things that God mourns about, we are brought to repentance, salvation, and joy. However, we must be careful in discerning God’s heart, because unGodly grief brings death.

This is true in many contexts, and a literal example of unGodly grief resulting in death would be in the area of relationships. I have been conducting some research in the area of dating, and found that there is a high percentage of people who commit suicide (literal death) due to the grief caused by disappointments and hurts in relationships. Isn’t that tragic? If only we were to take a step back to prioritise God and seek and desire His will in our lives, we would be able to discern His heart in a clearer manner and not have to suffer from the wrong type of grief!

The importance of discerning God’s heart is further emphasised in 1 John 2:15-17.

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Discerning God’s heart and prioritising Him helps us to keep our eyes on Him, rather than lingering in the past. Something I’ve been learning recently is that sometimes, God takes things away so that we can focus more on Him. He takes best friends away so that we can learn to love them with a Godly, sisterly/brotherly love, and to teach us to rely on Him.

At church today, the pastor spoke of how sometimes, God withholds things because He loves us. John 11: 5-7 says this, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

Notice that John is saying that Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, and that’s why he stayed two more days. He has a divine perspective that we don’t have.

Don’t dwell on the past. Live in the present, but look to the future. Be encouraged because God has something better in store!

I’d like to share a final passage- a timeless reminder to myself of who I am and what I’m living for.

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And here’s a short excerpt from a journal:

When what was my life got taken away, God tried to show me that my life is Christ. I rejected it for so long, but now I realise that’s the lesson God wants me to learn. He wants me to focus on Him. Oh, how hard it is!

– C.C.

It’s not easy. But all things are possible through Christ Who strengthens us!

And I repeat:

Don’t dwell on the past. Live in the present, but look to the future. Be encouraged because God has something better in store!

Much love,

Szen ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Our Guard

What is the hottest game on the App Store now? What are people raving over?

Pokémon Go. 

It sounds simple enough to me- there are special locations mapped out near where you are. You find those spots, find the Pokémons… 

I never really thought much about Pokémon and what it was about. I remember that when I was a child, my friends played with Pokémon cards, figures, games, and talked about Pokémon all the time. I felt lonely, because my parents had told me that Pokémons were essentially pocket monsters and I was asked not to play with Pokémon.

When the Pokémon Go game rolled out, I watched a video of someone playing the game. It felt eerie, almost like it was introducing another realm to this. Then I read an excerpt of an interview with the creator of Pokémon, and was shocked. I won’t talk about what he said, but it confirmed my fears. 

Pokémon Go is just one example of hidden significances in seemingly innocent things. There are so many more. 

The CERN tunnel launching was one example. I remember when my family watched the video of the opening, I felt an uncanny presence, and mentioned it, but everyone ignored it and we continued watching the video. It didn’t seem very scary, but that evening, as the sun sank into the shadows and it grew dark, I began to feel afraid. I dared not step into any place not fully lighted. Soon, I was paralyzed. Terrified.

The next day, we prayed over the matter as a family, and after several rounds of prayer, I could finally go in and out of my room without fear. 

I once heard a speaker talk about a time when she was at a conference, speaking on the spiritual significance of certain symbols. The system was down, and her slides weren’t projecting, so she drew one of her symbols as she spoke. But as she did so, people in the room began to sense something amiss. Someone started screaming and flying at people in a rage. They realised it was the act of drawing the symbol that had released spirits in the room. All of them joined in a prayer and commanded the spirits to leave in Jesus’ name, and all was well again. 
How many of us are unknowingly unleashing powers of the evil one in our lives? How many? 

I realize that many people will disagree with me on this, and if you don’t agree, it’s all right. I don’t condemn you. 

I do, however, plea with us to reconsider some of our activities. Are they safe? Are they beneficial? Are they of the LORD? If not, I pray that we will be able to seek God for the strength to follow His will. 

But most of all, let us always be aware of what we engage in. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.

Let’s be on our guard. Don’t let the devil take hold of our lives, because we bong to God. Let’s be on our guard. Let God lead.