Speaking of looking forward to what lies ahead

February 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

I am not wonderful. I am just a poor old frail and weak woman. God has taken hold of me and he gives me the strength I need each day. He uses me just because I know that I have no strength of my own.

Granny Brand
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“God wages war on our despair by loving us into the future and by opening us up to infinite possibilities. The person, from the believer’s point of view, is a pilgrim, a sign of what is to come. Thus it is that we are invited to live not in the future, but from it.” Living from the future means refusing to define ourselves as less than what we will be when we stand before God. Living from the future means living at the edge of glory and rejecting the attempts made by the world, the flesh, or the devil to cut us down.

Richard Krejcir quoting Alan Jones

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I don’t mean to say that I have… already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me…I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

The apostle Paul, around 60 years old, writing to the Phillipians about his growth in faith. [Phillipians 3:12-13]

This Week’s Special
Stop dwelling on past events and brooding over days gone by.
I am about to do something new.
Even through the wilderness, I will make a way and paths in the barren desert.
I shall provide water in the wilderness, and rivers in the barren desert.

Isaiah 43:18-21

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