Non-Existent Things

Here is a great set of verses to ponder. Isaiah 41:11-13 says, “Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing. And those who strive with you shall perish. 

You shall seek them and not find them—those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing. 

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not, I will  help you.” Note that verse 12 uses, ‘as nothing, as a nonexistent thing’ to describe past adversity.

Though He was speaking to the Israelites, we can apply this in our own lives. Our past was real. We walked in it. The events, good or bad, existed then. Now we are in the present, and things from the past are now non-existent things. 

When we continue to go back to them, we veer off the path that our feet are on right now. You cannot walk a straight line while looking backwards. At least I can’t. Luke 9:62 says, “…No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” 

Not fit, in this verse, refers to a divided heart. We are called to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, and with a single focus. Remember James 1:8 says that a double-minded man is unstable in ALL his ways.

It is satan’s goal to get us off the path of righteousness, which conforms our thoughts, purpose, and actions to God’s will and ways. Our enemy uses stealth operations. One way is through fiery darts. Remember that not every thought we have is of our own origin.

Our past is passed. We can only go back to it in our mind. That means that our thoughts take us back. Lot’s wife froze in her tracks when she looked back. Let us look at our past as a nonexistent thing, as far as moving forward in God’s Kingdom work. We will continue this tomorrow.


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