Shake It Off!

2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” The Lord is using our present trial to train us for something far greater.

Here is an interesting verse in Haggai  2:3. It says,  “Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?”

Do you see what the Lord is presently doing in your life? Do you consider it as nothing compared to what He has done in your life? Beware. That is a huge looming temptation ready to swallow you up.

Isaiah 43:19 says that the Lord is doing a new thing. Isaiah 42:9 says, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” We will not be able to hear when our mind is cluttered with longing for something in our past—the way things used to be.

Nor will we hear if we are languishing because of something evil that was done to us in the past—if only this had not happened. Thoughts that take us back to our past are noisy and clamorous. They pull with enticement.

Shake it off! Paul did. Consider thoughts of your past as the viper that latched onto Paul’s hand. Acts 28:3 says, “But when Paul had gathered a bundle of  sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand.”

Hebrews 12:1 says, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” 1 Peter 2:1 were experiential words gained for Peter when he departed from the Lord. It says, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.”


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