ALLOWING THE PAST TO PASS (3)
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*ALLOWING THE PAST TO PASS (3)*
2 Timothy 2:4 *No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Lack of self-control, pleasing men rather than pleasing God, can be a major distraction.
Paul warns Timothy that there is no one who is committed to waging war against satanic oppressions can afford to allow any distractions of any form.
A slight shift from focussing on God can be the opportunity Satan has been waiting for.
There is physical sleep and the spiritual.
Of the physical, Matthew 13:25 says, *"But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.*
A slack in diligent pursuits of living may result in poverty, Prov 6:10.
Of the spiritual slumber, 1 Thess 5: 17 warns us against ceasing in prayer.
Luke 18:1 warns us that men must consider prayer. Men must make it a duty to pray.
Eph 5:14 says, *"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.*
We must never lack preparation, neither should we slack in execution.
Just because you lost a battle yesterday does not mean you will lose today's.
Do not settle for the disappointments of yesterday.
Remember 1 Cor 9:25 says ,*"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things...."*
In other words, everyone striving for masteries controls himself in all things, though he is doing this to receive a corruptible crown.
He trains himself hard and with strict discipline. He is not distracted from his main focus, which is the ultimate goal.
If such a person strives for the corruptible, more diligence is expected of we who strive for the incorruptible.
Go ahead. Today is a new day. It is a present.
Your victory is assured.
How prepared are you for the spiritual warfare of today? Let your preparation find its foundation in the gospel. It is our beginning and final authority.
*Call to Word action.*
Eph 6:15 *And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Do not lose your focus on Christ.
Your past disappointments must not determine your today.
Lord, help me to focus enough in order to strive for spiritual excellence in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day.
God bless you.