What Are You Looking At !
Sermon shared by Joann Ables
Summary: Donít look back something may be gaining on you.
Audience: Believer adults
Donít Look Back
Did you ever hear the saying ďdonít look back something may be gaining on youĒ?
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Looking back can only hinder our progress in God.
Looking back can only bring defeat.
Looking back can be deceiving.
What becomes of looking back anyway? How can we go forward in God if we are constantly looking back? How can we see where we are going if we are constantly looking behind us?
DONíT LOOK BACK AT SINS THAT HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN.
1 John 1:7-9
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another *, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We are guaranteed forgiveness for all our sin. All we need to do is repent. That means be sorry for your sin, not be sorry because you were caught. God forgives them and God forgets them. Sometimes we have trouble forgiving and forgetting. Itís the people around us who will make sure that we donít forget. Itís the people around us that donít forgive. Sometimes we canít even forgive ourself. Donít let the devil bring up your past to you over and over again. Heíll remind you just to make you feel bad and make him feel good. When God has put away all sin, He forgets it. Just like the song says, ĎTheyíre underneath the blood of the cross of Calvary, as far removed from darkness is from dawn, in the sea of Godís forgetfulness thatís good enough for me, Praise God my sins are gone.
If you were to ask God ďHey God, do you remember how sinful I used to be, all those sins that I committed?Ē He would say ďWhat sin?Ē
It doesnít matter what you did. Itís not God who puts a grade or a color on sin. There is no such thing as little white lies. No matter what nice name you call it, sin is sin in the eyes of God. He forgives and forgets them. So donít look back at the sins that have been forgiven. You only waste time. It hinders your progress. How do you know where you are going if youíre always looking back anyway?
DONíT LOOK BACK AT DEFEATS THAT GET YOU DOWN
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Donít look back at past defeats. Weíve all failed at one time or another. There is no sense on dwelling on them. Thinking about them doesnít change anything either. It just makes you feel like a failure.
When I think of the story of Peter waking on water, People only remembered the sinking in the water, not walking on it. I say, at least he tried! No one else in the boat got out, only Peter. Donít fear trying anything because youíre afraid of failure. Youíll never do anything then. Only those who never attempt anything are free from failure. There is a song that says; ďFailure isnít final with the FatherĒ. Thank God because we would be doomed. We are not thrown away because we fall. God sees our effort. He sees the good in every one of us. I may look at an empty pop can or pop bottle and see garbage.
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