Summary: Looking back freezes us in our past and keeps us from possessing our futures. Your past can deactivate you in the present and rob you of your future.
Don’t Look Back
I. Don’t look...
1. In the early seventies a new fad broke across the nation. It really took off in sports
arenas across the nation as the whole nation watched the unfolding of a new grass
roots fanatic: The Streaker!
2. It was out of that movement that the prolific songwriter and satirist penned the
immortal words that capsulized the sensation...
A. “Don’t look Ethel... but I was too late!”
3. I want to address the direction of your gaze tonight...
A. Don’t look back!
II. The thinking of our culture has moved from...
1. Hear no evil, see no evil, do no evil, to...
2. Let me see how much evil I can get into
A. Hear no evil?
i. We live in a gossip mongering culture that cannot seem to get enough bad
news about the people we have put up on a pedestal
ii. We thrive on evil reports
iii. The news media is an evil report empire
iv. Hear not evil? We live for it...
B. See no evil?
i. The same culture that brings us sound also brings us visuals
ii. Then we wonder why people act the way that they do...
C. We can see the adage: “Garbage in, garbage out”
i. We are programmed by what we hear and watch
3. I saw a report on the cults several years ago
A. In some of the cult monasteries they tried to fill as many sensations as
B. It was thought that in this process a person would become immersed and
would be changed
4. The truth is, change must take place from the inside out
A. But the concept of filling the senses for training is not new
i. Tabernacle worship was filled with sensations, especially David’s
B. God fills the senses
i. Oh taste and see
iv. The smell of tabernacle worship (God said it was a sweet smelling odor)
1. Maybe we’ll address that more on Friday as we begin Passover
C. He further instructed their sight to be filled
i. Write it on the door posts of your house
ii. Make frontlets before your eyes
III. But there is an area of looking that we are to a void more than others
1. Most people know not to look at certain things
A. But there are things we don’t let go of that can have a greater impact
upon us and upon the kingdom
IV. It is this backwards look that we want to examine
1. What is it and why is it so critical to us.
A. Looking back is the expression of a heart that is having a hard time
B. That letting go can be from
Examples of looking back
I. Lot’s wife
1. We know the story in Gen.
2. Jesus told his followers to “remember Lot’s wife” when he was talking about the
need to move with what God is doing...
A. Let’s read there Luke 17:28-32
i. We have already learned to apply the lessons of “As it was in the days of
Noah” to the Kingdom
ii. This scripture bears the same context.
iii. God was moving on Lot and his family
iv. There had been an intercessory prayer lifted from Abraham
B. We tend to get caught up in the issues of Sodom and not on the issues of
moving with a Word of the Lord.
3. It is an important enough lesson that Peter raises it again in his epistle.
II. Israel looked back to Egypt
1. Number 11:1-6
A. “We don’t have as good as we did when we were in bondage!”
III. We can look back too
1. We miss our histories
2. Is. 43:18-19 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will
even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
A. He is talking about shifting into the new
i. The new sometimes feels like a wilderness and a desert.
Dangers in looking back
I. A backwards longing heart (text)
1. Your fitness to rule in the Kingdom is being determined
2. The kingdom is ultimately about the heart
A. The eyes looking back indicates the heart
B. You can’t plow straight
3. Three factors in backwards looking when you are at the plow:
B. Family requirements
C. Old relationships
4. There are other things mentioned in the parable of the supper invitation (Luke 14)
A. I bought a piece of ground: Land
B. I bought five yoke of oxen: Possessions