THINGS THAT CAN SLOW YOU DOWN (4)
We just finished a major conference in the first year of ministry. I was super excited at the success of the meeting. I sent my mentor a message.
His response shook me back to reality. He simply responded with the question: “What next?” I had no answer. While I was relishing the victory of yesterday, a new chapter had already opened.
Beloved, one of the things that slow a man down in life and destiny is the continual focus on yesterday. You must not be caught in the trap of celebrating yesterday at the expense of what God is about to do today.
The Amalekites were celebrating their victory over Ziklag when David and his men struck and recovered all that they were jubilating over.
The Philistines kept celebrating their victory over Samson while they forgot the key that gave them the victory- shaving Samson’s hair. The hair of Samson grew again. The Philistines should have hired a permanent barber for Samson. They kept celebrating the victory of yesterday till it became a disaster.
Men of yesterday always talk in the past tense. Men of today are doers. Men of the future are doers who position themselves by vision and foresight.
Yesterday gives you something to be grateful for and it is important but do not dwell in it.
Look at the prophecy of Isaiah:
But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.
Isaiah 43:18-19 GNT
If all your examples are from your days on Campus and how you did great things for God, you are already missing out on doing great things for God today.
Do you know what got the name of Isaac, Jacob and Joseph into the Hebrews 11 list of men of faith? They spoke into the next generation.
Paul gave us a simple piece of advice: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” Philippians 3:13 KJV
Have you ever gone to buy bread before? You look out for fresh ones. When God is looking out for men to use in this generation, do you think He will go for what is stale and irrelevant? No! He will seek out for fresh one. Stay fresh in prayer. Stay fresh in learning. Stay fresh in vision. Keep asking God to bring you into new things.
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