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Live in the Present
 

Often, we would like to relive a part of our lives and do things differently put we cannot change our past.  We can ask forgiveness for our behavior, attitudes, and past mistakes.  We need to be thankful that the past is past.  Do not let the enemy keep bringing up your past and trying to make you relive it.  Our past is under the blood.

We can forgive others who have hurt or offended us in the past.  If we do not forgive it affects the present; so, we need to forgive instead of judge.  Luke 6:37 (AMP) “Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and released.”  Are we judging someone’s whole life based on the worst moment of their lives.  Do we ever consider how we would act or speak in their circumstances?  Do we make a judgement based on what we think their hidden motive is in a situation?  Jesus tells us we must freely forgive.  Do we only want to forgive when someone ask forgiveness?  Ephesians 4:32 (AMP) “And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.”  Just as the Lord as forgiven us we need to forgive others.  We forgive for Christ sake as stated in the King James version.
 
Next, we cannot stress or worry about the future.  Most of us want to be in control and try to control things. We think we can do a better job than the Lord.  We need to let the Lord God be in control.  He is all knowing, all powerful and He has things in control. We need to trust the Lord.  The reason we worry is because we try to figure things out in our own wisdom and understanding. 
 
The Lord wants us to live in the present by staying in tune with the Holy Spirit.  In the present we just need to listen and obey Him.  When we live in the present by the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will have peace and joy.


Copyright ©October 2018 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

 

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