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Let Go of the Ashes

I know a man that lost his wife over ten years ago. She was killed in an automobile accident. It was a very tragic situation. Of course, there is a normal period for grieving. That’s a part of the healing process. That’s the way God made us. But some ten years later, this man was still grieving. He let a season of mourning turn into a lifetime of mourning. He ended up a very bitter, angry man. What happened? He was holding on to the ashes. God wanted to give him beauty, but because he wouldn’t let go of the old, he couldn’t receive the new. 

 

The enemy would love for you to spend your whole life sitting in the ashes, bitter over a relationship that didn’t work out, angry over a job you didn’t get, feeling sorry for yourself because of a loved one who died. It’s time to turn those ashes loose. If you went through a divorce, let it go. God has somebody better in your future. If you weren’t treated right growing up, let it go, and God will make it up to you. Quit mourning over what you cannot change. If God wanted you to have that position that you didn’t get, you would have it. Shake off the self-pity. Shake off the disappointment.

 

The apostle Paul put it this way, “Forgetting what lies behind, I strain toward what lies ahead.” That word “strain” indicates it’s going to take effort. If you go through a bad break or a loss, the easy thing to do is sit around and talk about how bad life is treating you. But if you’re going to keep moving forward, you’ve got to have a strong will. You’ve got to rise up like Paul and say, “That’s it. I am not holding on to these ashes. I know that what’s in my future is greater than what’s in my past. So I am pressing forward into the life of blessing God has in store for me!” 

 

It's All Subject to Change

I know this couple that was believing to buy a new house. They found one that they really liked, but for some reason, the financing didn’t go through and they got turned down. This happened three different times. Each time, it was something very odd that stopped the whole deal. They had been in their apartment year after year with three children. They were tempted to think, “It’s never going to change. What’s the use of even trying? This is just our lot in life.” But deep down, they knew that it was only temporary. They stayed in faith. Last week, they brought me a picture of their brand new, beautiful home that they just moved into. They said, “Joel, this is God doing more than we could ever ask or think.” 

 

Sometimes in life, you may hit some setbacks, but don’t believe the lies that are telling you, “It’s never going to change. You’re never going to see that breakthrough.” No, every day remind yourself, “It’s only temporary. This is not going to last forever.” In fact, there is a scripture that says, “The things that we see are subject to change.” You may have been turned down a dozen times, but the good news is that it’s all subject to change. God is still on the throne. The next time you apply could be the time it all works out. The next time you resist and don’t give in to that addiction could be the time you break totally free. The next person you meet could be the person of your dreams. Keep believing. It’s not permanent!

 

It’s interesting that many times in scripture, when Jesus prayed for people, He asked how long they had been in that condition. He said to a crippled man lying at the pool of Bethesda, “How long have you been here?” The man replied, “Thirty-eight years.” Jesus asked a woman who was hunched over how long she had been sick. She replied, “Eighteen years.” Some parents brought their grown son who was blind to Jesus. Jesus asked, “How long has your son been blind?” They said, “Since his birth.” Why was Jesus so interested in the length of time? Why didn’t He just heal them and move on? It’s because Jesus wanted us to see that nothing is permanent. He wanted it to be forever recorded in scripture for all generations to come so that we would know it’s never too late.

 

You may be facing situations right now that have been the same year after year. It looks like it’s never going to change. God is saying today, “I can still turn it around. I can still bring that dream to pass. I can still bring the right people across your path. I can still heal your body, restore the relationship.” Keep praying, keep standing, keep believing knowing that with God all things are possible, and that trial you are facing is subject to change!


“. . . with God all things are possible
." (Matthew 19:26, NIV)

 

 

Don't Talk about Your Mountain; Talk to it!

In the Bible, when David faced Goliath, everyone around him was talking about the mountain. They were saying, "Goliath is so big. There's no way we can defeat him." Then along came a young man named David. He was only 17 years old. But somehow, he had a different perspective. When he saw Goliath, instead of saying, "He's so big. We don't have a chance," he said, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?" He was saying, "Hey, wait a minute. This is not right. This mountain doesn't need to keep us from our destiny." David's friends and the people around him began to laugh. They said, "David, are you crazy? You can't fight Goliath. You're just a kid. You're too small. You don't have any experience." But David shook it off. He went out to face Goliath--his mountain--and Goliath began to laugh. When he saw how young and small David was, he said, "Am I a dog that you would come at me with a stick?" He was saying, "Don't you have anything better to send out against me than this little runt? It's not even going to be a fight." But, David wasn't focused on the size of his giant; he was focused on the size of his God. He didn't just pray that he would defeat Goliath. He didn't beg and plead with God. No, he knew he already had the victory! David spoke to his mountain. He looked Goliath in the eyes and said, "Goliath, you come against me with a sword and a shield, but I come against you in the name of the Lord God of Israel." In other words, "You've got a sword, but I've got something better. I've got the forces of heaven backing me up." He said, "Goliath, this day the Lord will deliver you into my hands. I will defeat you and feed your head to the birds of the air." He was saying, "You may be big, but I know my God is bigger. And when I speak to the mountain, God's promised it will be removed!"

If you're going to break old habits and make changes in your life, you've got to speak to the giants that mock your victory. No matter what you may be facing, no matter how big those goals and dreams may seem, start changing your words and declare victory. Don't talk about your mountain; talk to it! Don't tell the world how big your problems are; tell them how big your God is! Stand in faith, speak victory and move forward in the freedom and blessing God has in store for you!

"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." (Mark 11:23 NIV)

 
 

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