Your daily devotional by Dag Heward-Mills (8th December, 2015)

Posted: December 8, 2015 in Advice, Bible, Bible Commentary, Career, Christianity, Devotional, Quiet Time, Religion, Training, Words Of Wisdom, Worship
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December 08, 2015

NOSTALGIA

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Genesis 19:12-26

 

Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Luke 17:32,33

In Genesis 19, two angels were sent to Lot and his family in Sodom and Gomorrah. Their message was simple: “Escape for thy life; LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE…lest thou be consumed”(Genesis 19:17). Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Jesus also reminds us of the terrible mistake that Lot’s wife made as she was escaping from Sodom and Gomorrah. She was the only member of the family who looked back at her past.

We can liken this to believers who backslide because they keep looking back at the world and all it has to offer. As born-again believers, God has delivered all of us from sin, and it is important that we do not look back.

If you keep on remembering your past sinful life with nostalgia, you will go back if you keep looking back and you will fall if you keep looking backwards. I am looking ahead, and I intend to go forward with God’s work. As a medical doctor in full-time ministry, I could look back and consider returning to the practice of medicine. But I am not looking back; I am going forward, preaching, teaching and planting churches all over the world. I have no intention of going back to the full-time practice of medicine.

If there is a longing in your heart to go backwards or to look backwards, then you are manifesting a dangerous symptom of backsliding. Come before the Lord and ask Him to help you “kill” that interest in the past. Let it die!
Credit: Dag Heward-Mills

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