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Don’t Idolize the Past- Alistair Begg

This is a devotional sent to me by @kaylynnkrieg.
This is exactly what I’ve been praying about the last few days. Not looking longingly at the past with its comforts and sweet memories, but being fully here, now.
God can only dwell with you in the present. You can’t feel his presence in the past or future… We are present beings and we need to seek him in the now!

Don’t Idolize the Past

Many Christians are able to view the past with pleasure but regard the present with dissatisfaction. They look back upon the days that they have spent in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known; but as to the present, it is as if they were smothered by a heavy blanket of gloom and dreariness. Once they lived near Jesus, but now they feel that they have wandered from Him, and they say, “Oh, that I were as in the months of old.” They complain that they have lost their evidences, or that they no longer have peace of mind, or that they have no enjoyment in the means of grace, or that their conscience is hardened, or that they are no longer as zealous for God’s glory as they once were.

The causes of this mournful state of things are many. It may arise through a comparative neglect of prayer, for a neglected closet is the beginning of all spiritual decline. Or it may be the result of idolatry. The heart has been occupied with something else, more than with God; the affections have been set on the things of earth instead of the things of heaven. A jealous God will not be content with a divided heart; He must be loved first and best. He will withdraw the sunshine of His presence from a cold, wandering heart. Or the cause may be found in self-confidence and self-righteousness. Pride is busy in the heart, and self is exalted instead of lying low at the foot of the cross.

Christian, if you are not now as you “were . . . in the months of old,” do not be content to simply wish for a return of your former happiness, but go at once to seek your Master and tell Him your sad state. Ask His grace and strength to enable you to walk more closely with Him; humble yourself before Him, and He will lift you up and allow you once more to enjoy the light of His countenance. Do not sit down to sigh and lament; while the beloved Physician lives there is hope; there is a certainty of recovery even for the worst cases.

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What People Don’t Know by Kate Ritchie

Confessions of a Pastor’s Wife: What People Don’t Know.

Birdcages and Free Range Cows- {How to be free as a bird (or a cow) Part 1}

Birdcages and Free Range Cows- How to be free as a bird (or a cow) Part 1

It’s interesting to me the craze over birdcages right now, especially as it coincides with the rise in popularity of buying free range/animal friendly meat. I know I’m probably psycho-analyzing a little too deep in this, but oh well. Isn’t it funny how we think shabby chic bird cages are so cute but then we watch Food Inc and obsess over

freeing animals from their cages,

allowing them to range free in the great outdoors!

I have been thinking alot about life lived in a cage. We can feel like we are held in captivity by our bad decisions and habits. And on the flip side, we can feel imprisoned by the pain and heartache we’ve experienced.

These areas are often very clear to us. We are held in captivity by every sin imaginable, and we commit

ourselves to them like a slave to his master. As victims of sin, when the wrongdoing is not our fault, we can feel shame and put our identity in this sin.

The road to freedom is in asking ourselves where we are trapped in sin.

Ask yourself these questions and write down the answers:

  1. What are your false idols?
  2. What do you treasure the most?
  3. What do you most fear losing?
  4. What do you love the most?
  5. What is in the position of glory?
  6. The answers to these questions will tell you where your desires are out of place.
  7. The road to freedom is in asking ourselves where we are unable to heal by trusting God with our shame.
  8. Where we are hurting and in need of healing?
  9. In what have you closed the door on heartache and pain and not allowed healing?
  10. What area are you too afraid to face?
  11. What memories make you cringe?
  12. What areas do you doubt your identity in Christ?
  13. Where we are not strengthening ourselves in the Lord?

I’ve never seen a clearer picture of freedom! Ha! Click to see the video.