April 9, 2020 Passover. Leave the Past Behind!

Failure and disappointments. Aches and pains from the past that just won’t go away. Most of us know it’s like to suffer from them but too few of us know just what to do about them. So we limp along, hoping somehow they’ll magically stop hurting. But it never happens that way. In fact, the passing of time often leaves us in worse condition – not better. Because, instead of putting those painful failures behind us, we often dwell on them until they become more real to us than the promises of God. We focus on them until we become bogged down in depression, frozen in our tracks by the fear that if we go on, we’ll only fail again. I used to get caught in that trap a lot. Then one day when I was right in the middle of a bout with depression, the Lord spoke up inside me and said: Delana, your problem is you’re forming your thoughts of the past instead of the future. Don’t do that! Unbelief looks at the past and says, “See, it can’t be done.” But faith looks at the future and says, “It can be done, and according to the promises of God, it is done!” Then putting past failures behind it forever, faith steps out and acts like the Victory’s already been won. If depression has driven you into a spiritual nosedive, break out of it by getting your eyes off the past and onto your future – a future that’s been guaranteed by Christ Jesus through the great and precious promises in His Word. Forget about those failures in the past! That’s what God has done (Hebrews 8:12). And if He doesn’t remember them any more, why should you? The Bible says God’s mercies are new every morning. So if you’ll take God at His Word, you can wake up every morning to a brand-new world. You can live life totally unhindered by the past. So, do it! Replace thoughts of yesterday’s mistakes with Scriptures promised about your future. As you do that, hope will start taking the place of depression. The spiritual aches and pains that have crippled you for so long will quickly disappear. Instead of looking behind you and saying, “I can’t, ” You’ll begin to look ahead and say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

Feed on the Word!                                                                               Once you’ve made the Word of God final authority in your life, your first step to victory over the attacks of the enemy is to go to the Word and lay hold of God’s promises concerning your situation.                                                Notice I said, “Go to the Word.” Its good to have the Word committed to memory. But don’t let that substitute for getting the Word before the your eyes on a daily basis.         Think about it this way. It never did a hungry person any good to think about what a potato tastes like. Not even if he could remember it perfectly. The same thing is true with the Word of God. It’s important to keep it in memory, but it’s also necessary to go directly to it and feed your spirit with it. There is power in keeping the Word in front of your eyes and going into your ears. That’s how it gets in your heart, so you can live by it. So don’t just think about the Word today, read it. Go to the promises that cover your situation. Feed on those promises and grow stronger! Read: Deuteronomy 6:

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over: 1 Peter 5:9-10 > “Withstand [the devil]; be firm in faith [against his onset – rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen and settle you.”

No matter how long you’ve been living by faith, no matter how much you’ve learned about it, every once in a while you’re going to suffer a setback. You’re going to run into some circumstances that just don’t turn out the way you expect them to.                                                                             When that happens, remember this: Those setbacks are just temporary. You may have lost a battle, but you’re not going to lose the war. Just get up and go at it again.                 “But I don’t understand it,” you say. “I did the best I could. I walked in all the truth I knew to walk in. Why didn’t I get the victory?”                                                                                        Because there was something you didn’t know! It shouldn’t shock you too much that there are things you don’t know about the realm of the spirit. Ken and I have been in the ministry for more than 35 years. We’ve spent untold hours in the Word. Yet it seems like the more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know.                                  So when we get to a situation where we can’t seem to get victory we have to ask God for more wisdom. If you’ll look in 2 Samuel 21, you can see a time when King David had to do that. His country had been suffering from a famine for three years and David just didn’t understand it, so he inquired of the Lord. You know the Lord told him? He told him the famine had come because of something Saul had done! Isn’t that amazing? Saul had been dead for years, yet what he’d put in motion in the realm of the spirit was still affecting his country.                     David could have just given up when his usual confessions of faith and ways of praying didn’t drive out that famine, but he didn’t. He inquired of God for more wisdom. He used his temporary setback to cause him to seek more knowledge from God.                                                   Follow his example! Overcome the habit of quitting because of temporary setback. Refuse to let them knock you out of the game. After all, this thing’s not over till it’s over. And the Bible says when it’s all over, you’ll have won. So just be steadfast in your faith. In the end your victory is guaranteed.      Read Scripture 2 Samuel 21:          

Weapons of Praise: Psalm 9:1-3 > “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thuo most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.”                                                                                             Never underestimate the importance of praise. It’s one of the most powerful spiritual weapons you have.                        Praise is more than a pleasant song or a few uplifting words about God. It does something. It releases the very presence of God Himself. And, when the presence of God comes on the scene, your enemies are turned back. Sickness and disease can’t stay on your body. Poverty can’t stay in our houses.                                                                    Even physical weariness has to flee when it’s faced with real joy-filled praise. I know that from experience. Years ago, when I first began conducting “Healing School,” I had a real battle with fatigue. I’d minister and lay my hands on the sick for so many hours at a time that by the meeting had ended, I was sometimes too physically weak even to close the service.                                                                     Then, in one particular meeting, I discovered the power of praise. I had just finished praying for those in the prayer line and, as usual, I was exhausted. But instead of rest, the Spirit of the Lord impressed on me that what I needed was to rejoice in the Lord. So, I did. I began to praise the Lord with my whole heart, mind and body. Do you know what happened? The tireless left me. And I was energized with the presence of God! The next time the devil tries to stifle your effectiveness, to drain you of the strength and wealth and victory that’s yours in Jesus, turn him back with that powerful weapon. Lift your hands and voice and whole heart to God and PRAISE!

Use God’s MO: Hebrews 11:3 – “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

Leaving the Pain Behind: 1 Corinthians 13:5 – “Love, is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” Have you ever tried to forgive someone and found you simply couldn’t do it? You’ve cried about it and prayed about it and asked God to help you, but those old feelings of resentment just failed to do away. Put an end to those kinds of failures in the future by basing your forgiveness on faith rather than feelings. True forgiveness doesn’t have anything at all to do with how you feel. It’s an act of the will. It is based on obedience to God and on faith in Him. That means once you’ve forgiven a person, you need to consider them permanently forgiven! When old feelings rise up within you and Satan tries to convince you that you haven’t really forgiven them, resist him. Say, “No, I’ve already forgiven that person by faith. I refuse to dwell on those old feelings.” Then, according to 1 John 1:9, believe that you receive forgiveness and cleaning from the sin of unforgiveness and from all unrighteousness associated with it – including any remembrance of having been wronged! Have you ever heard anyone say, “I may forgive, but I’ll never forget!” That’s a second rate kind of forgiveness that you, as a believer, are never supposed to settle for. You’re to forgive supernaturally “even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgotten you” (Ephesians 4:32). You’re to forgive as God forgives. To release that person from guilt permanently and unconditionally and to operate as if nothing happened between you. You’re to purposely forget as well as forgive. As you do that, something supernatural will happen within you. The pain once caused by that incident will disappear. The power of God will happen within you. The pain once caused by that incident will disappear. The power of God will wash away the effects of it and you’ll be able to leave it behind you once and for all. Don’t become an emotional bookkeeper, keeping careful accounts of the wrongs you have suffered. Learned to forgive and forget. It will open a whole new world of blessing for you. Read Scripture: Luke 6

Use God’s MO: Hebrew 11:3 > “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” God uses words to create. He used His Word to “frame” the worlds. Just look in the first chapter of Genesis and count how many times you see the phrase, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God said, Let there be a firmament. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together. And God said, Let the earth bring forth….” (verses 3,6,9,11). God doesn’t do anything without saying it first. That’s His MO, His mode of operation. And, if you’re smart, you’ll use that mode of operation too. You’ll take His words and speak them out until they take on form and substance and become a reality in your life. “Well Delana, i have tried that and it didn’t work. I said, ‘By His strips I’m healed’ four times and nothing happened.” Big deal. God started saying that Jesus was coming in the Garden of Eden. He said it again in Exodus. He said it again in Numbers and Deuteronomy. He said it in Isaiah and the other prophets. He said it all through the Old Testament, over and over again. Then after about 7,000 years, the book of John tells us, “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” (1:14). So if you’ve said you’re healed four times and nothing’s happened, don’t worry about it. Just keep saying it! You might think it’s taking a long time to manifest, but I’ll guarantee you, it won’t take 7,000 years. Do you want to operate in God’s power? Then use His MO. Speak out His words and let them frame a life full blessing for you! Read Scripture Genesis 1

Live the Love Life: 1 John 2:5-6 > “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” There is nothing – absolutely nothing – that is more important than learning than learning to love. In fact, how accurately you mush of the perfect the love will determine how much of the perfect will of God you accomplish. That’s because every other spiritual force derives its action from love. For example, the Bible teaches us that faith works by love. And answered prayer is almost an impossible when a believer steps outside of love and refuses to forgive or is in strife with his brother. Without love, your giving will not work. Tongues and prophecy will not work. Faith fails and knowledge is unfruitful. All the truths that you have learned from God’s Word work by love. They will profit you nothing unless you live the love of God. First Corinthians 13:4-8 paints perfect picture of how love behaves. It’s patient and kind. It’s not jealous or proud. It doesn’t behave rudely or selfishly and it isn’t touchy. Love “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? But don’t despair. You are a love creature. God has re-created your spirit in the image of love. And He has sent His love Spirit to live in you and teach you how to love as He loves. You can live the love life. Begin today. Read Scripture 1 Corinthians 13

Take Some New Ground: Matthew 18:19 > “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” As a believer, you and I are part of a conquering army, constantly claiming new ground for the kingdom of God. Right? Well, yes, that’s why it should be. But just about the time the army tops the hill and is ready to advance, it seems satan pulls out his big guns – division – and scatters believers in every direction. How can we strike back against the strategy of division? By launching an even more powerful attack of our own. By using one of the most powerful resources given us by the Lord Jesus: the prayer of agreement. Jesus said that if any two would agree as touching anything we ask, it shall be done! That statement is so powerful that most people don’t really believe it. If they did, you’d find little groups of Christians huddled up in every corner agreeing in prayer. Find someone to agree with in prayer this week. Be sure to base what you pray on is the Word og God. Also, be sure your agreement is total – spirit, soul, and body. Cast down arguments, theories and imaginations that are contrary to the Word. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Keep watch over your thoughts and your words. Then get your body in line by speaking the thibgs you’ve agreed on. Act like you’ve already received the answer. Don’t keep asking God for it. Stay in agreement and take some new ground for the Lord! Read Scripture Acts 4:1-31

Author: Delana Forsyth

My strength is from God through me. I am a Christian, I believe in Jesus the Man of God

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