Have you noticed how many people look back with longing? Didn’t we learn anything from the Israelites’ wandering in the desert for 40 years?
Looking backwards gives you a distorted view. Try it look over your shoulder—don’t turn anything but your head. How is that view of where you have been?
If God had wanted you there he would not have brought you to where you are now. Think about it.
The enemy casts thoughts as accurately as a fly fisherman and like the
fish you do NOT have to take the bait. Like any passionate fisherman he does continue to cast though—hear the sound of the reel as the fly heads towards the pool of your doubts (you know that area where you hide from everyone and meditate on 1/2 truths, fleshy longings, emotional bondages). Snap-he hooks you like a fish and continuously pulls the line to turn your head and focus from Christ back to some other time and he makes it look GOOD.
Turn and look over your shoulder—it is distorted. That is what the enemy does. He distorts your view. That distortion removes all the negatives and gives you a fuzzy view of what he wants you to see.
Remember the Israelites? They were in Egypt, slaves who had to build the pyramids. People go look at the pyramids or look at the pictures and marvel at how wonderful they are but is there any realization of the cost? The lives that were lost? The blood, sweat and tears that were required for every block put into place? We look back at the wonder and the beauty but it is a distorted view. The oppression was horrible and it increased every time they did something that irritated their “masters”. They ended up having to make their own bricks and build.
What is being distorted in your life?
- An abusive marriage that is remembered “fondly” because it wasn't “that” bad—and at least you weren't lonely.
- A childhood that wasn’t what you wanted so “everything” was bad.
- High school where you were never accepted in the popular crowd so you were a failure.
What distortions are in your life? Pack them up. Ship them off--useless baggage.
What distortions do you see in other's lives? Things they cannot seem to get free from? Does it break your heart for them or does it irritate you? If it irritates--repent. Then put on your armor and help them through intercession. God doesn't show us things for entertainment but for restoration and redemption.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. Is 58:11-12
Get your armor on--we have work to do....