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Forward ho!


I have recently trying to lose weight and got really disappointed when the scale did not reflect my new changes in my diet. I have to say I even got a little angry and thought “Then what am I doing this for?”

Well scripture started popping into my head and I quickly jotted them down into my phone so I could share them with you and what I felt like I was hearing from God.

First, I do not quit, but I ‘press forward to the goal’ (Philippians 3:13) Ever try winning a race going backwards?  My motion physically has to be the same spiritually. We must be striving to obtain the prize: a better relationship with God. Since God is the perfect partner to enter into a relationship with, that means that all of the work is on my end. I have to be the one who changes.
It has taken me thirty-seven years to end up where I am, so I know that changes are not going to come overnight, but little by little. This is how changes come with the Father too. We learn little by little and line by line. (Isaiah 28:9-11)

One thing I have been learning little by little lately is from a teaching my pastor has given on position versus condition.  My position is I am the daughter of God. I follow Him and because He is the way the truth and the life and NO MAN (or woman) comes to the Father but by HIM! (John 14:6) I am changed eternally INTERNALLY! The other stuff, the way I think, my bad habits, even the way I look won’t change because I get saved. I am still the same in those areas and that is my condition, not my position. We need to first learn the difference between position and condition before we make changes that will matter. (Matthew 23:26)  
Since we are not promised tomorrow that means the time is now!  Put your hand to the plow and do not look back! (Luke 9:62) this means I can’t give up on my new diet, and we can’t give up when the plow hits a big rock that hides right beneath the surface of the dirt.

That brings me to my last point. Obstacles. There will be obstacles in our lives hindering our way to our goals. This is true in the physical world, aka gaining ½ a pound instead of losing is an obstacle for me, and it is true in the spiritual as well. We cannot lose focus. Remember the first scripture, I press forward.  (Philippians 3:13)  I press against the enemy who tries to destroy me (1 Peter 5:8) I press against society (Romans 12:2) I press against that nagging voice of doubt in my head, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by THE WORD OF GOD, not the words of doubt in my head! (Romans 10:17)  So I will press against obstacles and I will tell them to be removed and I will MOVE FORWARD! (Matthew 21:21)  
In conclusion I want to tie this in to the Waiting on God series we have been doing. (What do you mean you want me to wait?  Waiting is Work and Grass for the Donkey, Gas for the Dodge) Dreams and visions are future things. So while we wait on God to bring those to life, we must press, we must move forward. Dreams and visions don’t dwell behind you, but they do dwell in front of you, so FORWARD HO! Onward Christian soldier. GO! GO! GO!  With Christ ALL things are possible. (Mark 10:27)
Be blessed and be a blessing and remember go is a verb! 

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