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Taking responsibility 1

'The man said, "The woman...gave me some fruit...and I ate it."' Genesis 3:12 NIV

When God asked Adam if he'd eaten from the tree they'd been told not to eat from, Adam told God that it was Eve who made him do it. Eve told God that the devil had made her do it. Both were blaming others. It's true that without Eve suggesting Adam tried the fruit, he might never have thought to. And without the devil tempting Eve, she may not have eaten it either. But, ultimately, they both had a choice. Instead of taking responsibility for their choices, they chose to blame others.

We can to that too. But God wants us to take responsibility for our own lives and decisions. Until we do, he can't bless us as he desires. So we have to make the choice to accept when we've gone wrong, take responsibility and then move on. We must focus on where we're going and what we'd like to see happen, rather than having our eyes fixed on the rearview mirror, looking back at what was done and who did it.

Looking ahead takes the power away from dwelling on the past, where we don't have the ability to undo what was done, no matter who is to blame. So let's keep our eyes fixed straight ahead and remember what God says: 'Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing I am going to do' (Isaiah 43:18-19 NCV).

So what now? When you find yourself dwelling on your past, tell yourself: 'Forget what happened, stop blame shifting and look forward.'

Soulfood: Heb 1-4 Mark 6:14-29 Ps 18:1-29 Pro 11:19-21,

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