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'Get over it' and move forward

'Be thankful in all circumstances.' 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

What kind of a future would a murderer, known as public enemy number one, on the run and living in the back end of nowhere, have? Apparently, a God-filled one. This pretty much sums up 40 years of Moses' life and, if God can use Moses, despite his dodgy past, God can certainly use you.

Sometimes with the past it's best just to get over it. Don't let your history haunt you; get over it! Don't let your hurts rent brain space; get over it! Don't take a 'round the world' guilt trip; get over it! Paul writes, 'Be thankful in all circumstances' (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT). In everything? Surely not. Are we to give thanks when a close mate hurts us? Are we to be thankful when we're feeling desperately lonely? And what about when someone close to us dies?

Something surprising happens when we focus on thanking God for working good into the situation, despite how we're feeling. God meets us, and our circumstances may not change but our hearts towards them do. The Bible is full of stories of broken people in nasty situations who come out the other side doing pretty amazing things.

So what now? Allow your situations to move you closer to God. Give thanks in order to get over your past. Like the apostle Paul, say, 'but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus' (Philippians 3:13-14 NAS).

Soulfood: 1 Ki 12-13 Mt 18:10-20 Ps 53 Pro 6:9-11,

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