his following post is adapted from Ps Phil Pringle's message on Sunday 9th September, at the C3 Oxford Falls 10am service.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.”
Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)
Many of us struggle with indecisiveness but it is decision making that leads us forward. As we continue to make decisions and move forward we build momentum for our life. The greater the momentum, the brighter our path forward gets (Proverbs 4:18 NKJV).
God wants us to move forward and stop going around in circles like the Israelites did (Deut 2:3 NKJV). This is because we are transformed more and more into His image as we move forward in our faith. (2 Cor 3:18 NKJV). When we are hard on ourselves it de-energises us from moving. However when we decide to see ourselves as the glory of the Lord, a new creation in His image it transforms our outlook on life and keep us moving.
It is frustrating knowing we are ‘called’ but not going anywhere. In order to be ‘go somewhere’ we first need teaching and then we can move to be the teacher. (Hebrews 5:12a NKJV) As we take travel forward it creates a pathway to realise our calling and mature in Christ. As we take on greater responsibility for our transformation we learn to help others in their spiritual pathways.
Ps Phil covered the first principle that is pivotal to our transformation and forward momentum:
Repentance from Dead Works
Repentance is a doorway. A doorway to faith.
The devil will use a snare of condemnation to deter us from the plans God has for us (Psalm 124:7 NKJV). It is God alone that set us free from this snare. One of the things that can get us stuck in the first place is letting our past inhibit our future.
Repentance helps us to:
- Get unstuck from bondage
- Acknowledge past offences,
- Make the choice whether to stay offended or let go
Forgiveness sets our soul free. Unforgiveness is like holding a knife to your own neck.
We may have a secret that we hide in the darkness. God gives us the free will to choose to shine the light on that secret. We must make the decision to open the door so the secret comes out into the light. Be persistent in walking into the light, into freedom. It may require you to do it every day until you develop a habit of hiding nothing in the darkness.
When we bring something into the light, it loses its power. Jesus’ blood cleanses the soul like nothing else can. This will enable you to put on a new version of you. You will be able to step into your ‘calling’ with greater clarity and freedom.
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)
Once we’ve let go of the past, leave it there. Don’t keep dwelling on it. Yes, we may have a bad memory but many of us suffer from ‘bad forgetory’. God wants us to let it go, in fact, He’s tired of us dwelling on the past and he has sent Jesus to wipe out our sins, our secrets that have been hidden away and our offence.
God does not remember our sins. (Isaiah 43:24-25 NKJV) and desires for us to stand our ground and state our case as being saved by the blood of Jesus (v 26) so that we don’t ‘consider the things of old.’ (v18)
Forgiveness is the most powerful means of setting us free and will lead us onto a pathway of spiritual transformation from glory to glory.
Something to talk about:
- Is there an area in your life where you feel stuck and struggling with indecision so as to move forward?
- Share an experience of where you or someone you know discovered the freedom of repentance and/or confession.
- Discuss together what it mean to each person that God does not remember their sins