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February 15, 2012

Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes.  It’s easy to look back and see what you coulda, shoulda, and woulda done had you just known.  So many people spend their lives right there staring into that dusty looking glass and live their lives filled with regrets and what-ifs.  But there is a more appropriate way to look at your life … from His perspective.

Ephesians 1:4-6 — just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (NASB)

Before the foundations of the world, God looked forward and saw you.  He desired for you to be one of His kids and then made it happen.  Don’t believe me, take a look at this passage:

2 Timothy 1:8-9 — Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, (NASB)

God is in the business of looking forward.  God is in the business of pointing forward as He did when He foretold of Christ when He spoke to Satan in the book of Genesis:

Genesis 3:15 — And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel. (NASB)

Because of God’s redemptive work of the cross, through Jesus Christ, He looks at you differently, too.  Specifically, when you turn to God, repent of your sins, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, He sees you like this:

2 Peter 3:18-19 — knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. (NASB)

The Father sees you through the blood of His Son, Jesus.  In Him, you are holy, spotless, blameless.  Fully redeemed, fully His, fully His child.  He called you, made a way for you, then paid the price.  You are His.

So stop looking back except to point to the day you turned your life over to Him.  In our past, that’s the only day that matters.

— Pastor Rick

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