THE TORCH

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Moving Foward from a Broken Past
10.26.19

Article by 

Todd Mock

Evangelist

Mephibosheth, The Dalles Oregon

1 Corinthians 1:26-30
Romans 4:17
 
“Brothers, consider the time of your calling: Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were powerful; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly and despised things of the world and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast in His presence. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.…”
“He makes the dead live again. He speaks, and something is made out of nothing.”
 
t is difficult for us to grasp the reality that there is absolutely nothing we can do to justify ourselves before God, no righteous act, good merit, nor strain of the human will. Before we were able to do anything right or wrong, before we were born, He chose you. . . you did not choose Him.
So what does this mean for us, are we to do nothing?
 
The answer is no we can do something.... believe but even in this, we cannot glory.  When we come to Jesus it is Him drawing us to Himself, an invitation to know Him and the Father and into a covenant of love. Believe that it is now Jesus in you taking over and you let go of trying to perfect yourself. Faith in His work in you! We don't know how to make ourselves, only He does.
 
How do we know Him, we become “Born Again”. This is a term that has been for decades looked upon as corny or cult-like although it is the absolute truth and the only way to God Himself. Being born again is being born of the Spirit, the Word of God. Christ in YOU! We can't perceive or begin to understand the things of God and the truth of His Word until we are born again of the Spirit. We are a new creation, God has made something out of nothing. We have become children of God! Behold all things new, although as time progresses it seems as though our past still haunts us. As the Apostle Paul stated, “Forgetting what is behind, I press forward...”. It may seem like our life reflects the picture above of a string of tin cans behind us as we try to peddle away from our past, the faster we peddle, the louder the cans get and everyone can hear. Those cans are a witness of what Jesus has done for you, let them proclaim the work He has accomplished in you. The past may haunt you, and others may remind you of your past failures but rest assured, Jesus came to remove the shame of your past and the guilt of things you may not be able to repair. Have faith in Him to finish the work He started in you, He alone will give you the victory!