Don’t Let the Past Come Back to Bite You!

“Today’s difficulties are often a result of yesterday’s disobedience.” – Priscilla Shirer

I’m working through Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon. (BTW – It’s excellent and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a study.) One of the points she makes is how many of Israel’s struggles were due to past time of them not completely obeying God.

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Looking back, I too can see how many of the struggles in my past could have been avoided if I had completely obeyed God.

– If I had of ended that relationship earlier…

– If I had of held off on making that large purchase…

– If I had not gotten that Elvis tattoo…(just kidding)

The list is long. However, there is value in looking back at such things to remind myself to fully obey God.


– God’s not in the business of making us perfect – rather He’s making us better.

– He’s not one to dwell in the past – rather He guides our future.

– He doesn’t rule us like puppets – rather He works to have a relationship with us.

Some times it’s easier (and fun) to partially obey what God is asking us to do. However, any time we partially do anything – it comes back to bite us.

Who wants to marry someone who’s partially committed or be operated on by a doctor who’s partially qualified?

Uh…I’ll pass on both.

A heart that is fully committed may face obstacles but it will also be fully blessed. God is worthy of our all!

What keeps you from fully obeying God?

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