My Future Will Be Better Than My Past

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I believe your miracle is at hand.

God spoke early this morning and said something amazingly comforting.

"Your future will be better than your past."

Write this down.

My future will be better than my past.

<<Your Name>>’s future will be better than <<his/her>> past.

Keep confessing that revelation today and in the days to come.

There is no doubt in my mind that the miracle you need to go forward is not somewhere off in the future but present.

You are only one revelation from the miraculous breakthrough you need.

Here are seven keys to your future being better than your past.

1)  I Will Continue To Look Unto Him.

Psalm 123:1 in the New King James Version says:

“Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.”

In times of great difficulty. . .our human reaction is to seek answers in the wrong places.

We ask our best friend, next door neighbor, co-worker or anyone else we think can help.

This is particularly true when Christians find themselves looking to the “arm of flesh” for answers and relief from their financial pressures. 

Sadly, these Christians find themselves stuck where they are because their elevator to success is out of order.  Many of the folks in this environment are living from paycheck to Prozac.

But yet we fail to ask the One person who can tell us exactly how to react and respond to whatever we may be facing.

Looking into the realm of the flesh will give you nothing but maybe a temporary fix and a lot of frustration.

Looking unto Him works every time.

God alone has the answers we need to live victoriously because His Word and Holy Spirit will produce an eternal change in our lives.

Psalm 14:2 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, dealt wisely, and sought after God, inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him [of vital necessity].”

2)  I Will Seek His Best Until I Receive His Best.

Psalm 123:2 in the New King James Version says:

“Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He has mercy on us.”

I hear some things in Christian Music that trouble me.

Virtually every segment of Christianity has adopted modern praise and worship style music.

But, I hear too much "He gives and takes away" type of thinking in the songs that reflect denominationalism.

The whole idea that God brings suffering to teach us lessons and draw us closer to Him is "bunk."

Proverbs 10:22 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“The blessing of the Lord—it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].”

The God I serve is constantly seeking to position me in such a way that I qualify for His best and sorrow is removed.

The only thing God desires for me is His best. 

This requires that I fervently seek His best.

Living in God’s best is not an automatic.

When I seek Him, His best is available to me.

3)  I Will Contend For The Faith.

Jude 1:3 in the New King James Version says:

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”

We must be people of strong faith.

So many things are competing for our attention.

Family needs cry out in the midst of work demands.

We must fight for our focus.  We must "fight the good fight."

God instructs us to fight the good fight of faith. . .because we’re more than conquerors. . .who can overcome every attack of the enemy.

1 Timothy 1:18 in the New International Version says:

“Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.”

The word good is the Greek word kalos (G2570) which means:

“beautiful, handsome, excellent, eminent, choice, surpassing, precious, useful, suitable, commendable, admirable”

We must choose to contend, literally fight back, to expectantly maintain a posture of strong faith.

4)  I Will Pray In The Holy Spirit.

Jude 1:20 in the New King James Version says:

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”

I am determined to pray in the Spirit more than ever.

Yes, I am speaking of the Holy Spirit directed and empowered prayer.

I am also speaking of allowing the perfect prayer to flow through me as I pray in other tongues.

We have a supernatural relationship with our God.  It only makes sense that we communicate with Him in a supernatural manner, like praying in The Holy Spirit.

5)  I Will Remain In The Love Of God.

Jude 1:21 in the New King James Version says:

“keep yourselves in the love of God. . .”

Keeping ourselves in the love of God is a vitally important principle and it means we need to remain in sphere of God’s love and the place of His blessing.

Romans 5:5 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.”

The great news is that nothing or no one can keep us from the love of God.

Romans 8:39 in the New Living Translation says:

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

There can be no doubt that God loves us.  I mean, after all, He sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins.

1 John 4:16 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.”

We must stay obedient to God, since His divine blessings are manifested by our obedience to His Word.

6)  I Will Sow Mercy Unto Others.

Jude 1:21 in the New King James Version concludes by saying:

. . .looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for mercy is G1656 and it means:

“kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them; to exercise the virtue of mercy, show one's self merciful.”

I have needed the mercy of God.

I have needed His compassion rather than His judgment.

I believe the oldest law in the Bible is that of sowing and reaping.

I hope to never need mercy again in the sense of compassion that is released to remedy failing.

Once again, sin is not inevitable.  However, it is likely I may sin again . . . though not intentionally.  Because of this I must consciously sow mercy to those I know who have failed God.

7)  I Will Be Kept Safe By The Wisdom And Ability Of God.

Jude 1:24-25 in the New King James Version says:

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,  And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise,  Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever.  Amen.”

Portions of my past have been great.

Far too much of my past has been "mixed."

As I spend time in the presence of God, I become more like Him.

I am certain His wisdom and ability will become mine as I become more like our Lord Jesus.