Your Future Will Be Better Than Your Past

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God stirred something both amazingly comforting and powerful in me last night.  I suggest you write it down.

"Your future will be better than your past."

Personalize it.

“<<Your Name>>’s future will be better than your past."

Job 8:7 in the Contemporary English Version confirms in scripture the word that I was given.

“Your future will be brighter by far than your past.”

Can somebody say “Hallelujah!!”

Those eight words resonated in my spirit and have constantly been on my mind since that moment.  Here are seven things which will make your future 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.”

I have sought answers elsewhere.

I looked in the realm of the flesh and found nothing.

Here’s an absolute.

Never look to a man or woman for an answer to a question that God should and can answer for you.

We were created in God’s image and after His likeness . . .so it just stands to reason that if there’s a problem. . .we need to check the manufacturer’s instruction manual first.

When we look to God. . .He gives us peace in the midst of every storm. . .no matter how intense.

Philippians 4:7 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 26:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”

In those moments of genuine honesty I recall God as the Only Answer and the One who gives me peace in the midst of every storm.

2)  Seek His Best Until I Receive His Best.

Psalm 123:3 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.

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

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

Proverbs 10:22 in Classic Amplified Bible personalized says:

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

The only thing God desires for me is His best.  This requires that I fervently seek His best.  When I do, His best is mine.

3)  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 very many things compete 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."

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

We also must speak with our mouth what is living in our hearts.

Romans 10:8 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach.”

4)  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 tongues.

We have a supernatural relationship with our God.  It only makes sense that we communicate with Him in a supernatural manner.

1 Corinthians 14:2 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

“For one who speaks in an [unknown] tongue speaks not to men but to God, for no one understands or catches his meaning, because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].”

5)  The Love Of God Knows No Boundaries.

Jude 1:21 in The Living Bible says:

“Stay always within the boundaries where God’s love can reach and bless you. . .”

The good thing about the boundaries of God’s love is they are unlimited.

Proverbs 4:23 says:

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for issues is (tote sa uff) tō·tsä·ä (H8444) is a real estate term and it means:

“borders, the parameters”

Your heart sets the borders of your life.

The outside circumstances don’t set the borders of your life; it’s what’s in your heart that sets the boundaries or determines the course of your life.

The New Living Translation of Proverbs 4:23 says:

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Consider this thought. . .when you are sharing the love of God or meditating on a rhema revelation from the Word of God. . .then you are expanding the borders of your life.

6)  Sow Mercy Unto Others.

Jude 1:21 in The Living Bible concludes by saying:

“. . . Wait patiently for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you.”

I need the mercy of God.

I need God’s 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 to remedy failing.

However, it is likely I will.  Because of this I will consciously sow mercy to those who have failed God.

Mercy is properly defined as:

“Divine favor or compassion”

In order to reap mercy, we must be merciful to others…especially those who are undeserving of our mercy.

Matthew 5:7 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!”

If we sow mercy. . .we will reap God’s favor and salvation no matter what our circumstances may be.

If we don’t sow mercy. . .we will most assuredly not reap mercy.

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

Jude 1:24-25 Classic Amplified Bible says:

“Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]—

25 To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).”

God is able to keep me and you, for that matter, from stumbling . . .slipping. . . falling  and to bring us into His glorious presence with a single fault.

Can somebody say “Hallelujah?!”

An insatiable appetite for the Word of God. . .will increase our wisdom by His Word. . .and keep us more fully in His presence. . .so we can become more like Him.

I am certain His wisdom and ability will become mine as I become more like Him.

If we can get a hold of the revelation that our future is better than our past then we will flow in an incredible revelatory insight with supernatural favor.