Sunday, July 06, 2014

July 6, 2014 … “Rear View Dangers”

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 187

Devotional Song:   Go to this link …   Please go this video link to hear Queen Latifah singing Fix Me Jesus, Using the same song from yesterday’s devotional because it expresses the need of every Christian for Jesus to show us the way to a reformation of spirit.

Highlight Passage - NKJV - Jeremiah 6: 16
  16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Highlight Passage [Context] - Jeremiah 6: 13-20 … Go to this link

Reference Passsage #1 … Proverbs 3: 5-6 [NKJV]
5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. 
6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

Reference Passsage #2 … Luke 9: 23 [NKJV]
  23 Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. ... "

Reference Passsage #3 … Romans 1: 28-32 [NKJV] … Go to this ink

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry begins with the following paragraph … “You may have heard the saying, "The past is supposed to be a guidepost, not a hitching post.” It’s easy to become tied to memories of “the good old days” instead of using our experiences to find direction for the road ahead. We are all susceptible to the paralyzing effects of nostalgia—a longing for what used to be."

Getting transfixed on the past can be like trying to drive a car by viewing the road only by looking in the rear view mirror. The view, as in the attached photo, may be lovely; but one cannot safely drive onward into the future by looking only in the rear view mirror. On the other hand, one cannot safely drive forward without using the rear view mirror to see what’s behind. We will certainly come afoul in life if we ignore where we’ve been. That’s what the Prophet Jeremiah was trying to get across to Judah in today’s highlight passage because of how they had ignored all of God’s signposts, having gone off of God’s way onto a very dangerous road. But the people of Judah ignored Jeremiah’s warnings; and The Lord let His own people drive themselves into captivity.

 Going on down the road of history, the Apostle Paul was doing his best to tell the New Testament church to get back on track [i.e., God’s way] in his letter to the Romans (see Romans 1: 18-32 linked above). And Paul’s admonition in that passage fits perfectly as a warning for today’s church as well. 

If we don’t pay attention to the road by using both the rearview mirror of history and the clear signs in the windshield ahead, God is going to do exactly what He said He would in the Romans 1 passage. He will turn our culture and our world over to ourselves; and we will drive ourselves off the cliff of disaster we are most certainly approaching ahead. And that’s why I pray as I do below >>> ...

My Prayer for Today … Lord, help us see where we’ve been and where we’re going. Help us to get back on track; … make Your way our highway. … Amen

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