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Past or Present Living?

We are almost half way through January and my New Year Resolutions (NYR) are either broken or not started. How in a couple weeks can this happen? During my quiet time I was reminded how complacency is our enemy and its easier to stay in the our boat. I like my boat, comfortible, doesn’t require much effort, I know all the pros and cons so why take a risky step? Recall what the Lord ask Peter to do; trust me and get out of the boat. (Matthew 14:29) Another consideration we are dealing with is the bully spirit of self doubt, and the ugly creature of habit will keep us residing in past thinking and believing so we don’t get out of our old boat. (BTW, I love to boat and this analogy helps me process what I really need to do.) Keep in mind, the Bible tells says His mercies are new everyday so lets start again in 2023; whos counting? The spirit of comparsion will say I am, and we stay in the past. Be aware of the addiction to complaining about the past or blaming the past for life choices because it steals the gift of present being. There are certain behaviors I’ve learned over the years to achieve my NYR which include writing down my NYR and telling a friend for accountability. Plus, the desire to move into a newer, bigger and more beautiful boat is my other motivation to step out of my boat onto the water and keep looking up at Jesus. So begin your day with Jesus, cry out to Him and let me know you will not stay stuck in your past. Proclaim the grace, mercy and favor Jesus has for you. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says we are a new creation in Him so the spirit of past mistakes, bad habits and behaviors don’t have any hold in your life. Which will you choose for 2023; past or present living. No one can do the work for you but Jesus because He is always with us!

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