Topic: Go Prepare Yourself. Pt Two [08/08/16]
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Philipians 3:12. Read: Judges 11:1-3
Jepthah in our Bible reading had an ugly experience of his past life. Being a son of an harlot, his brethren drove him away and refused to share their father's properties with him. Jepthah would have turned an armed robber or a nuisance in the society threatening his community. But he didn't give in to his ugly past life to dominate and ruin his future, rather, he did something different, he made something great out of his ugly past. Bible says, "Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him". (Vs 3) With the vain men, Jepthah built himself ahead of the future and when the future eventually came, he was ready. When the people of the land were at loggerhead with children of Ammon, they needed a warrior to deliver them, and that warrior was found in Jepthah the outcast.
There's no driver on the wheel that gets to his/her destination by looking backward. In the same vein, you can't make headway in life by mulling over your past experience. Paul said , "this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are BEHIND, and reaching forth unto those things which are BEFORE". Beloved, there're always those things which are before (future) to reach out for, rather than reach out for those things which are behind (past). Past experiences are part of your life history, but must be refined (through God's Word) to enhance your future not to defeat it. Jepthah and Paul overcame their past, you too can through God's help.
Don't be defeated by your past, rather, defeat your past by your preparation for the future through Christ.
By Emode Victor