Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:07 AM

Ashes of Yesterday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:07 AM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:07 AM
There is a principal in the Bible that you may not have heard of, but it is one that you will find encouraging. I want to start this morning by speaking to you on the “Ashes of Yesterday”. I want this study to renew and refresh you; therefore I have written you this poem for the ashes of yesterday.

Tomorrow is forged in the fire of today; forget about the ashes of yesterday.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

Our sins are at the depths of the sea, and as far as the east is from the west.

For our welfare and in love, God has cast all our sins behind His back.

[Fred Myers]

Let me read you a verse in Isaiah and Job about feeding on ashes.

Is 44:20 He feeds on ashes; a deluded heart has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”

Job 13:12 Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

God does not think much of the ashes of yesterday, and neither should you.

When you feed on the ashes of yesterday, you will delude yourself in some way, you will weaken yourself, you will be unable to discern the Truth, and your wisdom will be worthless.

God has certainly made it clear in these next verses. Forget about the ashes of yesterday and you will be fruitful even in your affliction. This is a story of Joseph in Egypt.

Ge 41:50 Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him.        Ge 41:51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.” Ge 41:52 The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

Listen to the Apostle Paul, he said that he was the first among sinners; now listen to what else he had to say.

 Php 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead; Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Php 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Php 3:16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Your Christian duty is to forget what lies behind, [the ashes of yesterday], and strain forward to what lies ahead [your Kingdom work]. Only hold true to what you have attained through Jesus Christ [your saving faith].

 

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