Romans 10
June 26, 2014
1 John 2:6 – Abiding in Him Changes You
June 27, 2014
Romans 10
June 26, 2014
1 John 2:6 – Abiding in Him Changes You
June 27, 2014

Stay Off The Back Roads

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Ephesians 3:1-2
Seek those things which are above…Set your affection [mind and thinking]
on things above, not on things on the earth.

Have you had opportunities to drive on some interesting back roads? Sometimes it’s more enjoyable taking the roads less traveled, but keep in mind that not all back roads are necessarily good. When I was growing up we would drive to my grandparent’s cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains in California, and some afternoons we’d take the back roads to small lakes that weren’t overrun with people. Those back roads, filled with potholes and small streams to cross, got us to our destination but it was tough driving and at times not enjoyable.  

Those are the natural back roads here on earth. What about the spiritual back roads in your life? Did you know they exist? Paul talks about them in his several of his epistles. He encourages believers to forget the past and press on to things ahead (Philippians 3:13) and to continually seek the things that are above and not the things on the earth (Ephesians 3:1-2). Don’t get stuck in the ruts of the past, the back roads.

The past contains many back roads in our lives—roads that assault our thinking, roads that want to wrap around us and keep us captive by past mistakes, disappointments, wrong decisions—anything that makes you feel guilty, condemned or worthless. THOSE back roads are not to be taken.

As a born again believer you ought not to be driving on those particular back roads. Avoid them because you’ve been set free and delivered from whatever was in your past—it’s behind you. You’ve been translated into the kingdom of light and God’s continual guidance, revelation, love, and grace. Don’t go down the back roads any longer. Know that the finished work of Jesus for you provides new opportunities, new roads ahead, full of His blessings and provisions. Stay on the road of His grace and love and you’ll be full of joy and peace. Joseph Prince puts it this way: “When you are in Christ, your failures and past mistakes don’t determine your future.”

Say Jesus has redeemed my life and the back roads of the past are under the Blood of Jesus and have no authority in my transformed life of His love and grace.