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Several years ago, as a component of the Beth Moore Bible Study, Believing God, we were asked to complete a timeline of our life in 10 year segments, asking God to reveal to us all the spiritual mile markers in our lives…broken places, hurts, disappointments, accomplishments, and joyful times…to help us see that God had been there all along and His grace is sufficient.
I learned that the Hebrew concept of time is like a person rowing a boat. We see where we have been, with our back to the future. I can clearly see that God has been there with me all along. I am not stuck in the past: I am rowing into the future, moving forward, proactive, with my focus, my mindset, on God, who is sovereign. He sees the end from the beginning.
Morning after morning in my quiet time, I bring myself back to the Cross of Christ. As I bow before Him, I experience anew His mercy and grace, as I sense His blood dripping over the Crown of Thorns pressed into His brow, onto my heart, covering all my sin—past, present, and future. I get up from my knees wearing His robe of righteousness as I face the day ahead…rowing into the future...
Lord Jesus, without You, I can do nothing. May Your Holy Spirit, who dwells in the innermost part of me, take authority over my soul—the seat of my emotions, and my body--my fleshly desires and appetites. My determined purpose is that I may know You, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing, perceiving, and understanding the wonders of Your Person more clearly and more strongly. I am resting in Who You are and who You say I am—blessed with every spiritual blessing, accepted in the Beloved, adopted as a child of the King, chosen before the foundation of the world, redeemed by Your blood, forgiven by Your grace, loved with an everlasting love and underneath are Your everlasting Arms. In Your precious name I pray, amen.