It’s All Dirt

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of {it} yet; but one thing {I do}: forgetting what {lies} behind and reaching forward to what {lies} ahead.” Phil. 3:13 A friend of mine has a way with words. He can often paint a verbal picture that leaves me thinking for days. He is a bit of a cowboy. One day we were discussing our pasts. He made an interesting observation, “One day I started to dig into my past. I dug fifty feet and hit dirt. At one hundred feet I also hit dirt. At two hundred, dirt again, until finally I reached a depth of seven hundred feet, still dirt. I quit, figuring no matter how deep I went it would just be dirt.” Well, amen! Isn’t that really what examining the past is like? We never hit anything but dirt. The past has died and decomposed. It is the enemy that would have us believe that there is something in our past, when uncovered, that will produce great release today when, in fact, it is an elaborate scheme to steal the present. That is His job, to steal the present, for the present holds the key to the future. Steal the present and the future is His. Many times I have sat and listened to believers talk about what it is like to be out of His presence and fellowship. They talk about how they miss it, why they miss it, what happened that they lost it. The whole discussion is a waste of time. For every moment the problem is analyzed, the problem is allowed to continue. Analyzing the problem is actually creating the problem. Stop analyzing the past and seize the present. He is as close as the words in your mouth. Call out, stop wasting time, He is there. Jesus took care of everything. Everything else is just dirt.

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