Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Focus... Concentrate... Press on- and up!

One of the best things I have done for myself is to take this class "Cleansing Streams". It has brought me more peace and emotional well being then any other thing I have done in my life. It has also given me direction and purpose. What i am learning is priceless truthfully.

In the last 6 years I have tried hard to deal with things that have happened in my past. I have gone through years of counseling, as well as taken a Christian class that was based on dealing with past issues. I still could not get over the past. I found that therapy and classes did help some, and i learned a lot, but I still had not let go of the past. I have come to a point in my life that i find myself needing to get over the past. It was time to move forward, and stop dwelling on the past. I needed to live in the here and now as well as look toward the future. Cleansing Streams is providing exactly that.

What i love about the class is that it gives you steps to take. Ones that are important. Steps that have given me so much healing! Each week that I have gone I have changed a little more. Each class has brought me growth and healing.

Today I sat in prayer with the Lord. I then sat and read his word. What popped out at me right away was a verse in Philippians.

In Philippians 3:13-14 it says this: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

In my NIV devotional bible it touches on the topic further in saying this: "Forgetting what is behind"! We're little amateur psychologists these days, trying to remember all our pasts-- bringing up why our mothers did this and our fathers did that--to explain all our idiosyncrasies and quirks.
The Bible doesn't so deal with us. It pronounces us sinners and then says to "get on with it', to look up and forward! All the great people of faith in Hebrews 11 looked forward (Hebrews 11:10,14-16,20-22, 26,39-40). So did Jesus: he endured the cross "for the joy set before him"(Hebrews 12-22).
Then , with Paul, we must strain toward what's ahead and fix our attention on that: all God's promises, all our inheritance, and the goal, the prize--Jesus himself!
"one thing I do," says Paul. It's one thing believers who shed the clutter and baggage and get there. They eliminate and concentrate, and they make it!

Take David for instance:
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4)

Or take Mary. She sat at the feet of Jesus. And he said to her bustling sister Martha, "Only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42)

Be a "one-thing" Christian! Focus! Concentrate! Press on- and up!

That is exactly what I plan on doing.


S'onnie said...

I am glad you have been able to find some peace for your self

Jade said...

What a great post. I'm so glad that you have found something that is helping you to bring peace into your life. Thats awesome! Keep on keepin on!

Mimi said...

we know that Christ died for our sins...and we know that God forgives us for ALL our what you need to do dear Mysti, is to forgive yourself for your cannot change it...God has forgiven now you need to forgive yourself...and anyone else involved in your problems of the past...
I am praying for you

Fallen Angels said...

I left this for you a while ago...
I have had to make my blog private and would like to invite you. I lost my address book in my computer crash. My email is the same...please email me so I can invite you.

MYSTI said...

Ty Sonnie :)

Jade ty for the encouragement!

Mimi you are exactly right, and that is partly what i have been learning in class. :) Thankyou for the words of wisdom, and prayers!

Fallen I dont have your address any longer cries. I to lost all info on my other computer. I tried iming you on yahoo, and did not get a response. Would you please send it to my yahoo email?

Thank you!

Fallen Angels said...

I also lost my yahoo messenger...and for some reason it won't install now. Am sending an invite though.

'Tart said...

I am thinking that this one thing, is foundation, or also called grounding. It's wonderful how Jesus and the Bible provide strength when you need it, as I did as I read this. It makes me want to read more.

MYSTI said...

I agree with you tart it is the foundation of everything i am learning. I am so glad that someone else saw that! I am also glad that you understand. :) Hugs you!

Jo said...

It is more than obvious to me that God led you to what you needed to know. So many people pray and then wonder why God doesn't answer their prayers. He does answer, but they just don't listen or recognize his voice when he talks to them.

MYSTI said...

You are so very right Jo. If one only sits quietly and listen one will hear and recognize Gods voice when he speaks to you. :)