“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
Most of us have heard or we have said to someone, “move on;” “get over it;” or something similar. We say these things, many times flippantly, but how do we move forward?
The first and most important step to moving forward is acknowledging that we have been stuck. The Word of God states “And you shall know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.” John 8:32. We must be honest with ourselves. Honest about where we are and where we have been. Sometimes, we can be in a situation for so long that we become the situation; or we hide behind a mask for so long, we forget what we looked like. We forget who we are. We need to first be transparent with ourselves so that we can be free and then we can be transparent with others.
Once we have told ourselves the truth, we need to get clear on what it is we’re moving towards. What is it that we want? What is our heart’s desire? Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say unto you, Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” We need to be clear on what we want as well as what we do not want in our lives. Try writing a heartfelt letter to God stating your hopes, dreams, and desires for your life. “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2. We write our vision down for our lives, so that every time we read it, we will run towards that vision. Remember, it is “whatever things you desire.”
Now that we are clear on what it is that we want and do not want in our lives, we need to make sure that we do not sabotage our journey going forward. Sabotage is defined as to undermine, counteract, weaken, destroy or hinder normal operations. We are going to look at a few common ways that we cause those things to happen in our journey and prevent ourselves from moving forward. Notice, I said WE.
Moving forward is about taking full responsibility for our lives regardless of who, what, where or when. Taking responsibility for our lives simply means that we are going to be the decision makers in our lives. We decide how situations will affect us. We decide whether we are going to give time or energy to anything or anyone. We decide to be free and not let anything or anyone hinder us. When we take full responsibility for our lives, we no longer are living from a place of defeat or from a victim mindset. As Dr. Cindy Trimm says, “You are one decision away from where you want to be.”
In an effort to keep this post from becoming a book, it will be continued next week with the saboteurs’ common tactics, Moving Forward, Part 2. See you next week with more.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39