Dear Christian, Stop Looking Back

Monday, July 31, 2017

There's no way God could use someone like me.

I've already messed up too much.

Maybe you've never said something like this out loud before, but maybe some of you have thought it.

You look back at mistakes you made in the past and wonder how you could ever move forward. You doubt God's mercy and grace.

For those who got saved later in life, it's easy to look back at the years you wasted when you were younger and think there's no way you can make it up.

Even if you got saved at a young age, life still throws some dirty stuff at us, so it's easy to get wrapped up in things that pull us away from Christ.

We look back at broken friendships, a relationship we should have handled differently, or times when we did the opposite of what we knew was right.

And we do it again and again. We make the same wrong decisions, break friendships, and wind up with broken hearts.

All because we're looking back. We're focusing on the past.

We look back, and we miss out on what's going on now.

We miss the opportunities all around us.

We think we've somehow ruined God's plan for our lives because we've messed up. 

Need I remind you that the people who were used most by God, often had a checkered past or made some serious mistakes. For example: Saul (Paul), Moses, Rahab, David, Solomon, and Peter. But God was able to use them because they let go of their past mistakes and focused just on serving God.

God will equip those who He calls.

When we say God couldn't use us or that we've messed up too much, we're limiting God. Our finite mind can't really wrap around this idea, but God is sovereign while allowing us to have a free will. He can use anyone or anything to bring about His perfect will.

So, next time you hear someone say "God can't use me" or you find yourself thinking it, step back and remember Who God is and stop remembering who you've been in the past.

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." ~ 1 Timothy 1:15 KJV


  1. Once again, this was an amazing post Ashley! So thoughtful and definitely something I need to remember.
    "God will equip those who He calls." <- SUCH a good reminder. <33 And it's hugely inspirational too. Because that means we don't have to be good enough or anything. We just have to cling to Him and he equips us for whatever we will face.

    1. THANK YOU! Wow, yes, the trap of not being good enough is a slippery slope. But it's so much better when we just take God at what He says and believe it! Thanks for commenting Jane! I so love reading your comments and hearing what you've gotten out of my posts :)

  2. Great post...goes along real well with tomorrow's message!
    Gid bless!
    Pastor Adrian


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