In Month’s Past
Part 1

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

August 15, 2016

With this week’s moment we begin a new series, In Months Past. Over the next few weeks, we will visit the importance of focusing on the path set before us rather than on the rearview mirror.

Job 29: 1-5 reads,
Job further continued his discourse, and said: “Oh, that I were as in months past,
As in the days when God watched over me; When His lamp shone upon my head, And when by His light I walked through darkness; Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent; When the Almighty was yet with me, When my children were around me…”(NKJV)


The rearview mirror is smaller for a reason! The longer that you stare at what is behind you, the greater your chance of having or causing an accident. Regardless of what is in your past, you MUST move forward.

According to the principles of Rational Emotive Therapy, each of us must stop blaming ourselves and others, learning to accept ourselves in spite of our imperfections.

How right they are! Christ’s death is the complete payment for sin, and we can claim His complete forgiveness and acceptance daily.

Matthew 11:28-30 reads,
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (NKJV)

We typically make three mistakes when all HELL breaks loose in our lives.

  1. First, we DOUBT and BLAME God.
  2. Second, we MAGNIFY the problem, convincing ourselves that it is too much to handle.
  3. Third, we IMAGINE that we are alone to face what has happened.

Jesus promises us peace and rest. Our freedom is in that truth.


We must be grounded in our faith so that we are not led astray by feelings and fears.

Allow God’s truths to expose your misbeliefs for what they are! You can be free from the ugly feelings of bitterness, oppression, depression, anxiety, resentment, anger, over-suspiciousness and hypersensitivity. You can learn self-control and have fun while you’re doing it.

Our feelings and thoughts determine our actions. Through faith we can be rid of misbelief permanently!


Christ-centered for Life,

Pastor Paul


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