How to MOVE Forward

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You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

2 Samuel 22:37


Have you ever struggled with your lack of progress? It could be spiritually that you’re not where you think you should be. Or it could be emotionally that you’re still dealing with the same feelings that you would like to be past. Some of us struggle with getting our weight under control through eating or lack of exercise.

Whatever our struggles—there’s an abundance of frustration when we don’t feel like we’re moving ahead. Yet, God also wants us to move forward and get past the stumbling blocks so we can experience the joy and freedom on the next level. Learn how to MOVE forward by:

M – Make up your mind that things have to change.
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)

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We need to get tired of ourselves and lifestyle to change. If we want better, we must make up our minds that change is necessary—right now today. When we change the way we think, we can change what we do. The enemy wants us to believe that things will never change. However, he’s a liar and still deceives the world. Yet, as believers we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16).

O – Organize your lifestyle and habits to make the change happen.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:22-25)

A changed mind leads to change of actions or strategies to get us where we need to be for God’s purpose and plan. The means we have to do things differently—old habits have to be broken and new ones begin. Old habits are necessarily bad, but it may be necessary to change them if our season of life has changed. Breaking old habits begins with an intentional plan to do things differently.

V- Vocalize your intent to change to God and others you can trust.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24)

Most of us have no problems taking our desire to change to God—and this is good to do. However, we must also share with people we can trust. We need to vocalize our intent and plan to change as a method of accountability and feedback. By sharing with others who care about us—there will be questions during our progress or lack thereof. Also, we gain valuable insight that we may have never received without telling someone. There’s a risk of being discouraged, but this is also how we grow and discern those who understand and keep us moving forward from those who don’t.

E – Energize your change with daily prayers and Bible readings with weekly time of fellowship with other believers.
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)

We can make up our minds to change, have a plan, and share with others as a great start. However, there’s needs to be an underlying energy to carry us forward when we feel disqualified or discouraged. Committing ourselves to daily prayers and Bible readings can have a significant impact on our ability to move forward. God’s word and His presence guide us when we want to give up. In addition, being a part of a Christian fellowship causes us to encourage others with our testimony as well as being encouraged to move forward.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I want to move forward but I’m easily distracted and discouraged along the way. Keep my steps steady in prayer, the word, and in Christian fellowship so I will see the end result of trusting in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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