Genesis Chapter 19 Lot was threatened by a crowd of homosexuals – that’s right. They wanted to “know” him. That means they wanted to have deviate sexual intercourse with him. What this group did not know was that God had sent two angels to Sodom at evening (v. 1). But the angels protected Lot and allowed the men pounding at the door to go blind (v. 11). These homosexuals brought it upon themselves. God brings no evil upon anyone – HE ALLOWS IT TO HAPPEN. How? He allows the devil and his devil spirits to inflict harm upon people who, by their own free will, choose to disobey God.
But his [Lot’s] wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. – Genesis 19: 26
Lot’s wife was walking behind him and by her own free will, turned around and looked back at the destruction that was taking place. She outright disobeyed God’s instructions. She died. We all have an old man and temptations that make us want to bring back the past without realizing that this is not God’s Will for us. Especially when we try to return to something that in the past ended in a disaster. Sound familiar? I can and will give you some examples from my own life. But first we must go and see what God says about the past.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3: 13
God wants us to forget the past of failures, since there is no profit in it at all. Some people constantly dwell on the past – they live in it. It’s a form of devil spirit oppression. It destroys people. This spiritual attack on people reaches it’s fullest manifestation when we actually make an attempt to return to something we once did when we were a miserable failure.
A person who is manipulated by something spiritual can be said to be controlled. No one who is a child of God is ever completely possessed by the evil one – it is temporary oppression. When the spirit, who is always a parasite, gets what it needs, it moves on.
God wants us to reach forth unto what is in the present. We are not to live in the past or worry about the future. This record concerning Lot and his wife is one of the best representations of the purpose of this teaching from God’s Word.
Let’s now take a look at what God thinks about the past. This example concerns sin itself.
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. – Hebrews 10: 17
When we break fellowship and sin and confess that sin to God, He forgives us. But look very closely at what the verse says. I REMEMBER NO MORE. When God forgives He remembers those sins no more – buried into the deepest sea. So if a sin from the past comes up in your mind, it can’t be coming from the true God and Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Then it must be coming from another source and that source is the god of this world.
When you desire to return and look back to something you once failed at, that thought is coming from hell. You need to remember that or you will be defeated in many areas of your life. Looking back to failure is one of the most subtle tricks the adversary uses and with great success.
Consider these results when you repetitively consider your past failures
- depression developing into oppression and possibly suicide.
- deterrence from taking action today
- slip back into failure environment as you think foolishly that if you cannot beat them let them overcome you – you become hopeless
- frustration, anger, bitterness, leading to feelings of hopelessness and broken relationships with family and those who try to support you towards victory.
Who would you say would celebrate and skulk away after achieving his objective of getting you off the track which the Lord will be pleased to help you follow for your good?
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
- You know what is good for you – Submit to God who will make all things turn out for good to you
- You know you should not look back for it will cause you to backslide and that is not good for you. Besides you are listening to the evil voice with evil intent.
Don’t look back with the devil
Look forward in hope with God
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Claim that freedom from the past in the Name of Jesus. Amen.