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Do you find it hard to move on after losing an opportunity, a relationship or other circumstance? When we look to Jesus, the places where we have been bitten and have experienced pain become areas where God’s grace flows and brings restoration and healing. However, some Christians spend their lives looking at the snake bites of the enemy rather than looking to Jesus. They find it hard to let go and move on after a failed relationship, past hurt, tragedy or any other circumstance. They become consumed with the loss, regret and pain and refuse to let go. In the Old Testament, the story of the snake on a pole was a foreshadow to us as believers of looking to Jesus as the source of our hope, healing and restoration.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. The Israelites moved on and camped at Obeth.” Numbers 21:8-12 (NIV)
It is interesting that the act of moving on came only after the Israelites had looked upon the bronze snake. So often, we stay in a place of examining the places of loss and where we have been bitten by the enemy. The bible however encourages us to let it go and move on.
The well-known 23rd Psalm states “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV emphasis added). We were never meant to camp there. We were meant to keep walking. So how do we move on and keep walking in the midst of loss, break up, divorce, pain or other bad circumstances?
Move On by Looking unto Jesus
Moving on after any kind of loss or attack from the enemy requires us to first fix our attention on Jesus. The Israelites first had to look at the bronze snake. The Israelites looked to the answer, not to where they had been bitten. When they did that, they were healed and made whole again.
Through Jesus’ death on the cross, He defeated every power of hell. As we look to Jesus and focus on Him, the places where we have been bitten and experienced pain become areas where God’s grace flows and brings restoration and healing.
Thanksgiving is a powerful tool in silencing the noise of the soul and of the enemy. Psalm 100:4 tells us to “enter into His gates with thanksgiving” (NKJV). Thanksgiving is how we move. If we want to move out of despair and from the place of being bitten, start giving thanks. Watch how the environment changes from being filled with heartache and grief to being filled with peace and joy – the environment that He dwells in.
In the midst of a marriage that seems on the rocks, start thanking Him for your spouse. In the midst of a failed business venture, begin to thank Him for the gift of wisdom and the courage to take risks and start again. Praise Him even when the answer does not seem apparent. Thanksgiving gives us momentum in moving on. It propels us forward out of our areas of loss and pain.
Another way we move on after letting go of a relationship or other loss is through fellowship with believers. This is a crucial area if we are to move to a place of strength and not a place of depression and loneliness. We were never made to walk alone.
Begin letting go of the past and moving on through connection with other Christians. This will strengthen your soul and your spirit. Don’t stay in that place of loneliness and being abandoned. When we isolate ourselves, we leave ourselves open to the bites of the enemy.
Stay connected in The Body and their strength and life will begin to flow to you. Don’t sit in self-pity and introspection. Stop taking inventory of your loss and barrenness. New life, new opportunities and healing are found in relationship with God and relationship with others.
Starting today, begin to move on, let go and let God. He is forever faithful and will never let you go.
“…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
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