Satan is a fallen angel who led a revolt to take over the throne of God long ago in eternity past. Yet Satan failed in his attempt back then, and he’ll also fail when he tries again in the future. Every one of us must decide which plan and purpose we’ll follow—Satan’s or God’s, no matter what kind of past we’ve had ourself. All who choose to who follow Satan will have no future with God, while those who follow God have no past, because they have become a new creation in Christ!
When people first believe in and give their heart to God, all their past sins are forgiven. Yet those who continue to have a heart full of unforgiveness will be forced to remain in bondage to the past. Therefore they won’t be able to live in the present properly, or prepare for the future. But those who follow God don’t have to allow the past to depress them or to rule over them in the present or the future. If they truly believe in God, and have given their life to Him, they know that they already have eternal salvation in Him.
If we’ve had an experience where God blessed us in the past, no matter how meaningful and wonderful it was, it’s of no use to us if our heart isn’t in fellowship with Him right now. A heart without love for heavenly things quickly becomes bound twice as much to this present evil world. God wants to give us His favor where we are, in our current circumstances, no matter how we got to this point. He’s already making changes in our life, and if we were able to see them, we wouldn’t tend to feel so discouraged or impatient with ourselves. Most of the world today ”walks in darkness [and] knows not where [it] goes…” (John 12:35). But what God’s going to do for His people next is so much greater than what we know now, that there’s simply no comparison!
Who can accurately foretell future happenings? Man can’t, spirits can’t—even Satan himself can’t! But we do know that, out of all the Bible predictions made by God in the past, not one has ever failed. And none of the Bible’s prophecies concerning the future will fail either. There are a multitude of Bible verses that tell details of the very real life God’s children will enjoy in their future destiny. He is the only One who knows what the future holds, and the only book that can truly reveal it is the Bible, His Word.
God has moved greatly at times in the past, but He’s also moving in the present. Let’s keep in mind what He’s done for us before and learn from it. We sow the seeds for the future in the period of time we live in. We’re designed for the future—because that’s where we’ll live! Do we know what makes the blessings God has promised to us into reality in the present time? It’s faith in God. Therefore, let’s aim our faith toward our future, and pray that our obstacles at this time won’t become any greater. When we begin our future life in Heaven with Christ, we’ll have freedom from all our troubles, along with all the health and riches that He has promised us. Then distress, suffering and evil will have come to an end. The future of God’s children is going to be so absolutely glorious that our current problems and misery will seem like nothing by comparison! We’re able to firmly base our belief in these blessings to come on the mercy we’ve already received from the Lord.
God’s Son watches over the ones He guards to the utmost. He is “a very present help” to save, deliver and heal us right now. All that’s happening at this time is leading up to a full exhibition of God’s glory in the future. And how abundant the hope is for the future of the children of God! We should be very thankful that our God keeps on hearing and caring for us—in the past, the present and the future. Therefore, “…I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).