In this article, Joyce tells the danger in trying to hold onto the past rather than embracing the future. She calls it: "Serving Two Masters!" Joyce begins her story this way.
"Some years ago I served at a church as an associate pastor. I loved this ministry and also the people in the church, but the Lord told me to leave my job there and start my own ministry. Wow, that sounds a bit like my story, but let me continue with hers. The pastor said that he knew that when the Lord calls you to do something, you need to do it. If you do not move forward to answer that call, everything else in your life will dry up.
"I also knew that I was no longer enjoying what I was doing and eventually started dreading what I was doing, because God was finished with it. And when God gets finished, we may as well get finished too or we will end up essentially miserable trying to serve two masters." Hum, what you say, what you say! I am talking to somebody out in cyber land right now!!!
"The job I once thoroughly enjoyed, I now hated, simply because God was calling me to something new. Even though I knew all this, I stayed in that position for another year. During that time I experienced all kinds of things that I did not like. I was not happy at all, but I didn't know why. Nothing seemed to be right any longer."
"Finally, the Lord spoke to me and said, "Take your ministry and go north, south, east, and west.'' I obeyed that direction, but for three years I deeply felt the lost of what I left behind. I experienced excitement about the future and sorrow over the past at the same time. I could not understand why I felt the sadness and sorrow I definitely thought I had heard from God and was doing His will. My Pastor felt the same way I did and we kept trying to work out ways that I could have my own ministry and still work at the church and be heavily involved in all they were doing.
Through all of this, God really dealt with me. Finally, He said to me, Joyce I cannot let you do anything else in your ministry until you set your heart fully and completely on what I have called you to do." I came to realize that I had "soul ties" to that ministry that I had invested in for five years of my life. God told me to move on, but my soul, mind and will and emotions was still tied to the place I left behind. My basic problem was that I tried to serve two masters. As long as I was torn between my past and my future, I could not find peace of mind. I made the same mistake that multitudes of people make. I tried to press into the future while holding on to the past.
That is why, when God called Abraham, He told him to get away from his country men and kindred, family, his relatives, and everything he knew, and go to a place that God would show him (see Genesis 12:1). this does not mean we must all leave our family members behind to serve God. However, some scholars believe that many of Abraham's relatives were idol worshippers and for that reason, God did not want anything from the past influencing him. Paul said we must let go of what lies behind and press on towards what lies a head, see (Philippians 3:13). The Lord told Israel through the prophet Isaiah not to remember the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing!" (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Our problem is that when we want to hold on to the past and still going into the future, we are double-minded and serving tow masters." Let me encourage you today, FINALLY TO LET GO OF THE PAST AND EMBRACE ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT GOD HAS AHEAD FOR YOU.
Today, In my spirit, I believe that God was speaking to some of you out there. And He was reminding me of where He brought me from. I too, was conflicted when the Lord told me to leave my spiritual father, and home church. But now I know that is was the best decision I have ever made. I pray that you found something in this story to help you on your journey.
This actually is a testimony that Joyce Meyer gave on-line. I can't remember where it came from, but It was worth the rewrite
God Bless and DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS!!!