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“Burn the Bridge Behind you”

Key Verse

“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Text — Luke 9:57-62


George Washington, the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797 was during his time faced with a difficult battle. As he and his troops approached the battle field, they had to cross over a bridge. One of his officers came to him and asked whether or not to burm the bridge behind them as it was a practice to burn bridges as they crossed over them to prevent the enemy from getting to them. It is also to prevent fearful soldiers from running away from the battle when it became too hot to handle. The great general Washington looked toward the battle, then looked back where they had come from, then back toward the battle and then gave his answer “Burn the bridge, either victory or death.”

In our Bible passage, Jesus warns that if anyone puts his hand on the plough and look back is not fit for the kingdom of God. The race to heaven is a serious one and requires focus and determination. Do not be like Lot’s wife that looked back and became a pillar of salt. The temptation will be there to look back, but you can ask for grace to resist the devil and then take away those things that you know will draw you back.

Further Reading

1 Kings 19:19-21

Prayer for today

I have put my hands on the plough, I pray for grace not to look back.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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