This article is Part 1 of a 3 part series on leaving your past behind.
Cracking open old photo albums reminiscing about good memories are activities many people enjoy. It’s fun to remember the good times! But thinking about the past isn’t always positive or helpful in our spiritual lives.
Rehearsing past hurts and reliving painful memories is harmful. Some people wear their yesterdays like a garment—allowing them to define who they are today. Towing around old shame, guilt and hurt only hinders the blessings of God and gives the devil a place in your life where he doesn’t belong.
Right now, determine to kick guilt and shame to the curb, and bring your thoughts under control according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. Instead of allowing your mind and Satan to dictate your thoughts, you can tell your mind what to think (Philippians 4:8). James 4:7 says to submit to God and resist the devil, and he (Satan) will flee from you!
It’s time to take back the peace the devil has stolen and embrace your future. Here are is the first of three steps you can take to leave the past behind and walk into a place of blessing.
Leave the Past Behind By Receiving Emotional Healing
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4, NKJV)
Spiritual bumps and bruises. Inner aches and pains that just don’t seem to go away. Most all of us know what it’s like to suffer from them, but too few of us know just what to do about them.
We limp along, hoping somehow those hidden wounds will stop hurting, thinking that maybe (with a little extra sleep or an extra helping of dessert) that nagging sense of depression will finally disappear. But inner healing is often a process rather than an event. As you daily spend time with God and in His Word, you will find that He brings healing to those inner hurts and memories of the past.
No matter how complicated or painful, nothing less than complete healing is promised to you in Jesus. The best place to start is with a promise. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Every thought, memory and emotion can come to a place of peace and healing in the Name of Jesus. As Isaiah 53:4 says, He bore our griefs and sorrows on the Cross, so we don’t have to bear them anymore. They are all under the blood, and we are redeemed. Hallelujah!
P.S. Remember to join me at the Celebration Church, Portmore Skating Rink for Word Convention 2017, July 10 – 13 at 7pm. Bring a friend and see you there!