Forget the Past

There is a place for remembering the good of the past. These bring feelings of gratitude, joy, peace, and love. But what I’m encouraging you to forget are the negatives. You can learn from the lessons of those past negatives and be careful whom you trust for the future, but allow yourself to experience God’s freedom from those emotional tie-downs.

It’s easy to dwell on the past. Specially when you are hurting, the mind can naturally gravitate to the cause of your pain. The first time you felt the hurt, pain was already inflicted on your being. Every time you recall the offense is like slapping yourself. How many more times would you like to recall the offense until you are satisfied? It can grow into a foothold and then a stronghold that breeds anger, resentment bitterness, and all that jazz. You know why I know? Because I briefly made a career out of dwelling on the past. And boy, those ugly thoughts can just play like a broken vinyl record. A vexation to the spirit, as Desiderata would say. But just like those vinyls, those past hurts might as well be put away before the tongue revs itself up for a missile launch. When the tongue begins to spew lava, it’s time to check what we have allowed to sit in our hearts.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). How to discipline the mouth, heart and mind? By taking captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2Cor 10:5)

1Cor 13:5d says that Love keeps no record of wrongs. Our pastor says “don’t be historical!” Isaiah 43:18 says“Forget the former things;  do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  When we remember that God uses everything for good (Rom 8:28) and that there are no accidents in the lives of God’s children (All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be Psalm 129:16b), we can surrender all those burdens to the Lord so he can keep us in perfect peace. (You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Isa 26:3) God’s perfect peace is a better marinade for our hearts than the past hurts and pain.

I think the reason our feet are designed to walk forward the same way  our heads are positioned is that we are supposed to move forward, not backward. If we keep looking back while walking forward, we will fall over eventually. God has a wonderful plan for you. Get excited to move on to your future.  It may not be what you have in mind but trust that God wants only what is best.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Heidi says:

    Indeed nothing is “by chance”. All are ordained by Him who sits enthroned above. This King forever who looks down on the heavens and earth has you in His palm. Etched in it, in His nail scarred hand.
    Very beautiful devotionals. God’s word is very soothing to the soul. I can see that it is not going back to Him “empty.” I stand by you my sister in Christ and rejoice in the fact that “He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it to the very end.”

    1. Amen! Thank you Heidi for coming alongside me for the journey. I like the picture of being in the palm of His hand, etched… the scars to remind us of what He was willing to go through for our sake because He loves us. We have every spiritual blessing in Him! Yes it is a comforting realization that whatever we go through has been appointed for us and therefore, He will equip us accordingly and sufficiently to be victorious. May He be praised!

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