Let it go

05 July 2019
‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.’

While we’re holding on to the past, we won’t be able to take hold of the future. When we dwell on the things we’ve done, and the things that have been done to us, we’re not thinking about what God can do in the future. The enemy knows how destructive it can be for us to be focused on the past, so he’ll often try and keep it in our minds. It can be really hard to just stop thinking about things that have hurt us, or that we feel guilty about. When those thoughts come into our minds, we have a choice to make. Are we going to dwell on them and let the emotions they bring up control us? Or are we going to hand it over to God, and ask Him to help us forgive others, and ourselves? Before he met Jesus, Paul destroyed churches and put Christians to death. In his new life, he had to go back into some of those same towns, and see the people whose lives he’d devastated. Had Paul not been able to move beyond his past, he’d never have fulfilled his God-given assignment. These things would still have been in Paul’s memory. But knowing God had forgiven him, and that he’d forgiven himself, he chose to forget the past. ‘But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ When we decide to forget, God will enable us to do it and give us the grace and peace to move on. If we’re struggling with guilt, condemnation, shame, blame, or regret about our pasts, we need to let God forgive us, set us free, and enable us to move forward.

 

What Now?

Every time a negative thought about your past comes into your mind, ask God to help you let go of it.

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