Satan would love it if we dwelled on the past. Because when we are looking back at our past we cannot move forward in the things God wants for us. Have you ever tried to look back and move forward at the same time? It does not work well and usually we end up falling or backing into something and getting hurt again.
Isaiah 43:16-21 (MSG) … “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. …
We can not do anything about the past. Forgive and forget–it’s done! That means forgive others and yourself and then forget about it. Once you repent of it, God has forgotten it. He blots it out, remembers it not…these are all the things the Word of God says about repentance of our sins.
Philippians 3:13-14 (AMP) … but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
We have a free will which means we direct our lives by our words, decisions and actions. God wants us to be looking forward, moving forward, pressing on toward the goal. He has great plans for each one of us but we must choose to give him control of our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
How do we do this?
By the renewing of our minds. This is done by getting into the Word of God through reading the Bible, reading “the Little Black Dress: Essentials for Life” blog and listening to podcasts on ITunes and YouTube that are edifying and line up with scriptures like the one below.
When you look at a picture of a fridge does it feed you? No, You have to open it up and take something out a prepare it. Same with the Bible. It is food for our spirit but we can not fill up or absorb it into our life without opening it, taking scripture into our eyes and ears and mediating on it. We need to fill our minds so full of the scripture that when trouble does come the first thing that enters our mind is what God thinks about the problem not what we see or think. Fear leaves when you KNOW God is with you!
I love the way The Message translation says it.
Romans 12:2 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
God wants the best for you. So stop looking back and move forward!
Please take 7 minutes and listen to this video clip. Again, listening will help you get the Word of God into your thought life and from experience I know “when the Word of God is in your everyday thoughts then your past is not.” Mandie
Note: Terri Savelle Foy’s mentions her book in this video clip called “Make Your Dreams Bigger Than Your Memories” is a good book to read on this topic.Related Articles http://jonlilley.com/2013/04/16/decision-making-part-1/ http://jonlilley.com/2013/04/18/decision-making-part-2/ https://thelbdessentialsforlife.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/need-goals-to-win/
Books on this topic
Joyce Meyer Straight Talk on Depression: Overcoming Emotional Battles with the Power of God’s Word!