Forgetting The Former Things

 

We are nearing the end of 2015 and quickly approaching 2016. To many people, a new year means new beginnings and a fresh start. But to me, it can mean something deeper : leaving the past in the past. Forgetting the past is something most people struggle doing, Christian or not. Our sins and mistakes haunt us, following us everywhere we go. The enemy uses our past mistakes as tools to belittle us and make us feel worse. Yes - the new year means a new start, but in order to actively begin that new start, dropping the weight of your past needs to happen. 

 

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” // {Philippians 3:13-14}

 

Like Paul says, forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead is so important if we want to reach the prize God has set for us. Notice how Paul put “forgetting what is behind” first. It isn’t the other way around. You can’t work hard to pursue a goal and then forget the past. I have tried a countless amount of times to bottle up the grief from my own sin and move on - it has not worked once. It is about giving it all to God and being at peace with yourself. Then once you take that step, you will finally feel free. Sin is a powerful force that can overcome us with guilt, despair, and anger in a split second. Don’t let the enemy take advantage of that. Rest in the fact that God forgives and allows you a clean slate each time you repent. 

 

Making resolutions this new year? Let go of your past and let God handle the rest. Because the fact of the matter is : we will always sin. While sin will always be a part of our flesh, we can always forget about it with the help of Jesus Christ and His Spirit.

 

Let’s be a pursuing people…

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The chapter of Joshua 7 has always been an excellent chapter on how to deal with past failures. Making a long story short: Achan disobeyed God; therefore, Israel was defeated in their next battle. Joshua was crushed, ripped his shirt open, threw himself on the ground, and poured out his guilt before God. Suddenly, God arrives and said, “Get up; why are you on the ground? Israel has sinned. Get up and tell them to rid of their sin.” (verses 10-13)

 

So ladies - let’s not walk around bemoaning every single one of our failures. Repent. Let the sin out. And be on your way. Write your new years resolutions down, tape them to your mirror, and approach them with a positive attitude. 

 

However, understand the concept of failure. Make this your goal : “When I fail, I will not let my despair consume me. I will go to God with hopes of encouragement and leave refreshed and ready to start up again.” God does not want us to live a life weighted down by our mistakes.

 

Your future is too precious to feel bad about your sin. Do not let your past paralyze you. 

 

“Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” // {Isaiah 43:18-19}

 

--Haley Phelps

 

 

 

 

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