Sometimes, we hold back from having an intimate relationship with God, starting the ideas and dreams we have planned for years, making commitments and so on because of our past experiences (burdens, pain, rejection, betrayal etc). Living in your past can prevent you from obeying the will of God, knowing your true identity in Christ and from finishing your race victoriously (1 Corinthians 9:24). Looking back on your past is not a negative thing however, it is better when you are coming from a place of gratitude to appreciate where you are now and being hopeful of what is yet to come. The reality is that it is difficult to enter a new season in your life when you are still carrying old baggage.
One area that the enemy tends to use against us is our past mistakes and failures. This can lead to guilt,shame, condemnation and feelings of unworthiness. he usually does this to attempt to limit you, make you feel like you can’t go to God and to prevent your growth. Nevertheless, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 makes it clear that God intentionally reconciled us to Himself through Christ therefore, the old has passed away and the new has come. Meaning that you and I are no longer a product of our past and it will not stop God from using us, moulding us and above all else loving us! I can’t promise you that the enemy would stop trying to remind you of your former lifestyle because that is what he does and chances are that he would not stop (Revelations 12:10, Zechariah 3:1-5) but I can promise you that if you begin to stand firmly on the Word of God and pray against the lies of the enemy, you will start to see a change in how you view your past.
It always amazes me when I think about the fact that God is not surprised by our failings because He is all knowing, yet He still loves us, uses us and wants a personal relationship with us.
The renewal of your mind
In Ephesians 4:23, it is highlights the importance of being renewed in the attitude of our minds, especially if we want to move forward and grow without looking back. For example, the Israelites left Egypt (bondage, pain and hardship) however, Egypt had not left them even though they were no longer there (physically). There mindsets were still held captive to their former lifestyle (Exodus 16:3, Numbers 14: 1-4). It is so easy to look at the Israelites and think that they were so ungrateful and always complained, without realising that we may sometimes behave in the same manner at times (1 Corinthians 10:11). In the midst of difficulty, the comfort and security of our old lifestyle may seem like a better option at the time even though it was worse than how we are living now (in Christ). However, it is important to remember that you are free in Christ, you are not a slave to sin and you are no longer bound by your past (Galatians 5:1). It is time to walk in the freedom that you have in Christ and do everything the Lord has led you to do (with the guidance of the Holy Spirit), do not allow fear, doubt, bitterness, rejection etc stop you!
You do not need to rely on your own ability to overcome the things that you have struggled with that may still affect you now or that you are currently struggling with. God cares about you and is a Merciful Father, He did not ask us to deal with these things on our own (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22, Matthew 11:29). Once we learn how to trust and surrender everything to Him concerning our past, our current season and future, He will definitely step in and guide us. I know it is easier said than done, I dealt with this issue personally and God reminded me through a sister in Christ that I don’t need to fear anymore but trust in His plan for my life because they are greater than my past pain and it’s the same for you! When you come to Him with a repentant heart, tell Him how you feel and the areas from your past that may still hurt you now, He will surely strengthen you.
I would encourage you to also desire for God to use your past or current situation for His Glory, it is such a blessing when God can use you to be a light to others through your own experiences.
Don’t let your past cripple your ability to walk into your destiny…
I pray that this post blessed you in one way or another and may your past experiences or current season bring you to a deeper place of worship like never before, a deeper relationship with God that will give Him Glory and may you come out stronger and wiser!
God bless you