Forget the Past!
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13
Forget the past, forget all that you have been through. You are not alone in this journey of life. Remember that you are loved and cared for by God, who gave you a purpose to live your life. Remember that no matter what happens, the past is already in the tomb of the past, while today is alive for you to live, and the future is in the womb for you to hope for.
The world is so filled with all manner of eventualities. The devil has deceived so many into all kinds of sinful and regrettable act. And afterward, some will repent and follow Christ with all their heart (Glory is to God), all things then become new, the old ways are gone irrespective of the damages. But some couldn’t accept this truth; they are tired of their past and are so confused, they eventually commit atrocities because they are still being filled with their unrighteous past.
Psalm 21:11 says, “Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.”
This is simply the devil’s plot; he desires that people live on their errors, mistakes, and sinful past to a great extent that their hearts are filled with feelings and thoughts of guilt to create a pattern of rejection and fear future. Do you know that the men God used broadly that we read in the scriptures to have their past?
Apostle Paul was a major antagonist to God, and yet he did not allow His past to affect what God says about him. God knew you, He is aware of your past, and He doesn’t use it as a criterion to judge your future. He will never change His mind on giving you better hope and future (Jeremiah 29:11). So, why think your mistake is your life? Never dwell on your past. Accept Christ with full consciousness and erase the past from your thought. Psalm 20:4 says, “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!”
Lord, I receive strength to dwell in your word and not my past.