The past holds a river of memories for each of us, some good and bad. The sad thing is many of us continue to live in the past, which in turn prevents us from walking into the future that God has designed and prepared for us before time began. As you read through this plan, my prayer is that you will release the hold on your past and embrace the future God has for you.
A New Start
Doesn’t a new start sound great? When life becomes difficult, when you have failed several times, when you mess up a perfect relationship, when you are bored of your job, your house, your friends, and family, a new start sounds absolutely exciting when we find ourselves stuck and in the mediocrities of life. Do you know what Jesus did on the cross over two thousand years ago enables you to have a new start even now? Though many believers know this truth, they still live beneath this truth every day because somehow the lie of the old life seems to envelop their souls. The truth is the enemy of our souls knows if he can keep us looking back we would make very little progress in the future God has for us.
All of us have a past and for some, it may be memorable, and for others, it may be horrible. Whatever the past looks like the enemy majors in causing us to indulge in what was. We serve a God that loves to plan ahead for His children, and scripture tells us that His plans are always good in the end. (Jeremiah 29:11). As a pastor, I am afforded the opportunity to minister to all types of people that range from young to old, mature and immature, strong and weak but what I have come to recognize is from the least to the greatest the most common issues among them all is letting go of the past.
I spent or should I say, “Wasted” a lot of time and energy on what was, and what could have been. But I am grateful for the present and the bright future that God has for us. I want to encourage you to take time through this plan to make a commitment to stop looking back at the negatives. Our memory is not the enemy but the way we use our memory will determine the detriment. When I look back on life it is for only moments of seeing what God did and how He brought me through. As you journey with me I want you to understand that a new start is available to you no matter where you’ve been or what you have done. Jesus died to save and give you a brand new start. I believe Jesus specializes in new beginnings and now I look at every disappointment, hurt and pain as a chance to birth something new. We do ourselves a great injustice and we lock God out when we choose to keep looking back in a negative way. We were made to move forward and it’s time to stop looking back.
Holy Spirit, help me from today to live my life with a view of what is ahead; help me to stop looking back!
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)