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Past the Past

2 Corinthians 5:17

New Living Translation (NLT)

17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

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Just like when we are born from our mother’s womb, we are a new creation, so it is when we accept Jesus into our hearts.  The moment you choose Him as your Savior and begin to believe in the depth of His love you are a new creation.  You get a new lease on life.  A new beginning.  A chance to start over.  A chance to change your habits and old ways of thinking…..so…why do so many of us carry the past right into the present and let it permeate our future?

 

Perhaps we really do not have the full understanding that when Jesus died on the cross He took away our past, present and future sins, which in my book means we are forgiven of EVERYTHING and we need to adjust to a new way of thinking.  How many times do we bring old relationship issues into new ones?  How many friends and family members do we no longer associate with simply because we feel they will not understand the new us?  I feel we really hold ourselves back from living to our full potential as a daughter or son of God because we cannot simply wrap our minds around the fact that we are truly forgiven.  God cannot even see our sin through the blood of His Son.  We need to begin to wrap God around our minds, that would make more sense.

 

When I met my present husband, I had spent three years not in a relationship. During this time I learned a lot about myself and really dug deep into what God wanted to do in me.  He wanted me to be healed and whole.  As I attended the 54 day revival, I began to renew my mind and allow the healing to begin.  This process allowed me to enter into a new marriage free from the baggage of the past.  I did not have to bring my past hurts and pains into a new relationship because I took the time to renew my mind with the Word of God and I chose to let God show me who I really was as a person.

 

Now I am not saying it is all forgettable,  however I am willing to admit that without this healing process my new marriage would be a mess.  If I would have carried all the baggage from my previous marriage into this new one, John and I would have had so many issues to compromise on that we would not be able to enjoy each other at all.  Since we both went through a three year process of God changing our hearts and minds, our marriage is on solid ground and the compromises we have to make are not like any other married couple we have met.

 

So long story short, the past is the past.  Leave it behind you and move forward.  The past whether good or bad has no place in your present or future relationship.  Every person is unique and at different levels, yet God has a way of just meshing things together.  I pray that anyone reading this will take just one minute to examine their current situation…..are you living your past in your present life?  If so, choose to renew your mind.  Spend some time seeking God.  Trust me, it will do you a world of good and set you in motion for a past free future.

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Before the Dark

Amos 5:8

It is the Lord who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!
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We all know the sun sets every night all over the world and we also know there will be a sunrise in the morning, but has anyone paused long enough to think about this:  it is always dark and it is always light at the same time.  SO, why do I bring this to a point? Because in life there is always light and dark.  There is always good present with evil.  Also just like the sunset and sunrise you can never stop it from happening on your own power.  Only God can end the rising and setting of the sun and it is only God’s power that can make evil flee.
Often times as Christians, we try to take on the whole world to get rid of the darkness.  Even if every Christian on earth witnessed to just one person and they turned from their sin towards God, there would still be a lot of evil lurking around.  Now of course if those people who were just saved did the same thing and this repeated itself non-stop over and over again then yes eventually we would have more good than evil in this world.  Wait? Why can’t that happen?
As Christians we are saved by the grace of Christ dying on the cross, but why do so many Christians stop at the cross?  Shouldn’t we be going beyond salvation and seeking to save the lost?  God asked us to preach the gospel and show His love to everyone….what is preventing us from doing this?  Is it our insecurity?  Our lack of wisdom?  Our satisfaction with just being saved?  There are so many questions left unanswered in this that it makes my head spin.
I know that I do not do my part sometimes to spread the gospel and I think it’s because of my fear of being rejected, however, it is not me they are rejecting when they say no to Jesus, it’s God.  Knowing this I should be out there sharing my testimony with everyone I meet and inviting them to church.  I really don’t know what else holds me back except for maybe I just expect people to not be interested.
As I have been seeking God these past few years I know beyond the shadow of a doubt He will be by my side everyday.  I want to step out on the water and begin to reach more people for His Kingdom.  Will anyone join me out on the water?