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Getting over your past

Cedar-Christian-ChurchPastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church
340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

The world often emphasizes that what has happened to you in the past is the determining factor for the direction of your future. If you came from a broken home, a home of alcoholism or drugs, that these factors will determine the future of your life. We are told if we had abusive parents, or we found ourselves in trouble with authorities as a youth, that these conditions and actions will decide our future as we struggle to deal with our past.

But we, as Believers, those who have been redeemed by the blood of the precious Lamb, live in liberty and freedom from the conditions of our past because Jesus Christ through His sacrifice has overcome our past (2 Corinthians 5:17). Meaning that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.

Salvation in our lives means that in the eyes of God the sins we have committed have been completely wiped away. Our once stained garments have become a righteous robe of fine white linen.  This tremendous gift of salvation, God has given us through His Son Jesus Christ is so powerful that all our sins are completely removed from the memory and knowledge of our Creator. Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.

We are not able to wipe away the memories of our past as God does, but we are not to be controlled or motivated by the sins or conditions of our past as we are a new person in Christ and our future is filled with hope in Him.

The eyes of the world focus on overcoming situations. We as Believers need to focus on what we are becoming. As we follow Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives we are being conformed to the image of Christ. In Christ as the Holy Spirit works in our lives; all hurts, injustices, pain and abuses of our past will eventually be addressed, healed and comforted by our Lord. What a wonderful blessing this is. As we now walk in Christ our future shines so bright and is full of hope, richness and the excitement. Living a life that has been redeemed is far greater than anything that happened in our past.

If you have problems dealing with and overcoming your past, simply pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes so that you may be able to see the wonderful and incredible future that lies in front of you, here in this life and the life to come. May your vision of your future be transformed and be as Paul’s as he wrote Philippians 3:13 Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached that goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forgetting the past and pressing on toward what is ahead.

 

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