Leave the Past Behind
I once was bound to my past decisions. I carried the guilty feeling with me for years. I so badly wanted to remove the mistakes of my past. I wanted to remove the preconceived thoughts people had about me. I kept going back to what seemed to be comfortable at the time. As time passed, I realized that I could no longer endure these decisions that came with living fully for the world. As I mentioned in the post: “A Closer Look” (a-closer-look.html) I wanted out, and I wanted to be free from my past, for real this time. But was my past all really a mistake as I thought? Today, I can confidently say that it was all a part of the journey. I no longer look at my past decisions as mistakes anymore.
A “Mess” Into a “Message”
I believe that my purpose for writing this blog was simply birthed out of the decisions that I made. I say this respectfully to inform you that God can take what we perceive as a “mess” and turn it into what He can use as a “message”. I believe it’s all a part of God’s process. I want to encourage you to let go of the thoughts of shame and disbelief. I know that some of you may feel like there’s no hope. Trust me, I once believed that because of the actions that I chose to take would in fact hinder the future that God had for me. Have you ever experienced peer pressure to do something that you knew not to do? When you did it, you were brought to shame by the words and thoughts surrounding the action you committed? Maybe you’re in a situation similar to this, and you’ve been feeling bad about it. I’m here to tell you that you are not alone, and that there is hope! I believe that God has purposely put it on my heart to let you know that your past doesn’t determine your future. I want you to know that whatever you have done, whatever situation you are facing, God has a plan to bring you out of it. Sis, God doesn’t change His mind about you because you made a “mistake”.
Step Into Your Future
I can sense that my dear sisters, you are holding yourselves captive due to your past. Let me remind you of what the Bible says about your past: 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” One of the most amazing gifts of fully surrendering your life to Christ, is that your past is forgotten about by God. You become redeemed, restored, and brought back to life through Jesus Christ.
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Remember that the Lord loves you so much and that His plans for you are great!
"But I focus on one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." Philippians 3:13
"Letting go of your past mistakes starts with forgiving yourself for whatever you have done, receiving the love of God, and walking confidently into the future that God has for you."