|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” —Isaiah 43:18-19|
All of us have been through difficult experiences of flood or fire, either literal or symbolic. In what ways was God with you? How did He preserve you? Or are you still in the midst of trial? If so, tell a fellow believer about your need, and ask for prayer that God will supply you with the resources to meet the challenges.
Cremate your past – don’t embalm it! Dr Harold Bloomfield writes: “Unresolved emotional pain wreaks havoc on your immune system, cardiac function, hormone levels and other physical functions. We must make peace with our past, because our life may literally depend on it!” Challenging words!
Here are four suggestions for dealing with your past:
1. Re-frame It
Ask yourself, “How did it make me stronger? What do I know now that I didn’t know then?” Be a learner, not a loser.
2. Break The Shackles of Shame
Shame is not feeling bad over what you have done, it is feeling ashamed of who you are. It is lethal! When God created you in His image He said, “I like it! It is very good” – Genesis 1:31.” Start agreeing with Him!
3. Arrest The Acid Drip of Regret
Stop punishing yourself with the ‘if only’. David said, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:1-2 NKJV). Forgive yourself, God has! When He looks at you through the finished work of Calvary, you look better to Him than you do to yourself!
4. Move From Grief to Gain
Healing takes time, so expect some anger, fear, and sadness. Don’t disown them – they are part of the healing process. But don’t adopt them either; know when it is time to move on. You can’t walk backwards into the future, and the future God has for you contains more happiness than any past you can remember – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future – Jeremiah 29:11.”