But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done. 1 John 1:9 ERV
Have you ever done something bad, I mean real bad? You know you shouldn’t have done it but you did it anyway and it felt good when you did it, but afterwards. Afterwards it haunted you. It could have been something you did as a child and you’re still thinking about it.
Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to stop obsessing over mistakes made in the past. Guilt and condemnation are twin sisters birthed by the devil himself and he constantly uses them against us, leading us to believe that if we remember, God must too! Well let me dispel this lie once and forever so that you have some ammunition the next time Satan comes to you with your past.
First and foremost to remember is that according to Hebrews 8:12, God won’t even remember your sins! The blood of Jesus was such a perfect sacrifice that it didn’t just cover sins in the past, but also in the present and future. It works outside of time and is complete in all it accomplished on Calvary.
Psalm 103:12 says that as far as the east is from the west, that’s how far He removed our sin from us. Why should we pay for a debt that was settled? You can’t do that because it’s already been canceled. Stop trying to pay for what you no longer owe! Instead, be thankful and move on.
Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. Philippians 3:13 ERV
The past will always try to keep you separated from your future. At some point in time you must forgive yourself, shut the door on whats behind and fix your eyes on Jesus, the one who took care of it all for you. Like Paul, we’re not perfect and we’ve a long way to go, but we’ll never get there staring in the rear view mirror. Forgive yourself and move on! There’s far too much in you that God needs to use to help others for you to sit on the sidelines being a watcher.
Every time you hear someone whisper to you about your past, tell them you don’t live there anymore. Ask God to forgive you and believe that He has. Begin to focus forward and let God deal once and for all with your past. When He looks at you, He only sees the blood of Jesus, not who you were, but who you are-His child!
Father, once again I just want to thank You for complete forgiveness from my past. Even when the devil tries to remind me of what I did, I feel Your loving arms around me, sheltering me from the memories and assuring me of the depth of Your love. I will never understand how You do it, but if You don’t remember, I’m not going to either. It’s in Jesus’ name and all for Your glory, Amen.