Now God, don’t hold out on me, don’t hold back your passion. Your love and truth are all that keeps me together. When troubles ganged up on me, a mob of sins past counting, I was so swamped by guilt I couldn’t see my way clear. More guilt in my heart than hair on my head, so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out. Psalm 40:11-12 Message
Have you ever had your past mistakes overwhelm you like David explained in this writing? We know about the time he desired Bathsheba and not only got her pregnant but had her husband killed. He thought he’d tricked everyone until God sent Nathan the prophet to confront him.
Satan wants nothing more than to have us live in our past. If he can badger us with the mistakes that we’ve made, he will succeed in keeping us from being what God needs us to be in our present. The past is not a good place to stay. It clouds our vision and keeps us living in the mire of guilt and condemnation. Stuck in past mistakes, entertaining the ‘what if’s’ and the ‘if onlies’. Wishing for a ‘do over’ so somehow the guilt would lessen.
But wait–here’s the good news. According to Romans 8:1-2 in the Message bible, “With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. a new power is in operation. The spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, as magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.”
What does that mean for us? Our past has been cleared away. Every time Satan tries to bring up our past, we can remind him that our past is gone. We are blood bought, cleared of all charges, washed white as snow. Gods gavel of justice has been heard as He announced, “NOT GUILTY!”
It’s time to live in the present, doing what God has asked us to do. Not waiting until we look different or become perfect, but depending on His Spirit to bring us into all truth. To walk in the spirit and not live the way we want to. We belong to Him.
God’s not looking for perfect people. He’s looking for willing people. Be that person today. Stop living in your past and start looking to your future because that’s where Jesus is. He is in your future! Let’s take this world for Jesus today. Right where you are. Now is the time of salvation.
I’m Leaving My Past,