This week's focus on the blog can be absolutely life altering: forgetting the past and living in the present. So often when we become Christians, we understand our need for a Savior, Jesus, we comprehend that we will go to heaven, we even place ourselves in positions to spread the Gospel, but we live defeated within the confines of our past mistakes. Friends, this is not the abundant, flourishing life that Christ created us for.
I have been reading the book, You Can Be Emotionally Free, by Rita Bennett; a book which I strongly encourage you to pick up, especially if you struggle with past mistakes or hurts. The premise of this book is that we can be healed by Jesus from issues in our pasts because God is, has been, and will always be God. He is omnipotent and omnipresent. This healing of the past literally makes us replace our emotional attachments to that event and is healing both physically and emotionally. The absolute keys to successful healing are to stay focused on the Holy Spirit's leading and allow Jesus to heal the event.
Then when the event is remembered either by the enemy or your flesh, there is a new ending to it: an ending designed by Jesus, himself. This act of healing the past situations releases the emotional response and replaces it with peace. This is a very Biblical method of healing: believing that God is omnipresent (always has been, is, and will be there) and omnipotent (all powerful).
As we study Scripture, we are affirmed that forgetting the past has always been an issue. In Philippians 3:13, Paul, the former persecutor and murderer of Christians, admits,
"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken ahold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead."
Healing former mistakes and sins is a valuable tool in our spiritual toolbox. This hindrance allows us to move forward toward God's very best for our lives: freedom. Our challenge is to meet Jesus at that event and allow Him to rewrite the ending to our past.
My Prayer: God, thank you for healing my heart from past mistakes and hurts. You are the God who heals. I pray for further layers of healing as I venture toward more abundant living. Thank you for being the author and perfecter of my faith. I pray for those struggling with past mistakes to allow you to teach them this important concept which allows freedom to live in you. In Jesus name!