You deal with your past everyday, so do I and as I was thinking this morning concerning some personal things, it is as though I always have thoughts of the past and with those thoughts it brings on some anxiety, stress, uneasiness, and possibly some depression, basically it sucks. I always look to what shoulda, coulda, woulda had been, I know not proper English, but you get the point, it is as if satan knows how to discourage and cause stress concerning our past, what we have done, what we didn’t do, what we knew to do, but failed to do so. All these things seem for me at least to start questioning my decisions concerning my family, God, Church, Ministry, work, finances, and the path I’m taking in order to get where we believe God wants us. I must admit it’s not easy and when dwelt on these thoughts of the past it can cause great turmoil not only in our lives but also for the people that are around us, (Family, Spouse, and Children).
So what do we do when this happens, good question, I know the easy answer which people will tell you “Get over It” “Look to Jesus” or how about this quote from a pastor I know “I had worst scratches on my eyeball”, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” we have all heard it and in those times it really doesn’t work. So I can tell you, what I try to tell myself, that God, the one whom he loved “me” came, died and rose again so that I can live free from bondage, free from the past and be set free.
Below you will find some bible verses concerning the past, read them, memorize them, and allow the past to stay where it needs to stay “Behind you and me” in the rear-view mirror. LiveGiveServe
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.