Dec
17
2011

Spilt Milk

They say your past helps shape who you are today.  While I agree we should learn from our mistakes, we should also not allow our past to take away our ability to enjoy the blessings we have today.  Some of us are continually burdened down with the weight of our past mistakes.  We sometimes have a difficult time forgiving ourselves even though God has forgiven us and released us from this bondage.

All of us, if we are really honest have done or said things we regret.  Some of us have deeply hurt the ones we love.  We have all made mistakes and had monumental failures.  But here is the wonderful thing; the biggest sin in our life is not bigger than God’s grace.  Our past mistakes or sins do not define who we are today.   They are only events that have happened in our life.  We are new creatures in Christ; our past has been put away.  We are adopted by God himself into the family of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Continuous condemnation or guilt is not from the Lord.  This kind of guilt is from Satan.  He keeps us bound up by shouting – Remember your past, your sins and your failures.  This kills our joy!  Jesus says we shall find rest in our souls.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  He is faithful to forgive if we take our cares to Him – that is healing power.

1 John 1:9

 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

We all have a past and we can’t change that.  So you lost your marriage, made some bad decisions or said things you regret.  These things can be painful beyond words, but you can’t change them.  We have all made mistakes, but together by the power of the risen Lord Jesus Christ you can change your future.  Break free from the aching, painful feelings of self reproach that our spiritual enemy continually throws in our face.  Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  Forget the past, put it behind you and look to the future.  Leave your sins behind you – God already has.

Phil 3:13-14

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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