I’d like to piggy back on my last post (link will open in a new window) today and talk about the past.
The past is a tricky business when you have hurt someone or someone has hurt you. The verse in yesterday’s post reminds us to forget those things which are behind and press on to the mark. That’s easier said then done when something or someone brings it up all the time.
Today, I’d like to talk about when the past won’t rest in peace and instead it leaves your heart in pieces.
I’m talking about unknown children who pop up out of no where. I’m talking about when someone makes a crazy confession from out of no where. I’m talking about when someone from your past comes and reminds you of that past mistake, problem, or situation. The hurtful past reverberates through your life threatening to hurt your future.
My question here is how do we handle these types of situations? We live in this world. We live among people. How do we truly get past this stuff with the Word of God?
First, we have to realize where it’s coming from. Is it coming from God or Satan? Once we uncover that answer we can best know how to deal with it.
Would God do this sort of reminding? Here in Romans Paul is describing the difference between the Old Testament way of finding forgiveness with God and the new way after Jesus Christ. David said this following statement.
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute (logizomai=Grk. for calculate, tabulate) sin.” Romans 4:7-8
That’s us. After Jesus Christ paid for every sin we are given a clean slate by God “if” we do one thing. First we have to be born-again and that takes care of all the sin prior to your salvation. But what about reoccurring sins. Sin, is the Greek word harmatia’ it means “missing the mark.” Anytime we missed the mark and break our fellowship with God, we sin. So what do we do about that?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“If” is a conditional requirement. (As a side note: I want to forgive like God forgives.) Once God forgives then what?
“As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalms 103:12
If you’re going east, you’re always going east around the globe. But if you were going north over the globe, you’d eventually have to go south. It’s a figure of speech that means God forgives, and then doesn’t ever bring them up or remember them.
Who is bringing it up?
If someone is bringing something negative into your life from your past, you have every right to assume that it is Satan bringing it up. Why? Because God doesn’t do that. It causes you to stumble in your walk with God. It causes you to feel terrible guilt, confusion or fear. This is called sin consciousness. Believers need to recognize this is not of God. How can you press forward towards the high calling of God if you are riddled with things of the past? You can’t and many good Christians, who have messed up bad, allow the guilt and sin consciousness to eat them alive. There is no freedom in this! It’s a buffet table at Satan’s Restaurant and you’re the main course! This introduces lies, error, guilt ridden maliciousness and much worse.
There is also this nasty little thing called self-hatred. Self-hatred convinces a person they need to pay penance for the wrong they’ve done, after they’ve already confessed and been forgiven. Is this in any way godly? NO! Not from the verses we’ve read above. If it is godly, then why did God give his only begotten son? Why pay that price? If you are still guilty, then the Word of God is a lie. But if instead Jesus Christ died and was raised from the dead by his loving Father, redeeming mankind from sin; then it’s the self-hatred that’s the lie, the unworthiness is the lie, and the sin consciousness is the lie from the Father of Lies! It’s the devil convincing people to beat their own heads in with their own hammer. Here is the point of this whole blog.
Peace is forgiveness ENJOYED!
You will never have peace unless you let the past rest in peace. If you continue to bring them up and rub everyone’s nose in yours and their faults, you are living in bondage and not the righteous freedom of God’s Word. If someone is doing that around you or to you, God knows what you’re next step is, but if you continue living there you will remain in bondage right along with them.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
God Bless You today and forever!
Read Part 1 of this post called, “How to Get Over Your Past and Start Fresh Today,” here.