“Forget the former things…do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19.
Why is it so hard to get rid of
negative feelings? Why do we have trouble trusting God? If we are new
creatures in Christ, why don’t we sometimes feel new? Why do things from
the past still control our feelings? Why are things from the past still
affecting our lives? Why do we allow them to define who we are? Why can’t we just grasp His hand and believe without a struggle?
If we have accepted Him as Savior, we are new. The old is done.
Negative thoughts of what we have been are no longer true. I am not a
failure. You are not a failure. We have what it takes. We have Jesus
Christ, and He is the way, the truth, and the life which brings new
promise to our lives.
To truly forget the former things, and
not dwell on the past, we can't just believe IN Him, we must BELIEVE
HIM. To be free from worries that control my life and your life, we must
BELIEVE HIM. We must believe that He can do what He says. We must
believe that we can forget the former things, and they will not control
our lives. I am free in Him. You are free in Him, but we must BELIEVE
HIM, not just believe in Him.
When we BELIEVE HIM, newness
springs up, the old is no more, and we can perceive His truth instead of
the lies of our past or circumstance. It is a promise that no matter
what we face He is our strength, and brings life-giving streams of hope
and promise to the barren deserts in our lives.
I choose to forget the former things, and BELIEVE HIM.