Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing.
—Isaiah 43:18b-19a (NIV)
Is there anything in your past that you allow to hold you back from experiencing God’s freedom? Is it hard to get rid of thoughts that keep you from feeling the joy of a new moment? You are new in Him. Old things are over. The old does not define your new. If you allow the past to control your mind, you can never see the new things He bring into your life.
The grace of Jesus is your promise. If you don’t wish the past to tarnish your new life, you must believe what Jesus has accomplished. He took your sin—your sinful nature—your ugliness—into His sinless self and died to give you His righteousness. You are free of judgment and condemnation. To experience freedom from the pain of old feelings, believe in the truth of Calvary. Have faith in His truth that you are no longer that old person, but forgiven through and through for all time. He has set you free. Allow Him to transform your mind until the freedom Jesus won for you changes your perception. You no longer doubt. You realize His power within you. You let go of your emotional pain—your baggage—and focus on who He has made you.
Discover His freedom to enjoy your new life. Choose to believe that the Resurrection power of the Cross is greater than anything you have allowed to control your mind. Surrender thoughts that plague you. Surrender who you have believed you are for who He says you are—His child, righteous and pure because of His sacrifice. In release, you find freedom from the emotional pain of the past. When you believe Him, newness springs up, the old washes away, and you can perceive His truth instead of the pain of your past or lie with which the enemy has terrorized you. He pours life-giving streams of hope and healing into your life.
“Have you not heard?” God declares. “Have you not understood? I am the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth. I never grow tired or weary. I give power to your life. Trust and believe me, and find new strength! You will soar high above the pain of circumstance and emotional pain that has defined your life! You will run and not grow weary. You will walk and not faint! Believe me!”
© 2019 Lynn Lacher
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