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The past is where it belongs!

I know that the LORD saves his anointed’ (Psalm 20:6 NKJV)

What does it mean to leave something behind?

I remember being told about relatives that had never met, because they had died before I was born. Stories were told about them, when they were younger, and what they had done, where they had travelled to, and sometimes, even the mischief they had gotten into.

How do we want to be remembered?

Do we want to be remembered as someone who always went to church no matter what was happening, or as someone who sang loudly for all to hear, or as someone who helped to put the chairs out or away, or for making the coffee and tea?

These are all nice things that may be said about people, but are they really important?

How do we want to be remembered?

Do we want to be remembered as being giants for God? Do we want to be remembered as defiant against the enemy in the times of personal trials, and/or persecution? Do we wish to be remembered as being outrageously ‘out-there’ for God and for the spreading of the gospel!

When we think about how we will be remembered, we can sometimes focus on the things in our past that we are not proud of, there may be things which we would like to forget, or there may be some areas of our life that we are downright ashamed of!

Remember this;

When your past calls out to you, do not answer it, for it has nothing new to say to you’

When we trust in Jesus, we do not have to worry about our past, it is passed. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV). Do not think about what happened before you came to Christ, ‘The old has gone, the new is here’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV – emphasis mine).

We do not need to focus on our mistakes, if people did that, then everyone would be far too busy to do anything else at all, ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23 NIV).

It was because of sin, sometime known as ‘The Fall’, that the first humans were banished from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-23).

We are not perfect, and we live in a fallen world, where sin is prevalent. Sin entered the world, when Adam and Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden, (Genesis 1:6). In the New Testament, Paul reminds the Roman Christians, that sin entered the world through man, ‘just as sin entered the world through one man’ (Romans 5:12).

Do not be burdened with your past. Jesus said;

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden’ (Matthew 11:28 NKJV), and, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled’ (John 14:1 NIV).

Jesus did not want us to constantly look backwards in life, we need to focus on Jesus, and what is in front of us.

The past has passed!

Do not dwell on what you cannot change!

Do not waste energy on something that you cannot alter!

God has forgiven you, because you called to him.

The Psalmist David knew this from personal experience, when he was being hunted by Saul;

In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice’ (Psalm 18:6 ESV).

Another un-named Psalmist said the same,

In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me’ (Psalm 120:1 ESV).

There are many times within the Bible, and especially the Psalms, where people call out to God, and he answers;, and why does he answer? He wants the best for us; he has a good plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). The plan does not have us dwelling on our past.

God has said;

I, even I, am he who blots out your transgression, for my own sake’ (Isaiah 43:25 NIV).

So we should not remember our sins, because God has blotted them out!

When we have, ‘acknowledged our [my] sin to You’ (Psalm 32:5 NKJV), we know that he will be gracious, just as the Psalmist said, ‘you forgave the guilt of my sin’ (Psalm 32:5 NIV).

Our sin has gone, it has been forgiven, blotted out, thrown away, ‘you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl them into the depths of the sea’ (Micah 7:19 NIV).

Do not dwell on the past, it has passed.

How do you want to be remembered?

I know how I want to be remembered, I want to be remembered for the amazing grace that God showed and gave me, and for the light of God in my life;

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.’ (Traditional Folk song).

Arrive at the pearly gates

All these pieces, Broken and scattered,
In mercy gathered, Mended and whole,
Empty handed, But not forsaken,
I’ve been set free, I’ve been set free.

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, But now I am found,
Was blind but now I see

Oh I can see You now,
Oh I can see the love in Your eyes,
Laying Yourself down,
Raising up the broken to life

You take our failure, You take our weakness,
You set Your treasure, In jars of clay,
So take this heart, Lord, I’ll be Your vessel,
The world to see Your life in me

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, But now I am found,
Was blind but now I see

Broken Vessel (Amazing Grace)
Joel Houston, Jonas Myrin

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Father God, we thank you for seeing us as we are now, members of your family. We thank you for forgetting our past sins, and the ways in which we hurt you. We know that we are far from perfect, and we want to be better people, living better lives for your glory. Help us to focus on the teachings within the Bible, and help us to live for you and your glory. Help us to radiantly shine the light of life at all we see daily in our lives.

Amen

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