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The Past IS Past

Everybody has a past, whereby there are good or bad things happened. Whatsoever events, actions and reactions we took in the past only determine where we are today. 

However past life can deter us from reaching our destiny; it can derail our efforts from achieving the purpose of God in our lives. In addition, our  past successes and failure can obstruct the progressive effort of reaching things which are ahead.

God's View

For us to get a better understanding about this issue, it's always important to know what God says about it. Look at the verse below:

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Isaiah  43:18

Here, not only is God commanding the Children of Israel through Isaiah not to remember the former things, but also never consideration them. The point here is, however good or bad the former things are, you ought not to consider; simply they are in the past. Remember, your future does not depend on your past, your future is shaped by what you do today.

Man's View

During the time of Jesus, one of his close friends died by the name Lazarus. Then Jesus decided to visit his(Lazarus) sisters - Martha and Mary. When Martha came to meet Jesus, this is what she said:

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Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. John  11:21

In her statement here, Martha brings out a feeling of hopelessness; she thinks her problem is far beyond what Jesus could do. Her mind was focused on what had happened and not what would happen. Sometimes that's exactly what happens in our lives, we focus on what happened and forget about what will or can happen. Let's see how Jesus answered:

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  John 11:25

Jesus gave Martha assurance that however worse the situation was He had a solution. Therefore, God does not want you to worry about what happened in the past, He wants you to focus on the future and see the good plans He has for you as Jeremiah says:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah  29:11

Hallelujah!

Let GO the Past!

In most cases the past experiences make us harbor bitterness in our hearts consequently making us slaves of unforgiveness. When God commands us to forgive others, that does not mean He wants only them to benefit from the forgiveness. He too intends that everyone who forgives be free. Forgiveness brings freedom; when you forgive you are free from bitterness which results to sorrow and unhappiness. Thus what Paul says:

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians  4:31

God wants to do a new thing in your life which you have never seen or heard. That's why He wants you to let go of your past experiences as Isaiah says:

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Isaiah  42:9

Lastly Paul addressing the Philippians this is what he tells them:

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, Philippians  3:13

The Past OR The Future

We can't change the past but we can change the future by doing that which is right today. You can agree with me that almost every human being has been mistreated, brutalized, sexually or physically abused, disappointed, heartbroken or rejected. This leaves a wound in our hearts. 

However Jesus Christ is a healing God and He can heal your wounds however much you have been hurt, all you need to do is to let go of your past experiences and let Him take control over your life. May God give you the strength and grace to take that step!

Bible verses quoted from King James version