Why Do We Let the Past Dictate Our Future?

According to 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, we can’t live in victory by just waiting for supernatural forgetfulness to overtake us.  We can’t just sit around hoping that someday God will reach down and wash away our memory of the past.  We must get aggressive about it.  That’s what Paul did.  He declared war on every thought that tried to drag him back to his old life.  He took revenge on every memory, mental image, concept or imagination that contradicted what the Word of God said about him as a reborn, righteous, new creation in Christ.

If we want to enjoy the kind of victory Paul did, we have to do the same thing.  Otherwise, our mind will keep dragging us back into old cycles of sin and defeat because, unlike our spirit, our mind was not made new when we were born again.  It stayed the same.  If we don’t renew it with the Word, it will continually feed us with thoughts and fears from the past.  And since our lives are shaped by what we think (which become what we say; which dictates what we decide and what we do), those thoughts and fears from the past will end up dictating our future.

If we don’t use the power of the Word to supernaturally forget those things which are behind – despite all the promises God has made to us as believers, despite the fact that our lives are truly hidden with Christ in God – we will be doomed to repeat the mistakes and failures of the past again and again and again.

When I say you must supernaturally forget the past, I’m not talking about just keeping it off your mind for a couple of days.  I mean you must forget it the way God forgets something.  Put it as far from you as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).  Root it out of your memory by the blood of the Lamb and cleanse you consciousness of it permanently by faith.

You must begin to believe that what the Bible says about your past is true.  Every negative part of it is gone!  Everything the devil did to you and through you has been wiped out forever!  “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ…” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).

NEXT TIME – The Past – Part 3:  It’s All in Your Mind

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