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I think you were looking FORWARD and not looking BEHIND you…
Grant, thank for another nugget/treasure of truth. This whole area is something I have been really working on. At 72 years of age and being a Christian since 1960 one would think this is something I would have addressed long ago. I have been learning to ‘watch my thoughts’ from negative thinking. I am typical of the average Kiwi, ” a nation of moaners and groaners”. And although it was well meant I have always said it is important to be authentic. But God has been showing me that I can be authentic without being so negative and hard on myself and others. I am sorry this is long winded, but this subject is so vital and helpful to me, and no doubt many others.
Thanks Alistar. I’ve never found Kiwis to be moaners. I think they are delightful. Glad you enjoyed the blog.
I can so relate to what Alistair wrote above. I can change one word. It describes me too. Thank you for your great message.
What do you do when you’re suffering from brain/soul damage due to a lifetime of
emotional strive and trying to get back on your feet but never really got a solid stand? I know God, know what to do, and yet feel so incompetent, not good enough. All this information bounces away from me, out of reach!
Rina, thanks for your note. I’d be happy to discuss your situation at a coaching appointment. You can learn more about that here:https://drgrantmullen.com/coaching/
The thing, (or thought) for me is to hold on to the vision that is before you (me) but not be caught up with it as we (I) live for today. It is easy to say let go of the past, but in reality some times we do think about it. The trick is not allowing it to rule you.We need to let it go and for me is to pray and ask God to heal and to cover it with the blood of Jesus and move on. My past is dead and gone, I am living for today but with a view of the future for me. The warning is not to let the future grab hold of me and drive me or consume me to the point that I lose today and the fun for today.
ive ben trying to look to the future fore years but i think god wonts me to fix the past i try to fore get the past it keeps coming up so i dont no mate may be you can help me
thank you. Very encouraging message that I needed tonight
How has Jesus removed my past and changed my future?
My past is filled with stuff that I really don’t want to talk about. However, last Valentine’s Day, a Christian group asked me to speak on my Christian Testimony. I started to write my story down, and all of a sudden, all the stuff that was bottled up in my memory came out like a flood. When I was finished, I had a book sized manuscript. Then to my surprise, I discovered that I didn’t want to talk about it anymore. It’s the past!
So being Valentine’s Day, I thought that I would give my audience a gift, and talk about the happy part of my Christian Testimony. I wrote and delivered a forty minute humorous speech on love and marriage featuring some of the zany stories of my recent marriage. The audience laughed and related to my stories. I felt good, and my husband told me that it was a wonderful way of sharing my Christian Testimony.
I then took that manuscript of the not so nice part of my Christian Testimony, and burnt it. I then put the ashes in a mason jar, and then in the ashes I placed one of the silk flowers from my wedding bouquet, growing up out of them, with a label on it “Beauty for Ashes”.
This of course refers to Isaiah 61:3 which says: “He will give them a crown of Beauty for Ashes.”
“Beauty for Ashes” is my Christian Testimony. The Lord brought me through so much to a happy place, and even though I don’t know what the future holds for me, I do know this: God’s Word is faithful and true, and He did give me “Beauty for Ashes”.
That is my Christian Testimony. Beauty for Ashes!
Now with that kind of a Christian Testimony, my future in the Lord’s hands can only hold beautiful blessings!
Nancy, what a beautiful testimony and analogy! Such an encouragement to everyone with a painful past. Thanks for sharing it with us.
For me the most powerful verse in the Bible that helped me with that issue is where God asks Adam – “Who told you that you are naked?” But you can replace the word naked in that verse with whatever is going on in your life. Who told you that you are [poor | stupid | fat | weak | ugly | lazy | etc]? If it was not God then you are munching on an apple that is from the wrong tree. If it was not God then its probably wrong. So for me, I always ask myself, Who told you that you can’t make it?, or that you can’t change, and so on. If it wasn’t God then don’t believe !!! Bless you guys.
Andrei, that’s a brilliant application of the verse! Thanks for letting us know.
” Not looking back but pressing on to the prize before me, which is Christ Jesus.” (St.Paul )
Thank you Grant for your insightful video. When I became a born again Christian in 1975, I was just 22 years old. My life prior to my decision for Jesus was a life of debauchery , not unlike that of the prodigal son. At that time I had broken most of the 10 Commandments, if not all of them, and I had left a trail of broken hearts and hurt people because of my selfish and egotistical lifestyle.
A scriptural passage came to me from the Holy Spirit back in 1975 which I try to say every day and that is this,
” Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Lean not on your own understanding,
Acknowledge Him in all your ways,
And He will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3 : 5,6)
Grant, I believe that we all fight things from our past because the enemy of our souls “tries” to remind us of how awful a person we once were. I decided to agree with the devil when he accused me and said to him,
” You’re right , I WAS all those things you accuse me of but it has all been bought and paid for by the blood my Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ shed on the cross. You remember Jesus , don’t you ? You were there at His Crucifixion ! So, go away Satan and all your demons back to the pit of hell where you belong ! ”
Remember that the God we serve is always faithful and He loves when we overcome our past and trust only in Him ….” overcoming by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”
Thanks Larry. That’s a powerful example of how we have been set free from the past.