After God draws us to himself through Jesus at salvation, we are forgiven of all of our past sins. The love of our God is just so beautiful. He chooses to remember our sins no more…
The only problem is, we still remember them. We have this new found relationship with the God of the universe, but we are still filled with shame and guilt over all of the sin we have committed. The enemy knows we are free from our past, but he definitely doesn’t want us to truly believe it. And so, right in the middle of our life with Jesus, we get sucker-punched with a dark memory from our past. It begins to play over and over again in our mind, until it’s all we can think about. We begin to retract into our shell hoping that no one will see through us. It’s misery at its best.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to keep replaying all my past sins.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
1 John 1:9 NIV says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
What do these verses reveal about our past?
We have been purified.. The old has gone and the new is here. Right now, claim that truth over your past. You are pure… you are new…
Philippians 3:13-14 NIV says, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 43:18 NIV says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
What do these verses say about the past?
For us to truly forget the past, we must give it to Jesus. He says to cast your burdens on him. Your past is a heavy burden. God longs to reconcile your past to himself. He works with what we give him. He can absolutely free you from your past, but you have to give it to him. When those dark thoughts return, turn them over to Jesus. Cast the burden of your past onto him, and take up the redemption he has for you.
Colossians 1:13-14 NIV says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Take some time today to surrender your past to God. Write a letter to him thanking him for redemption from the darkness of your past. Ask him to take your burdens of darkness. He is the light of the world, and the darkness will not overcome him. He isn’t afraid of your darkness… he has defeated it. Place every dark, painful memory in his hands and ask him to fill you with peace and joy.