“Do not remember the former things. Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?” (Isaiah 43:18)
As long as we hold onto the past in an unhealthy manner – going back to hurts and mistakes over and over again – our hearts and minds will be blinded to the new things God has in store for us. We must let go of what we cannot change!
Lives are wasted when the past is allowed to infect the present or negatively influence our futures. When you find past mistakes stirring up guilt that God forgave you for ages ago, just say, “STOP!” If you must say it out loud, then do it. Do whatever it takes to keep sins already repented of or hurts we have forgiven to the best of our abilities, from ruining the circumstances we are in today.
Yes, I know there is a difference between forgiven and forgotten. I understand that once something is seen, heard or experienced, our brain stores it. But it is you and I that continually go into those archived files and dredge up old feelings that won’t contribute anything positive to our present day. The peace of God we all desire will not show up unless we determine to let go of the past. For many, the past becomes an idol. They are not contented unless they are whining over something that happened 10 or 20 years ago.
But look what an awesome, comforting promise God makes to us concerning our pasts.
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).
God does not remember my sins? But He knows everything! Yes He does, but He chooses not to remember. He not only tells us that He won’t remember our sins in the Old Testament, He repeats it in the New Testament as well.
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
Let us continually pray for an increase in sensitivity and the courage to practice the discipline of letting go of the past in exchange for the future God has laid out before all of us!