What is the best way to deal with your past in order to move forward with your future? Just VISIT!! Here’s a few tips for the trip:
~ Bring a map! ~
Psalm 31:2-4 “Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.”
~ Don’t pack an overnight bag! ~
Isaiah 43:18-19 ““Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
~ Take your ID, so that you remember who you are! ~
I Corinthians 3:16-17 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”
~ Don’t bring back souvenirs! ~
2 Peter 1:3-11, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
You have a beautiful future ahead of you! A magnificent plan has been set forth for you long before you were born! God has a spectacular journey for you ~ not an easy one, but one that is more incredible than you can possibly imagine!
So as you move forward in the future, there will be some necessary trips back to your past. Events that you will have to face in order to move forward. People you will need to extend forgiveness to in order to see clearly the path God has for you. You don’t need to do either of those things by yourself. Through the strength you receive from the Lord, you CAN do astonishing things!!
But don’t move back there! Tether yourself to the Word of God so just in case you feel yourself slipping deeper into the past than you need to be…pull on that tethered rope and let the Lord pull you back to safety!