Escaping Torment of the Past

Romans 4:7

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered…

If there was a world wide survey seeking to identity of all who fight regret, or who may admit having been victim to circumstances which haunt their lives over and over, all of us would have to admit that we have been there more than a few times over the course of our life. The thing is, we have all failed to make the right choice, attempted to force open closed doors, tried to "help God" when we felt He was not moving fast enough for us, and been victimized with circumstances which still come back to memory from time to time, even after we have been delivered from the torment it may once have caused.

Psalm 103:12

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.

Constantly dwelling on "what could have been" and failing to let go of sins which altered our path before we handed them over to Christ not only causes stress, but even worse, it challenges our faith in God's delivering and healing power. While our human minds struggle not to dwell on the past, it is most important to remember how God’s deliverance and forgiveness covers us, and casts our viscous past into a sea of forgetfulness . When we repent, we can rest in faith and assurance we receive deliverance from all that haunts us, even if it appears our redemption is not immediate, but progressive.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Now, that does not mean Satan will not remind us from time to time, but it does mean that we can allow God to fully complete the healing process in our lives. So anytime the Enemy comes in like a flood to remind us of our life-altering mistakes, we are spiritually equipped to square up our shoulders and fight back, reminding him of his own future, rebuking him for invading our past!

Isaiah 55:7-9

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The best part about falling victim to a regrettable past, is the reminder of who now has control of our lives. If God is still in the healing business of our physical bodies and scars, how much more our heart spirit and souls? If your past is something of which you would rather not be reminded, remember the promises and hope of your redemptive future in Christ. The next time you hear the voices of your past coming back to remind you, try reminding yourself of the goodness of God’s grace, then simply tell Him how you feel, and if He is willing to forget your past, you are willing too; then allow Him to come in and cleanse your mind and thoughts from all things forgotten by Him.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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