Past? What Past?

Recently, I was listening to Pandora, and a song came on that I hadn’t heard in years. It was the song “Bye Bye” by Jo Dee Messina. She said something that struck a chord with me (pun intended). She said, “Got a left foot down on my accelerator and the rear view mirror torn off, cause I ain’t never lookin’ back, and that’s a fact.” What hit me most was “the rear view mirror torn off, cause I ain’t never lookin’ back.This is how we should be about our past, as well. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! There are many more scriptures stating the same thing. Isaiah 43:18-19a: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Philippians 3:13-14, “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.” When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, every sin of your past was wiped away. Gone. Forgotten. Hebrews 10:17, “Their sin and lawless acts I will remember no more.” The only person who would bring up your past is the devil. He will remind you and remind you until you are convinced that God remembers, too. Rest in knowing you don’t have to think or worry about past mistakes ever again. They aren’t being held against you. Why? Because, God does not remember! He can’t! The blood of Jesus washed all of it away. When His loving eyes see you, He doesn’t see who you were. He sees Jesus and what He did for you and who you are in HIM.

Keep your eyes on the only One Who matters: Jesus.  Just like my post yesterday: because of Jesus, all is possible. He made a way where there seemed to be no way. He willingly came, suffered, bled and died so we can have life and have it more abundantly: John 10:10. We could live 1,000 years and still never be able to earn or deserve the gift Jesus gave to us. That’s what makes it so precious. The Father knew there would be people who would never love Him in return. He knew there would be people who would never accept His incredible Gift, but He offered His only Son anyway. And Jesus, knowing the same, WILLINGLY offered Himself. That is Love. That is Agape Love. John 3:16, “For this is how much God loved the world – He gave His one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” (The Passion Translation) 

I heard the coolest quote when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember who said it: “If the devil tries to remind you of your past, remind him of his future!”

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