Our past can be like sludge in a pipe. It keeps us from living our present lives fully for Him.
1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Pr 28:1
The only way to be bold as a lion is to know that there is nothing in our past of which to be ashamed. It’s like our past is right on our heels, but it doesn’t have to be like that. The way to have nothing of which to be ashamed is to:
- Give our past to Jesus; leave it at the Cross.
- Receive in its place His forgiveness, mercy and grace.
- Embrace His ability to redeem our past and use it for His glory.
We have these verses to ground us:
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb 4:15-16 He understands!
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” Jn 8:11 He focuses on our future.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2Co 5:17 He chooses to render our past powerless to affect our future. He “forgets!”
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Cor. 4:16 His Spirit renews us every day, even every moment. The renewal process is continuous. Any perceived baggage is on us–not on Him. We must allow Him to create in us a clean heart and to renew a right spirit within us (Psalm 51:10).
Finally, we must trust Him to work all things into His plan:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 We HAVE been called according to His purpose; we DO love Him, therefore, we can trust Him to work our past for His glory. We didn’t catch Him by surprise, nor have we gone beyond His ability to redeem. O, what wondrous grace!
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge [and grace] of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36