Are you a prisoner of your past? Do your past mistakes define who you are and ultimately dictate your future? If they do, they shouldn’t. Jesus bought and paid for all your past, present, and future sins and mistakes. You never could, and cannot even now, pay for your sins. That’s why Jesus went to the Cross to be our substitute. He took our place. But, in spite of all that, we can still let the devil keep us in bondage to our past.
Now, just what kind of things am I talking about? Lots of things, especially the things no one knows about—just you and God. But that shouldn’t make a difference since God is the only One who really matters. Sure, people will gossip. We know that, but it shouldn’t keep us from living the life that the Lord Jesus bought and paid for us to have.
In addition to the past mistakes we have made, which have been cast into the sea of God’s forgetfulness, there is that nagging, gnawing, wicked unforgiveness of which many Christians can’t seem to let go. Some have even held onto the unforgiveness for decades, as if that would change anything! Oh, it did change someone and that’s you. Unforgiveness against another person never has the same effect on them as it does on the one with the unforgiveness.
Allowing our past sins, mistakes, and unforgiveness rule our lives falls so far short of the life that God intends for us to live. We are not to be defined by our past but rather to let the Word of God define who we are. We’ve been forgiven and set apart for God’s glory. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We’re not some ol’ sinner trudging through life hopin’ and a-prayin’ that we last ‘til the Rapure! That’s not the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
We are precious and special to God, who gave His very Best to bring us back into right relationship with Him. We were purchased with the Blood of the Lord Jesus! And then, when we got born-again, He gave us the Name of Jesus, power of the Blood of Jesus, the Word of God, the faith of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! We couldn’t ask for anything more because God gave us everything we could ever need on this planet to be successful and victorious.
So, take inventory of what’s been holding you back from enjoying the freedom of your salvation. Get rid of the weights and bondages and get on with what God has for you! Praise the Lord of Glory!
Psalm 103:12 (KJV) 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (KJV) 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV) 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Philippians 1:11 (KJV)
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 3:9 (KJV) 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
John 10:10 (KJV) 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 (AMP) 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…