by Rex Rouis
Your past need not be your future. God has a bright future in store for you if you will accept it and believe it.
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Take His plans and make them your plans. You can’t do that if you are always looking to your past instead of to His future. His plans for you are in His promises, and those precious promises can come alive only by seeking Him about them. He can give you the directions in the map of His word on how to get there. Jesus is the way, the road to blessing and salvation. Seek Him and hear from Him, this is the way of faith, and faith is the way of the victor.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. I John 5:4
One cannot be both a victim and a victor at the same time. Choose to be one or the other. Religion, most of the time, tries to be both and ends up being neither. Guilt and a low spiritual self-esteem will keep you in the prison-house of victimhood. It will keep you in the past of yourself instead of the future of Him. Being ‘In Him’ is being in His life and in His future.
Your past is not His future for you. It is not easy to put on the ‘new man’ in Christ (the ‘new you’ In Him), but we must. The ‘new man’ is the ‘new you’ made for a ‘new future.’ You are valuable in His eyes, so treat yourself as valuable in your own eyes. This is not always easy. Sometimes you are going to have to choose to forget the past and ignore all that is around you. Walking by faith is not walking by sight, or walking by feelings, and it sure is not walking in the past. Treating yourself as valuable is not pride but true humility before God. To do anything less is disobedience to the God Who has great plans for you and has promised great things for you. Walk with Him in the light of His love and mercy.
If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. I John 1:7
Remember, you have no past and He has your future. Wouldn’t it be nice if life was really like this? Well, it can be if you walk in the light as He is in the light and allow His blood to cleanse you from all sin, and from all the left over stuff of the past. God has created a great separator between the past and the future, it is called Today. Every day can be a new day of opportunity in the plan and future God has for us. Our effort is to live in our ‘today’ and trust Him for a great tomorrow.