As believers, we all have a past, but we do not have to live there. It may influence us, but it does not have to define us. Everyone has done things they regret, but our past does not have to poison our future. Paul in the scripture, who had an infamous past, is a good example of this way of thinking. If the enemy is going to attack us in any area, it will always be in an attempt to tie us to what happened before. It is not good for us to get stuck in our past; if we realize that we have camped there too long, we must let go of it and move on. When we encounter people who try to get us to live in the past, we must deliberately reach out to what lies in the future.
Paul admitted that he did not understand everything, yet he had learned to reach toward the future, refusing to let the past hold him back. For Paul, it was vital that he forgot what was behind him. We must have the same mindset.
When we realize that we have been hanging out in our past too long, it is time to cut ties with it and move on. Our future anointing and assignment from God is at stake.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18, 19).
When you feel your past trying to become your present take that thought and remind it where it belongs, it belongs in the past and your future belongs to God!
Leslie Lupton is lead pastor at The River Church in Guntersville.