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The Poison Of Dwelling On The Past

Discussion in 'Christian Spirituality Forum' started by hldude33, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. hldude33

    hldude33 Well-Known Member

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    “The Poison Of Dwelling On The Past”
    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
    Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

    There are a lot of things in life that I forget about. There are things that I remember very easily and then other things I tend to forget. I’m often baffled at what I can easily remember and then the things that I often forget. We all feel this way with the things we wish we could remember and then wonder why there are some things that we have no problem remembering.

    One thing that I am very good at remembering, and comes back to haunt me so often, is the memory of mistakes that I have made. I know that we can learn from our mistakes and focus on not repeating them, which is a good thing about remembering the mistakes. However, the bad part about that memory of mistakes is how Satan likes to remind us so often that they somehow define us. He is absolutely WRONG! I have a very bad habit of remembering my mistakes and beating myself up over and over and over again about them. My wife and kids will attest to that!

    The enemy has a sly way of popping his ugly head up every time a memory surfaces and a situation presents itself again and I repeat the cycle again getting down on myself. We learn here that God is always doing a new thing. We should never dwell on the past. It’s so easy for us to constantly dwell on things that we did wrong in the past and be reminded of them every day by the enemy. God wants us to instead focus on the new things He is doing with us and through us.

    It’s almost as if we are feeding ourselves poison every time we dwell on the past and relive the emotions of the painful mistakes we have made. All the while God is trying to take this poison away from us and get us to focus on the new things He is doing. I know there are many people who will read this and are reliving the same painful memories from the past that keep haunting you. As the Apostle Paul shared to the church in Philippi, he pressed on, forgetting the past and focused on what was ahead. We definitely need to do the same!

    Friends, whatever painful past memories you are struggling to stop dwelling on, ask God to give you the strength to overcome and move forward. I’m preaching to myself on this as well! I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m working on it. We are new creatures in Christ! The old has gone, the new has come! Let us focus on who we are in Christ!

    Stop feeding on the poison of dwelling on the past.
     
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    Nancy Well-Known Member

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    Amen.
    We also tend to forget
    "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
    Romans 8:1

    I also tend to beat myself up over things done in the old nature although, it has kind of morphed into more of a "regret" than condemnation...and we KNOW where that comes from :mad:
    As you say, as long as we learn from them :)
     
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    marks Well-Known Member

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    And no matter what yesterday held, or what today looks like so far, God can change any situation, and can change us, at any time. What is that they say about the markets . . . ?

    "Past performance does not guarantee future results"

    Just because I've done ________ every single time doesn't mean I'm going to __________ this time!

    Much love!
     
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    amadeus Well-Known Member

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    And in the verse you quoted, the "IN Christ Jesus" is the key. We need to get IN Jesus and stay there all of the time. That is another one of those things impossible for man... but for God?

    "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" Matt 7:7

    Keep on asking and keep on surrendering and keep on striving and giving God the glory!
     
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    Nancy Well-Known Member

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    YES...keep on keeping on! Be being filled: "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"
    Seems an ongoing constancy to keep ourselves IN HIM...Amen!
     
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