Don’t empower your past

I’ve heard it said that our past is what makes us who we are today. I disagree.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says this (emphasis mine):

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he IS a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, ALL things have become NEW.

That has got to mean something. It doesn’t say several things have become new. It doesn’t say part of your past has become new. It doesn’t say a piece of you has become new.

It says ALL things. 

Empowering our past is basically allowing it to have more power than the finished work of Christ.

When I became born again, I was given a brand new heart. I was instantly transformed into a new creation. I was born into a Kingdom bloodline.

At that moment, I was no longer a product of what I had been through. I was now a product of what He went through on the Cross.

That is extremely powerful and life changing. My past no longer has the power to define who I am. It can no longer write my story.

Paul writes in Philippians 3:13 (emphasis mine):

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead

Can you imagine if Paul had remained focused on his past, somehow trying to fix it or “work through” all the horrendous acts he had committed? He knew the blood of Jesus washed his past away. He was focused on running the race set before him.

We aren’t Lots wife. We’re the bride of Christ. 

Stop looking back.

Romans 8:38,39 says:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Notice what isn’t on that list? Our past.

I believe our past has the ability to keep us separated from the love of God. Why? Because when we focus on what lies behind, we lose sight of our true identity in Christ. It’s not that God stops loving us. It’s that we lose sight of it.

We get caught up trying to fix a past that has already been taken care of.

I’m sure psychology will tell us that in order to move forward, we have to deal with our past. We have to become free from our past. We have to overcome our past.

I’ve got some amazing news for you.

Becoming a new creation in Christ means your slate has been wiped clean. It means the past of your old self is washed away with the blood of Jesus.

I never talk about my past outside of the finished work of Christ. The 33 year addiction of my past belongs to a dead man. It’s not my past any longer. When that revelation truly hits your heart, a freedom comes that can’t be explained in mere words. It’s supernatural.

Let’s forget what lies behind and press forward into a more intimate relationship with our Father. Stop trying to drive the car by looking in the rear-view mirror.

Good things are waiting ahead.

2 thoughts on “Don’t empower your past

  1. Wow, Chris, this is SO powerful! Yes, I know this stuff and write in a similar vein, but getting such knowledge from my head to my heart is still an ongoing process. Because until I read these words today, I somehow hadn’t linked them before with a past that includes wrongdoing towards us and wrongly assumed guilt and shame.
    Despite forgiveness occurring, the painful memories have been a huge stumbling block for me for years. Thank you for being a part of the work God is doing in my heart. Bless you, friend! 😊💜

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  2. I read this on a repost in my FB feed. For the past year and half I’ve spent way too much time in the past as my adult daughter who had a horrendous childhood scoring 9 out of 10 on the trauma scale used by psychologists cut me out her life a second time. She is safe and doing relatively well but part of her healing/coming to terms with terrible things her father did to her (and me not being there at the time) is putting me aside unfortunately.

    She has not accepted Christ and in fact, it seems, resents me for trying to move forward after becoming new seven years ago now. That has made it very tough for me…feeling guilty for all that occurred when I unwittingly married and trusted someone who turned out to be a full-blown pedophile hiding behind Japan’s cultural norms.

    Your post is timely as it was maybe just a couple of weeks ago that I felt that I could grip the wheel once more with both hands keep driving along this long bend to the glorious destination God has in store for me.

    Great post. I’ll follow!

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