"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."
seems to always be something that would like to pull us back from
our walk in Christ. We are are a road, praising Him, believing
Him, trusting him when all of a sudden something from the past
pops up. It may be a memory, it may be a person, it may even be
an old wound in our heart that has never been healed by the Lord.
That one thing, seems to continually be
there, no matter how hard we try to put it away and put it behind
us, it just keeps coming up. Paul instructs us to leave those
things behind and reach forward to those things that are ahead.
But sometimes we just don't know how to do that and the same thoughts,
feelings and actions are still controlling us because we don't
recognize the snares of the enemy that are there to keep us from
we received the forgivenss of Jesus, when we turned to Him we
became born again. Our spirits became new and yes old things did
pass away but our minds and our emotions may still need renewing
and healing. The Word of God tells us to renew our mind with the
washing of the Word, which means getting God's word into your
thinking rather than what you have been told and taught your whole
life about who you are, or how to treat others and even about
getting even with someone. Our flesh wants to react the old way,
but our spirit can't because it is new and those things we use
to have as survival tools don't work anymore. If we really want
healing of our past, so that we can reach ahead we need to trust
the Healer of Broken Hearts, Jesus Christ.
was that person with a broken heart. A heart so full of pain I
thought it would never heal. When Jesus saved me I was filled
with old behaviors, old actions, old ways of dealing with people.
I thought to myself, how will I ever be changed? How will this
person become the new person in Christ the Word of God talks about.
Was it even possible? It may have taken me longer than others
to realize that truly the Lord could and would help me to forget
those things that are behind me. He was very willing to teach
me new ways and He gave me a new heart..
part did I have in all of this, what did I do and continue to
do on a daily basis. I make choices to allow the fruit if the
Spirit operate in my life. I resist the evil one and I turn to
the Lord God Almight for help. I bring Him the broken pieces,
the hurting pieces and He in return comforts and heals my heart.
He begins to show me His way. When I am hurt or afraid I look
to His word and I learn not to respond to that hurt,but to pray
for the person who may have been the one to bring the pain. The
Lord shows me we all have broken pieces and sometimes people do
things to us out of the brokenness of their own lives. He gives
me the grace to receive and to leave it with Him and to continue
to reach ahead to those things He has called me to do. I allow
the pain and the emotion of that pain to come to the surface that
the Lord can heal it. I allow Him to show me that truly He is
a man acquainted with our griefs and our sorrows, that He was
beaten, and crucified by man even though He had no sin. Somehow
in all of that I learn to give the grace to others that has been
given so freely to me. And in His marvelous ways He mends that
part of my heart.
enemy of our lives, seeks to keep us bound, he will bring up all
sorts of trouble if we let him. He is constantly working on our
confidence in the Lord and working overtime to plant seeds of
doubt and unbelief in our hearts. The Word of God says, we should
resist him and sumbit to God and the enemy will flee. Sometimes
I give the enemy more time in my life than I should, sometimes
it takes me a while to realize that the Only One who loves me
unconditionally is the Lord and it is His good pleasure to do
good in my life. He did not save me to remind me of my past but
to show me the hope of my future..
died for you, He died for your sins, He died for your broken heart,
he died for your freedom. He stands knocking at the door of our
heart, He sends His Spirit and His word to comfort us. He promises
to never leave us nor forsake us. His plans for us are for good
and in Him we have hope and confidence and healing. We can choose
to respond in His way, in love, in forgiveness, in prayer for
others or we can choose to continue to let the past keep us bound
and never be able to see what is ahead in this life and in the
life to come. Jesus wants to heal your past, He wants to heal
those hurts, those emotions, those relationships in your life.
Will you ask Him today to come, will you bring all your cares
to Him, knowing He cares for You? The Lord is faithful to all
those who call upon His name, He will answer you and you will
find Him when you seek Him with all of your heart. His love toward
you is perfect and He is more than able to help you forget the
past and reach toward His high calling in your life. He loves
you my friends!