By: Jerome Baker
One thing that gets a tight hold on many young adults is the past. The past has the ability to entrap a young person that is moving forward in life and squeeze out the the mental, physical, and spiritual strength like a balloon loosing air. Sooner or later your past will need to be dealt with so it doesn’t hinder the blessings that God has purposed for you. The past can manifest in your mind, through conversations, and even in relationships. Here are a few ways to overcome the thoughts of your past when it attempts to arise from the depths of your memory.
1. Press on forward any way
Many people say, “I will forgive you but I can’t forget what you did.” That’s crazy! We can control our thoughts. If the past caused you pain, heartache, and trouble wouldn’t you want to forget that? Forgetting a past relationship or painful event has no place in your present. God wants to do better things in your life, so it’s time to forget the past and press forward! Don’t punish good people in your life now because of bad people in your past. Prayerfully, trust God to help you to heal and press forward.
Philippians 3:13-14 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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2. Put the Word on it
God’s Word is alive and powerful! Many times the only thing that will put your past memories in subjection is the Word of God! Hebrews 4:12 says, For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. When your past peaks it’s head put the Word on it. When your friends bring up a past relationship, put God’s Word on it. When your past tries to hold you back from receiving God’s grace, favor, and blessings…put the Word on it!
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
3. Slam the door on it and don’t answer back
One thing about the past is you can’t change it. You can cherish the past and learn from the past, but what’s done is done. If your past tries to embrace you with pity, self-condemnation, and depression you must boldly slam the door on your past and don’t allow it to enter your thoughts, speech, and affect your actions. Your past can only control you if you give it the power. Your past is just that…the past. Slam and lock the door on your past and open up the windows so God can shower you with His blessings which He has prepared for you!
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him
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© Copyright 2015 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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