(18) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. (19) 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 (KJV)
The past is not all bad. There are many good experiences we have had in our lives, but unfortunately, these are not what most of us focus on. You see, the good experiences make us feel good, but those that are hurtful make us feel bad, and here is where the problem lies.
It is the negative things that get on the inside of us and begin to eat at us and eventually create a diseased state within us. The hurts, disappointments, let-downs, frustrations and such that we face in life can tear at the fabric of our being like pulling at a loose thread of a garment until it completely unravels.
Now I know that none of us want to be in a constant state of dis-ease but believe it or not, many of us hold onto those very things that will keep us that way. We should consider every one of these situations as emotional waste that we must absolutely get rid of before it poisons us. Our body teaches us this in the way it operates. It takes toxins and waste and dispose of it. Failure to do so is evidence that something is possibly faulty within and will definitely create problems if not corrected.
Likewise, the toxic circumstances of our lives that have clogged our spiritual and emotional system have to be disposed of. We must take inventory of our lives and began to let go of any and every thing that is weighing us down. Then, we must release it…one-by-one.
Now, it must be understood, I am not talking about people necessarily. Although most, if not all, of the painful episodes of our lives are attached to some person; we must acknowledge that we can choose to let go of the hurt and pain and still love the person…that is another topic for another time.
God has provided us the strength to let go of our past and move on but we must make use of it. Failure to do so will keep us in the same condition. No, I am not suggesting this is an easy undertaking but it is achievable. However uncomfortable it may be, it is absolutely necessary for your spiritual and emotional health.
Remember to be determined to live and do things God’s way. He wants us to live and not die but He also has a way to bring it about.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
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