“Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 AMPC)
As those who have been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we are to forget the past and move forward. It is important that we differentiate between forgetting our past and repressing our past to walk peacefully in our present, and into future, with Jesus. Forgetting, is letting go and trusting our past has been forgiven and that God no longer remembers it or holds us accountable for it. It is trusting that the blood of Jesus covers the past so that no one, including the enemy, can torment us with our past. Forgetting allows us to walk in the new creation we have become because of Jesus.
“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17 AMPC)
When we repress our past, we are using our own strength and abilities to deal with our past and we will always come up short. Repression can cause us to believe we must do something instead of resting in the finished work of Jesus. If not dealt with repression can cause guilt and condemnation and a way for the enemy to rob us of our joy and peace.
"I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]." (Philippians 4:13 AMPC)
Our strength to let go of the past, to trust we've been made new and forgiven, comes from our relationship with God through the blood of Jesus. Let Him strengthen you. Let Him calm your fears. Let His peace infuse you with the joy of life in Him.
In all of this we must remember, once we accept Jesus as our Savior and make Him Lord of our lives, we are no longer the person we were. His blood covers our sins, and we are seen as righteous by God. It’s all because of Jesus.
“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.” (John 8:36 AMPC)
Whenever the enemy tries to make you believe it's hopeless or there is no way you can be forgiven hold on to these Scriptures:
"If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]." (1 John 1:9 AMPC)
"Therefore, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit." (Romans 8:1 AMPC)
"It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him." (Lamentations 3:22-24 AMPC)
Jesus did a complete work, leaving nothing to chance, and needs nothing added to it. By faith we get to walk boldly into it! We are new in Him and through Him. Hallelujah!
Be Encouraged! ❤
(Updated From the Vault of LWM