Over the weekend, I struggled with thoughts from my past. Like everyone else, I’ve made mistakes as well as unwise decisions. And sometimes, my thoughts get the best of me. When I give in to my thinking, I wrestle with the what ifs….what if I would have done this , what if I chose not to do that…how would my life be different?
This is a dangerous road to go down. Dwelling on past mistakes is not helpful to anyone. When we focus on our past failures, we are lead astray from the reality of who we are today.
My mishaps do not define the person I am presently. So, it doesn’t do me any good to harp on who I used to be. Even, if someone else brought up my past…I can confidently remind them that I am not my old self.
I am reminded of this in God’s word:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
If I allow it, those negative thoughts will hinder us from giving our best as a wife, mother, homemaker, friend, etc.
To defeat those thoughts, I have to replace them with what is true.
Here are 5 Bible verses from Isaiah 61 that have helped me overcome my guilt from the past:
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (vs.3)
And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. (vs. 4)
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion….. they shall have everlasting joy. (vs. 7)
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”(vs. 9)
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness. (vs. 10)
What beautiful promises from our Lord to meditate on, to conquer our negative thinking! I couldn’t get through them without praising Him along with a joyful (ugly) cry. 🙂
I will not let my past own me, God has forgiven and set me free. I will stand on this truth with every battle of the mind.
How about you? Are you allowing your past to determine who you are today? If you are a child of God, He has already forgiven you of your past shortcomings through Christ Jesus! (Romans 3:23-24)